May 1, 2017

Making Progress...

I hope the weather is calm where you are. The middle part of the country has had some rough weather over the weekend. In south central Ky we had wind and rain...but no tornadoes. 

I woke up to the sound of the pressure washer guy outside cleaning our brick retaining walls, sidewalks, and gutter. ha ha. But I am so glad to have that cleaning job finally done. 

This is the continuing story of creating table decorations for the groom's dinner, aka rehearsal dinner. I have appreciated your comments with support, tips, and your own experiences. Please keep them coming. I hope I don't wear out your patience. It seems that weddings are all encompassing of one's thoughts and energies.

I mentioned earlier that "it takes a village" to marry a couple, and boy is it true. But what fun to make memories! Everyone can look back and tell stories. 

In cased you missed my inspiration can check them out in a recent post here

I scoured Pinterest and the web for ideas and came up with using white pillar candles in tall hurricanes along with greenery and tulips. 

Nana Diana gave me a tip about using Dollar Tree for my hurricanes. Oh my gosh...I found nine inch tall glass pillars for one dollar each. I ordered two cases, totaling 24. That sure beats the eight to ten dollar price I saw other places. Thanks Nana Diana

I am taking the suggestion of several and being careful with fragrances. I bought unscented white candles at Hobby Lobby and I am opting for almost real tulips and preserved boxwood for my "florals." 

HL was having a half off sale on all I made a visit on Saturday and bought all of the white and off-white tulips on display. I would have purchased more...but that was all they had. boohoo.

I have been using my dining room table as my wedding central design it is a mess. ha ha. Until the wedding is over I doubt I will have any pretty tablescapes to share. 

Here are two tulip prototype arrangements. I will probably make some arrangements of tulips in some of the tall slender glass hurricanes with candles in the remainder. Instead of sand...I will probably add water to make the tulips look "real." 

I am about to wrap up the dinner details...with another visit to the restaurant to firm up the menu and table placement soon. 

I have my clothing figured out for the weekend. (yay!) Still looking for a pair of sandals...but that is not high on the priority list. 

That just leaves making hundreds of my bourbon balls. Katie from Preppy Empty Nester suggested making them ahead and freezing. Bingo. 

Yep...hubby will help me make those yummy little bonbons the week before, and then we will just sail into wedding weekend. 

One more thing... (there is always one more thing, ha.) Son requested copies of old family pics for a memory I went to my parents house on Sunday. We spent the afternoon going through boxes of old pics and had a blast looking at old hairdos, glasses, and dresses. 

We ran across this engagement photo of moi. It was 1973 and I was a senior in college. :-) 

I would not ask to go back...but having my slim figure, young skin, and long thick eyelashes would be nice! 

Until the next time...

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. I LOVE that picture of you, Sheila! You were just as cute as could be!!!
    Those white tulips are just gorgeous and will make a lovely statement- simple and elegant. I am so glad you found the glass hurricanes and that they are going to work for you! Aren't they amazing for the money? I go there when I need wine glasses to stage a house for showings and then can just let the owners have them.

    Hope you have a great week- xo Diana

  2. What a gorgeous photo, Sheila! Looks like you're off to a great start with the centerpieces, can't wait to see the photos after!

  3. I am so happy for you. I think the tables will be beautiful with the choices you have made. I can't get enough of your fashion post. I come here to read the post and the next thing I know an entire hour has gone by while. I enjoy every moment. TFS

  4. You were and still are a very pretty lady! Good price on the hurricanes...can't beat that. Love white tulips...we will all be waiting for pictures. I promise we won't crash the party...ha!

  5. You seem to be well on your way Sheila!...I do love those cylinders from the Dollar Store..I keep a stock of them in my house for all kinds of events..Love that photo of you in your youth!...I am sure you feel the same as you did in that photo...I know I do...I feel the same, but wish I looked the same way back in '73! Have fun making those wonderful BB's! Sounds like it will be a family affair making them!

  6. Such a beautiful picture of you. Sounds like you have it all under control. I know it will be beautiful.

  7. What a sweet picture of you from High School. Looks like some good planning for the rehearsal dinner party. The white tulips will be pretty in the glass hurricanes. Perhaps since there are so many of these hurricanes you can suggest people take one home for a memento of the occasion?

  8. When my daughter got married my dining room was exactly the same! It was hysterical and truly blessed too. We actually went to a garage sale that had wedding leftovers and I scored 50 glass vases for like.....ten bucks, plus all the glass filler and a ton of candles too. I'm glad you are able to enjoy this time, such great memories are coming your way!

  9. That's a beautiful picture Sheila! Our two daughters got married in 2015, 7 weeks apart. I have a good idea what the activity is like around your home. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.


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