Southern Wedding Shower

Dear Friends,

I am very excited to be hosting a virtual wedding shower today for my beautiful, super stylish, sweet friend, Ivana.

When Ivana and I decided to host a blog swap with one other, we immediately got to thinking about what this would look like. Ivana reminded me of her wedding date, exactly one year from today!

I've been keeping an eye on Ivana's fun fashion sense, from all the way over in Austria might I add, ever since I started writing the Queen City Style. A contentious risk taker with her own style, trends and fashion, Ivana's got a flair for all things fun, fabulous and French. She has fond memories of a strong bond with her stylish Grandmother, reminding me of my relationship with my own.

Not to mention, that pretty face. Precious Peanut #1 star gazingly pointed out the obvious one day: "Mommy, is that pretty lady your friend?" 

Ivana loves the finer things in life as much as the rest of us. Her blog, Macarons and Pearls, is the perfect channel for vicariously living such a fine life, unless of course, you already do.  

And in that case, cheers to you! As you can see, like the rest of us girls, Ivana loves an opportunity to be creative and play dress up, so today I am giving her that by way of throwing her a Southern Wedding Shower. I thought this would be a fun way to share with her a little about our culture and traditionally conservative and classy way of doing things, for which we Southerners are all so proud. So cheers to you, Ivana!  I hope you enjoy your special day today!

Let's start with the location. 

Since Ivana's shower is being held right here in the Queen City, I immediately turned to the The Duke Mansion. I've attended a number of events at this gorgeous home, now operating as a Southern Bed and Breakfast, and I've never been less than enamored with the home and ground's interior and exterior beauty. I know Ivana and the closest ladies in her life will enjoy their stay here. I thought it might be nice for Ivana's guests to enter the Mansion,

and as they pass through the foyer...

 ...delight themselves with either one of these tasty treats. A peach green iced tea with mint,

or if you are feeling extra festive in celebration of Ivana's upcoming nuptials, perhaps treat yourself to something a little more bold; a Mint Julep garnished with fresh mint, served from a Julep cup.

The gardens at The Duke Mansion are a lovely place for conversation and good tidings. 

It's starting to get warm in the South, so we'll make sure the gardens are flanked with lots of Sago Palms and Ferns to help us feel a little more breezy in the heat.

What shall we serve?  Nothing to heavy.  We will dine on a light lunch. How about a few passed hors d' oeuvres, consisting of finger sandwiches? Cucumber Tea Sandwiches, of course.

Naturally, Deviled Eggs.

Without question, little ham biscuits.

Making our way back inside, we'll take our seats at tables draped with white tables cloths and delicate doilies placed at each setting.

I'd find a way to work them into this table, which cheerfully displays all of the traditional elements of a Southern table, with a modern twist thanks to the chevron napkins an colored candlesticks.

The table will, of course, be accessorized with pink peonies and white hydrangea galore.

We'll serve a delicate lunch consisting of avocado and grapefruit salad, supplemented with fresh lump crab meat.  No filler.

Passed garlic cheese biscuits.  Hhhmmm Hmmm.

If you've saved room for desert, I was thinking Bananas Foster prepared table side.  

At least that is what I was planning on, until saw this. Bananas Foster Belgium Waffles.

Ivana, I know about you and your little sweet tooth.  Eat your heart out!

But I must warn you, this might be you...

We must shower you will gifts, my dear. I can think of nothing more southern or luxurious than monogrammed linens from Leontine Linens.

You'll need this as you exchange vows with your lucky lad, Philippe.

As parting gifts, I hope your guests will enjoy Quartz Votive Holders and Worcester Jar matches, both by Design Darling. Store owner and Blogger, Mackenzie, offers just the cutest things!

Since Ivana has a thing for pastels, I thought I would wear this ensemble I recently styled.  Ironically enough, the photos were taken just doors down from The Duke Mansion. How do I look, Ivana? The floppy brimmed straw hat, a warm weather staple for any Southern Lady, is good for keeping cool on sunny days.

You certainly don't need me to tell you this, Ivana, but...

You already are, my dear, and I'm having so much fun watching your stylish self do it.

I hope you have had a lovely day! I look forward to following along with more preparations leading up to your big day!!

For the love of celebrating with friends, in the very best of style-- Whitley