Behind The Butter

Bridal Shower Festivities

Last weekend, my bestie, Ashley, threw me a fabulous bridal shower! I am seriously so blessed by this girl. She’s one of my bridesmaids, but is about to give birth {a little more important} so she’s missing the wedding. When I first admitted to her a few months ago that “I didn’t think I was going to have a bridal shower”, she looked horrified and immediately threw a plan into action. Within a a month, she had designed and sent out all the invitations, planned the color palette, the games and the menu for the party.

I have no idea how she did all this, wore cute heels AND was eight and a half months pregnant, but it happened. She’s just awesome like that.

The theme for our wedding is sort of a “rustic chic” with lots of burlap, wood and lace so Ashley made cute mason jar vases wrapped in burlap to hold flowers. For snacks, we had chicken salad on croissants, these AMAZING little caprese bites you see above, veggies + caramelized onion dip, little spanakopita triangles and cupcakes!

My other sweet friend, Kacia, made all the party favors — these adorable wooden spoons with our wedding date on them! I flipped out when I saw them.

All of the party guests wrote their best marriage advice {or, if they were single, just their best advice} on different spoons. Ashley wrapped the spoons in twine and gave them to me in a big mason jar. I thought that was one of the sweetest ideas ever!

We played a “he said/she said” game as well as a “what’s in your purse” game. Ashley made cute little bags for the winners that had mugs and teabags stashed inside because of how much I love tea! Then, I got to open my gifts! I couldn’t stop laughing because I think the last time I sat in the center of a circle and opened presents, I was ten years old. I absolutely loved all the sweet and thoughtful gifts my friends gave me! I definitely teared up on several occasions.

Look at what my friend, Hawley, gave me! You can’t really the verse in the photo, but it’s Colossians 3:14 — “Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect unity”. I can’t wait to hang this; I know we’ll have it forever!

At the end, Adam came and crashed my party. He was out with Ashley’s hubby and their little girl looking at suits for the wedding. I can’t believe we are getting married in 59 days! Not that I’m counting or anything….

Thank you to all my wonderful friends who came and celebrated with me last weekend! It was seriously a perfect day for me and I couldn’t have been happier sitting in a circle, sipping champagne and eating croissants with my fabulous girlfriends.

I also got to share with my friends about Noonday for the first time! To my party, I wore the chevron dangle earrings, acai rope necklace, tagua seed bracelet and cubist cuff. I can’t wait to show off more jewelry and share the artisans stories at my launch party next month!


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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 26, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Congrats on having such an awesome shower! I love the spoons – and the advice written on them idea. I need to remember that! And what great friends, Jenna. So happy for you that you have friends like this and they put this together for you. So sweet!

  • Stacey
    March 26, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Such an exciting time! It’s funny how things like the bridal shower and all the final payments make it start to feel real πŸ˜€ My fiance and I have just six weeks to go…your post has made me excited about my bridal shower! So happy for you, Jenna!

  • Live Love Yum
    March 26, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Did you meet all your friends through blogging or they just happened to blog as well?! Love your shorter hair!

  • Samantha
    March 26, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Oh, yay! I’m so excited to see photos! The favors were so thoughtful and the whole party sounds adorable. I’m getting even more excited for this wedding! (I know that sounds crazy, but I feel like we’re real-life friends.)

  • Britton
    March 26, 2013 at 4:15 am

    I’m getting married the day after you! One of my bridesmaids is also unable to come to my wedding because her due date is May 25th. Congratulations!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 26, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Aww what a beautiful party!! You ladies all look gorgeous and everything looks stunning! The wooden spoons – such a great idea. I’ll have to remember that one!

  • Poetesswug (Deb)
    March 26, 2013 at 4:39 am

    WOW! The wooden spoons idea was close to genius! πŸ™‚ And the food looks delicious!!!! I’m glad you had a good day!

  • Anne
    March 26, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Ohhhh what a lovely, lovely shower! It looks like you have truly amazing friends!

    I adore the spoon party favors, I am going to tuck that little nugget away for when I ya know 1. Meet a guy 2. Get engaged πŸ™‚


  • Emily @ Life on Food
    March 26, 2013 at 5:09 am

    I wasn’t planning on having a shower either. In the end a friend said it was a must and planned the whole thing. Looking back it was such a wonderful moment. Glad you had the same caring friend.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    March 26, 2013 at 5:12 am

    These are my favorite posts! Personal and fun!

  • Joelle ( on a pink typewriter)
    March 26, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Absolutely love the spoons as favors idea!

  • Lisa Z
    March 26, 2013 at 6:07 am

    What a happy time! So excited for you. What a beautiful shower. Enjoy every second.

  • Ja @Athlete Within Ja
    March 26, 2013 at 6:09 am

    That’s a beautiful bridal shower! Your friend is a great organizer! πŸ™‚
    My wedding theme was rustic vintage too. I love love mason jars, so chic!

  • Bruna
    March 26, 2013 at 6:11 am

    congrats! the party was really cute from what I can tell, great taste your friend has!

  • Jodi
    March 26, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Jenna! So happy 4 you. The spoons are way too cool. I also love your jewelry….can you tell us where you got the lovely blue dress?

    • jenna
      March 26, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Stitch Fix πŸ™‚

      • Jennifer
        March 26, 2013 at 7:39 am

        I thought you donated your stitch fix? Not judging, just asking.

        • jenna
          March 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

          Nope, you’re right! I do donate some of my Stitch Fix, but I kept this dress because it was the perfect bridal shower dress! πŸ™‚

          • Ashley L
            March 30, 2013 at 5:46 am

            Its the perfect everything dress!! πŸ™‚

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    March 26, 2013 at 6:29 am

    What a sweet & special friend to throw you such a fabulous shower!! Love the rustic decor and yummy treats too. Let the countdown begin – wedding day will be here before you know it – whee!

  • Danielle
    March 26, 2013 at 6:30 am

    What a gorgeous shower! I absolutely love the wooden spoons idea–so sweet and thoughtful. Congratulations to you and Adam, again, too! I can’t believe your wedding is coming up so quickly. Exciting times πŸ™‚

  • Margarita
    March 26, 2013 at 6:36 am

    How sweet! I love all these cute personalized ideas that your friends have! Those wooden spoons and that awesome mug that you showed on Instagram, super cute! By the way, your dress is adorable, where is it from?

  • Becky
    March 26, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Sounds like an awesome event! You are truly blessed to have such a great group of friends. Enjoy every minute of the wedding festivities!

  • Ginna
    March 26, 2013 at 6:38 am

    What a beautiful shower! Just curious, where’s your dress from? I love it! πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      March 26, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Thank you! It’s from Stitch Fix

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    March 26, 2013 at 6:46 am

    what an awesome bridal shower you had! What a fun idea with the wooden spoons!

  • Carla
    March 26, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Super cute dress, LOVE the wooden spoon idea, and I did notice your jewelry was kind of fabulous…now I know why!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    March 26, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Looks like you have amazing friends! What a cute party.

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    March 26, 2013 at 7:20 am

    That looks like a great bridal shower! The favours are so personalized for you too- I love small details like that. Sounds like a great day- and your wedding will be here so soon!

    Congrats again πŸ™‚

  • Leanne
    March 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Those spoons are perfection!! And the food looks delicious! What gorgeous friends you have! Congratulations!!!

  • gwen
    March 26, 2013 at 7:31 am

    What fun! I love the backdrop made of strips of fabric. Wonder if I can find a tutorial online… I’ll probably steal the favor idea one day when I throw a shower for a friend who loves to cook. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    March 26, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I love those spoons!! Looks like a great time!

  • Urban Wife
    March 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Looks like it was such a lovely bridal shower! You are blessed with some awesome friends. May 25th will be here before you know it, too. πŸ™‚

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    March 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

    The spoons are the cutest idea! Can’t wait to see more pictures of the festivities to come!

  • Alysa (InspiredRD)
    March 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

    How fun!! I got to meet Kacia at Blissdom, she is so sweet. Congratulations πŸ™‚

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks
    March 26, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Loooove love love! And your DRESS, ugh. Love.

  • Dana
    March 26, 2013 at 8:05 am

    This is all so sweet!! Love those favors!! All the best and cannot wait to see all the pretty wedding pics!!

  • Courtney
    March 26, 2013 at 8:07 am

    That verse in Colossians was one of our wedding ceremony readings!

  • Malkire
    March 26, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Oh my gosh! What a beautiful Bridal Shower. You are clearly loved by those around you. And how excited to be getting closer to the big day and celebrating your love with the Bridal Shower just kicks off this phase of your lives!

  • Sarah @ An Apple A Day
    March 26, 2013 at 8:50 am

    This looks so wonderful! Congratulations! Also those caprese bites look delicious….I am ready for summer!!!

  • Beka
    March 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Congrats Jenna! I got engaged the same weekend as you, and we’re getting married May 18th, time is flying by!!! It’s going to be at my fiancΓ©’s ranch, so our theme is also ‘rustic chic’!!! And, 3 of my 5 bridesmaids are going to be 8 months pregnant!! Enjoy the final weeks before the wedding πŸ™‚

  • Caroline L.
    March 26, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Reading this made me so happy! Good friends are a must in life, and it’s so nice to see that solid group you’ve got there – especially that amazing best friend of yours! You look beautiful and I’m so excited for you and Adam!

  • Emily
    March 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I LOVE those spoons, what a cute idea! I keep joking to my husband (of almost 10 years!) of the things I want to do for “our next wedding”; I’m throwing those spoons on Pinterest πŸ™‚

  • lani
    March 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Congrats, Jenna! I am a newlywed (4 mos.) and it is fun. Love your blue dress. πŸ™‚

  • Megan
    March 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

    So fun! I love the spoons too. What a cute idea. You are definitely one blessed girl. So glad your friends were able to shower you with love! πŸ™‚

  • Julia
    March 26, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Congrats Jenna! I love that spoon idea–so cute!

  • Raechel Myers
    March 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Ahh!! Okay, where do I start?

    1. the chevron earrings are DARLING!!
    2. the wooden spoons from Kacia! I die.
    3. the food. amen.
    4. Ashley Wifey = the best friend evah! This shower looks so beautiful AND thoughtful.
    5. What I wouldn’t have given to join y’all this weekend!
    6. 59 days and counting. SO excited for you guys πŸ™‚


  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

    How wonderful and exciting! Two months will fly by. Love the caprese bites and the cut and color of your dress, fab-u-lous.

    My best marriage advice:

    Remember the scientific odds of either one of you ever being born is One out of 400-Trillion. As Albert Einstein said, everything is a miracle. Treasure it.

    Buy quality and take care of it, not quantity.

    My husband and I were married when I was 17, and my parents surprised us by putting a down payment on a darling cottage. Four years later when I was 21 and our darling baby Robbie was four, we bought a beautiful home on a tree-line cul-de-sac, swimming pool, etc. He died very young in a light plane crash. I still love him. His was kind, and Adam is kind. Nothing’s better than that.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Oh, Van Morrison ‘These Are the Days’ (its not the Black Keys, but still…)

  • Anne
    March 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Looks like a blast! I so wish I’d been able to swing the trip out for it, but I’m glad the other girls showed you a good time. πŸ™‚ Miss you! xo

  • Heather@farmgirlgonechicagoan
    March 26, 2013 at 10:54 am

    What a cute shower! I absolutly love the wooden spoon idea. It looks like you had a wonderful shower πŸ™‚

  • Lauren C
    March 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I swear I could eat that whole plate of caprese bites! Awesome dress, definitely a keeper. Congrats to you & Adam!

  • Kim Fernando
    March 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Beautiful shower! I’m so glad that you’re enjoying this amazing time and that you’re surrounded by such good friends. My bestie threw my bridal shower the day after our wedding, which was unconventional but she wanted to make sure I had a shower and that everyone could be there. It was such a fun time and I’m so glad she pushed me to do it!

    Also, I’m in love with Noonday now! Thank you for sharing them! I’m pretty interested in joining!

  • Sabrina
    March 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Looks like so much fun!

  • a farmer in the dell
    March 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    what a beautiful shower Jenna. you are one lucky lady and I am so excited for you! You are absolutely glowing!

  • Kacia
    March 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I wish like CRAZY that I could have been there!! I licked each spoon, so I was sort of there. No, don’t worry. I didn’t do that ;o]

    Looks INCREDIBLE! Ashley, you need to be a party planner!!! xoxoxo!

  • Isabel
    March 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Jenna! I would love to come to the Noonday launch party-the jewelry I’ve seen is stunning! Will you be sharing more details about the launch party?

    • jenna
      March 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I can send you the evite if you’re in the area! πŸ™‚ Do you live in the Bay Area?

      • Katherine
        March 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

        I live in Santa Rosa and would love to check out the noonday collection in person. It’s gorgeous!

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health
    March 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    what a beautiful way to celebrate the beginning of your married life journey πŸ™‚
    your friends are awesome πŸ™‚

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    March 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    So fun!!! Your friends did a great job with the shower! And you look gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    March 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    How fun! And those party favors are awesome!! Love your dress, by the way :).

  • Karlee
    March 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    so fun!! my bridal shower is this weekend, i’m getting married may 4th, ah! where is that wooden tower thing from???

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    March 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Aw that looks like the perfect bridal shower. Ashley did an amazing job organizing it!

  • Amy Walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    So cute! Looks like the loveliest of Bridal Showers. ; )

  • Laura
    March 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I love this post Jenna, thank you for sharing this special moment in your life with us! SO excited for all the upcoming wedding talk!

  • sarah
    March 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    What a fun shower! I have a friend getting married in august, might have to use that wooden spoon idea!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    March 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    beautiful shower for a beautiful girl! πŸ™‚ so excited for you

  • Kiran @
    March 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Awww, such sweet friends!! Love all the thoughtful ideas πŸ™‚

  • Erin A
    March 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    What a fabulous party! Jenna: Where did you get you earrings?! I love them!

    • jenna
      March 27, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Noonday πŸ™‚

  • Nan
    March 27, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Hi Jenna, Where is your awesome dress from? Fabulous! Thanks, I love your style:)

  • Sara
    March 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Aw congrats girl! It looks amazing, that dress looks awesome on you!

  • Sarah
    March 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    So exciting, the party looks gorgeous. Also gorgeous? Your dress, where did you get it??

    • jenna
      March 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Stitch Fix!

  • Pam
    April 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Bridal Shower πŸ™‚
    Love your blue dress, can’t wait to see you in your wedding dress!!
    Always great when the boys crash the party which usually means they come in and eat the rest of the food πŸ™‚

  • Lauren M.
    January 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

    How did she make those spoons? Love them!