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Baby Campbell-Howard Baby Shower

On Sunday, March 14, 2010 I, along with some wonderful friends hosted a Baby Shower for our Sophisticated Soror and Friend Shauntell. Shauntell and Kenyada are expecting their first Baby Girl in April and they are really excited. The color scheme for the shower was Lavender, Green and White and it was hosted at the Charles Towers Community Center located in Baltimore, Maryland. Below are some pictures from the shower:

Baby Kendal's gift table before the overflow of wonderful gifts!

We purchased Daisy centerpieces and wrapped the stems in Green ribbon.

The color scheme was also carried out in the the gifts for the shower games.

A Mold A Baby Contest was held and there were a lot of entries! The babies were made out of bubble gum and gum drops!

Shauntell and Kenyada were very thankful for all of the love that was shared towards them on this day! Congratulations Shauntell and Kenyada!!!

A Chic and Stylish Baby Shower

The Sophisticated Affair is in the process of planning a baby shower for a special couple. This couple is very sophisticated, fly and the mommmy-to-be is such a DIVA. We're planning a shower that will be fun but will also reflect the personalities of the couple.

As I was perusing the web this morning, I came across a website, The featured Baby Shower was a Chic and Stylish Hot Pink and Black Baby Shower for Adults. Check out the table designs, decorations and dessert selections.

Event Planners: David and Kaylane Crandall

David Crandall and his wife Kaylane love entertaining and had a fantastic time doing this elegant and fabulous pink and black baby shower. The white lace table cloths laying over the black table cloths give the room an air of distinction. A baby shower after all, is a party for adults, and this is a super chic affair!

The flower “vases” were cleverly disguised glass baby bottles. Wrapped with three different layers of ribbon in hot pink, white and black, they are a special design touch to bring the ‘baby’ into the room. Black napkins were wrapped in pink and black ribbon and a baby rattle was tucked inside. Place cards and goodie bags also followed in the color theme of the day.

As a healthy dessert, the couple served strawberry ka-bobs. “I love how the cored out part was filled with whipped cream,” David said. But he takes real pride in the cake toppers that he made himself. “These three toppers took over two hours to do. By the time I was done making them I was tired of looking at them! I was actually really happy with how good they looked. I got lots of compliments too.” They removed the toppers from the cake before it was cut, not only because “no one wants to cut into babies” but because they “couldn’t even bring ourselves to throw them away. I think Kyla still has them!”

Sophisticated Engagement

Four(4) years ago today, Keno Brown, my husband, popped the big question and of course I said "YES!!" It was definitely a day to remember. Keno put a lot of thought into the proposal and made sure everyone and everything was in place and on schedule. He involved my parents, family and friends! I was definitely surprised.
Here is a recap of what happened....
While dating, Keno asked me the following question, "If I propose to you, how would you want it to happen?" Right after he asked, the commercial where the guy flew his family to Rome and surprised his wife with a second marriage proposal had just gone off of TV. So I said, "I want a proposal just like that!!" Well, that's exactly what I got, except for the Rome piece.
The evening of the proposal, we were going out on a date to a comedy show and my parents were headed out to the Symphony, so they said. When we arrived downtown we realized that we had time to stop and get something to eat before the show and Keno had just gotten a call from his friend Myque to meet him at the Harbor Place. As we walked over to meet Myque, I said to Keno, "I wonder what all of those people are reading. It must be an interesting article." We then walked by the band, and as we walked by, Keno tipped them and they started playing. I immediately started to take a seat to listen, but Keno pulled me to the center of the circle and he got down on one knee and he asked me to marry him!!!!! At the same time, our friends dropped their newspapers and said SURPRISE!!!!...and my parents stepped out from behind the Santa House smiling and clapping.
This engagement was definitely one to remember. I often thank my husband for making the proposal special and for putting a lot of though into our day.

Brides Can Be Cheap, But Not Tacky

Today my partner sent me this article to post on our blog. It's very good for the Recessionista Bride!

( -- Planning the celebration of a lifetime during the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression is a daunting task, so it's no secret that many brides are cutting back. The average amount a couple is spending on their wedding this year is down more than $5,000 from 2008, estimates.

There are ways to hold a wedding without breaking the bank or breaking etiquette rules.

Etiquette author and expert Anna Post, the great-great-granddaughter of queen of correct behavior Emily Post, assures brides that thriftiness is tasteful. "It's okay to cut back right now," she says. "Economizing isn't something to apologize for so long as you're not doing something that's hurtful to your guests."
Still, there are a few cutbacks Post suggests you avoid. "I don't like seeing cash bars," she says. "I find that inconsiderate to your guests." Other don'ts: Asking guests to help pay for wedding costs on the registry and inviting guests to the shower but not the wedding.
Here are some unique (and Emily Post--approved) ways to save:
Think outside the cake
A large wedding cake can run hundreds of dollars. Add in the delivery and cake-cutting fees, and your confection may burst your budget.

As an alternative, the bride and groom of a wedding Post attended in Vermont opted against tradition and created a make-your-own sundae bar.
"So instead of cutting the cake, they had 'the first scoop,'" she says. "Everybody there had a great time with that."

The Center of Attention
When choosing the flowers for your centerpieces, Post says to always choose blooms that are in season. For a big display on a small budget, more greenery and fewer flowers will give you the look you want for less.
Or, keep the display simple with a single statement-making flower. "I went to a wonderful wedding for a friend of mine who was from Hawaii. They did one beautiful, huge stargazer lily in the middle of each table," she says. "It was very fragrant, and there were about 20 tables, so 20 lilies are not incredibly expensive." How to make your own floral arrangements
Recycle, reuse
At a friend's recent wedding, Post says she was one of the last people to leave the church and noticed the bride's family taking the flower arrangements from the ceremony to be reused at the reception. "I love flowers and I hate the thought of them going to waste, so I thought this was a great idea."

Digital don't
E-mail invitations are fine for shower or bachelorette parties, but weddings are a different story.
"Even if you're having a really casual wedding, I think -- call me old-fashioned -- this is such a huge day in your life that you don't want to send the wrong message to your guests -- that you don't take it seriously." We may live in an online world, but Post says the printed invitation will never die.

Let's eat
When it comes to food, your guests' expectations will be high -- but that doesn't mean you have to serve filet mignon. "There are fabulous things chefs can do with pork, chicken and with fish," she says. Serving your menu buffet-style will also cost less than a plated dish.
A past trend that Post likes is the wedding breakfast or wedding brunch, which Emily Post wrote about in her first etiquette book published in 1922."This could be a great tradition to revive and could save a little bit of money," she says. "I'm starting to hear about it more again."
If you're set on an evening affair, Post says there is nothing wrong with a hors d'oeuvre and cake-only reception. "This has always been okay," she says. "It's safe to say that most people want to treat their guests to a wonderful day. If this is the way they can afford it, I think it's the absolute right choice."

If you are serving alcohol at your wedding, Post says it's better to save by limiting the choices, not the amount. "It's okay not to have hard alcohol. You could serve champagne, you could serve red wine, you could serve a signature drink," she says. Just please skip the drink tickets. "If you want to limit, limit what's available to people rather than charging them for it or rationing it out ticket by ticket."
Post says to remember that budget cuts are nothing to worry about as long as you keep your guests in mind. "When it comes to etiquette, for me and this was the same for Emily Post, weddings are very much about the people in your life." How to throw a party on a budget

Signature Wedding Cocktails

Here's another Money Saving Tip for your special day. Instead of an Open Bar, offer one (1) or two (2) specialty cocktails. Align your specialty drink with the theme of your wedding and add a personal touch to your reception. The best thing about this is that you can limit your guests drinking habits while saving a few $$$. Even better, only offer your specialty cocktails during cocktail hour, and beer and wine during dinner. Now, don't leave out your guests who are underage or don't drink. For these guests, you can offer a non-alcoholic version of the alcoholic cocktail. It usually entails eliminating the alcohol portion of the drink and adding more mixer.

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