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After Birthday’s Bar Mitzvahs, and Graduation’s, next come the Weddings and the Wedding showers; and this one was for my wonderful niece!!! My father was one of the first Wedding planners in the world, I am guessing.  He and his brother started a company Weddings, Inc., in Chicago, in 1948. Needless to say, I have seen a lot of parties, and I guess I inherited the love of throwing a party.

In Los Angeles, there is a wonderful store, Moskatel’s in downtown.  Around the area is also the flower market where you can buy flowers wholesale. Even when the market closes, there are still vendors with stores who will make you center pieces for next to nothing.  The mark up on flowers is crazy.

The vases were bought at Moskatel’s for $10.00 a piece.  I then took them over to one the little shops, and the floral arrangements were $15.00 each. So, for about $25.00 a piece, I made 6, which totaled about $150.00. It seems that Paris is a common theme for weddings these days, and the invitation to this wedding is entitled “Le Marriage”. My nieces father is from Paris. I found these 2 Eiffel towers at Moskatel’s for $13.00 a piece, how perfect.  You can see little champaign bottles in boxes?  Those are candles and are party favors for each guest at $2.00 a piece.  I also had 4×6 photos copied of the couple for a total of $4.06 (for all of them).  So this gorgeous looking table took lots of  effort, but not a lot out of pocket. I loved every minute of it.

I had to splurge on the cake.  There is a bakery, Sweet Lady Jane, who makes this wonderful lemony/berry cake that is the best thing I have ever tasted.  Next time, I would order a smaller one because barely anyone eats cake these days.  What’s up with that???  I love cake!! I could have eaten the entire thing myself. The set of three glass vases, fake orchid flowers and golden beads inside the vases, and candles, were $30.00, and the little Eiffel Tower was $4.00. As an added touch, I took a photo of them to Kinko’s and had it blown up and mounted for $40.00. I found the bride and groom at Party City, and I don’t remember what I paid, sorry!!  I am really glad I got it too because the baker forgot to put the plaque on it saying Congratulations, etc.      Here is my beautiful niece who had a wonderful time.  It gave me such great pleasure to see her so happy!!A toast to the Bride and Groom.Even grandma had fun!!!Wishing the Bride and Groom much happiness, years of love and laughter and all the best.

Wendy Xox