Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Sister's Bridal Shower

This past weekend I got to throw a bridal shower for my sister!

I was super nervous about how it all would turn out, seeing as I've never hosted anything like that before. I planned for weeks and made lots and lots of lists to keep myself organized.

Of course, since it was me, I was most concerned about the food, since that is the focal point of any event as far as I'm concerned. Thanks to a number of great food blogs and recipes from my mom and my friend Amy, the food turned out amazing. A lot of it could be prepared in advance too which is always a plus.

The menu:

Chicken salad sandwiches on croissants: my mom's recipe. I don't know the proportions of anything, but it's mayo-based with pineapple, sliced almonds, and dried cranberries. It's so delicious I could eat it every day, and this coming from a girl who doesn't usually care for mayonnaise!

Vegetarian Asian noodle salad: I've blogged about it here, but it's originally from VeganYumYum. This time, however, I used peanut butter instead of tahini and brown rice pasta.

Cocktail meatballsI used the frozen meatballs from Costco, and the crockpot made this so easy.

Rainbow fruit skewers

Mini caprese bites: these were a huge hit! We used Zoom Yummy's version.

Mango chutney over cream cheese with assorted crackers: recipe from Simply Gluten Free. I used thawed, frozen mango, chopped into smaller pieces. It calls for coconut palm sugar, something I hadn't ever used before but I was able to buy it in bulk so I didn't have to buy a whole lot. It's not too spicy, so if you wanted more heat, add more chilis or leave some seeds in.

Shrimp and cocktail sauce: prepared tray from Costco


Mini cupcakes with marionberry filling: my mom made these, so I'm not sure of the recipe.

Hazelnut truffles: from Vintage Kitchen Notes

I know this is supposed to be a food blog, but now for some crafty things:

The invitations: I bought some tulle already cut in circles from a craft store to use as the skirt.

The centerpieces:

One of the prizes:

I melted some odds and ends candles to make a new candle in an antique tea cup. Idea from Georgica Pond. I tied it with ribbon to hold it together and then wrapped it with tulle. I also had some store-bought lotions and soaps for prizes in case of ties, and there was one, so I'm glad I thought of that!

One of the games: homemade scratch-its! There is a great tutorial here. The losing cards had a cartoon picture of a frog with the word "sorry" written underneath.

Congratulations Jamie on your upcoming wedding! Love you! 


  1. wow you alone prepared all these!! I am amazed!
    You are pregnant and Jamie is getting married. Double happiness. Congratulations!

  2. What a lovely shower! I absolutely love the invitations--nicely done! I am throwing my niece a bridal shower in a couple of weeks, so this was a fun read for me! It's a lot of work, but so much fun, and so worth it, don't you think? Congrats to your sister.

  3. What a fabulous shower! The spread looks amazing...your food choices were perfect and delicious! And I love all your crafty stuff, too...especially the invite and the scratch and reveal (I had no clue you could do this at home!). Excellent post!


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