Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bridal Shower

This past weekend I gave my sister, Elizabeth, a wedding shower. I would say host, but I am not sure that is correct as we used my parent's lovely home. Either way, it was the first event I have ever hosted--ah, that word seems to be a must in this context--that included invitations and RSVPs.

After we settled on a date and mood--the bride could pick if she wanted girls only or a couples shower--I planned the menu multiple times in my head and looked at Pinterest repeatedly for decorations and DIY projects. As shower date drew nearer, the DIY projects were weeded out but a lovely theme came together: outdoor chic with sage and pink accents. The colors were greatly aided by my mom's wonderful collection of antique green and pink depression glass. The majority of the decorations were paper lanterns, pictures, farmer's market flowers, and of course, the food and drink.

I tried to make the food colorful and beautiful--an economical way to decorate. Of course, I don't have a lot of pictures to show off, because as I began taking pictures of my hard work, the guests began arriving (but they were the whole reason for the affair, so I can't complain.) So enjoy the few pictures I took...at least I got one of the beautiful bride! And I will post my menu, because it never hurts to have a few ideas rattling around for the next occasion to entertain.

The shower was at 1:00, so it was not a lunch but I made sure to have substantial snacks (and it ended up being my lunch!) The menu include:
  • Caprese skewers
  • Cucumber sandwiches
  • Pickle roll-ups (the bride's request)
  • Spinach pasta salad
  • Watermelon slices
  • Strawberry muffins
  • Cake-pops (topped with sprinkles, coconuts, or cashews)

I read somewhere to keep the drinks simple, and so I did. Two options. I offered to get everyone I could a drink, but the delightful idea behind the set-up included having everyone help themselves. My drinks:
  • Sangria
  • Lemon and strawberry infused water (it's so pretty!)
I absolutely loved using mason jars and real depression glass. Of course, all had to be washed by hand afterward (thank you to the husband!) but really were instrumental in creating the ambiance.
My drink table

Was supposed to be the first of many pics. Note the framed invitation for decoration.

The bride and my sign from ETSY.

The happy couple.
 Thanks to all who attended. It was a lovely afternoon. And to my mom and the rest of the crew who stayed at the Engsberg homestead this past weekend, thanks for everything! Who's excited for October 13th?