- Strawberries with fruit dip - Okay, so we added in a little red. But nothing pink is healthy! For displaying the strawberries we just cut the stems off and set them upright on a plate. Easiest thing ever.
- Powdered sugar doughnut holes - Picked these up from Cub Foods in the morning and ordered the adorable cupcake liners from Bake it Pretty.
- Heart-shaped marshmallows & Hersey Kisses - Good thing we hosted this shower just before Valentine's day. I ran to Target to find candy that might work to fill the apothecary jars and walked out with these.
- Red Velvet Cupcakes - I had actually made a batch of these for a party we had the day before the shower. (I linked to the recipe and wrote down my feelings of adoration for these little bites of heaven from Foodie Bride here.) We had a few left over, so I just set them out for the shower too.
- Pink Macaroons from Patisserie 46 - Wow. Wow. Wow. If you've never had a macaroon, you must. I hear they're on track to replace the cupcake trend in weddings and I understand why. I tried my hand at macaroon's once and it was a total fail. All the how-to articles I read told me I needed to use a kitchen scale, but I was too lazy (and cheap) to buy one and I attempted them anyway. The macaroons pretty much turned out to be sad little pancake like blobs. Since the bridal shower was going to be a public event, I decided to purchase them from a local bakery - Patisserie 46. I even got to meet the owner and work with him to "design" the colors and flavors. They were amazing!
- White cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting - This was Heather's masterpiece. I told her I would do the decorations if she would do the cake. For some reason cakes scare me and she's always been the better baker anyway. I don't have the recipe from her yet, (I imagine it's similar to the one here.) but if she lets me share it, I'll for sure post it. It was divine.
- We kept it pretty simple - just pink lemonade, water and coffee. Figured you didn't need photos of that. Plus, since I took all the photos before the party, neither the lemonade or coffee had been made yet. Which, now that I think about it, a photo still would have been pointless. Okay then, moving on.
- Tissue paper poms - I had seen these circulating the blogs for some time and always wanted an excuse to make them - I wish I had known about them before my wedding, I woulda put all my friends and family to work pumping out these babies to fill up the tent! But, I didn't. So that's that. I made nine of these for the shower and they are incredibly simple to make. It took me forever to complete the first one (as it always seems to be that way with crafts) but once I got the first one down, I zipped through the final eight in about an hour. Instead of making you wait for me to post my own tutorial, I'll just send you to the one I used on Martha Stewart's website, here.
- "Love is Sweet" sign - If you've been a reader for a while now, you'll recognize the format of this sign. The directions are the same, I just changed the paper and letters. I chose to use the words, "Love is Sweet" for a couple reasons - I wanted the sign to reflect the dessert table, and I wanted to be able to reuse this sign in the future during Valentine's Day. Check out this post if you'd like to know how to make one of your own. Sorry the picture is terrible, I actually forgot to take a photo of it by itself, so I just cropped another photo I had.
- On that same trip to Target where I snagged the Kisses and mallows, I also grabbed pink plates and napkins.
- I asked the bride to bring a photo of her and her fiancé to display on the buffet. (Yes, in all the photos the picture in the frame is Mike and I - I took these photos before the bride arrived and brought the photo we were going to use at the shower.)
- Finally, Heather picked up pink lily's at a local florist (I forgot to take them off the main table for the photos, while we're at it, I'll just admit I forgot to turn off the light too. Whoops.) and we set them in the living room.
And that's it!
Just one more last look: