Sunday, August 25, 2013

{Life}: Elise's Wedding Shower.

What a fun time to gather and celebrate the upcoming wedding of my dear friend Elise! Last Saturday I hosted a bridal shower for Elise at my mom's house. There was no "theme" per say but rather the theme was girly. I had so much fun planning the food and invitations. Elise had over 20 women in her life come together to honor her. It was a really special morning.

Now on to the details... Friday night brought a fun grocery trip with my fabulous helper Jake:

I also picked up these great cookies made by Cameron based on this pin I found on Pinterest.

I also crafted some name plates for the food table using placecard holders from Michael's craft store and scrapbook paper:

Saturday morning I went over to my mom's house where Ellen and Chan helped me prep the food - I couldn't have done it without them!

My mom made sure the house was guest-ready and was a huge help for the shower too. She put out her fancy serveware and we set the table:

Back in June I found a guy selling blue Ball mason jars from the 1930s that he had in a barn in the country. I got five of them to use as a centerpiece at the shower and gift to Elise since I knew she had been wanting some.

Almost all of the food came off of Pinterest. First, the fruit skewers and mozzarella prosciutto tomato bites:

The goal of the food at this party was to be able to buy things at the store and prep the food with no cooking and little assembly. I also wanted semi-healthy food since Elise is great about eating healthy foods.

For the fruit skewers I got a tub of assorted grapes and a fruit tray from Kroger and skewers from Hobby Lobby. The mozzarella prosciutto tomato bites would have stood up better if I had used cherry tomatoes but I got grape tomatoes so oh well!

Next on the table are one of my favorite appetizers, one that Elise loves: pastrami wrapped pickles. Jake's mom made these for us. I've blogged about them before here but since then have realized that my system was flawed - Jake's mom smears the cream cheese on the pastrami directly and then rolls the pickle in, which is far superior to my old way.

Jake helped make these pesto turkey pinwheels Friday night - they sit in the fridge overnight before you slice them up:

This fiesta layer dip was a hit but in the future I'd use frito scoops instead of the original fritos.

These veggie sticks are all the rage on Pinterest. They turned out really pretty:

In the other room we had drinks and desserts. Elise loves kettle corn so we popped some of that and then had the monogram cookies on a platter.

Elise also loves fruit tea from Bread and Company so we searched and found a recipe copy on Pinterst that turned out perfect.

Here's the bride to be and her mom:

Guests getting food:

We didn't do any shower games and instead opted to let guests enjoy each other's company:

A friend gave me these vases from IKEA and they have come in handy several times now:

Elise got some fabulous gifts, including this precious tray from Babcock Gifts:

I also got to give Elise my gift, a Dorothy Art portrait of Calvary where she'll get married.

Here's one more shot of the flowers, which turned out nice and got to be a fun gift for Elise:

And here's the final product of the name plates:

And Elise was so sweet as to give me this fabulous hostess gift!

So here's to a fabulous shower celebrating a fabulous girl. Can't wait for September 21!!

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