Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Real party: a French-inspired bridal shower

How decadent and lovely does this pink frosting look?

I love a pretty bridal shower as much as the next gal. Especially a shower with delicious desserts. This French-inspired shower was submitted by Katherine, who works as a librarian in an isolated area of Maine, but exercises her creativity with event planning. 

This sweet shower was thrown for Katherine's friend Keely. Here are the details as told by Katherine:

"The theme of the shower was a mix of French and floral, paying homage to the color purple, one of Keely’s favorite hues. The flowers featured included: purple tinted roses from Ecuador, purple anemone, the Picasso Calla Lilly, mauve hydrangea, and tons of sweet purple pansies.

As for desserts, I wanted to pay homage to all things French. We had French bulldog cookies, Eiffel Tower cookies, macarons in shades of pink and purple, perfume-shaped cookies that proclaimed “Love Is So Sweet” in French, and Marie Antoinette cupcakes in purple and pink. 

The food was perfect rainy day fare and was handsomely created by my co-host and her daughters. We featured a menu of light sandwiches, homemade soup, fruit, and chocolate mousse. In keeping true to our Maine location, we featured a sweet vintage cork-board where everyone could write their advice to the bride on whoopie pie-shaped paper cutouts. It was a truly fantastic day, and we capped off the Memorial Day weekend by taking Keely and her mother to the coast of Maine for seafood and lighthouses."
The dessert table atop a chevron tablecloth Amazing cookies that are too pretty to eatA beautiful and lush floral arrangement  Love the use of wine glasses for serving dessertI adore these bulldog cookies!And of course you can't have a French-inspired bridal shower without macarons! I'm not sure which cookies are cuter, the bulldogs or these Eiffel Towers?What a beautiful bridal shower. The food looked absolutely amazing and the desserts decadant. Thanks so much to Katherine for sending this soiree my way. I hope the bride Keely has a wonderful wedding day!

If you have a party to share please send to eatdrinkpretty{at|}gmail{dot}com. I'm always looking for gorgeous events to feature on Eat Drink Pretty!


Vendor Credits

Eiffel Tower cookies: FlourDeLisShop Esty
French bulldog cookies: Peapodscookies Esty
Perfume Cookies: Cookies with Character
Cupcakes: Torri Bell Huston
Flowers: Noyes Flower and Plant Shoppe, Caribou, Maine
Photography: Connie Carman Gagnon Washburn, Maine

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Real party: a Bridesmaids-inspired Parisian bridal shower

I'm super excited to feature this adorable bridal shower because it was submitted by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Jenn of Much To My Delight. Jenn is an all-around super awesome person and she writes an equally awesome blog. It's hilarious, full of yummy food, entertaining tips and stories about her life in Queens.

I recently really enjoyed following along in Jenn's Whole 30 diet challenge and then (quite the opposite) her trip to Paris with his husband Vinnie where she ate her face off and came back to brag all about it. I was sufficiently jealous.

When I told my sister "I got a cute submission from Jenn of Much to My Delight blog", she replied "you better feature it because I love that blog!!!" Point taken, sis. Jenn's blog is not a huge blog, it doesn't have professional-grade foodie photos, she doesn't post on a super regular basis...but there is something really special about it. I sort of feel like it's a best kept secret blog and if people begin discovering it her traffic will skyrocket. She's just really really cool. And funny. She has also been a fan of my blog which always surprises me because she is way cooler than me. My sister totally agrees with that.

Anyway....back to the party. The theme is really cute/funny because it's based on Jenn's friend who loves the movie Bridesmaid. So that became the inspiration, namely, the glitzy shower scene.


As told by Jenn:

"The bride loves the movie Bridesmaids, so we centered everything around that. We went all-out Parisian with little Eiffel towers everywhere and a pink and black theme. We took notes from the shower scene in the movie by adding gauzy pink curtains, art deco posters and a chocolate fountain. We had a giant cookie too, but forgot to take pictures!

We served cheese (from the good part of the store!) and lots of fruit and pastries. Of course, we also served pink lemonade (nice! Nice touch!) with just a splash of vodka, because that's how we roll. For favors, I baked classic French madelines, and served them with little doggies on the label as a nod to the favors from the movie. We also served French martinis, one of the brides' favorite cocktails."
The shower took place in Jenn's backyard in Queens. It looked like an intimate, perfect party. Now I need to find some gourmet cheese to devour.

Thanks to Jenn for the submission and also for being a huge supporter of Eat Drink Pretty over the years!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Real party: a lovely bridal shower

Photographer Kimberly Genevieve submitted this gorgeous shower and I knew it's sweet simplicity would be perfect for Eat Drink Pretty.

Kimberly is a Los Angeles based wedding photographer who shot this shower for her friend back in May. Many of the details in this shower were thrifted or hand-made.

This shower is great inspiration for the upcoming tea party/baby shower I am co-hosting in the next couple weeks.













Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Real party: a black/white foodie bridal shower

Libby's shower was a huge success and you'll see there was no shortage of food or cocktails.  That's my kind of shower.

I planned a black/white foodie-themed shower for Libby because her wedding colors are black and white and she is a huge foodie, I like to keep themes personal and relevant.  I incorporated a lot of Libby's favorite foods into the Italian-inspired menu.

Special thanks to Libby's sisters and future sister-in-laws for helping to provide the booze!  And a HUGE thank you to my friend Kristin who helped out with the shower all day.

Here are all the details...
I served a "Blackberry Bridetini" signature cocktail which consisted of homemade blackberry simple syrup, vodka and club soda.  The drink was light and refreshing with a hint of sweetness. 
The template for the paper goods is from the Wedding Chicks blog (meant for wedding invitations but I used the scroll for the bridal shower invitation and carried it through with menu cards).
For a non-alcoholic option we had Italian soda from Trader Joes.
Here's Libby, the cute bride-to-be sipping her Blackberry Bridetini.
Kristin, my helper for the day....taking a well-deserved break for a cocktail.
I served cheese and bread/crackers/fruit as an appetizer.  Libby is obsessed with bread and cheese.  I also created a mini crostini bar.  Guests could build their own crostini and choose from three toppings; bruschetta, white bean and caper and artichoke parmesan (full menu below with links to recipes).




More bread than we needed.  One thing I have learned...though I think I can plan one bad-ass party, I have no idea how to estimate appropriate amounts of food.  I bought way too much food and now have 2 pounds of mozzarella, 2 baguettes and dozens of cupcakes sitting in my fridge.


We served Italian pasta salad (brought by Libby's sister-in-law, Suzie) and proscuitto-wrapped melon with a lime drizzle for lunch.
Build-your-own caprese sandwiches served with foccacia or ciabbata.  The gorgeous basil is from the Mpls Farmers' Market.


By the time we served dessert everyone had eaten quite a bit plus it was 90 degrees out.  Yeah...it was hot as hell.  But for an outdoor shower I will take heat over rain any day.

Dessert included brownie bites (made by Kristin, they were a big hit) and I made oreo cupcakes. I brought these to work on Monday and received rave reviews.




I decorated the tent with black and white paper lanterns.  Thanks to my hubs and brother-in-law, Drew for helping with set-up.
I kept the flowers pretty simple with white mums and hydrangea purchased from Trader Joes for only $12.  I put them in bud vases, apothecary jars and varying sizes of cylinder vases. 




Libby received a wedding tree as a gift from her mom (purchased from Etsy) that will be her guest book at the wedding.  Guests put a finger print on the tree and sign their name, great idea for a fall wedding (Libby got the idea from our friend Nicole who is getting married in October.)

Now for the full menu:

Italian menu

Appetizers
Baguette/crackers/fruit
Gorgonzola
Gouda
Brie
Dubliner
Build-your-own crostini; bruschetta (purchased from Trade Joes, white bean and caper, artichoke parmesan)

Main course
Build-your-own caprese sandwiches
Proscuitto-wrapped melon with a lime drizzle
Italian pasta salad
Parmesan garlic kettle chips

Dessert
Brownie bites
Oreo cupcakes

Beverages
Blackberry bridetini (blackberry simple syrup, vodka, club soda)
Italian soda
White wine
Red wine
Water

Whew, hungry yet?!

Congrats to Libby and Jason on their upcoming wedding!  I can't wait!