by Stef |
July 8, 2011 · 7:51 am
My cousin Jim and his high school sweetheart Jenny are tying the knot this September. It was our families’ honor to throw Jenny a shower. Jim proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, so a French-themed bridal shower was a no brainer. Held at Retro Bistro, a wonderful French restaurant in Mt. Prospect, IL, we sipped on Kir Royales (champagne and Chambord) and dined on delicious French cuisine.
French-themed items along with pictures of the couple were placed on the gift table as guests walked in.
Slender Eiffel Tower vases in purple, black and green with simple callalilies adorned the table, atop Parisian paper and alongside dishes of Champagne flavored candies.
Guests were given a variety of scents of Eiffel Tower bottles of lotion, placed at each place setting at the table, along with a name card to match the invitation.
Each guest was asked to choose a card out of a pile once seated for lunch. Written on each card were different French terms, phrases and places. Throughout the course of the shower, the hosts would pick a card from the box and read it aloud. If your card was read, you were able to choose a Parisian prize.
If I do say so myself, this shower was magnifique! An early congrats to Jim and Jenny, we look forward to the big wedding celebration this fall!
by kkregel |
June 13, 2011 · 8:10 am
Last weekend I threw a lovebirds themed bridal shower for my younger sister who is getting married in August. I created custom invites for the shower to match the colors of her wedding and complement her invitations, which focus on a pretty calligraphy font.
To fit the theme, the table was decorated with a rustic white bird cage that held two little bird candles as my “lovebirds” and was surrounded by moss and small potted garden flowers. The flowers were tied up with twine and tags with the couple’s name on them and served double duty as favors for guests.
A mimosa punch was dressed up with paper straws that held whimsical paper bird cutouts.
Simple salads were the dishes du jour, making it easy to prep food as a hostess. A chicken, grape tomato and bocconcini salad was dressed with spinach and garlic mustard pesto made from my CSA bounty. Served along side it was a mixed greens salad with radishes, pecans and green apples. All dishes were marked with tags that matched the invitations.
Mixed summer berries with a light balsamic mint dressing completed the salad trio.
For dessert, guests were treated to hand-dipped pirouette cookies and homemade Lemon Lavender Cupcakes, a favorite flavor combo of the bride-to-be.