Tina’s Bridal Shower

Last month, I had the privilege of helping out with a former roommate’s bridal shower. When the maid of honor (Tina’s sister) asked me if I’d like to make some dessert for the shower, I was honored to be asked and immediately said yes!

I’ve had many roommates in the past, and Tina is one of my favorites. Is she even better than my current one? Hmmm.. that’s a tough call. She cooked for me, sometimes cleaned up after me, was a great workout buddy, gave me tennis lessons, got me into baseball, and taught me a great deal about home style Taiwanese food. To bake for her bridal shower was my way of showing appreciation for her friendship and presence in my life.

Can you tell the bridal shower had a theme? Well it did, and the theme was Tina’s favorite things: the color yellow, the color white, and polka-dots. Cheryl did all the decorations and crafted together paper pom-poms, yarn pom-poms, paper banners, balloon banners, and strew paper circle cut-outs all around the apartment. She really transformed David’s apartment into a ray of sunlight. Update: Not that it wasn’t already wonderfully decorated by the groom..

How awesome is it that guests brought presents wrapped in the same style as the decorations? We made no kind of announcement or demands for this; Tina’s friends simply know what she likes.

Kelly, the maid of honor, took care of the food, and she prepared as many yellow foods as she could think of. We had tamago sushi, assorted cheese and crackers, corn salsa on tortilla chips, deviled eggs, a yellow vegetable platter, chicken salad sandwiches, and sweet potato fries. We had quite the assortment of food, and it looked great altogether.

In addition to this honey chocolate polka-dot cake, I made a few other desserts in the same theme, and I even brought back lemon and vanilla macarons from LadurĂ©e in Paris. I’ll be sure to write more about the desserts in future posts, so check back next week!

Even more polka-dots! This is the only present picture I’m going to post. But let me say we certainly saw more white, yellow, and polka-dots among the presents.

The bridesmaids sent us home with these adorable pots of honey as shower favors. They skillfully tied various Burt’s Bees items to each honey pot with cute yellow yarn. I heard it was a great feat, so job well done, ladies.

And here the bride is with her lovely bouquet for the wedding rehearsal. Cheryl came prepared with her glue gun and craft supplies and made this fabulous gift wrap bouquet that could be fit for the actual wedding.

I can’t believe Tina will be marrying her fiancĂ© David in just one week! The bridal shower was so bright and cheery, and I hope their wedding will be filled with even more sunshine. Congratulations, you two!

Au Revoir…

The day has finally come for me to leave for Paris. No, not forever, just for 5 days. It feels like I’ve talked about this trip for ages, but I suppose it has been a good seven months. Yes, I booked it that far in advance.

As this day got nearer, I’ve become so antsy to experience the city of lights for the first time. The sights, the smells, the food, ah the food. I cannot wait to eat everything in sight and capture it all in photos.

The macarons posted above are the chocolate macarons with Nutella ganache I made last winter. I will definitely be eating many macarons over the next 5 days, and I hope to share some photos with y’all when I get back. Au revoir, my friends!