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!

An Unbirthday Shower

It’s been a while since I posted the monogrammed sugar cookies, and I promised to go into details of my sister-in-law Jenn‘s bridal shower, so here they are.

Jenn wanted to use the shower to celebrate the people around her who have helped shape the woman she’s become. While we picked an Alice in Wonderland theme because of her deep love of the story, it also worked out to be a big unbirthday party for Jenn and all her friends.

All the decorations were taken care of by Cheryl, and she did a fine job from designing all the tags to making custom streamers to fit the occasion. Food was done by yours truly, and we had a variety tea sandwiches and stuffed mushrooms, and a chocolate raspberry cake to finish with.

Probably my favorite part of the shower was the time spent dressing up Jenn paper dolls in wedding garb uniquely designed by each of us. This was a different take on the typical toilet paper wedding dress game, and it was refreshing to have a creative outlet in this way. Everyone participated and there were some stunning designs!

Now the bridal shower has gone, and it’s time for the actual nuptial celebrations. I’m heading out this morning to St. Thomas for the wedding, and I know everything will turn out great. Jenn, I love you, and I’m so excited for you and Chris! Congratulations!