Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Surprise Bridal Shower

I love creating beautiful settings where every detail is closely paid attention all the while creating an ambiance that people will truly love.  I was lucky enough to be able to do this for one of my closest friends, Nuria by throwing her an intimate surprise bridal shower this past weekend (this is what kept me so busy over the past few weeks!).  If there is someone that truly appreciates beautiful things, it is her, so I wanted to throw her an appropriate soiree to celebrate her wedding.  I chose a gold and white theme, as she is just like me – she loves gold and added flower details, both paper and real, throughout the setting.  I served one-bite appetizers that guests could nibble on while sipping cocktails. 
 (The dessert table consisted of vanilla cupcakes with toasted coconut and vanilla macaroons with chocolate ganache)
(The bride stopping to smell the roses)
(Light pink colored rock candy added a subtle dose of color to the dessert table)
(I created a floral ambiance by using white floral paper roses (similar here) and gold leaf garland from Caramelos, my new favorite Etsy shop)
(I purchased wooden spoons and overlayed them with gold and white washi tape)
(I attached Knot & Bow's heart stickers to skewers and put the initials of the bride and groom in gold pen)
(An appetizer I think should grace all tables - caprese skewers with basil from our garden)
(Turkey meatballs inserted with toothpicks were a quick bite, I served with a side of marinara sauce)
(Another essential - bread with Italian olives and fresh ricotta)
(Fresh ricotta from Caputo's in Brooklyn and garnished with fresh thyme, also from our garden)
(Roasted garlic ricotta tarts served in bite-size portions)
(Cucumbers cut into large slices with the seeds removed and filled with whipped goat cheese and chives)
(A new way to display drink mixers in Mason jars with chalkboard labels)
(Seltzer water in pretty packaging is also another way to add a bit of elegance to a party)

*All photographs by Alison


  1. Looks absolutely beautiful! You did a fabulous job!


    Leopard and Lillies

  2. Everything looks really delicious!

    Looks more like the bride is biting into the cupcakes instead of smelling the roses ;)


  3. Wow my mouth is watering. Those are incredibly lovely photos! Nice work on the shower!

  4. wow, this is beautiful. What a lucky bride, thank you for sharing!

  5. Please come to my home and make me this amazing food with this beautiful setting! Amazing!! xoxo

  6. SO cute, I love the pink rock candy!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. Everything was incredible beautiful and taste, thanks! :)

  8. wow this looks amazing, wish I could try those yummy looking meatballs;) really beautiful and so pretty!:)
    xx Kate

  9. What a sweet friend you are!! Everything is beautiful and you can tell all the love and care you put into. You took some great shots as well! Everything looked delicious as well. This was a lovely shower indeed.

  10. This all looks seriously amazing! such a wonderful idea and so nice of you to plan it all!


  11. Aw, what a gorgeous little party (yummy looking too)! :)


  12. Too fun! All that food looks delish!


  13. What a beautiful bridal howler, everything look perfect! This was such a thoughtful thing to do, I'm sure it made your friend very happy :)

  14. Looks amazing, great work!


  15. Pretty and delicious...such great inspiration!

  16. WOW!! Can you come to Utah & help do my sons Star Wars Party?! It all looks absolutely amazing. I love all of the personal touches.:)

  17. WOW, that is so stunning! You did such an amazing job! I'm sure your friend was thrilled. The details are incredible (like the forks and skewers) and the food looks delicious!

    xo Jenny

  18. Amazingly stunning! Everything looks great, what a special friend you have. :0) Congratulations, once again. I am very happy for you :o)

  19. What a lucky friend! Every detail was amazing. Thanks so much for sharing the pics.

  20. I love the way you used the doilies on your beautiful refinished dresser! Nice. Nuria looks so beautiful. Tell her congratulations! XOXO

  21. My only advice is always to commence planning early, there were tons of headaches running about at the last minute but it turned out wonderful, it’s definitely worth organizing in advance. One of my pals had a Hawaiian luau bridal shower theme on the beach and it was incredible! Identified this web site that lets you personalize your own tank tops, beer mugs, posters and lots of other neat stuff.