Monday, May 18, 2015

Tea Party Bridal Shower

This last weekend I helped my mom with a bridal shower for a good friend of ours.  She seriously is one of the sweetests girls you could possibly meet and we wanted to do something special for her.  We did a Tea Party theme, because it TOTALLY fits her personality.  And what a tea party it was!  My mom loves to throw parties, which is a trait that was passed on from her mother, which she got from HER mother.  They all have loved dishes, and my mom inherited a lot of beautiful dishes from my grandma.  We don't drink actual tea, so the pretty teacups and saucers that they collected have never really been used but this was a perfect opportunity to break them out and show them off!  Antique hankies, doilies, and tea towels with hand stitched embroidery and tatted lace from my grandma and great-grandma that have been folded neatly in dusty boxes were also brought out and used to decorate.  We polished off some of their old brooches, pins, and pearls to add a little sparkle to the table.



  And with such pretty decorations on the table, we had to have equally delicious food!

What would a teaparty be without thumbprint jam cookies?

We made this little serving display out of a candle holder that we found at Goodwill.  We spray painted it white and set little china dishes on each of the plates that would have held candles.

These are SOO amazing.  I have to stop myself from eating too many.  But these are great for parties because you can make them way in advance and just store them in the freezer for a few weeks until you need them.

This is my mom's shortbread cookie recipe, and it is by far my favorite of the ones I've tried.

It sounds like it would be spicy, but it's really not.

Cucumber Sandwiches
These are really straightforward.  We just spread a little chive and onion cream cheese on each slice of bread, put on a few sprouts, and a slice of cucumber.  But our shaped bread tubes that we made the bread in made it so much cuter!

These are another food item that I had to try and stay away from.  They are seriously SOO delish!

We followed this recipe, but with a few changes.  We only used a 1/2 tsp of pepper, and that was PLENTY.  Also, we bought already cooked/peeled/deveined shrimp, and just sauteed it in the mixture they say to cook it in for a while to get the taste into it.

Crab Salad
Albertsons!  They have a really good one. Haha

We used 2 (10oz) conatiners of the frozen strawberries instead of the one that it called for, and we liked it so much better.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
These were made by making a rectangle out of cressant rolls and then layering ham and cheese on top. Roll it up and cut into 6 pinwheels. Put on a baking sheet and bake according to the package directions. Very Simle.

Veggie Cups
Again, very simple.  We poured ranch dressing into the little cups and arranged snap peas, carrots and two cherry tomatoes (which we stacked on top of each other and secured with a toothpick.

Mint Brownie Bites
These were just a box brownie mix, that we topped with a mint buttercream frosting and drizzled with melted chocolate.

Antipasto Picks
These were made with cheddar and montery jack cheese cubes, green and black olives, and a tiny dill pickle on a toothpick 

Other decorations in the house

I made this chicken wire frame a while ago and brought it to display some of their amazing engagement pictures.

She is so beautiful, and they both just belong in the 1940's.  =)

Can we take a moment to just admire this boquet?  She made that by herself and that is the boquet she will be using on her wedding day!  Seriously so gorgeous!

This was a wreath that we made to go next to the front door.  It turned out so much better than we ever dreamed!

As they left, we had a basket with two different types of truffles for a favor.  We used little treat bags and simply folded a doily in half to dress it up.  We secured it to the bag using double sided tape.  And the little ribbon rose just completed it. =)


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