Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Shower’

Sneak Peek: Not So Real Housewives Shower

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Over the weekend I co-hosted a Not So Real Housewives themes wedding shower. It was SO SO SO much fun. A bridal shower with a sense of humor, who would have thought?

Bellini Bar

 

This is what we served:

Bloody Mary Bar

Bellini Bar- Strawberry-Rhubarb-Vanilla Bean Puree and Peach-Thyme Puree

Iced Tea

Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche

Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche

Mini Sausage, Spinach and Sweet Potato Frittatas

Quinoa and Beet Salad

Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Pine Nuts

Donut Holes

Mint Chip Ice Cream Cake

more to come…

xo,

Lydia

How To: Bloody Mary Bar

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Bloody Mary Bar

I’m planning a wedding shower in a few weeks for a bride that loves Bloody Mary’s. The other hostesses and I want this Bloody Mary Bar to be unforgettable. This is what we did last year for Anjali’s shower

 

Bloody Mary Mix

Starting with a great Tomato Mix is very important, I want to try this recipe for Roasted Tomato Juice from my fav chef Suzanne Goin (The Hungry Cat Bloody Mary.)

 

Bloody Mary Bar

Once you have your base of Vodka and Tomato Mix then you need an array of garnishes. Lemon, limes, hot sauces, crunchy celery and a mix of artisan pickled vegetables.

 

Bloody Mary

 

Guests mix their own custom cocktails to get the shower started on the right note. Any other tips or ideas to spice up our Bloody Mary Bar? (pun intended)

 

xo,

Lydia

How to: Banh Mi Sandwich Buffet

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I mentioned that we served a Banh Mi Sandwich buffet at Anjali’s bridal shower last month but I didn’t share any pictures of the buffet itself. A DIY sandwich buffet is a unique and easy way to feed a large crowd. Take some help from your local Vietnamese restaurant and order the baguettes and the meat from the restaurant to cut down on your cooking duties.

Banh Mi Buffet

Set up your table in a way that guests start with the baguettes and then move from filling to filling to layer up their sandwiches as they please.

Baguettes

Vietnamese baguettes from Xoia in Echo Park are extra crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We cut them onto sandwich sized portions and then horizontally down the middle so they were ready to fill.

Sriracha and Garlic "Aoili"

I made roasted garlic “aioli” by slow roasting a head of garlic and then pureeing it into Vegenaise with a splash of lemon. I made Sriracha “aioli” by mixing Sriracha chili sauce and lime juice into Vegenaise. I used Vegenaise because it tastes good and I wanted to make sure to accommodate any vegan shower guests.

Sandwich Proteins

After the aoili’s were spread onto baguettes, the guests chose between sliced tofu, roast beef in lemongrass broth (from Xoia) or pickled shrimp to top their sandwiches. All proteins were served cold or at room temperature (much easier on the hostesses.)

Banh Mi toppings

Next guests topped their sandwiches with shredded carrots, long matchsticks of cucumber and whole stems of crisp cilantro.

Banh Mi Shrimp Sandwich

An artfully arranged shrimp sandwich on a Bambu plate. The sandwiches were delicious and satisfying, custom built to satisfy everyone’s tastes and dietary needs. All the plates returned empty. Success.

 

xo,
LEH

 

A Theme Free Wedding Shower

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Hope you all enjoy this visual tour of the bridal shower I mentioned on Monday via Sarah’s pretty pretty pictures. The other hostesses and I wanted to honor our friend Anjali’s quirky-retro style and commitment to excellence in all things crafts, food and games. Oh, and make sure the shower felt hip and theme free.

 

Bridal Shower Bar

A big bar spread laid out on a Deck Towel draped table. You can’t ask guests to arrive at 11am on a Sunday morning and not offer a nice assortment of cocktails, right?

 

Bloody Mary Bar

The Blood Mary Bar offered lots of mixers and vegetables to garnish, like spicy green beans, good pickles and sriracha to mix in for an extra kick.

 

Mimosas

On the sweeter side there was Prosecco and fresh orange juice for mimosas.

 

Shower Gift Table

Creative gifts were tucked into craft paper and bright ribbons. The bride received vintage plates in her wedding colors, a coffee set from the 60’s and a stunning crystal punch bowl with many mini glasses for her holiday fetes.

 

Shower Table

A long table with a craft paper runner was studded with bright linen napkins. The built in stone bench was covered with cushions and draped with saffron and magenta colored fabric from the balcony above.

 

Shower Table Decor

Beth artfully arranged multi-colored blooms from the farmer’s market in tiny tea tins. Each place setting on the table was marked by Scrabble letters of the guests initials.

 

Scrabble Letters

 

Cute.

 

Scrabble Letter Placecards

Orange juice in the mid-day light.

 

Bahn Mi and Cabbage Salad

Each guest assembled their own Banh Mi sandwich from a buffet of items and served themselves cabbage salad on Bambu plates.

 

Lydia, Niki and Sandra

I struggled to get a good shot of my plate with editorial help from hostesses Niki and Sandra.

 

Almond Cake with Summer Fruit

 

Elan made this incredible almond cake topped with fresh peaches, raspberries and blackberries and lemon whipped cream. We enjoyed it over the ohhs and ahhs of gift opening.

 

Anjali + Plate

SO many other crafts and details went into this event, I will share those in a post next week.

 

xo,
LEH

 

Wedding Shower Menu

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Shower Menu Ideas

Yesterday the WAGS and I hosted a really cute shower for our girl Anjali. I promise to share all the pics and details once I get them organized. Back in June when the hostesses and I had our first idea session, I took some pictures.

 

Shower Inspiration

 

You can see many of the final menu items from the inspiration material above.

Wedding Shower Menu

Mimiosas and Sriracha Bloody Mary’s

Bellini Popsicle

Shrimp Chips

Make your own Banh Mi Bar- Fresh baguettes, pickled shrimp, beef brisket, marinated tofu and all the fresh toppings and sauces

Cabbage Salad with Spicy Basil Dressing

Almond Cake with Summer Fruit and Lemon Whipped Cream

 

The food was a hit. So good in fact that after most of the guests left we got out the leftovers and made a second round of Banh mi and giggled with the bride-to-be. A special, magical day.

 

xo,
LEH