I love designing bridal showers because all of the most important women in a Bride's life come together to share their wisdom for a happy marriage. The bride is given advice on how to keep up with housework, ways to resolve arguments and easy dinner ideas.
Learning how to cook to suit you and your future husband's lifestyle is so important and A Gourmet Recipe Shower is a modern take on the traditional kitchen shower. Who wouldn't love going out to Zagat rated restaurant every night, but that just isn't realistic with work and eventually children. Hosting a Gourmet Recipe shower for the Bride will help get her ready to wow even the most work week weary husband.
Invitations can include a kitchen utensil or a mini cutting board. Be sure to include the customary details (when, where, rsvp) and also include the gourmet potluck recipe request. Ask each guest to bring a gourmet appetizer or dessert along with the recipe. All of the recipe's will be gathered and placed into a notebook for the bride to take home as a keepsake. I know I love to participate in a potluck but if you think your guests would be offended, then just request them to bring along their favorite gourmet recipe.
The table decor can incorporate kitchen utensils into the flower displays and centerpieces. It is a fun way to incorporate the foodie theme, while also allowing the bride to take as a gift. I personally love to use the Kitchenaid products. The spatulas, spoons, peelers, etc are so durable and they come in the brightest colors! If you do go with the KitchenAid centerpieces don't forget to display the bride's piece de resistance... The KitchenAid mixer!
A great game for a Gourmet Shower is an Exotic Taste test. One of my favorite Top Chef quickfire challenges is where each chef must do a blind taste test on exotic fruit, spices, chutney and vegetables. The shower can also incorporate a game with 10-15 different ingredients set up on a table and each guest is encouraged to taste test. Once everyone has a chance to sample the offerings, the correct answers are tallied and the winner is announced! A lovely gift basket filled with amazing products for the guests own kitchen would make a wonderful prize.
A table with a beautiful Gourmet Cook Book would make a unique guest book. Each guest can sign next to their favorite recipe or add their own well wishes on the inside cover. Near the Guest Book table would be the delicious favors. A petite jar of rosemary infused sea salt would be a luxurious DIY project. All you would need to do is insert three to four small sprigs of rosemary (any herb would work) into a glass jar before filling with sea salt. Let them sit in a cool dark place for a few days before the party.
If you do decide to incorporate a potluck element into the party I would recommend dividing everyone up into appetizer or dessert. Then the hostess can provide the main course. One of my absolute favorite recipes for a potluck is a Crescent Wreath. You can fill the wreath with any fillings to accommodate any dietary needs.
Ingredients ½ lb. mild Italian bulk sausage 3 Tbsp. Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix 1 cup shredded colby Jack cheese ½ cup chopped fresh broccoli ¾ (10.75 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup ¾ cup chopped red and green bell pepper 2 (8 oz.) tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
Directions Brown first 2 ingredients in medium skillet until sausage is no longer pink; add next 4 ingredients. Unroll and separate crescent rolls into triangles; arrange crescent rolls with wide ends completely overlapping in a wreath shape on large baking pan. Spoon sausage mixture over wide ends of crescent rolls; roll pointed ends and tuck under wide ends, leaving filling visible. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes. Makes 8-10 servings.
Would you want a Gourmet Shower? What is your go-to Gourmet Recipe for weeknight meals?
This week is sure to be Fun-Filled and Star-Studded! There are two events in the Los Angeles area that would allow you to meet two stars in their field.
First, On Thursday night the Bebe store on Rodeo Drive is hosting a party to celebrate the launch of their new bridal line. And lucky me, my favorite designer from Project Runway, Rami Kashou will also be attending since he designed the entire line!
She is a true inspiration for young business women, that is for sure. She created a entertaining and lifestyle site and quickly turned it into appearances and features. Now, she has her first book out, Push-up Pops, all about an amazing way to make and display desserts in a modern way.
Are you attending any of these great events? I hope to see you there!
The heart of the wedding festivities lies in the ceremony. When the two people involved are committing themselves to each other and all of the people most important to them are sharing in this tender moment, is something fairy tails are made of.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I have been busy completing projects for an upcoming wedding I'm coordinating! I can't wait to share the pictures.
I have been looking for Modern, Luxurious and Magical inspiration for an escort card display and here are my favorite finds from Pinterest. Be sure to Follow MLM Worldwide Event Planning on Pinterest for a daily dose of great inspiration.
Escort cards can be displayed in a traditional arrangement on a table with a show stopping centerpiece
One way to get a lot of bang out of your floral budget is to have the largest arrangement at the wedding on the escort card table. It is the first thing guests will see before entering the actual reception so a large arrangement will make a lasting impression
Another great idea for the escort table is the edible escort card
A miniature bottle of ketchup would be a great addition to a casual b-b-q.
Bottled of soda adds a great pop of color to a bright, modern event.
Stripped Lollipops in a green silk box adds a playful element to a stuffy black tie affair.
A terra cotta pot of fresh herbs would make a wonderful edible favor for the guest to take home
Rustic inspired escort displays
Table assignments etched onto vintage window panes is an unexpected update on the traditional display
A rusted wagon filled with wheat grass keeps the escort tags in order
A sunflower for each guest look amazing at a Summer wedding
A tiny bundle of Lavender would not only look beautiful but be fragrant as well
A gilded gold frame with rows of lace is a great blend way to display the escort cards. The clothespins holding the cards to the lace can be glittered to add extra sparkle
A vintage key is a wonderful keepsake
The Escort Card Display is a great way to add some personality into your event. Incorporate something you love to do as a couple or showcase your wedding colors in an unexpected way. For more escort card ideas visit my Pinterest Page!
Did you have an unexpected escort card table? What are you planning on doing for your upcoming event? Please share your ideas, I would love to hear!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's sprinkling here in Los Angeles so I hope everyone stays dry while bar hopping today.
To celebrate an amazing excuse for drinking green beer I am bringing you a great
MLM Bachelorette Profile- Stephanie Thuss!!
Stephanie is such a sweet heart and is always so much fun to be around. She met her fiance, Garrit Barth at "the shore" in Long Beach, CA. They quickly became friends and he pursued Stephanie until she finally agreed to be his girlfriend on June 13, 2007. She describes Garrit as Outgoing, Athletic and Sweet!
Their proposal story is a perfect look inside their relationship- genuine and silly at the same time. On August 13, 2011 Garrit was insisting Stephanie leave happy hour with a girlfriend so that they could get a paddle boarding session in. She really wasn't in the mood but her friend helped persuade her to meet Garrit. Once they hit the Canals of Naples and were making their way to the Bay, Garrit began with his speech, "You know how much I love you right?" Stephanie was turning to answer with, "Yes, Of Course!", when she saw him down on one knee.. balancing on his paddle board, mind you. His next words were "Will you marry me?"
Stephanie was so shocked, she thought he might really be pranking her! As she was paddling to turn her board to face him, he reached forward to hand her the ring. Garrit stumbled and the ring splashed down, into the murky bay water with a loud kerplunk. Stephanie was filled with every emotion- shock, confusion, joy.. but she thought to herself, "Well, I guess we have to go scuba diving now to go get my ring!" At that moment Garrit's sister yelled from the colonnade, "You Dropped IT?!??" At this point it finally clicked to Stephanie that this wasn't a prank at all. Garrit then reached into his pocket and said, "Just kidding, here is your real ring." It was attached to a bright orange buoy. After paddling to his family, they celebrated all night long drinking champagne while their close friends toasted the beautiful couple.
Stephanie will celebrate her last night as a single lady eating Yellowtail shashimi and drinking a Sailor Jerry and Coke. She regularly practices Birkham Yoga (and has the abs to prove it). Steph and Garrit love to snuggle up and catch up on their biggest guilty pleasure- Jersey Shore! If the happy couple has their way, they would be relaxing in fabulous Bora Bora in an over-water hut during their honeymoon.
Stephanie's Bachelorette Party must haves are House Music and a gorgeous Swimming Pool. She is a Bottle Poppin' Bachelorette All The WAY! Vegas better watch out!
Congratulations Stephanie and Garrit!! All of the best wishes for a fun-filled future together!