Thursday, May 23, 2013

Perfect Picnic Bridal Shower

I was so thrilled to get to be a part of planning this past weekend's backyard picnic bridal shower. Not only was the guest of honor one of my longest, dearest friends, but the hostess is my cousin who will soon be moving across the country. It was a sweet event with two of my most favorite people in the world. And I can't wait a minute longer to show you how it all turned out!


Isn't it the sweetest?! And I can tell you first-hand, it was not only wonderful to look at but absolutely wonderful to taste, too. My emphasis as an event planner has always been on tight budgets and great presentations, but thanks to a very talented hostess, this event also had array of {incredibly} yummy, homemade food for guests to enjoy as well. Lucky you, she's agreed to share a few of her personal recipes with us throughout the week! Stay tuned.

First up: choice of egg salad on oat, southwest bean wrap or good 'ole PB&J wrapped in wax paper and tied off with red gingham ribbon or bakers twine. Recipes to come!!




Sides included a quinoa walnut salad and strawberries. For dessert: homemade oatmeal creme pies individually packaged in mini paper bags and embellished with printables by Kelly Medina Studios. Recipes to come!!

To drink: Blueberry iced green tea and Strawberry basil lemonade. {YUM} So refreshing for a warm summer day. Recipes to come!!


If you've seen my events before, you know I love adding lots of special, small details. Here, we used lots of custom pennant banners in coordinating red, white and cherry paper, old cherry preserves jars to hold the silverware, vases of red tulips and lots of old wooden crates and wire baskets for that old, sweet summer picnic feel. 


Guests were assigned a household item to bring in lieu of a card to help the new couple get their pantry started. During lunch, we asked guests to write a "Date Night" idea for the couple to use in their first year of marriage. We also invited the groom in for a casual interview to give both sides of the family a chance to see the couple interact in person - this of course was the highlight of the afternoon! :)


An old desk embellished with coordinating pennant banners acted as our gift table. 



I {love} getting to celebrate people with such special events! For more event ideas, checkout my other parties here. Now for a simple, but tasty recipe!


Southwest Veggie Wraps

2 cans rinsed black beans
1 cup shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheese
1 cup sliced grape tomatoes

1/2 cup diced red onion
1-2 tbsp cumin

1-2 tbsp diced cilantro
salt
2 avocados sliced
10-12 10" flour tortillas

Mix first seven ingredients together. Add 2-3 thinly sliced pieces of avocado to tortilla then layer with 1/3 cup of bean mixture. Roll & serve.  


Congratulations, Beth & Jeremy!!


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