I met my friend Michelle as a freshman in high school. I can’t say I’ve had many “immediate BFFs” in my life, but Michelle was one of them. When we met during our spring break trip freshman year we immediately clicked and were close all through high school. Our senior year we realized we were applying to many of the same schools for college and laughed at how it’d be fun to room together if we went to the same one. We ended up both choosing the same school and roomed together for two years. After college we stayed in touch but I got married and she moved away for a time, so not as close.
Michelle moved back “home.”
And met someone.
And fell in love.
A few weeks ago I had the privilege to throw Michelle a bridal shower. I had a blast baking and decorating and working with the other bridesmaids.
I decided to experiment with using ribbon as the basis of my decor scheme here and it worked out well. I made a So Happy Together banner to go over the buffet and cut ribbon in my color scheme in different lengths to hang from the chandelier. It was simple, and pretty!
I cut out little hearts in the same colors and attached them to twine from the staircase.
The night before the shower I tied the same ribbon to strands of twine and hung it over the picture window and in other places. I loved how it looked on its own, but one of the bridesmaids printed a bunch of black and white photos of the bride and groom and clipped them on the ribbon banners. Amazing!
The menu for this shower was one of my favorite ever. I made so many fun things! One of the cutest was these little individual chocolate mousse pies. So easy, so yum. Just make your normal pie crust [I swear by this “no fail” recipe] and bake the shells in little tart pans. Then the day of the party mix up some chocolate mousse [this recipe was literally cool whip and melted chocolate] and spoon it all pretty-like in the shells. I tossed on strawberries at the last moment.
I also made sugar cookies with a homemade strawberry icing. Although I told the guests the secret ingredient was love and sunshine, really it was just fresh strawberries. Make your normal frosting recipe but go easy on the milk. Then puree strawberries and mix it right in. I think it’s nice to leave tiny little strawberry chunks of goodness, just so people know this is the real deal. Super yum.
Michelle told me her favorite cookies were oatmeal chocolate chip [mine too!] and his were white chocolate macadamia. So I made a batch of each and bagged them up, closed with a little pretty washi tape. Insta-favors. Most of the ladies said they’d give them to their hubbies, which I thought was a tragedy. Winter is coming ladies, you need a little fat to keep you warm.
The effervescent Emma [who took all these amazing photos] had me pose with the favors basket.
We also did fruit, veggies, spinach dip and lots of other munchies. I decided to use my china and borrowed another set from my mom so that I’d have enough. It was worth the hand washing. I really did not want to use plastic silverware but I don’t have enough real. Target has a very nice set of plastic silverware that looks like metal! I highly recommend.
What bliss! Michelle, I can’t wait for the wedding!
All photos were taken by Emma.