For those of you who don't know, my sister is getting married in early October. Her bridal shower was the past weekend and although the day got of to a rainy and rocky start, I do believe it was a success! I was very relieved after it was all over, however, because this thing has been my baby for the past two months. I spent hours planning and created 3-4 excel spreadsheets to track guests, to-do lists, and budgets. It was exciting to see it all finally come together and all that hard work pay off! Plus, it's great to know that the bride-to-be enjoyed herself, which is really the most important part. :)
The decor was centered around these pink and orange gerbera daisies.
After tossing around several favor ideas, and pricing everything to make homemade soaps, bath salts and candles, I figured out that the cheapest and easiest option was to create flower pot pens. I think I made one of these for Mother's day a long time ago when I was little but I put a bit more effort into these ones ;) They turned out super cute, were very easy to make (just required several nights to do different steps), and easy on the wallet too! These babies were $1.69 ea...when I was shopping online for pre-made ones, the cheapest I could find were $3.50 ea! Definitely worth the time and effort.
Flower Pot Pens
- Mini pots (came in 6-packs at Hobby Lobby)
- Plaster of Paris (dry - available at some craft stores and Home Depot)
- Floral tape
- Spanish moss
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Tarp/cardboard to cover work area
- Ribbon, favor tags, decorations, if desired
Mine had little holes in the bottoms so I had to plug those holes. I'm sure the plaster would've plugged them since it's quick drying but I wasn't in the mood to take chances. I used the hot glue gun to cover the holes. After the glue had cooled enough to touch but it wasn't solid yet, I picked up each pot and squished the glue to ensure the entire hole was covered. I also checked to make sure too much didn't come out through the bottom so that it could still sit level.
Super cute, right?? :)
I also got to bake (!!) for the shower. It was NICE as it had felt like forever since I'd been allowed to bake! I love baking for other people because I can get my baking urges under control while not ruining my waistline since I get to share the results ;) These were fabulous to make as well because I could literally not eat more than one...portion control included!
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Covered Brownie Bites
from Picky Palate
Makes 24 balls
- 1 box brownie mix (my favorite is Ghirardelli but Pillsbury is a nice budget-friendly option) plus ingredients needed
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips* (a 12 oz bag for most)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter*
|My mom, the Bride-to-Be!, me and my other sister|
**UPDATE...I had to steal this picture from another guest because I completely forgot to take a picture of who was floating around in those centerpieces...Say hello to Stan...
Don't worry, Stan and his brother Steven both went to a very good home. :)