Citrus Shower – Food Porn

Well, I threw my first bridal shower and lived to tell the tale. Special thanks to my co-host/slave Emily, who once again suffered through a Japanese food dinner (the bride and I are obsessed with Japanese food, Emily is not), and hamburger grease stains to make the shower happen!

When the first guests showed up (on time), I was still in my pajamas. Oops. This particular circle of friends I run in is notorious for being late to EVERYTHING, so having her coworkers show up on time was a bit shocking to us. Bad hostess.

Anyhoo, I took some great advice from reader cbgg who suggested we turn regular bowls over and place our platters on top to create a little height and free up more room on the food table. Genius! That’s exactly what we did (and I would have never thought of it!). Lien at the Crazy Cake Company also suggested using regular household items, like large coffee cans or storage tins, wrapping them in paper, and doing the same. Geniuses. All of you.

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I added little white flowers to the decorative (cereal) bowls of citrus.

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The hot dogs were friggin’ delicious. To make these by hand, simply wrap cocktail wieners in small triangles of puff pastry. Yum! (We just bought pre-made wrapped wieners.)

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The heart shaped brownies were a hit!

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No one went thirsty…

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Bubbly bar mixers:

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Bride Robin and co-hostess Emily

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It was a lingerie shower, and little did I know we’d be playing “Guess who gave you this lingerie”. Unfortunately, it was obvious which was my gift, since my cheap ass just wrapped her gift in the coordinating paper from the shower.

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Too cheap to even buy you ribbon and a bow. That’s right. Lovvveee youuuu.

We all ate. A LOT.

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I can see your undies!

Emily was in charge of games, and she came up with fun ones. Here they are for your enjoyment:

I’m glad that I only ended up with 3 new pieces of glassware (the bubbly bar pitchers). All in all, a successful day!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Penguin

Location:
Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 2008

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:06 pm

    Pengy, I LOVE the decor and menu from this shower. I may have to steal this idea next time I’m a shower hostess. ;)

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 2:07 pm

    Wow, that shower looks amazing!!!

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:08 pm

    All the goodies look so delish! And I love the gigantic yellow balloons!

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    msswan 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:11 pm

    I love the heart-shaped brownies! You did an amazing job. I am thoroughly impressed.

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    anvil_chick 387 posts, Helper bee @ 2:14 pm

    totally just made me really hungry. everything looks so great and it seems like you all had a wonderful time.

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    peanutlovespumpkin 675 posts, Busy bee @ 2:16 pm

    is it just me, or are those polka-dotted undies Bruin colors? Awesome job!

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    Miss Burgundy 1417 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:17 pm

    Peng!! This is SO beautiful! What a great job!! *applause*

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    penguin 3471 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:19 pm

    @peanutlovespumpkin: Hahaha… the bride is a Bruin too :) Her hubs went to UCLA as well but also went to SC Law, and he (omg) totally loves SC football (omg). She is such a trooper though, and totally mocks him for this. They are hardcore, too! This weekend is the UCLA/Stanford so they’re going out to the game… and their wedding is next weekend!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 2:20 pm

    amazing!! love all the details!

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    peanutlovespumpkin 675 posts, Busy bee @ 2:24 pm

    @Mrs Penguin: We’ve got a bunch of UCLA undergrad/USC grad friends too – and they root for SC football, what is up with that?? That is so cool that they are tailgating the Stanford game the weekend before the wedding – that’s my kind of people! We threw a wedding-themed tailgate for one of our Bruin Brides last year, it was cheesily fun :) GO BRUINS

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    Future Mrs. Fox 68 posts, Worker bee @ 2:24 pm

    You did an incredible job! I love the look.

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    Serendipity 10356 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 2:29 pm

    Dang Pengy, that looks like such an awesome party! I’m so bookmarking it and may just borrow some of your ideas for a baby shower I’m helping to throw. :)

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:35 pm

    Pengy, it looks amazing!! what a lucky bride! And seriously everything looks delicious and so cute!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:41 pm

    Your shower turned out great! and now I am really hungry and craving mini burgers and mac n’ Cheese in bacon cups – EVIL ;-)

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:45 pm

    i love your shower pengy! everything looks fabulous

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    Miss_Carmel 316 posts, Helper bee @ 2:48 pm

    Everything looks so cute and very bubbly! I’m loving the bright colors!

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    dachshund 689 posts, Busy bee @ 3:01 pm

    Love, love, LOVE!

    Forwarding to my shower hostesses…

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    Ghenet 140 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:21 pm

    Love this! And btw, great apartment you have!

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 3:24 pm

    amazing! everything looks so bright and delicious! you did a great job!

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 4:32 pm

    WOw! So fancy yet so casual! The heart shaped brownies with milk was really cute!

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    heavnzbrat, Guest @ 4:54 pm

    omg, freaking amazing. great job Mrs. Peng.

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:12 pm

    Too freaking cute! All of it. Love the bow you put on the package!

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    lauralou852 516 posts, Busy bee @ 5:47 pm

    Everything is so cute! And your ribbon/bow is way cuter than a store bought one!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:50 pm

    wow, you throw a pretty and yummy shower, Peng! Do you do consulting or freelance work? ;-)

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    cbgg 3344 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:06 pm

    So glad that the plate/bowl tip woked out for you! We condo living girls have to be space concious with our kitchen ware ;-)

    The whole event looks spectacular. I alwasy thought that doing mini foods would be too much work but now you’ve convinced me I have to try it!

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    ramen 349 posts, Helper bee @ 6:07 pm

    Wow! That is sooo cute! I love how it all came together; those pitchers are so sexy! Did you take those photos? They’re incredible!

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    penguin 3471 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:09 pm

    @cbgg: Thanks again for the fab tip!!! I love the hive in all its resourcefulness!

    @Miss Ramen: Mr. Pengy got me a sexy new Nikon D90 for my birthday this year! (And by birthday I mean it’s also my Christmas present and my birthday present next year, too!)

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:00 pm

    Wow you did such an amazing job Pengy!!
    You should be a shower planner for living :D

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    Carbon Girl 691 posts, Busy bee @ 11:18 pm

    Gorgeous. Well done, Ms. Penguin!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 11:10 am

    that’s so awesome! thanks for showing us how to do a fab party with limited resources / not having to buy a whole bunch of new stuff!

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    Mrs. Mouse 4917 posts, Honey bee @ 12:01 pm

    Wow, what an awesome shower! The food looks so delicious–I’m drooling!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:58 pm

    Great job, Pengy!!!! :)

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:17 am

    So great, love all the color.

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    Bellini 713 posts, Busy bee @ 8:48 pm

    what a lucky bride-to-be! i would love a shower like this!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 12:22 am

    THat mac and cheese makes me hungry. Haha Everything looks great!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 12:44 am

    Such an AMAZING shower. You did a fantabulous job.

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    Chris@Celebrations At Home, Guest @ 8:52 pm

    I am in love with this shower! Your ideas are simple, modern, and so creative! Hope you don’t mind me sharing this on my blog.

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    penguin 3471 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:58 pm

    @Chris@Celebrations At Home: Please do, I’m flattered! Thank you for the compliment! :)

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    autumn, Guest @ 8:14 pm

    so stinking cute! i love the clean, graphic appeal of the colors and patterns you mixed together…and i was totally drooling over the food. amazing job. love, love the little heart shaped brownies on top of the little glasses of milk. genius. thanks for sharing this!

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