Monday, October 18, 2010

A Nesting Themed Bridal Shower

When I think of the idea behind Made by You Mondays, sponsored by the blog Skip to my Lou, a recent bridal shower I hosted for a friend goes along perfectly. 

When you are planning a wedding there are certain things that get lost along the way. Sometimes it's your original color scheme, the idea of what your gown will look like or your hair-style based on how you imagined it in your head vs. what is practical in real life. 

A very great friend of mine was planning her wedding and a group of us knew that she didn't go with her original color scheme due to time of year. So a group of us got together and threw her a nesting shower in the original color scheme she had dreamed of. She is the sweet type of bride who cares more about others feeling than her own and is the first to offer to help plan someone's baby shower or wedding shower when it's needed. I wanted this shower to be special for her and her fiance because of all the good they have done for others. This project was a labor of love for all involved and it was as personalized as we could get it. From the table runner with their initials to the embroidered underlay and the handmade corsage we wanted her to have everything she wanted.


The theme was "Nesting" (brought to you by the Nesting Project blog...Ha!) as we were inviting all their friends and family to help them feather their nest. We tried to keep with the theme as much as possible with little birds and nests everywhere. And when I mean "everywhere" I mean it. (including the chandelier!) We even used a birdhouse and little cards so that everyone could write their advice or best wishes and stick them into the birdhouse. This was standing next to the favors. The favors were little groups of bulbs (An idea I cannot take credit for but am happy to pass it along) with a little note to the guest that said, "As the happy couple's love will continue to grow, please plant these bulbs in your garden in remembrance of this love. "

Now let's get to the food! While deviled eggs aren't my favorite, we kept them on the menu for the overall theme. However, I'm never content on keeping with the same old recipe so I decided to make them with Sriracha to give them a little kick. My best friend brought her husband's sausage stuffed mushrooms to the event which were perfect.  My favorite culinary touch was the mini wedding cakes made from Nigella Lawson's Fairycake recipe. (double batch for 6 cakes)

Nesting Shower Menu
Sriracha Deviled Eggs
Chicken Salad in mini croissants
Sausage stuffed mushrooms
Rosemary mixed nuts
Tomato & Mozzarella on Rosemary skewers
Caesar salad in Wonton cups
Baked Brie with Fig Jam
Mini Wedding Cakes with Royal Icing
Pimm's Cup Punch


Fabric corsage with burlap leaves

Nesting Project Decor
Bird's Nests
Doves (Spray Painted Robin's Egg Blue)
Burlap (underlay to the table runner)
Monogrammed Table Runner (also a present for the happy couple)
Red Roses
Clear rectangle vases (Spray Painted Robin's Egg Blue)
Hand Stamped Blue Napkins

When it came to decor, I bought some spray paint, got out my hot glue gun and had a blast. I had some white grapevine I had bought on sale ages ago that I bought to good use by wrapping t around my wrought iron chandelier. I spray painted the white doves and eggs in robin's egg blue and then hot glued them to the grapevine. We also placed the nests and doves around on the food table.

We thought that red roses and blue vases would be the best use of the color scheme. Good luck finding such a vase when you need it. I decided to spray paint some rectangle clear vases I found at the craft store. I couple of coats and you would never know they weren't bought that way.  Lastly, the table runner was a gift for the bride and groom and we had it monogrammed for them. To bring the Nesting theme into it we bought burlap as an underlay to the table runner and then embroidered "Nest" on it. Just a little personal touch that made all the difference.

In many ways this bridal shower was a gift for someone else but forced me to channel creativity I didn't know I had. It was a collaboration of all the wonderful and creative ideas that I see and find out in the blogosphere . So thanks to everyone for such a great event. The shower was a huge success.


Sriracha Deviled Eggs
1 dozen hard boiled eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp Sriracha
1 tbsp mustard (spicy or regular)

Cut all the hard boiled eggs in half and remove the yolk into a mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise, Sriracha and mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put in a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner cut off. Pipe the filling into the egg white. Garnish with a dusting of chili powder.

Wonton Cups
To make the wonton cups take wonton wrappers and mold them into a muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes or until crisp but not burned (and they hold their shape) Add your caesar salad lettuce mix.

Chicken Salad
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup spicy mustard
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup pecans chopped
6 large chicken breast halves
Salt and pepper to taste

Poach the chicken breasts in boiling water (in a large pot) until completely cooked (20 minutes). Let cool then chop or shred the chicken in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise and mustard and toss in the cranberries and pecans. Salt and pepper to taste. Spread in mini crossaints.

Tomato Mozzarella Rosemary Skewers
2 pints Grape Tomatoes
1 lb boccacino mozzarella
20 Rosemary branches

Take the Rosemary branches and remove 2/3 of the rosemary leaves from the branch. Then starting with a tomato push onto the branch. Then alternate with the mozzarella and so on until the end. Dust with Italian season and a little salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a balsamic vinaigrette on the side.

Pimm's Cup Punch
1 part Pimms
2 Parts Lemonade
1 part Seltzer

The night before get a bundt pan and add lemonade half way. Add mint leaves and fresh raspberries. Put in the freezer overnight. Add all the other ingredients for the punch. Take out the lemonade ring and dip the pan in hot water. (to get the ring out of the pan) and then pop it into the punch bowl.


  1. Such a cute theme! All the food and favors look great!

  2. your friend is so lucky having you, everything looks perfect

  3. What a lucky friend! With this shower, she's off to a beautiful start.

  4. This looks like a beautiful bridal shower. Your friend is a very lucky gal!

  5. Everything looks great. I love your theme.

  6. I don't know a whole bunch about showers, but the food looks and sounds freaking great.
    And I've never had Pimm's. Is that bad?


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