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Last weekend I hosted a fall-inspired dinner party for my family. There were twelve of us that got together and the company, menu, and decor was pretty great. While I was the main host of the party, my family is really great in that they always offer to chip in to help. I’ve learned years ago to accept help and just appreciate it, versus trying to do everything myself.

This party was sponsored by Food Should Taste Good, as part of my brand ambassadorship with them over the past couple months. If you recall, I’ve posted a couple really tasty dips to accompany their fantastic chips including this easy greek dip and this blt-inspired queso dip.

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Tres leches cakeThe Mexican Fiesta co-ed shower was awesome last weekend. My sister-in-law to be’s family hosted a great party. My sister Katie and I chipped in with margaritas, decor and tres leches cake. My favorite part of the shower was the nacho bar. I didn’t take a photo of it but I sure ate enough nacho cheese to last me a while (uh, why is that stuff so damn good?!). read more

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How decadent and lovely does this pink frosting look?

I love a pretty bridal shower as much as the next gal. Especially a shower with delicious desserts. This French-inspired shower was submitted by Katherine, who works as a librarian in an isolated area of Maine, but exercises her creativity with event planning. 

This sweet shower was thrown for Katherine’s friend Keely. Here are the details as told by Katherine:

The theme of the shower was a mix of French and floral, paying homage to the color purple, one of Keely’s favorite hues. The flowers featured included: purple tinted roses from Ecuador, purple anemone, the Picasso Calla Lilly, mauve hydrangea, and tons of sweet purple pansies.

As for desserts, I wanted to pay homage to all things French. We had French bulldog cookies, Eiffel Tower cookies, macarons in shades of pink and purple, perfume-shaped cookies that proclaimed “Love Is So Sweet” in French, and Marie Antoinette cupcakes in purple and pink. 

The food was perfect rainy day fare and was handsomely created by my co-host and her daughters. We featured a menu of light sandwiches, homemade soup, fruit, and chocolate mousse. In keeping true to our Maine location, we featured a sweet vintage cork-board where everyone could write their advice to the bride on whoopie pie-shaped paper cutouts. It was a truly fantastic day, and we capped off the Memorial Day weekend by taking Keely and her mother to the coast of Maine for seafood and lighthouses.”

The dessert table atop a chevron tablecloth Amazing cookies that are too pretty to eatA beautiful and lush floral arrangement  Love the use of wine glasses for serving dessertI adore these bulldog cookies!And of course you can’t have a French-inspired bridal shower without macarons! I’m not sure which cookies are cuter, the bulldogs or these Eiffel Towers?What a beautiful bridal shower. The food looked absolutely amazing and the desserts decadant. Thanks so much to Katherine for sending this soiree my way. I hope the bride Keely has a wonderful wedding day!

If you have a party to share please send to eatdrinkpretty{at|}gmail{dot}com. I’m always looking for gorgeous events to feature on Eat Drink Pretty!

Vendor Credits

Eiffel Tower cookies: FlourDeLisShop Esty
French bulldog cookies: Peapodscookies Esty
Perfume Cookies: Cookies with Character
Cupcakes: Torri Bell Huston
Flowers: Noyes Flower and Plant Shoppe, Caribou, Maine
Photography: Connie Carman Gagnon Washburn, Maine
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, Erik and I hosted our neighbors over for a summer BBQ. We had great weather, with the exception of a bit of wind. Overall, the party was a big success. We met almost all of our neighbors and to got to know them a bit. We had plenty of wine and beer and great food. Click here to check out our menu for the BBQ.

Minted provided all the pretty printed decorations. They really added to the party, but were subtle and blended nicely with the natural setting. We used the Minted Wooded Blooms party decor.
I loved our Minted Wooded Blooms Bunting banner. It was personalized and said “2013 Lang Summer BBQ”.Erik and I have a white tent that we’ve used for almost every outdoor event we’ve hosted over the last five years. Friends have borrowed it many times. We get so much use out of this tent and it was a mere $70 from Menards.

We set up a couple card tables with folding chairs and covered them with a white tablecloth and a burlap runner. I filled mason jars with farmers’ market flowers and finished it off with a bit of twine. The flowers were looking pretty wilty by the time the party started.
We had a drink table set up with two drink dispensers that were filled with lemonade and water. We hung this “Good Eats” sign from our food table (which I didn’t get any good pics of because by the time the food was ready I was running around like a crazy person). We served caprese skewers as appetizers. A few of the neighbors brought apps to share which was great. We had plenty of food to start off the party. You can never go wrong with watermelon at a summer BBQ. I also decided to make this pasta salad with goat cheese and tomatoes as a side (instead of roasted potatoes, which was originally on the menu). This pasta salad is really easy to make and is a light, summery salad with a lot of flavor from the goat cheese and red wine vinaigrette.  We served root beer floats for dessert. The kids loved them.

We had pretty place cards labeling all the food and these cute drink straws with flagsThe crazy huge amounts of meat. We served 3 different kinds of bratwurst, organic hot dogs and cheese burgers. Erik got a little carried away with the grill and ended up burning some of the brats. We had a ton leftover and ate brats all week. I definitely can wait until next summer for my next brat. Erik’s dinner plate. Yum. We had a little kid’s table as well (a mini picnic table that Erik’s mom gave to Juliet as a gift). Juliet was enjoying herself and especially loved hanging out with the neighbor kids as they ran around the house (funny, it was a gorgeous evening but the kids all wanted to hang out inside).
Our neighbors enjoying the party on our deck. Another view of the drink table. I added this “Sips” sign to the lemonade dispenser.  This circle garland was a nice touch the drink table.

Overall, we achieved the main goal of this party, to get to know our neighbors. I didn’t want to go overboard with decor and theme because that really wasn’t the focus of the gathering. Erik and I were so happy with how the party turned out we are planning on hosting one every summer and making it a tradition. We are hoping our neighbors return the favor (hint, hint!).

Minted provided the invitations and party decor for the BBQ, and as always, all the opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included in the post.   

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This pretty pink and gold baby shower is filled with perfect details. It was submitted by Jessica of Live the Fancy Life and I am a big fan of her blog, her interior design style and pretty much all the parties she designs. Jessica’s parties are always beautiful and often have a touch of modern and this party is no exception. This event was a collaboration between Jessica and Cassie of Chubbymama Cupcakes.

The unique venue served as a perfect backdrop for this stylish event and you all know I am a huge fan of brunch entertaining. Don’t miss the bubbly bar!!!

All photos by Jessica Rose Photography. Party details told by Jessica:

I teamed up with Cassie of ChubbyMama Cupcakes on a pink and gold baby shower for her fabulous sister Mandi recently. I was hired to focus on event design-the decor, DIY elements, dessert table and champagne/sparkling water bar. Cassie focused on the food and gathering materials. This shower was a lot of fun and the decor was glamorous, but also very eclectic!

The event was hosted at a very cool urban loft-like space called The Engine Room in downtown Minneapolis with exposed brick, hardwood floors, random vintage furniture pieces and high open-beam ceilings. 


The mommy-to-be Mandi is a very stylish woman living in Philadelphia with her sweet husband and soon-to-arrive baby girl. She is manager of product development for Urban Outfitters Europe and has great taste so we really tried to emulate her style in this shower. 

Cassie came up with the theme “cue the confetti” with a color palette of pinks and golds. She is an amazing cake and cupcake baker/decorator, so the dessert table was a huge focal point. We worked with Shannon of Grace & Guy Paperie to come up with all of the custom “Cue the Confetti” printables. Two of the party signs are available for free download on Live the Fancy Life

The shower was at 10 a.m. so we did brunch including donut holes in cute gold cups, quiche, fresh fruit, a coffee bar, a champagne and sparkling water bar and lots of dessert. 

Shower favors were pink and white shimmery sixlets in modern clear packaging to carry the confetti look and feel throughout. We also had a fun photo booth with a confetti wall backdrop made from a simple 3 inch circle punch and vinyl sticker paper from Joann Fabrics. 

DIY projects include cupcake toppers, backdrops, homemade simple syrups for a beautiful champagne and sparkling water bar and more. The simple syrups were a big hit. We had peach basil and orange ginger. Both taste great in champagne or sparkling water. We brought in tons of gold and white pillows and placed them throughout the event.”

What a gorgeous cake! And um….I really want a couple jars of this homemade simple syrup.  I used these same letters from JoAnn Fabrics for Juliet’s Baby Love birthday party. You can spray paint them any color and use any letter combinations to tie into your party theme.
I love this idea of putting donut holes in little cups.


Fancy sixlets!
The pretty momma-to-be.

Thanks to Jessica for sending this stylish affair my way. Be sure to head over to Live the Fancy Life and check out her awesome blog.

Vendors/Resources:

Event styling and coordination: Jessica Flannigan of Live the Fancy Life and Cassie Munoz of Chubbymama Cupcakes.

Photography: Jessica Flannigan of Live the Fancy Life and Jessica Rose Photography

Cakes: Cassie of Chubbymama Cupcakes

Cake pops: Beyond the Bar Bakery

Paper products and printables: Shannon of Grace Guy Paperie on Etsy

Gold BABY letters: DIY spray-painted Joann Fabrics letters

Photo booth confetti backdrop: Vinyl sticker paper from Joann Fabrics

Rock candy, paper straws: Amazon

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I’m super excited to feature this adorable bridal shower because it was submitted by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Jenn of Much To My Delight. Jenn is an all-around super awesome person and she writes an equally awesome blog. It’s hilarious, full of yummy food, entertaining tips and stories about her life in Queens.

I recently really enjoyed following along in Jenn’s Whole 30 diet challenge and then (quite the opposite) her trip to Paris with his husband Vinnie where she ate her face off and came back to brag all about it. I was sufficiently jealous.

When I told my sister “I got a cute submission from Jenn of Much to My Delight blog“, she replied “you better feature it because I love that blog!!!” Point taken, sis. Jenn’s blog is not a huge blog, it doesn’t have professional-grade foodie photos, she doesn’t post on a super regular basis…but there is something really special about it. I sort of feel like it’s a best kept secret blog and if people begin discovering it her traffic will skyrocket. She’s just really really cool. And funny. She has also been a fan of my blog which always surprises me because she is way cooler than me. My sister totally agrees with that.

Anyway….back to the party. The theme is really cute/funny because it’s based on Jenn’s friend who loves the movie Bridesmaid. So that became the inspiration, namely, the glitzy shower scene.

As told by Jenn:

“The bride loves the movie Bridesmaids, so we centered everything around that. We went all-out Parisian with little Eiffel towers everywhere and a pink and black theme. We took notes from the shower scene in the movie by adding gauzy pink curtains, art deco posters and a chocolate fountain. We had a giant cookie too, but forgot to take pictures!

We served cheese (from the good part of the store!) and lots of fruit and pastries. Of course, we also served pink lemonade (nice! Nice touch!) with just a splash of vodka, because that’s how we roll. For favors, I baked classic French madelines, and served them with little doggies on the label as a nod to the favors from the movie. We also served French martinis, one of the brides’ favorite cocktails.”

The shower took place in Jenn’s backyard in Queens. It looked like an intimate, perfect party. Now I need to find some gourmet cheese to devour.

Thanks to Jenn for the submission and also for being a huge supporter of Eat Drink Pretty over the years!!

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