Oh the joyful stress of planning a wedding shower. And when it’s for your sister, well let’s just say the want for things to be perfect gets INTENSE. But, I can thankfully say, it was quite the success!!!
This past Saturday we hosting a rough 40 people at our mom’s house and it was absolutely beautiful. The decorations came out just how I wanted, the food was delicious, and all the gifts were exactly what my sister wanted. I wanted to share the details and also some party-planning tips I’ve come up with after going through this (really was my first time).
Games: yes….but no one played lol too munch mingling
Drinks: Sangria bar
Apps – salsa, chips, bocaditos (I’ll explain), deviled eggs, veggie platter
Entree – grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, Spanish tortilla (I’ll explain), chicken salad, green salad
Desserts – red velvet brownies, chocolate cake pops, chocolate chip cookies, merenguitos, berry cheesecake bites, fruit salad, and this AMAZING brownie cake with a giant chocolate chip cookie in the middle
I’ll include some recipes below for the things I made! So bocaditos are really interesting. Basically, it’s mini potato bread buns with this odd but insanely delicious spread inside. Seriously people were like “uhh what is that?!” well then they were the first appetizer to completely disappear! As soon as I perfect the recipe, I’ll definitely share. And here’s a perfect description of a Spanish tortilla.
I found a pack of 12 hand fans for like $10.99 on amazon, so as soon as I saw that I knew I could make this theme work. Between that, my mom’s shawls from Spain, and my super talented cousin who made a BOMB AF photo booth, everything pulled together perfectly.
I also totally filled the house with roses. I feel like flowers are an easy way to decorate without too much effort! Plus Trader Joe’s has such cheap and beautiful bouquets.
Some party tips I picked up:
- make a list FOR EVERYTHING. Seriously I had one for decorations, food, # of tables and chairs, guests, all that jazz. It was so helpful to whip that out and check it as I went. Also on Thursday night I made a super long to-do list for Friday that was my holy freaking grail
- Utilize Pinterest, but don’t try and copy things exactly. I used images from Pinterest as inspirations, but added my own twist. When you try to copy things exactly, you’ll get so frustrated if they don’t come out perfect. Plus making it your own is more unique!
- Catering some things can be a huge help. We got the grilled chicken from a restaurant and the cake pops from a bakery, but cooked/baked all the other things we knew we could handle. Trying to do it all yourself can be exhausting!
- GIVE YOURSELF TIME! I went home Thursday to do all my food shopping and list making. Then Friday was the work day. Saturday morning wasn’t nearly as stressful as I thought it would be because so much was already prepared
- Let yourself have fun with it. As exhausted as I was on Friday, all the decorating and work was so fun it made it all worth it!
Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa
1 28oz can of whole tomatoes
2 10oz cans of Rotel
1/2 white onion, chopped in half
2 garlic cloves
1 jalapeno, seeded if you prefer less spice
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cumin
big handful of cilantro
juice of 1/2 lime
- Combine everything in a high speed blender. How long you blend depends on how chunky you like your salsa
1 bottle dry white wine
1 1/2 cups white tequila
1 cup triple sec (watch out which you buy, there’s a 60 proof out there!)
1/2 cup lime juice
1 cup orange juice
2 limes sliced
2 lemons sliced
1 orange sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. If it’s too strong, I recommend adding a mixture of orange juice and sprite to tone it down. Very dependent on your audience 😉
*this is my mom’s recipe, and it’s in parts rather than cups and bottles. We use a big glass as our measuring tool.
2 parts red wine
2 parts Sprite
1 part brandy
1 part triple sec
1 apple sliced
1 orange sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Add more Sprite if it’s too strong!