Party Planning 101

My oldest daughter inspires to be an event/wedding planner.  And she will be great at it.  It takes a very organized person to pull off events, like the one we did this weekend – a bridal shower for my niece.

I am not writing this to boast; only to give suggestions as to what worked for us.  She is getting married on the beach next month, so we wanted her shower to be a beach theme.  She is also a vegetarian, and we wanted her to be be able to eat everything, so we made all the food without any meat of any kind.   And it was good!

I am on many social media platforms, but the one that I cannot live without is Pinterest!  All of our decorations and food items were found there.  Below are some photos from the shower:

Jar candles

This is a mason jar wrapped in a fish net and hot glued into place.


I had a friend of mine embroider the bride and groom’s name along with their wedding date on these koozies.

mini cheese balls

These are just mini cheese balls.  I make mine with cream cheese and Accent.  Normally I would add beef pieces, but not in this vegetarian dish!  I then used the food processor to chop up the walnuts in order to easily roll the balls in it and then added a stick pretzel in the center to make them easy to pick up.

rainbow fruit

I loved how these fruit kabobs turned out.  The order was this: 2 purple grapes, 2 blueberries, 2 green grapes, 1 pineapple piece, 2 melon pieces and topped with a raspberry.

sand centerpieces

We just took jars and filled it with sand and added a silk flower in the center and tied it twine.  We used these as part of the centerpieces for the tables.  We surrounded the jar will sea shells and tealight candles.

tomato cheese balls

This is one of my family’s faves.  Cherry tomato’s with a piece of basil in between the mozzarella cheese balls.  I then drizzled olive oil (from Greece) and balsamic reduction glaze (Kroger has it).  So yummy!

veggie cups 2

And my personal favorite, mini veggie cups.  This is just plain cute!  Just fill mini cups with dip of your choice (I used sour cream and Hidden Valley Ranch Dip packet) and veggies, cut all to the same size.  I used celery, carrot, cucumber, red pepper and yellow pepper.  I am sure you could do your own thing.

We also did tea sandwiches with egg salad and cucumber/dill sandwiches.

So that was it, as far as what we were in charge of.  I think it turned out well.  We had fun, too!