Hello everyone! (waving my hands like a crazy person)

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted here. We went on a big family trip in February and during our trip we found out my father-in-law was diagnosed with Leukemia. Needless to say we have been busy making trips up to the hospital and focusing on our family, not leaving much time for crafting. But I am happy to say that he is out of the hospital and is doing amazingly well. We feel very blessed. So I am excited to be back to creating things and sharing projects here with you all!

Recently my mom, grandma and aunts threw a bridal shower for one of my cousins who is getting married soon. It is always so much fun to gather together with family to celebrate happy occasions—we always have a good time with lots of laughs and lots of good food.  My cute mom put together a gorgeous table with such lovely touches that I wanted to share it all with you today! She is one of the most creative people I know (my Dad is pretty creative too, actually!). I’m grateful that they passed down a little bit of the creativity gene to me! 🙂

The color scheme for the bridal shower was black, white, green, red and a dark plum/eggplant. It made for a pretty and sophisticated atmosphere, even though we can get silly and somewhat UN-sophisticated when we all get together, lol! My mom used various cake stands (which I adore!) and glass vases and apothecary jars (the same ones I used for my daughter’s party), touches of damask and fresh flowers too. I took oodles of pictures to show you all!

Mini Cheesecakes with cherries.

A “mini” candy buffet with vanilla salt-water taffy, purple gumballs, and black Sixlets and more!

And who doesn’t love polka-dot pinwheels??? I sure think they are so adorable!!!

Hanging round paper lanterns.

These strawberries were nearly as big as apples and tasted SO YUMMY!!! I’m still dreaming about those…..

More table details:

The drink was super simple–water infused with lemon slices and Sonic pebble ice!!! The best!!

Each guest was invited to take home a little jar filled with vanilla salt-water taffy. The jars were found at IKEA and my mom used ribbon and circle punches to create the tags on the jar lids. To be honest, I love candy but I love those little jars even more! 🙂 She stacked all of the jars onto 3 different sizes of clear cake stands stacked on top of each other–it reminds me of a wedding cake. Clever!

In case you wondered, the font is one of my faves too–LD Adornment.

We ate and ate and ate. 🙂 We also played a fun game using candy bars to give her SILLY marriage advice (“After years of dating GOOBERS, NERDS and AIRHEADS you finally found your true love……”)–you get the idea.

Instead of gifts we decided to “go green” and give cash to my cousin. Rather than just handing her cards stuffed with money, my aunt and cousin created this money rack!

I think it’s normally a plant stand but they adorned it with fun ribbon (check out that green and white zebra ribbon!) and some metal initials, with ribbon-covered mini clothespins to attach the bills.

Here are some pictures when the money started to roll in. 🙂

It was a fun bridal shower!


  1. Did you get your punch bowl at Costco? I LOVE those, but I can never find them there….

  2. I’m so glad you took all these fun pictures Brookie! I was so sad I missed out on this fun shower. Your mom is the ultimate party planner! Love all the pretty details.

  3. Oh my! That is fabulous!

  4. LOVE that she stacked the cake stands for the favors! SO cute!!! And the money tree was an awesome idea!

  5. Brooke! I love this! What a lucky bride!

  6. I finally got my daughter to print your very cute 4th of July Cupcake downloads. Thank you for sharing them. I am looking forward to using them-in July ;0)

  7. Such a sweet bridal shower! And extra special with your mom doing such wonderful styling (the creative gene is definitely in the family) — that tiered stand with the candy jars is lovely! Just have to share this post on the Bellenza FB page. (Praying, too, for your father-in-law’s continued recovery.)

  8. I love the plates, I think they add just the right touch. Where can I find them to use for my sister’s bridal shower?

  9. Veronica Says: March 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I loved this… thanks for sharing such beautiful ideas!

  10. Jennifer H Says: March 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Amazing!!! LOVE the money tree idea!!!

  11. May I ask what is “sonic pebble ice”? I am going to assume that it is ice from a Sonic restaurant, but not really sure–is that it?

  12. Where did you get the polka-dot pinwheels? Adorable tablescape!

  13. I love the photos of the shower…OMG…I can just imagime the fun you all had! Love, Love and more Love of the candy buffet, especially the candy tree with the jars.
    would your more be willing to share ingredients for the lemon infused water?
    I also wish your uncle continued recovery…I too have a uncle recently diagnosed with cancer.

  14. Love this? May I ask where you got the pinwheels?

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