Flip flops & leis

So many good memories from this weekend spent with one of my closest & long time friends.  It all could not have been accomplished without the amazing support of girlfriends… Many, many thanks to T, Katie, Mandy, Ginger, &  Crystal!

Heat & humidity appropriately signaled the offical start of summer in the south, and my “themed” personal shower… our happy couple is off to Cancun for their honeymoon. What better way to celebrate than to supply them with all the essentials.  No worries though we beat the heat with our handy a/c and sips of margaritas.

Flip flops and leis welcomed our guests ….. a unique guest art was created for the bride ( we puff painted our names onto shells that will be hot glued to a frame …. at the end of the party we took a group picture to include in the frame ), we even had cut-outs to pose for some fun pictures.   

The cake was amazing 🙂   Special thanks to our    creators:  Debbie & Grant Geurin of Taste of Eden Bakery… it was perfect!

Of course our shower followed the path of many showers with a couple of games …. which were a success and included lots of laughter.  I’m not a huge game person at showers myself… hate the clothes pin game ( no offense ).  So “steal the gift” was a hoot! …. very interesting to see how people are drawn to the fancy wrapped gifts…. and are not willing to give them up… it was all in fun though.  Our brides’ sister-in-law couldn’t have pulled off the “teddy in a box” game off any better….  

…. And of course our bride-to-be recieved beautiful things, a few travel accessories and thanks to a cousin & a future niece… a few blushes too 😉

Frosting + Wrapping

Exhausted …. but it was completely worth it!  I spent several days last week “pretending” I was a baker, yep an actual baker…. and imagining I was one of those talented cake artists… So 10 – 9×13 vanilla & chocolate cakes were baked, stacked, crumb frosted, and then “pretty” frosted…. and all I could keep thinking was I hope this turns out ok?!?  { eek!  what have I got myself into “volunteering” to make this? }  Fully understanding the work that now goes into making those gorgeous cakes they show on TLC and the Food Network… and I wasn’t even close to those beauties.  Nevertheless… we then transported it to location over 60miles from home… It made it, but we had a few mishaps… { panic! } part of the frosting stuck to the box and decided it liked the box better than the cake.  Thankfully I remembered to bring a few tools ….. scraping it into submission and back on the cake…. {yep that will definately be the back I utter… }.  As if that wasn’t nerve racking enough…. then the top layer decided it wanted to become the “leaning tower of pisa”…. great. { sighs with disappointment & holding breath that this baby stay upright until we can cut it }.  It hung in there, and got lots of compliments… and then we mutilated it.  All that hard work, for what?   The Wedding Shower of two of my dear friends who I would do anything… really anything for… and this was just part of my love and happiness for them… "Leaning Tower of Pisa"In the end  I  also learned that art in whatever its form is always and will be a labor of love…. and we all have our talents, clearly I still have a ways to go in learning all there is in cake art…. Not to say I won’t make another cake in the future…