How to host an Elegant Bridal Shower

I have always loved hosting dinner parties at home. However, after my wedding this year I realized that planning events is something that I love to do as well. Bridal showers are traditionally planned by the mother of the bride or the maid of honor but since I live in a different country from my family, I broke tradition and planned the event myself. After all it’s not a sacred rule.

My bridal shower was small and intimate as most of my guests were from out-of-town. It was one of the best times we had during the wedding week. After it’s success I decided it will be great to share with you some tips to achieve a great elegant bridal shower party.

You don’t have to wear white: Most brides like to wear white, which is fine but is not mandatory. You can rock any color you like. You can also wear whatever you want but it should be something that is you and not out of character. I prefer classic style so naturally I went for a blush colored Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn style dress with simple pumps.

The guests are more important that anything else: Aside from it being your special time, always make sure you are surrounded by genuine people who mean something to you. It meant a lot to me to have my mother, mother-in-law and her family as well as my sister, aunts, cousins there with me. Having them there made the event even more special. Listening to all their jokes and advice was created a fun filled occasion.

Location is key: Its totally ok to have your bridal shower at a relative’s house but taking your guests to an unfamiliar location adds an element of adventure. I chose a country club for my venue because they usually have an element of class, great ambiance, customer service and surroundings. So many options like a private room in a restaurant, a rooftop bar, outside in beautiful park or hotel private poolside area are all good ideas for elegant bridal showers.

Keep Decor Simple and elegant: I’m sure you have been to those bridal showers with excessive amounts of balloons, decorations, glitter, fake flowers and crazy themes. That’s all good if that is what you like but if you trying to do an elegant event then it may not be the way to do it. You do not need complicated, over the top decor to make a beautiful event. There is so much to be said for simple elegance; fresh flowers, all white table linen and shiny silver ware. This is the look that I went for with mine and everyone loved it.

Other tips for an elegant bridal shower party:

  • Do Brunch: What is more elegant than ladies in beautiful dresses and fascinators eating brunch. Brunch is the quentisenntial perfect meal choice for elegant bridal showers and for good reason. They are not a typical everyday meal time and a good excuse to drink alcohol before 5pm.
  • Serve a fun drink: We had the classic mimosa for mine because who can deny the deliciousness of champagne and citrus. You can serve your favorite drink but please do make sure its one that can be served in a champagne flute or a nice glass at least. If you are looking for elegance this is key.
  • The food should be on point: Eggs and toast is fine at home but not for your elegant bridal shower brunch. Serve something that people don’t eat at home everyday. How about a delicious pecan french toast, cheesy egg muffins, mini pancake stacks, delicious sausage and more!

Last but not least let loose and have fun! Elegant doesn’t mean boring and stuffy. You can still laugh it up, play naughty games and have a blast.

Are you newly engaged? Check out my post on fun activities for engaged couples for great ideas.

Alove Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

This post is sponsored by Alove in collaboration with Dent Agency. all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Welcome to October everyone! Did you know that October was the eighth month of the year in the ancient Roman calendar? The name October was derived from the Latin word ‘octo’ which means ‘eight’. When the Romans switched to a 12th month calendar they never changed the name which we still use today. Interesting, considering it is the 10th month, right?

Before I digress into more October fun facts, let’s get to today’s recipe. Alove Yogurt Parfait layered with fruit. Yogurt parfaits are probably one of the simplest things to make and you can layer them with whatever your heart desires. They can be eaten for breakfast, dessert or just as a snack. Since I am all about eating well I love to use fruit for my layers and have started using the Alove brand yogurt for my yogurt choice.

The key to a good yogurt parfait is the yogurt. You can always find yummy fruit but the yogurt is the glue that binds the parfait so to speak. You don’t want a yogurt that is too tart or too sweet and this is where Alove yogurt wins for me. Alove yogurt is aloe vera yogurt made from a mix of creamy yogurt and the inner flesh of the aloe vera leaf. This Japanese-style yogurt is the smoothest and silkiest I have ever had.

For this recipe I used pineapple chunks, strawberries, sliced kiwi and blueberries however you can use any fruit you like. I used the original flavor as I did not want the yogurt flavor to clash with the fruit. Alove comes in a variety of flavors including vanilla, strawberry, kiwi, peach and blueberry so there is something for everyone. I started off with a layer of yogurt, followed by the fruit then another layer of yogurt and fruit. This yogurt is not super thick so be prepared for the yogurt to slightly overlap with the fruit which is perfect.

As we slowly move into gloomy weather, a dish like this is a perfect breakfast sitting on the deck or even for those rushed mornings. It has become one of my favorite breakfast treats and I love how pretty it is when layered in a glass dish. I love margarita glasses or globe glasses for beautiful presentation. If you are leaning towards a dessert parfait you can use cookie crumbs, cake or brownie crumbles and graham crackers for your base layer.

Have you tried Alove yogurt? What are your favorite ingredients to use for parfaits? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Print Recipe
Alove Yogurt and Fruit Parfait
Course Breakfast
Keyword Alove Yogurt
Prep Time 10 Minutes
  • 2 cups Alove Original Flavor Yogurt
  • 1 cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1 cup Pinapple chunks
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 cup Sliced Kiwi
Course Breakfast
Keyword Alove Yogurt
Prep Time 10 Minutes
  • 2 cups Alove Original Flavor Yogurt
  • 1 cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1 cup Pinapple chunks
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 cup Sliced Kiwi
  1. In a large glass, layer 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup each of strawberries,pinneapple chunks, sliced kiwi and blueberries. Repeat layers.

Beauty Bites: Strawberries, Food For Beautiful Skin

When the makeup artist was getting my face done for the wedding, she at one point called her colleagues and said “look at her skin, it is just perfect” and they all asked what products I use to maintain it. I have been asked this question so many times and each time I always have a different answer as I am always trying a different skin care brand when one runs out.

This got me thinking that I must be doing something else that is making my skin glow as it was clearly not the products. After much thought I realized that it is the food I eat because it is the one consistent thing I do.

Strawberries in a bowlElk Head Stoneware Bowl

One thing that our household never skimps on is the purchase of fresh produce. My shopping cart is usually about 70 percent produce and the rest is dry goods and meat. As a result we have been able to maintain healthy weight, good skin and well-being.

Strawberries are one fruit that I absolutely love and eat as often as I can. Yes, I know they can be expensive especially when they are out of season. The way I rationalize it is that those few extra dollars I am trying to save, I would have most likely spent them on something useless anyway. Why not spend them on something delicious and good for me.

Beauty Benefits of Eating Strawberries:

  • Strawberries are high in antioxidants which prevent collagen damage. This in turn prevents wrinkles from forming and makes the skin smooth and supple. The anti aging benefit of strawberries is amazing.
  • Strawberries are high in vitamin C which helps prevent and treat ultraviolet damage. Have a bowl of strawberries after a day in the sun, it will do your skin some good.
  • Eating strawberries also helps with lightening blemishes and scars caused by acne. The lightening extracts and ellagic acid in strawberries reduces dark spots on the skin.
  • Having strawberries regularly will increase overall skin health. Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acid, a key substance that helps eliminate dead skin cells and cleanses the skin

So next time you are at the grocery store, grab some strawberries and you are on your way to better skin and health!

Check out another beauty Bites post on Using Lemons for your Skin. Lusting over my strawberry bowl? You can find it at Vagabond House. They have the best table ware.

Kitchen Favorites: The Precooked & Packaged Round-up part 2

So excited to be back after my long wedding break. The wedding was absolutely amazing and I still can’t get over the fact that I am a married woman now. It is such a great feeling especially when you have found the right mate to spend your life with.

After the popularity of the last precooked and packaged round-up I decided to do another one. I relied on some of these items during my wedding month as I was busy running around and did not have time to cook everyday. As I said before, even experienced cooks take shortcuts and here at Spoons and Stilettos we like to keep it real.

Annie Chun's Korean Style Sweet Chili noodle bowl

The first packaged meal we have today is Annie Chun’s Korean Style Sweet Chili noodle bowl. The Sweet Chili flavor has the perfect amount of heat and sweetness which I love.

I know what you are thinking, what is so special about these noodles. Well these are definitely a step up from those ramen noodles you had in college. Annie Chun’s noodle bowls are Non-GMO Project Verified and Vegan. They come in a variety of flavors and are the perfect option for a work lunch or a light meal as they are ready in about 2 mins. You can easily find them on Amazon in a six-pack or single package.

Freschetta Naturally Rising Crust Pizza

The next item in our round-up is Freschetta Naturally Rising Crust Pizza. Like most people, I like to order pizza from a pizza shop but there are times when delivery is not available. Besides, it is way cheaper and the pizza is always nice and hot when you make it at home.

Freschetta Pizza is one of the best frozen pizzas out there and is worth a try. Their preservative free pizza dough is made fresh and the toppings are made with high quality ingredients and only real cheese is used. I have only tried the pepperoni pizza but I am looking forward to trying the brick oven mushroom and spinach flavor. Find it at your local grocery store in the freezer section.

Stirrings Organic Margarita Mix

This time around we have a drink mix in the round-up. One thing the hubby and I like to do is make cocktails at home on weekends. We usually make them from scratch but there are times when we just want to head straight for the couch with a drink in hand without the hassle.

Usually i’m not a fan of drink mixes because of their high sugar content and large amount of preservatives and unknown ingredients. When I heard that Stirrings had an organic margarita mix I decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did! This drink mix tastes as good a the real deal and is absolutely a huge time saver. It is made with organic lime juice, organic cane sugar, agave nectar which is why I love it. You can find it on the Stirrings Website and select locations is Massachusetts and New Jersey.

There you have it, our second precooked and packaged round-up. I hope you will get to try some of these Spoons and Stilettos approved food and drinks. Happy Eating!

Vesting it: How to Rock the Vest Look

Dressing for work can be a little tricky because you want to look proffessional but still stay true to your style. I am lucky to work for a company with no dress code so its no surprise to see someone walk in flip flops and another in a pant suit. I have always been someone that likes to dress up so no flips flops going on here. Instead I like to keep my look part dressy and casual at work.

Today’s look is anchored by the fabulous Scuba Vest by Peach, which by the way is my current brand obsession. Peach is known for their fabulous clothes for Gym, Work and Play which I love. Now that I am one of their ambassadors you can look forward to seeing me rocking their awesome looks here.

This Scuba Vest can be dressed up or down. Since I was going to work I dressed it up a little but you can easily wear it with leggings and sneakers or with skinny jean and flats. Its very versatile. My favorite thing about the Scuba Vest is the belt on the waist which accentuates the figure and is also good for those days when you have had one too many greasy burgers. Just hide it under the vest, why not.

How do you like to dress for work? To shop for this vest and more fab looks from Peach, click here and you are welcome in advance 🙂

Disclosure: The Vest in this post was given to me for free. As usual, all opinions expressed in the post are completely mine. 

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