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Virginia Bridal Shower Tea Party #WIAW

On the subject of food, have you entered my giveaway yet?? How about I follow up my post about dealing with an absentee spouse with one about celebrating upcoming nuptials! For this week’s WIAW, I am feeling a Virginia state of mind, and between that, seeing of my very best friends (for whom the following spread was prepared), my own upcoming anniversary, and talking about Alex’s work schedule, I thought this afforded me the perfect opportunity to revisit one of my favorite projects of all time: catering my best friend’s Bridal Shower.

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When one of my best friends got married almost 2 years (!!) ago, I was so, so proud to stand as one of her bridesmaids.

210076_10100604133897636_1972001408_oWe decided to throw an intimate tea party-esque luncheon for her in one of the Pavilion Gardens of the Lawn of UVA’s world famous Academical Village, and together, her other 2 bridesmaids and I took on the task of hosting, setting up, and catering the entire event. I prepped for it over the course of about a week (what I could), and took over Alex’s apartment (I had to store things in the kegerator!) with foodstuffs. The day of, I assembled all of the sandwiches, got the balloons and flowers, and met the ladies over at the garden to set up before she arrived.  Here is some of the spread:

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And here is the menu!

Luncheon:

  • Tea Sandwiches:
    • Cucumber, Feta, and Red Onion on Country White
    • Lemony Garlic Hummus with Shredded Carrots on Whole Wheat
    • Salmon, Red Onion, Caper, and Herb Cream Cheese on Whole Wheat
    • Shredded Chicken Breast, Tomato, Arugula, and Whole Grain Mustard on Country White
    • Nibbles:
    • Savory: Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Carrots, Snack Mix
    • Sweet: Blueberries, Bing Cherries, Strawberries
    • To Drink: Fresh Mint Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water

Dessert and Favors:

  • Strawberry Lemonade Scones with Fresh Lemon Curd
  • Lemon Bars
  • Crispy and Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Favors: Homemade Virginia-Grown Peach Preserves (in baby mason preserve jars)

I made everything (everything) from scratch, excluding the bread, the salmon, the mustard, cream cheese base, and the snack mix. I made the preserves from peaches that Alex and I went out and picked! One of my favorite projects ever. Here are some close ups: bridal shower tea sandwiches2 suzlyfe bridal shower tea sandwiches suzlyfe On the left are the cucumber and hummus; the right are the salmon and chicken.

strawberry lemonade scones suzlyfe lemon bar suzlyfechocolate chip cookies suzlyfe I can’t wait to post these recipes (Recipe for the Strawberry Lemonade Scones and Quick Lemon Curd Here) in the next few weeks, but I’m not giving you all the goods right now! This was my first time ever making any of this from scratch. NO BOXES HERE! I spent the days beforehand watching Wimbledon while doing all of this, and Wimbledon is now forever one of my favorite sporting events. Also? I did this in the tiniest kitchen of all time, with no counter space. I need to find a picture of it, because you’ll never believe it 😀 I ended up letting people take much of the food home–I had grabbed a significant amount for the boys before this, and they feasted on the goodness for days if not weeks after (ps the cookies froze very well). I even made an apple cider-chai version of the scones for the bride’s Christmas present, per her request (I came up with the flavor, but she requested the scones, her husband requested more lemon curd!). And she is going to kill me for doing this, but she can deal. s bridal shower Love you, S! This makes me want to go peach picking RIGHT NOW!!!! What looks good to you? How would you have expanded the menu? Have you ever catered something like this for a big occasion? What did you make?

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