If you saw last Friday's post, then you know that I recently decorated for a very special wedding reception. What I didn't tell you is that my sister was actually the maid-of-honor. Which meant that she hosted the bridal shower for the bride-to-be, and did a fantastic job! She went with a Mexican Fiesta theme, and was kind enough to let me help out. I don't have many pics to share; because, yet again, I was busy right up until the guests started arriving [Sigh]. Someday, I'm going to find myself a photographer to hire for these events I tell ya...someday. Until then, let me share with you a very colorful party in honor of a very happy gal.
When setting a food/dessert table, think levels! Having food at different heights adds interest and dimension.
We draped the dessert table in colorful a serape blanket, and brought in some rustic, wooden crates of different shapes and sizes to give the table some elevation and dimension. In keeping with the southwestern theme, we opted for Chocolate Cactus Cupcakes and set them on bold, colorful plates. We intentionally left the cupcakes out of liners for a more natural feel, and piped on some green, cream cheese frosting using a star piping tip. To. Die. For. Lemons and limes left over from the margarita bar were also put to use. Remember, decorations do not have to be expensive. Be creative, look around your house. Not one thing on this dessert table was purchased just for this party. Everything but the food came from somewhere in my house...or garden!
Here's an example of why you should elevate your dishes whenever possible. We put so much time into arranging the tissue-paper flowers (made by my sister) on the wall, that we neglected the food presentation. I'm hoping that the burst of color on the wall caught guests attention and brought their eyes up. I did, however, attempt to arrange the table with the lowest dishes in front, and the highest in back, giving a slight sense of elevation change. Ok, so now that I'm done critiquing, lets talk food. My sister arranged for a Nacho Bar, and it was D'lish! Once again, I shopped my house and yard for decor on the cheap. The aqua colored, glass pitcher is actually from my kitchen shelf, the flowers are from my garden, and the lantern caught my eye as I walking out my front door, so I grabbed that too. The ruffled, burlap table cloth is one that I made a few years back, and I can't begin to tell you how many times I've used it. Well worth the effort.
I hope today's post shows you that you don't have to spend a lot of money to make a big impact. For more inspiration delivered right to your inbox, sign up below!