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Tropical Bridal Shower

Last weekend I helped throw one of my dearest & oldest friends a tropical themed bridal shower. She has a destination wedding planned for next spring in St. Lucia [drool]. Her sister and I pinned & planned a bridal shower that would give all of us a taste of the tropics that are in our sunny future. Her super talented and detail oriented sister [my kind of gal] took care of the beautiful decor, and I took care of the food & drinks. Well almost all of the food. If you’re new here, you may not know yet that I don’t really uhh bake. It’s way too precise — so I leave this skeel {skill} to the talented people who have such precision. This baker just so happens to be a friend. Her name is Brooke, and she is outrageously talented. Just check out her amazing work below. And if it’s even possible, all of her treats taste even better than they look.

// party planners //

// sweet treats : Baked By Brooke //

Whenever I entertain a large crowd like this one, I try to have lots of finger food options. It just makes life easier; for the guests and for me! Keeping finger foods in mind and adding the tropical theme on top, I came up with a menu of fresh options that offered a variety of filling but not heavy choices. Which ensures a room full of happy campers, especially the bride-to-be. ;)

// #1 caprese kebabs //

// #2 shrimp salad in endive leaves //

// #3 fancy caesar salad //

// #4 chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce //

// #5 hummus stuffed sweet peppers //

// #6 sassy sangria //

 #1 caprese kebabs

  • cherry tomatoes
  • mozzarella cheese [I purchased already marinated mozzarella balls, you can marinate your own in olive oil and herbs of your choice]
  • fresh basil leaves
  • appetizer skewers
  1. simply layer basil leaves, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.

 

#2  shrimp salad in endive leaves
shrimp salad adapted from SkinnyTaste

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 large red onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp low-fat mayo
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 of a lemon juiced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp Adobo Seasoning
  • endive leaves, cleaned
  1. combine all ingredients listed above endive leaves in a medium sized bowl. then chill in refrigerator for at least one hour. serve shrimp salad in endive leaves by scooping salad into leaves with a small spoon.

#4 chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce

  • 3 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3-5 tbsp water
  • salt and pepper
  • bamboo skewers, that have been soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  1. first in a large bowl combine 1 tbsp soy sauce, sesame oil, 1/2 tbsp chili garlic sauce. toss chicken strips in soy sauce mixture. then skewer each strip onto a bamboo skewer. spread skewers on a foil lined baking sheet. season with salt and pepper. bake @ 375 for 10-12 minutes. then switch oven to the broiler to brown the chicken. remove and serve immediately.
  2. meanwhile to make the spicy peanut sauce, combine peanut butter remaining soy sauce & chili garlic sauce, rice vinegar, and water in a small bowl.

#5 hummus stuffed sweet peppers

  • small sweet peppers, halved & seeded
  • hummus of your choice [ I used caramelized onion hummus, found @ Wegmans]
  • fresh parsley, minced for garnish
  1. simply fill halved peppers with hummus and top is parsley. :)

#6 sassy sangria
adapted from Aggie’s Kitchen  

  • 3 large bottles of chilled white wine [I used pinot grigio]
  • 3/4 cup orange liqueur
  • splash [or 3] of orange juice
  • chopped fruit : peaches, strawberries, oranges

combine all ingredients in carafe or serving pitcher. serve over ice for a refreshing treat!

Fresh, simple, and easy. That’s how I like to entertain. As I’ve said many times, even though my focus is the food, the food is what brings people together and puts smiles on their faces. And that is really what it is all about.

Can’t wait for your big day, Kase!! Hope you enjoyed your shower :)

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Comments

  1. What a fun shower!! The food looks amazing and the decor is too cute! I love the cupcake arrangement and the peppers stuffed with hummus, now that is just genius!

  2. I’ll be sure to call you when I get married so you can plan every shower for me! How awesome! The food looks delicious & the decor is fabulous! :)

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