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March 29, 2014

Beautiful Marie Antoinette and 18th century inspired Bridal Shower

cucumber water on a table display with lace and light green linens

What happens when an artist / art historian / blogger needs a fitting bridal shower? Well I have no problems saying that this bridal shower is everything I would have envisioned for myself, thanks to some amazing bridesmaids and my mom. They are not only super creative but fabulous bakers and they pulled this off. A pretty outdoor garden type party, with teas, treats and lovely people. It was just too much! Here is what resulted. Enjoy!




gifts cupcakes and flag banners for an 18th century inspired bridal shower
We had it outside, it rained but no one will remember that! Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel

desserts cupcakes and tarts with gifts and balloons in an outdoor tent bridal shower inspired by the 18th century
Everyone arriving and checking things out. But desserts are for later... Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel
cupcakes, cakes and small desserts for my 18th century themed bridal shower
One of my fav pics! *the spread*  Photo by Erinn Elizabeth
tea sandwiches with little labels served on tiered trays for an afternoon lunch
Tea sandwiches and lunch items are elegantly labeled. Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel
18th century inspired bridal shower games
Amazing custom bridal shower games! These were such a surprise.  Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel
teas, punches and infused waters are served on a lace tablecloth for the bridal shower
Punches, teas and infused waters!  Photo by Erinn Elizabeth
cherry cupcakes, mini cheesecakes and more cupcakes
I told you these girls were incredible~ Look at all that! Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel
teas and infused waters served with fresh fruit
Drinks! All created by culinary photographer/chef Jessica Harris. Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel
cupcakes
Photo by Erinn Elizabeth

cherry cupcakes and pink champagne cupcakes at my 18th century bridal shower
Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel


Curious about the cupcakes??

 We had Champagne cupcakes which were amazing and my favorite -  vanilla cupcakes but throw in some champagne (not expensive stuff) when you make the batter. And if you use a pink champagne, they come out slightly pink!  

so. good. 

The decadent ones with the pink frosting are Frist Kiss Cupcakes or something like that. They are are baked with a Hershey kiss in the middle and have a vanilla frosting with pureed cherries for color and flavor.  And a chocolate coverd cherry to top it off (yes decadent) 

And then we had vanilla rainbow cupcakes - simple vanilla cupcakes colored to make a rainbow pattern. Yum!


cupcakes
Dessert! Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel

mini cheesecake and pudding cups
More dessert. Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel

vintage ice bucket
I collected a ton of vintage silver pieces for the shower and the wedding. Lace table cloth is my grandmother's and we just placed it over a plastic pale-green table cloth cover.  Photo by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel


Ok so I lucked out because most of my maids are artists/chefs (even my mom) so we had a crew of creative types. I hope you enjoyed the pics! Feel free to ask any questions if you are looking for ideas, I am more than happy to share!


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