Real Bridal Shower: Gerber Daisies in New Jersey

25 May

Thank you, Melissa, for sharing this beautiful New Jersey bridal shower. Melissa and the bride to be, Erica, are sorority sisters of mine, so I love seeing all these pictures!

A few weeks ago, I went to my friend Erica’s bridal shower in New Jersey.  Erica is my first friend to get married and has given me the opportunity to be a bridesmaid for the first time!  I was so excited when she handed me that cookie two summers ago with a rhyming poem asking me to be a bridesmaid.  Two years later, it’s finally happening.

Her mom organized the bridal shower and asked us bridesmaids to plan a few games.  One bridesmaid volunteered to make a video with the fiancée based on the game show The Newlywed Game.  She asked the fiancée a series of questions about Erica and recorded his answers.  At the shower, we asked Erica the same questions and she had to answer how she thought her fiancée would answer.  For every wrong answer, we planned to give her a piece of gum to chew.  The idea was that by the end she’d have a giant wad of gum in her mouth.  However; Erica got one out of 10 questions wrong!  The game was a lot of fun anyways!

The second game we coordinated was a Bingo game.  The Bingo cards I made had answers to Erica trivia questions.  Guests had to know the answers to the questions and get five right in a row to win.  We had a few prizes for the first few guests to win.  Erica and the guests also loved this game and it was a fun way to share some fun and embarrassing trivia about the bride-to-be.

The bridesmaids took care of the games, and Erica’s mom planned the rest of the shower.  It was held at La Cippolina in Freehold, NJ.  She used gerbera daisies to decorate the place settings, the center pieces, and the cake.
With the shower invitation, she included a recipe card.  Guests brought their filled-out recipe card to the shower and placed it in a box for Erica.  Along with the cooking theme, her mom had guests sign a platter instead of a traditional sign-in book.  I loved this idea and plan on using it for future showers.
Everything went very smoothly during the shower.  Guests enjoyed wine for the first hour and then the Italian feast began.  We played the games between lunch courses.
Guests enjoyed cake while the bridesmaids helped Erica open her gifts.  We created an assembly line to get through the gifts as fast as possible.  My job was to create the bowquet – as Jaime coined it!  Erica’s mom purchased a plastic tool to use which made my job pretty easy.  I tied ribbons through each hole and used tape to secure each bow to make sure it will be in tact come rehearsal time in July.
The cake was one of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted too.  It was a strawberry cake with two types of frosting between the layers, vanilla and strawberry.  I wolfed it down after completing my bridesmaids duties.  I also loved the tuxedo chocolate covered strawberries.  Each guest received two of these giant treats.
Erica seemed to be floating on air the whole afternoon.  I imagine she’ll be 5 feet off the ground on her wedding day!
I love the gerber daisy theme and great tips for the bowquet. Congrats, Erica!

4 Responses to “Real Bridal Shower: Gerber Daisies in New Jersey”

  1. Custom Cakes By Mark 05/25/2011 at 9:45 pm #

    What a great surprise to see such beautiful pictures of the strawberries and cake! Very happy all enjoyed them! Congratulations and Best wishes!

  2. Erica 05/25/2011 at 3:45 pm #

    p.s. Jaime, I LOVE your blog!

  3. Erica 05/25/2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Yayyy! That was one of the best days of my life! Thank you Melissa for being an amazing bridesmaid!

    • francesca's Cakery 05/25/2011 at 9:39 pm #

      How delightful to find our cake on this terrific blog. Truly-these were among the nicest clients we’ve ever worked with. It was an honor to be part of this memorable occasion-Best wishes- Francesca’s Cakery

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