Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Showers of Delicious for a Soon-to-Be Mrs.

Last weekend we had a bridal shower for my cousin, Eloise, who was surprisingly, surprised. Success!

The theme for the party was “Eloise at the Plaza” based off of the children’s book with her name. There were little “Eloise” touches everywhere: hot pink accents, a different book from the series on each table, and tea favors as a nod to the character’s adventures at the Plaza’s Palm Court.

Plans for the shower had been in the works for months, and it all turned out perfectly. It made me such a happy bridesmaid to have been a part of making my cousin’s special day a memorable one for her.

Now, onto my tasty contributions…

I volunteered to make the punch, and decided to to make it mai tai. Pineapple, orange, and lime juice make up the concoction, along with cream of coconut and maraschino cherry juice for a nice pink color. For garnish, I added pineapple rings, orange slices, and cherries.

The punch was originally supposed to include rum, but the restaurant we had the shower at would not allow it. I substituted club soda for the alcohol, and it ended up working out for the best; the bubbles made it more refreshing, even easier to drink. The punch received rave reviews, and the best compliment of all—it all went.

Virgin Mai Tai Punch. (Recipe at end of post).  

For another special touch, I made Oreo truffle lollipops. I had prepared the super easy chocolate covered Oreo and cream cheese truffle balls a little while back, but this time I wanted to add the sticks for a better presentation and to make them more fun to eat.

Here is what I found: when making the lollipops, it is important that the truffle balls are nice and firm before adding the sticks so that they won’t slide right off; a few minutes in the freezer does the trick. Once the sticks are secure, you can dip the truffles right into the chocolate. I decorated mine with little heart sprinkles. Then, to keep the chocolate from getting flat at the top, I stuck the lollipops into a foam block until they hardened.

Here is the updated Oreo truffle recipe with instructions for making lollipops.

Quick craft lesson! To make the pops look like little edible decorations, I got plastic low ball glasses from the party store and filled them with foam balls that I cut in half. I hid the foam with pink confetti, and stuck six to seven lollies in each. They looked like little bouquets on all of the tables.

I recommend these lollipops for any kind of celebration. Customize them any way you want. They are so much fun, are a lot easier than they look, and guests love it.

P.S. Please nominate my blog (http://www.cooksbookblog.com) for Saveur Magazines 2011 Best Food Blog Awards in the "best cooking blog" category. It's worth a shot! Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.

Virgin Mai Tai Punch
Yield: about 3 gallons/ 3 batches (serves around 50 people)

- 1 gallon pineapple juice
- ½ gallon orange juice
- 1 cup lime juice (about 15 limes)
- 2 cans cream of coconut
- 3, 1 quart bottles of club soda
- 3 medium-large sized jars maraschino cherries, strained with juice reserved
- 2 oranges, sliced (optional)
- 2 cans pineapple rings (optional)
• Combine pineapple, lime, and orange juice, with cream of coconut and maraschino cherry juice. You will notice that the cream of coconut will leave behind small little white bits; if desired, blend punch in a blender until the white bits are dissolved. This step can be prepared ahead of time.
• Add 1 bottle club soda as each batch is served. Garnish with maraschino cherries, orange slices, and pineapple rings. Serve over ice.
• If you would like serve this punch with alcohol, substitute equal parts light and dark rums for the club soda (about a cup of each or more depending on desired strength).


Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

looks like a wonderful shower!

Karen said...

I love these ideas! That punch sounds fantastic (even better with the rum!) and those truffle lollipops are adorable. Really pretty tables...
In other news, I nominated you! Your blog is super informative, well-written, and you have wonderful ideas. Good luck!

Evan @swEEts said...

That punch sounds delicious- bummer you couldn't add the rum! And I think the idea for that shower was so adorable.. I can't wait for mine now ha. Your oreo pops turned out great.. I wish mine would get that smooth!

Sommer J said...

oooo that punch sounds absolutely fabulous! love the truffles, too. i love me some oreos. :) you're an awesome friend...i may add some rum to my punch...i need some kind of alcoholic indulgence these days I tell ya.

Mary said...

Your punch sounds really delicious and it seems your shower was an enormous success. This is my first visit to your blog so I've taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm really glad I did that. I like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen said...

What a beautiful shower- your cousin is very lucky. I really love that punch and will have to keep it on hand for my egg decorating party. We adults always seem to forget that the kids like fun drinks too!

Pacheco Patty said...

Your punch looks so refreshing and I kind of like the idea of leaving out the rum;-)
You have some fun and creative ideas for your shower, I will have to keep them in mind;-)

Claudia said...

I'm ready to take Eloise to the Plaza for punch and oreo delectables. All delight.

Koci said...

I love the Eloise themed party! Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime are definitely two of my favorite movies. :D And that punch sounds delish!

Monet said...

Adorable! I'm giving my little sister a bridal shower in a few months, and this gave me some great ideas. Thank you for sharing with me tonight, my sweet friend. I hope that you have a wonderful week full of laughter, love and good food. As always, I'm leaving tonight feeling inspired by your creativity and kindness.

Tanantha said...

What a sweet shower! It's really hard to plan a surprised party and you guys did it. Good job!

Your virgin punch is up to my alley. I'm not able to drink much and with this punch I don't have to worry about getting red :D. The cake pops are so adorable! I will have to borrow a recipe as I'm looking for a finger food type dessert and appetizer for events.