Saturday, September 21, 2013

Recipe for Romance ! * Photo Heavy *

Greetings my Blog Peeps !

I have been MIA, getting ready for the nuptials coming up in.....28 days !

My beautiful sister, along with a couple of my Bridesmaids hosted the most wonderful shower for me in my hometown last month. My little Sissy is super creative and I love her to life !

The invites read...

Help the Bride-to-Be learn to cook up the perfect "Recipe for Romance." Join us and the award-winning Chef Derek Nettle in the kitchen at the Venue 104 Bistro where he will teach us the fine art of making Italian cuisine. Please bring a gift for the Bride to help her and the Groom keep the romance alive.

Myself and 14 ladies had the most amazing day ! We had the entire restaurant for almost 4 hours. They set up one side with tables for us to partner up and cook & the other half of the restaurant was where we ate all the food that WE had prepared under the direction of the Chef.

We had such a great time. I am still getting emails & texts about what a unique, fun and non-traditional idea it was. My sister is the best. She and one of my other bridesmaids put it all together & I was totally blessed that day.   Here are some pics....

They were setting things up

I was focused !

My beautiful Bridesmaid

Even my mama learned something new !

My lovely sister, the creative one.

Trying to get it just right

We were teasing her because she NOT known for cooking

He was teaching me a trick !

On the menu was Panzanella Salad, spinach Stuffed Cannelloni, Classic Turkey Meatballs and for dessert, Butter Cake with Macerated Berries and Mascarpone. It was all delicious and we learned quite a few tips, tricks & techniques from the Chef & his Assistant.

We even made our own croƻtons !

Yummy Dessert

My stepdaughter & her baby surprised me !

They were so hungry they forgot to take off their gloves LOL

By the look on her face, the romance gifts got a little spicy !

The Chef was funny & friendly !

Such a fun group !

It was a wonderful day, not soon to be forgotten. I was so appreciative & just happy to be in this place in my life.

What's the most original party idea you have ever experienced ?

Thoughts ?   Comments ?  Questions ?

Beautifully Complex


discodiva73 said...

Great idea! Looks like a lot of fun AND delicious!

discodiva73 said...

Looks like fun AND delicious! I love this idea.

Beautifully Complex said...


We had a blast, lots of laughs!

Dr. Ciiku said...

What a novel idea for a shower! Lovely pictures.

Kurlylicious said...

That was an awesome idea! Kudos to your sister and bridesmaid. I love to cook, so I would appreciate something like this. The countdown is really on for you, I can't wait to see the pics of your Wedding day! Congrats again and Best Wishes for a beautiful ceremony and marriage!

For my bookclub's Anniversary this year, we had a party at a jewelry studio where we all made a copper cuff and we brought in appetizers and wine, that was a fun idea too!

Beautifully Complex said...

@ Dr. Ciikuanks
Thank you & thanks for visiting my blog & commenting.
@ Kurlylicious
I am super excited. Bummed that I missed you on your H-Town visit, will catch up next time for sure.
I think making jewelry would definitely be fun. I truly am a girly girl ! LOL