Bridal Showers and Giveaway Winner!

2 May

There are certain words in our vocabulary that have opposites.

For example…

Smelly and Not Smelly

Happy and Not Happy

Tired and Not Tired


Martha Stewart and Not Martha Stewart.

OK, so maybe I struggle when it comes to the correct antonyms, (p.s. I just had to look that word up), but if there was a correct word for the opposite of Martha Stewart it would be Ari.

Doubt all you want but I have your pretty little selves fooled with my Cupcakes and my pretty pictures. Looks can be deceiving, and behind my camera lens photographing an oh so pretty Glass filled with blended greens, is a mom wearing grey sweats.

Grey sweats are the no no of all sweats..Not too mention my bright yellow gym shirt and unshaved underarms to go along with the oh so not flattering grey sweats. Grey Sweats that were not purchased at Victoria’s either.

And although these sweats should be kept secret, they are far too worn through out my daily activities. Like trips to the grocery store. Luckily for me people look at my cute Baby Boo, and ignore Β that I may in fact be a homeless person walking around with an adorable baby…

But that is besides the point.

What I am trying to get at here is that I am nowhere near good ol’ Martha, but I can sure pretend to be. That’s why I was super excited to throw a Bridal Shower for one of my good friends this weekend. First party I have ever thrown. (Wow-looser?)

Let’s just say I definitely cute-sified it for sure πŸ™‚

There were flowers and butterflies everywhere. This shower had to be 100% girly…No if’s and or Booty’s.

And I wasn’t about to skimp on food either, especially since I knew I wasn’t feeding my husband, and I had to do more than frozen tacquitos.

Fizzy Lemon Drink

4 large bottles sparkling water-lemon flavored

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup honey/agave

sugar, lemon zest


In a saucepan heat fresh squeezed lemon juice and honey until honey becomes melted. Remove from heat and pour into a separate bowl and let cool. Once ready to serve drinks, mix honey and lemon mixture with bottles of sparkling water. Take classes and run a lemon around the edge and dip in sugar and lemon zest.

We also had chips and guacamole, which I think is a must have at every party…Probably because I can’t contain my self when it comes to those little triangles of goodness..and that green mush..DELISH!

For the guacamole recipe, I used the one I ALWAYS use from The Pioneer Women.

Guacamole Recipe Here

I also had a Whole Grain Vegan Carrot Cake Loaf

The most MOIST loaf cake I have ever had. No Butter. No eggs. No Big Booty.

And I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but I can’t. It is too amazing. All credit goes to the amazing Angela from OhSheGlows.

You can find that amazing recipe HERE, and thank her, and I, later πŸ™‚

For our main entrΓ©e we had a Curry Chicken Salad which I definitely plan to re-create using healthier ingredients. But my husband tried it, as well as the guest and said it was delicious!

For the Curry Chicken Salad recipe, you can find it HERE.

(Notice I don’t have alot of pictures of the food…Well I felt weird taking a bunch of pictures with everyone there. haha. “Umm Ari, why are you taking a picture of those rolls?”

We also had a salad, which I made, meaning basically threw a bunch of delicious things in a bowl and called it good.

Here is what was in it: Baby Greens, Black Berries, Pears, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Goat Cheese, Pecans, and a vinegar dressing.

Then dessert consisted of the following;

Cake Pops for the guest to take home.

Oreo Cake Pops to be exact. My husband ate about 75 of these. He said they were ok… πŸ™‚

And then behold…


You wouldn’t guess it, but there are avocados in the top portion.

Kind of Reminds me of a certain food I once ate.


Whole Wheat and natural Ingredients. So if Your going to indulge, this is a perfect way to do so.

And again, I can’t take credit for this.

Flippen Angela and her AMAZING talent πŸ™‚

For the Vegan Chilled Double Chocolate Torte Recipe go HERE.

Overall we had a fun time. We did the usual make the wedding dress out of TP, and other silly games which every body secretly loves to play.

Mini flower Bouquet our of TP?! Genius!!

And along with everything else, I found time to even get a little crafty.

Want to know what you can do with an empty bottle of canola oil??

Simply Wrap that ‘brown yarn stuff'(what is it called lol) while hot glueing every so often, and eventually you will get a vase!

Cute? πŸ™‚


I have dragged this on LOOONG enough. We all know why your reading this post..

Because you want to see who won My GIVEAWAY!!

AM I right?? πŸ™‚

Ok, here it goes..

The winner of the FIRST giveaway EVER is:

Kate Horning from A Healthy Passion!

Kate is a super cute girl with an awesome blog, so I suggest you check her out ASAP πŸ™‚

As for you Kate, send me your info in an e-mail:!

An additional thanks to all those who entered, because I loved reading everything you guys said about what you loved about YOU!

And I will be doing giveaways in the future so don’t be sad πŸ™‚ I want each and every one of you to WIN!

Thanks loveys! Now if you will excuse me, I’ve got a pair of grey sweats of Chocolate Torte Cake calling my name πŸ™‚

23 Responses to “Bridal Showers and Giveaway Winner!”

  1. You are soo funny, Ari

  2. Jenny May 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Congrats to Kate!! Lucky girl keeps winning all the giveaways πŸ˜‰
    The carrot cake and chocolate torte look so moist and delicious, yummy! Btw the oreo cake pops won over my heart. My favorite cookie in the world πŸ™‚ I love you even more now

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

      I saw your oreo klondike πŸ™‚ We will have to have an oreo cake pop party!

  3. Heidi @ Food Doodles May 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Aw that looks like an awesome party! Haha, don’t feel like a loser, I’ve never thrown one so I’m more of one, haha.
    I like that vase actually! I always have glass bottles I want to do something with. You know you can get dyed twine-like stuff? Is it twine? I think it is but I’m not sure… But anyways, you could do different colored ones. That would be fun πŸ˜€ I like to pretend I’m crafty but I’m really not, haha.
    Congrats Kate!!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      TWINE! That’s it!! They have colored twine!!?? i think that would be way cute!!
      and u are crafty πŸ™‚

  4. pawsitivelife May 3, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Those pops look so good that my dentist will hate me forever. I love your blog, because its so artsy, I really wish I had your talent! Happy start of the week!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

      Thanks sweetheart!
      I am really not that talented…I’m just fooling everybody πŸ™‚

  5. Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life May 3, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    Such gorgeous photos! It looks like you threw a beautiful bridal shower. And those treats look delicious. You are so talented love! Enjoy your grey sweats and chocolate torte πŸ™‚

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 3, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

      Thanks alaina! You always say the sweetest things!!

  6. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 3, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    oh my gosh, what an amazing account of such a wonderful event. Everything is so beautifully done and looks so delicious! I didn’t have a bridal shower but I wish you had hosted mine! πŸ™‚

    PS I am always in sweats and I don’t have a little one to take care of! Fortunately I do have a cute pup that distracts people though πŸ˜‰

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

      LOVE cute puppies πŸ™‚
      We need to throw you an after marriage bridal shower πŸ™‚ or something like that!

  7. Tine May 3, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Carrot Cake without eggs and butter? Got to try this!
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipes!
    Love your creativity with the canola oil bottle too: nice!

  8. helen May 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Looks like a great party! Congrats to the winner of the giveaway πŸ™‚

  9. Brittany May 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Looks like a good time! All the food looks amazing! I love the cake pops- I tried to make some for my nieces 1st birthday and it was just… a disaster for some reason. They just would stay on the stick. Congrats to the winner.

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

      I know it has taken me a few tries to get it right. I usually make the dough, then put it in the fridge for an hour, then dip it in really warm melted chocolate… hope that helps..

  10. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    The pics you did get are incredible! I’m drooling over those cake balls (GORGEOUS, btw) and the chocolate torte. Can I hire you for the baby shower I’m throwing next weekend?! πŸ™‚

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

      Thanks laura!!
      And sure, I’ll be right there to help!

  11. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons May 4, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    bah i’m so bummed! But congrats to Kate =) she rocks ❀

    annnd so do you! love the vase redo! so up my alley!!!! =) and I bookmarked the carrot cake loaf so fast my keyboard almost failed me! haha =) so excited! thanks for passing that deliciousness my way! mwah!

  12. Leslie May 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Wow, you really did well with all the decor and food! Good job! (And congrats to the winner!)


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