Friday, June 14, 2013

Like Honey & Tea, Hye Jin and Jon Are Meant to "Bee"

Love is funny sometimes.  Right when someone believes that love is far from being found, Cupid veers his little arrow directly at two unexpected souls to magnetically draw them near each other.  This is exactly what happened with Hye Jin and Jon.  From strangers to best friends to soul mates, Hye Jin and Jon impetuously fell in love.  The bride-to-be was absolutely smitten over the idea of having Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula for her bridal shower.  Thus, this post is aptly titled, Like Honey & Tea, Hye Jin and Jon Are Meant to Bee. The afternoon affair was charming and elegant, just like the bride-to-be.  The color scheme consisted of vibrant and pale yellows, the bride-to-be's favorite color, that brightened up the crisp white table settings and linens.  Guests brought home lemonade favors and honey bee cupcakes as memories from the shower.  Personally, The Peninsula is my favorite spot in Chicago for afternoon tea.  The service is impeccable and the miniature bites are equally adorable as they are scrumptious.  Plus, you are allowed to request for as many additional tea or crumpets until you are satisfied.  But beware, the mini edibles may be seem tiny, but they sure do fill you up quickly!  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed this bridal shower.  Special thanks to Co-Maid of Honor, Ms. Young Eun, and bridesmaids, Ms. Eunice, Ms. Amy, Ms. Jeeyoon, and Ms. Susie.  Also, thanks to Ms. Christine for her finely detailed crafting skills.  And of course, thank you to all the guests who made Hye Jin's shower undoubtedly fabulous and special. 
Before.  The table was quite bare.  But there's nothing a few DIY crafts and flowers can't perk up. 
After.  [Above photo courtesy of Ms. Jeeyoon.] 
Personalized menu. 
The favor and handcrafted games were placed at every table setting. 
Personalized cross word puzzle and Bridal Taboo.  Silver nail polish was cleverly painted  onto mini clothespins for an additional touch.  These handcrafted games were beautifully put together by the Jane of All Trades, Ms. Christine. 
Say any of the words "ring", "dress", "vows", or "Jon" and you'll have a tea bag stolen from you.  
A newly wed game was played where the bride was asked questions about her boo.
Thank you lemonade favors for each guest.  For directions, click here
Flowers are always a must for any occasion.  Flowers were bought from Costco and vases were brought from home.  After the event, twine was used to bind each flower arrangement for guests to take home.  Flowers arranged on-site by Ms. Amy.  
A sweets table was created for where the guest book would be signed.  The banner was made by Ms. Christine with a free online template created by Shanty 2 Chic.
The gorgeous bride-to-be, Ms. Hye Jin, soon-to-be, Mrs. Kong.  Guests were asked to sign the custom photo book created on Shutterfly.  [Above photo courtesy of Ms. Eunice.] 
I used these adorable baking cups to hold the candy.  I found these food labels online and printed them out at Kinko's for  around $2.00.  Affordable yet cute! 
Tea cups with Tazo tea were prizes for the winners of the bridal shower game.  Put together by the lovely Ms. Amy 
It's funny how a few ramekins and colorful napkins can be utilized to creatively display sweets. 
Ms. Amy taking pictures on her amazing DSL camera. 
Honey cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting, garnished with a honey bee.  Recipe post coming soon. [Above picture courtesy of Ms. Jeeyoon.] 
Honey and lemon were provided for the tea. 
A tower of sweet and savory miniature comestibles. 
The mint chocolate maracon was my absolute favorite. 
I aspire to create such beautifully crafted miniature bites of perfection one day. 
Smoke salmon mini sandwich.  
Vanilla panna cotta with strawberries. 
Chevre, date, and pepper mini quiches. 
The most amazing scones!  Warm, rich, and buttery.  
Pink champagne to celebrate the happy occasion.   
The baking cups were also used to safely package cupcakes to go. 
The hotel graciously provided us with bags and containers for guests to take home leftover bites and sweets. 
Can't wait for the big day! 
The wonderful bridesmaids with the bride-to-be. [Above photo courtesy of Ms. Eunice.]
Hye Jin, I hope your bridal shower was everything you dreamed of.  You are loved.  [Above photo courtesy of Ms. Jeeyoon.]
Happy wedding season. 


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