The food was delicious. Fellow bridesmaid and bff, Katrina, pulled out all the stops and created three different kinds of whoopie pies. She is basically the Filipina Paula Deen. She made red velvet, chocolate, and these glorious orange-almond whoopie pies. The first two were traditional whoopie pie recipes, which utilized shortening, whereas the latter was a "cake-like" whoopie pie, which I assume just contained butter. It was amazing. Not too sweet--definitely grown-up.
I went old school and brought some of my sweeter lemon bars (a modified recipe from my previous batch) and dark chocolate truffles . The lemon bars I brought to the shower were a recipe from smitten kitchen . Although she offers a version that is extra lemony, I went meek and cut the lemon juice in her recipe by a bit. Instead of using 2/3 of a cup, I used 1/2 a cup and it gave me sweeter lemon squares with just a touch of tartness.
Now, let's talk about the truffles. These truffles were quite possibly the simplest desserts I've ever made. The hardest part was waiting for the ganache to harden overnight in the refrigerator. The only trouble I had with the truffles was having them stay as truffles and not puddles of dark chocolate. It was a scorcher this weekend (and this week, actually), and I hadn't taken the extreme heat into consideration when serving up desserts. Truffles are also so incredibly versatile that you can basically do whatever you want once you've combined and chilled the ganache.
After the meal was served guests were invited to write a wish or a piece of advice for the couple. These notes were then dropped off in a small box and read at the end. These notes ranged from sentimental well-wishing (i.e. "tell Stephanie she is beautiful every day") to horribly honest pieces of advice, like "Close the bathroom door when you go." I think it's safe to say that they are basically set for the rest of their lives with all of the notes in that little black box.
The greatest part about the shower was realizing how much we have all grown up, and how happy I was for that feeling. I am so honored to be a bridesmaid for her wedding and I can't believe how soon it will be before she is officially Mrs. Pasare. Stephanie is the first of my friends to be entering this new stage in her life and I couldn't be more excited for her and Chip. Today reminded me that no matter how old we got, special occasions like these lose their meaning without the company of close friends and family, and friends so close that they are already family. It was a beautiful celebration filled with friends and family (and delicious food that may or may not actually be hors d'ouvres). Stephanie and Chip, we all wish you well on your journey to your wedding day!