Corporate and Special Event Planning

A Shower Fit for a Prince

A Shower Fit for a Prince

The little prince has arrived!  It’s the perfect time to plan a royal baby shower for that special mom to be you know.

Colours:  Sapphire blue and yellow of course! Taking inspiration from Kate and Will’s engagement photos, the ring, and then Kate’s departure photo from hospital after her bout of morning sickness. 

Theme:  Garden Tea Party!  Think classic with a modern twist, just like Kate….Beautiful tea sets, tea cups, silver tiered stands, fresh garden flowers including yellow roses and sunny sunflowers, blue butterflies, tiaras, and crowns.   
Invitations with blue birds or blue butterfly on them and yellow ribbon would work perfectly! 
Food:  petit fours, who doesn’t love these sticky little iced cakes, to die for!  And dainty finger sandwiches, vegetable crudité, fresh fruit kebabs, tea, lemon, scones and clotted cream are an English must, strawberry jam, and maybe alcoholic bevy option – classic kir royale. 
I am in love with tissue paper pom poms these days, so easy to make, suspended from the ceiling or as a backdrop to your buffet, in sapphire blue and yellow, too cute.  If you are lucky to have a garden to host in, paper lanterns would be fabulous too.  Along with bird houses, bird cages, or nests with eggs, you can finish off your theme nicely. 
And a finger sandwich recipe, because along with cucumber and cream cheese with crusts cut off, you must go upscale:    
Smoked salmon crepe rolls Serving size 30–35 (Recipe adapted from Cooking Nook)
Smoked salmon always makes an appetizer seem extra special, and it doesn’t get much fancier than smoked salmon beautifully rolled up in a crepe. There’s no doubt about it — these little guys will be quite the crowd-pleaser!  
Ingredients:   
For the filling: 
•300 grams sliced smoked salmon  
•Chives   
For the crepes:  
•1 egg  
•1/4 teaspoon salt  
•2/3 cup flour  
•2/3 cup milk  
•1-1/2 tablespoons butter, melted   
For the cream spread:  
•1/4 cup cream cheese, softened  
•2 tablespoons Greek yogourt  
•1 tablespoon horseradish  
•1/4 teaspoon salt  
•2 tablespoons chives, chopped   
Directions:  1.Combine the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, horseradish, salt and chopped chives in a small bowl, and store it in the fridge.  2.In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and salt. Alternate adding flour and milk, and continue stirring until fully combined. Whisk in melted butter.  3.Heat a teaspoon of vegetable oil in a crepe pan or small skillet. Pour a small amount of the batter onto the pan, then angle the pan in a circular motion to evenly distribute the batter. This is important so it achieves a thin crepe shape rather than a thick pancake shape. Once the edges begin to turn up, flip the crepe. Allow the other side to cook for 10–20 seconds, then remove from heat.  4.Repeat the process until all the batter is used. Let the crepes cool.  5.Spread the cream cheese mixture over each crepe, and lay slices of smoked salmon in a single layer on top. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on top of the smoked salmon, place a couple of pieces of chive over that, and then roll up the crepes.  6.Slice the rolls into bite-sized servings. Place them on a tray, and store them in the fridge until needed. 
Angela VanWingerden is a focused logistics dynamo with nearly 20 years of experience in the events industry. Since obtaining her BA of Commerce in Hospitality from the University of Guelph in 1998, she has built an impressive portfolio of weddings, corporate events and fundraisers for hundreds of satisfied clients. Angela enjoys the entire event planning process from chaos to order and back again. An avid trouble-shooter, Angela has her finger on the pulse of every event she manages. When on-site, she constantly monitors every element of the event to ensure client satisfaction. Angela works closely with staff and volunteers to ensure that they know what their duties are and she provides oversight at the event itself to ensure that all responsibilities and expectations are met. When she isn’t designing and coordinating awe-inspiring events, Angela loves spending time with her family.

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