Two of our dear friends are getting married next month, and I hosted a shower for the bride recently. She is an English teacher and a book lover, so naturally I had to incorporate books, specifically Pride and Prejudice, into the shower. I made a table runner out of book pages, and I used book pages and card stock in the wedding colors to make labels for the food. I also made book page banner (I picked out some of the best scenes, obviously) and hung it with twine. And though I know carnations and baby’s breath are no peonies or hydrangeas, I kind of loved them for this shower.
This was my first time hosting a bridal shower, but I treated it the same as any other party – make as much food as possible in advance, have foods that are easy for people to eat while standing and chatting, and provide edible favors for the guests. These cookies were one of two kinds I included in glassine bags, and I loved the way they turned out. Instead of cutting the cookies into squares, I decided to make them heart shaped. And then I went a step further and dipped them in chocolate. Because, really, who doesn’t love a cookie that’s been dipped in chocolate? You guys know I am coffee obsessed, so any dessert that has espresso, especially when combined with chocolate, is always a winner to me. The espresso flavor in these is strong, and they have just the right amount of sweetness to balance it.