So here is a rundown of the finished projects I worked on. Some of these photos were taken at 2 in the morning so please forgive the poor lighting:
Cookies for the gift bags:
These were time consuming, but worth the effort. We hung them with wide sheer ribbon. Unfortunately, I did not get a good shot of them in action. I found the original tutorial on the wonderful site House of Smith's. Shelley has great tutorials on there and I recommend you check her out.
I am NOT a florist, and I underestimated their job. It's not as easy as it looks. We had six arrangements to make for the shower. The flowers were bought as big bunches and we spray painted some cans to hold them.
This is the best picture I have. We also glued butterflies to each can. We gave the arrangements away as prizes for the shower games.
Cupcakes and Tower:
Cupcake towers in The Bahamas are expensive. So I decided to make a tower. Actually, my husband built it and I decorated it. It isn't the most graceful looking tower, but it worked for the shower.
I also baked the cupcakes. Banana Spice with Cream Cheeese Buttercream, Chocolate with Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream and Guava with Guava Buttercream. While I enjoyed the Banana and Chocolate, the Guava didn't turn out the way I wanted them too, but the guests enjoyed them.I also baked mini-cheesecakes. You can check out the recipe here.
It took me two days to recover from all of this, but it was all worth it.