I’ve been super busy the last couple of weeks putting the finishing details together for my road trip with Rhys. As I mentioned before, we are heading down the coast throughout California, and over to Vegas, with plenty of awesome stops along the way. The countdown is on…I can’t wait!

If you have any restaurant suggestions, please let me know! I’d love your thoughts on vegetarian/vegan eats in the Portland area, as well as San Francisco, Santa Monica, Lake Tahoe, etc.


Aside from that, I was also very busy planning a bridal shower for one of my best friends! She is getting married this Summer, and its going to be so much fun. For her shower, we decided on a purple theme, and although it was very stressful due to a lack of time, I really enjoyed the planning of this shower. One of our friend’s baked the beautiful cupcakes, and our other friend planned the hilarious shower games! I think the day was a success, and most importantly, the bride had a great time.


Don’t Cry, Kate!


Present Time!


Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Anyone?


Work Itttt!

I wanted to share some of the food and drinks served, as well as the favours for the guests. There was plenty of food, including a cheese platter with boursin cheese and warm brie cheese topped with mango, strawberries, and pistachios. There was a big fruit platter with tropical pineapple dip, and a large veggie platter, as well. There were sandwiches (made by the bride’s soon-to-be grandmother-in-law) and a great broccoli salad made by the bride’s aunt. The bride’s mom brought a fantastic crab and artichoke dip. I made a tropical quinoa salad, an asian noodle salad, a grilled vegetable tart, caprese skewers, smoked salmon appies and marinated shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce. My mom made great bourbon chicken dish and steak crostini.




fruit plate

veggie platter

shrimp shots

Quinoa Salad

For drinks, there were large pitchers of lavender lemonade and Spanish sangria. YOU HAVE TO MAKE THIS LAVENDER LEMONADE. IT IS TO DIE FOR.

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp edible dried lavender
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups water

Over medium heat, combine two cups of water and sugar, bringing to a boil until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and honey and dried lavender.  Cover for about 10 minutes, allowing mixture to steep.  Strain lavender, making sure to release all juices and syrup.

In a large pitcher, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture and water.  Feel free to add a drop of blue coloring and a drop of red to mixture to give it a lovely purple color.  Chill before serving and garnish with sliced lemons.  Enjoy!

The dessert table was super fun to put together. As I said before, a friend made the lovely cupcakes! There was also chocolate dipped pretzels, mini pies on a stick, cake pops, rock candy, purple M+Ms, chocolate chip cookies and huckleberry salt water taffy

Dessert Table Kates

Close up dessert table

Dessert close up 2




The favours were a ton of fun. The bride loooves tea, so I picked up some loose leaf tea from David’s Tea. If you haven’t been to David’s Tea yet…you HAVE to go. It’s amazing. I picked a tea called Love #7 (appropriate, no?). I set them up with a little sign that said Love is Brewing! And put two servings worth of tea in each little heart-shaped container. The containers were purchased at Michael’s and are literally called favour tins.

Bridal Tea Favours

Bridal Tea Favours

Bridal Tea Favours

Bridal Tea Favours

Bridal Tea Favours

  • evan

    It was a lovely afternoon and the food was yummy! I really enjoyed seeing you all interact as good friends and it was fun listening to all your stories. I have known all of you since you were very little girls giggling on play dates. You did a super job, Koko, on short notice as everyone is so busy these days. Can’t wait to see Kate in her wedding dress with all of you as bridesmaids. You are all beautiful young women inside and out.

  • OMG. That’s a crazy looking table! Like crazy good. The food looks amazing and it also looks like you had an amazing time. How wonderful to have a nice group of friends.

  • First, I have got to try that lavender lemonade, it sounds delicious!

    The entire party looks great, especially the food. 🙂 Love those tea gifts too, what a great idea!

  • My oh My, what an amazing collection of food! It looks delicious:) I love the idea of lavender lemonade, got to try that sometime! The bridal shower sounds like so much fun, great work with the decoration and planning – looks like it paid of 🙂

  • WHOA. There’s so much going on here… My brain is about to short fuse on me ;-). Ok, first off, love the paper wedding dress (how fun are you guys?); cannot believe all the FOOD — and *good* food! Taken by the warm brie toppings and those adorable shrimp bites with homemade sauce… but it’s about the lavender lemonade… you’ve got me sold on it! Making it tomorrow :). Love the purple/lavender theme + the favours — such a clever idea!

    p.s. I have a great story about love tea # 7 that I will have to share with you at some point ;-).

  • Waw, Koko: wat an array of fine & delectable foods!
    You presented soms fine & excellent foods here, … Your girlfriend must have had a beautiful feast! Everything looks really tasty. Even the dried tea in that heartshaped box, als a tiny gift in the end, looks spectaculair too!

  • Totally understand you have been busy! Your parties looks amazing and what a friend you are 🙂 The food looks delicious! Enjoy see pics from your life and hope the road trip will be amazing, but I am sure. Nothing beats traveling and specially in good company!

  • Thank you motherrrrrrr.

    Thanks France! We’ve all known eachother forever.

    Thanks Pamela, you’ve got to try it!

    Thank you Thess, I think it did pay off 😉

    Thanks Kelly…I know, I know, there is a ton going on in this post! Ahhh, I wanna hear your Love #7 story!!

    Thanks Sophie!! 🙂

    Thanks Katrin, I am so excited for the road trip! With the best company 🙂

  • I am not surprised that everyone, esp. the bride, had a great time! Toilet paper wedding dress is such a fun idea.
    You did a great job in organizing such a party!

  • Kate

    I don’t know why I didn’t see this sooner!!!!
    It was really the most beautiful shower & the food was seriously amazing. Love you!
    P.S. Evan, you’re the sweetest!