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Hot Pink, Black & White Bridal Shower

Hosting a hot pink, black & white bridal shower will make your bride-to-be “tickled pink!”  Pink & black cupcakes with bows, pink caramel corn and macrons, and a balloon arch that spans the room with hot pink, pink, white polka dot and even orange balloons make this shower pop with color.  This party idea could also be for the brides court of honor… her bridesmaids and maid of honor.  Everything this dessert table offers is pink,black or white even the desserts!

Hot Pink, Black & White Bridal Shower |Centerpiece

You don’t always have to have a real cake as a centerpiece for a dessert buffet.  This bridal shower served cupcakes instead of a cake with layers and filling, a paper faux cake was used as the center focus of the dessert table.  Tiny paper flowers were cut and glued to a paper covered hat box for the base of the cake with the upper cake being made of a small round hat box with white striped wrapping paper and black satin ribbon.  It wasn’t hard to make… just fun to see it come together.  The paper flowers are made from card stock and a small hot pink rhinestone can be seen in some of the flower centers.  The bow has an old clip pearl earring that helps decorate the paper bow and added bling.

http://lizbushong.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Bridal-Shower-Paper-Cake.pngVanilla and Chocolate cupcakes were decorated with tiny black and hot pink with white polka dot bows.  The cakes were not baked in the decorative paper cups but used as bright decor for the white plates.  White plates and platters were also used for all the tabletop setting.  Mixing black and white with hot pink in various designs is all good as long as you stay with the same color family for balance and prettiness.  Good & Plenty licorice was separated into white and pink serving dishes to add to the hot pink and white decor.

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Hot Pink, Black & White Bridal Shower |Desserts

Every dessert on this table goes along with the color scheme of black, hot pink and white.  It really helps when planning a party to stick to your color scheme even when it involves the food if possible. Just makes your decisions easier and you can place the food anyplace on the buffet or table with out it clashing with other desserts.  Every dessert gets to be showcased. Keeping white cake stands. platters and plates maintain the blank canvas for the decorative sweets.

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Chocolate with ganache filled macrons  and Raspberry Macrons with raspberry creme are so delicious!  The recipe is easy to follow but you want to make these cookies a couple days ahead.  They freeze well with or with out the filling.  I like to fill them last minute.  The take home favors in the small boxes are filled with a cereal and nut trail mix.   The cute little boxes are tied with a black and white polka dot ribbon that helps coordinate with the napkins and rest of color scheme.   Your guests and bride will love this!

http://lizbushong.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/bridal-shower-mini-chocolate-candy-cupcakes.jpgMini Cupcake Candy cups are made with Peanut Butter Cups with piped frosting and decorated with a candy dot.  Removing the paper from the cup is a good idea, so people don’t pop them in their mouth with the paper.  A stiff frosting works best for the piping and a small shell tip is recommended.

Tip:  The dark frosting will make your teeth and mouth turn black so… if you don’t want that look for photos.. ha ha.. change the frosting to dark chocolate or pink.  

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These are the hot pink cupcake candies.  My friend Marie Greico gave me these mini cake stands for my birthday last year.  I love them!!!  They are only 4″ tall and 4″ wide.  I don’t know where she got them but they are adorable and perfect for the dessert table.

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Chocolate Cupcakes were served in the decorative liners and as mentioned before not baked in the cups.  I have found sometimes when baking in these cups they loose their vibrant details, so I use them to serve as decorative little plates.  The black bows as the decorative garnish are plastic and not to be eaten.

http://lizbushong.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/bridal-shower-pink-caramel-corn.jpgAt this event Pink Caramel Corn was served in pink and white favor cups.   I found these at Tuesday Morning.  The caramel Corn is a bit tricky to make. You have to make caramel corn on a day without rain or the chances of rain.  The humidity affects the way the caramel corn sets up.  Sometimes it can become grainy and not set up or dry properly.  This can be made ahead too and placed in a plastic storage container until ready to serve.  The recipe is made with milk. I got the recipe from two sources,  my friend, Sherrie Bacon @sherextensions and the recipe I have linked in this post, Domestic Dreamboat.com.

Caramel Corn

Hot Pink, Black & White Bridal Shower |Beverage

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A Shirley Temple served in a slender tall glass with a black & white stripped straw makes this hot pink beverage a show stopper!  Crushed ice, Sprite with a little grenadine makes a lovely refreshing drink and it’s hot pink in color!   A maraschino cherry on the end of the straw is the perfect garnish, but also keeps the straw in place.  Serve this beverage as guests arrive so the ice does not weaken the beverage.

Shirley Temple Recipe:  1 Tablespoon Grenadine Syrup, crushed ice, 6 ounces lemon-lime soda- tested Sprite, & Maraschino cherrie for garnish.  Place crushed ice in tall slender glass, add grenadine, then sprite, stir to mix, serve with straw and cherry.  Makes one beverage. 

Hot Pink, Black & White Bridal Shower |Balloon Arch

Balloon Arch

This balloon arch had over 400 small,medium and large hot pink, pink, white and orange balloons.  The frame was chicken wire and with the help from my husband who helped me hang this frame and the balloon pump, we got this grand arch up!  In fact this arch stayed up for over 8 weeks.  It was so fun and festive I left it up, the balloons were not filled with helium but just good ole air.   With the temperature of the house being cool, I think that helped with the longevity of the balloons.  If this was outdoors it would not have lasted that long.

I will do a separate post explaining how to make this arch later, but for now enjoy the presentation.  The event was on a Friday evening and I started the arch on Tuesday.  It took that long to fill in the wire. I used clear packing tape to attach the balloons to the wire on both sides of the chicken wire.  A wooden piece 24″ long and fishing line helped secure the wire to the ceiling and walls.    The balloon pump was fabulous!!!  The best $3.00 I had invested.

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http://lizbushong.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/balloon-arch-frame.jpgBalloon arch frame with wooden slats and chicken wire.  Used fishing line and eye screws in ceiling and around wall to help secure the arch frame.  The arch went to the floor on both sides of the room.  Very dramatic and fun.

http://lizbushong.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/bridal-showr-balloons.jpgI liked the variety of the balloons, you can see they are different sizes and colors but all in the same color family.  I did not use black balloons, I wanted to keep it light and happy.  Party City was a great source and the balloons were great quality.

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Balloon Arch

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Hope you will plan a Bridal Shower, Brides Maid’s luncheon, or even a Birthday Party using Hot pink, Black and White.  It is a fun color scheme and everyone will be Tickled Pink!

This was featured on Daytime Tri-Cites for  Hosting Wedding Parties Series- video will be posted soon.  

Happy Hosting & Planning!

Recipe Development, Food Styling, Photography by Liz Bushong

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