Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pucker Up! A Lemon-Themed Bridal Shower & Easy Cookie Recipe

I’ve spent the last several months working on a surprise shower for one of my best college girlfriends, Alyson. Her favorite drink is lemonade, so that’s where the inspiration all began. Now, I can’t take credit for all of the lovely work done for this beautiful day. (Hats off to rest of the bridal party!) But I am responsible for helping to keep the party secret and organizing the oh-so-delicious dessert table.

Recognize those cake stands?
They’re the same ones I used in my wedding.
We’re really getting our money’s worth from these!

The lemon-themed dessert station featured Easy Lemon Cookies, Lemon Supreme cake and green tea cupcakes with lemon frosting. The yellow treats looked so pretty and lemon ended up being a perfect flavor choice on a hot afternoon.

More pretty details included sliced lemons arranged in mason jars and little dishes filled with sour Lemon Head candy. The maid of honor found vintage milk jugs and pitchers for the flower arrangements, which featured happy looking gerbera daisies in bright pink, purple and yellow.

After all the planning and designing and baking, it was so exciting to surprise the bride. She really had no idea what we had planned for her that afternoon and nothing will top the look on her face when she walked in. Well, maybe the happy, beautiful face we’ll see on her wedding day! We can’t wait!

Alyson's an event planner and is always prepared.
She gave her sister a dress and told her to bring it to
the shower so she could change into it once she arrived.

And, due to popular demand, here’s the recipe for Easy Lemon Cookies:


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, and lemon extract until well blended. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into a ball and drop them in a bowl of confectioners' sugar to cover. Once sugared, place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy.
Adapted from


  1. What a pretty dessert display! How awesome that you can use your wedding decor again :-)

  2. Those cookies are the BEST!!! Alyson is going to be a beautiful bride.