One Succulent Party

Curious why my dining room table was in the living room?


I threw a surprise bridal shower for a friend. And no, I did not iron the drop cloth tablecloth.


Her colors were a pear green and latte. The succulents – purchased at IKEA for super cheap {$3.18/each – including the pot!} – were in the right palette and made a cute centerpiece. Each guest got to take one home.



I love using things I already own for parties {saves more budget for food!}. The tablecloth is a clean painters drop cloth with a folded piece of pear colored fabric as a runner.

Already owned the drop cloth & borrowed the light green fabric from my mom.


The menu was a bit of a challenge as the guests really varied in tastes. There were a couple “meat & potato” only people, balanced out by those who vastly prefered “rabbit food”. I think we got a nice mix of healthy & naughty in the menu.



Trio of homemade tea. The Mintastic Herbal & Gunpowder teas are loose teas from Adagio Teas. Purchased online but the company is located in Garfield, NJ.

The Mandarin Orange Green Tea is just from Lipton. I also served water, which seemed to be the popular choice.


  • Artichoke Bites {found on Darby’s blog}
  • Homemade Garlic Hummus with Pita
  • Brie & Gouda with Crackers
  • Kalamata Olives {pitted!}
  • Grapes, cherries, clementines



  • Chocolate Cannoli Cupcakes
  • Angel Food Cupcakes
  • Macerated Nectarines
  • Champagne to toast


I tried to make my own cannoli filling for the icing but it was an epic, EPIC, fail. Calandra’s Bakery in Newark to the rescue. They were more than happy to sell me 1.5lbs of cannoli filling, sans shells.


Parties like this make me ever so thankful I have a dishwasher. A relatively new addition to Brick City Love {as of January} the Bosch is still kicking major ass.


Now back to the garden apartment!

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7 Responses to One Succulent Party

  1. Brandi says:

    Your little party looks absolutely fabulous! I love all the succulents on the table — it’s beautiful and they do make a perfect take-home gift. Brilliant all around!

  2. KMLiving says:

    Ferry Street BBQ and cannoli cupcakes….. divine combination! Great decor, lovely menu and fab photos!

  3. Carrie says:

    I love the idea of using all the succulents!! So pretty, and what a great “favor” idea!

  4. Leah says:

    hey! long-time lurker, but i don’t think i actually ever commented. found your blog on when i was looking for other home bloggers in my area (we’re in morris county and are pretty much done with the sweat-up-to-our-eyeballs home renovations – now we have kids to blog about instead and the house blog is painfully neglected).

    i just read your comment about calandras and had to break the silence – i love that place! we frequent their shop in fairfield on our way to the willowbrook mall, and apparently they’re opening one in caldwell, which is even closer to us. i can just about taste the cannoli filling on those cupcakes….mmm!

    keep up the good work on your house and the basement apartment. it will be over before you know it!

    hey maybe one weekend we can come help you work on your house, and another weekend, you could come help us with ours! we’d all be getting good, experienced, local, FREE help – although i’m not sure where we’d stash the kids 😉

  5. How cool are you? Love the succulents and I’m incredibly wishing I had an IKEA close.

    Looks like a wonderful (and delicious) shower.

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