Monday, April 4, 2011

Pastor's Wives Bridal Shower Luncheon, A HUGE SUCCESS

This past weekend, I had the honor to host, along with 6 other WONDERFUL women, a luncheon for Pastor's Wives and Ladies Ministries Leaders in LaBelle, Florida.  The weather was so beautiful and the setting was gorgeous as well.  I wanted to share some of the photos with you so you could see how beautiful everything was.  The purpose for the luncheon was to inform the ladies about an exciting upcoming event on July 16th at the LaBelle Civic Center in LaBelle, Florida.  The theme of the conference in July is "Where Is My Bride" so it was easy to know that the ladies luncheon would be a Bridal Shower before the big event.

Our gift table....Love the Lace Umbrella!
We set up at my friend Louise's beautiful home on the river and the sun was shining so brightly.  Her veranda opens up to a beautiful view of the river and there was a warm, balmy breeze blowing just for us.

The tables were simply decorated with fresh plants wrapped in lace and beautiful stemware to enjoy our refreshing drinks.  Pastel tablecloths were used covered with beautiful white lace.  Lunch was served on delightful china...Only the best for our ladies.

 We served some wonderful Southern Ice Tea and delicious Lemonade.  It was cool and refreshing!

We also served some delicious Raspberry Creme Filled Cupcakes which were beautifully displayed on two cupcake towers.

Here are some more of our beautiful tables before they were filled with beautiful ladies!
Our Menu:

Homemade Chicken Salad

Fresh coleslaw
Fresh Fruit Salad
All served on a bed of fresh greens 
Cupcake Close Ups

I love these towers to display cupcakes

Last, but not least, I wanted to share the view.  All during the luncheon boats would go by and check out what we were doing...

What a beautiful day we had.

Let me share my cupcake recipe with you.  I know you'll want to make them yourself.

Raspberry Creme Filled Cupcakes

1 white cake mix
3 egg whites
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 1/4 c. water

Prepare cupcakes according to package directions on the cake mix.
Cool the cupcakes and fill with the following filling.

4 ounces softened cream cheese
1 t. raspberry extract
1 c. confectioners sugar
1/4 c. raspberry jam

Mix together until smooth and creamy.  Place in piping bag with filling tip.  Place tip in the center of the cupcake about 1/2 inch deep and squeeze filling in until it starts to bulge the cupcake slightly.

Ice cupcakes with the following.
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 stick butter
2 lbs. confectioners sugar
1 t. raspberry extract
1 t. almond extract

Mix together until smooth and creamy.  Place in piping bag with desired tip and frost cupcakes.
I used eatable pearl decorations and sprinkled with purple pearl dust.  I served them in Wilton Pedal cupcake liners.  I first baked them in regular cupcake liners.



  1. Wow it makes me want to get married again so I can have you as my party planner. Of course I would do it all over again with my hubby. :)

  2. This was simple, but worked out well. God provided most of the beauty that day. :) Thanks Paula and Mindie.

  3. What a BEAUTIFUL event. The tables are so lovely and your cupcakes are so pretty and sound delicious. Your cupcakes look and sound so good that I'm going to make your icing for a shower next week for baby cupcakes.

    Everything is just gorgeous Debbie and the setting is right out of a movie.

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  5. Such a stunning place to plan a small party. I would like to see some photographs too. Please share here! Next month I will also get married so I have decided to host my bridal shower at best wedding venues Chicago. I will take all my friends there for the party.


Strawberry Heaven

“The “Debbie” recipe – the recipe that is authentically me.
My absolute favorite dessert recipe.”
All I ever talk about loving is strawberries. I am to strawberries as Paula Deen is to potatoes and butter.
When thinking about my absolute favorite dessert, it had to combine cheesecake, strawberries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries to be exact!!! So I developed a pie that features all my weaknesses. I love a regular pie crust instead of graham cracker so I have used pie crust, topped with a luscious layer of Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, followed by 1 pound of ripe, juicy strawberries enveloped in strawberry glaze topped with creamy, dreamy Cool Whip, and followed by 6 GIANT chocolate covered strawberries. This pie would be a strawberry lovers’ most decadent dream. It is mine…now you know what I dream about.

Strawberry Heaven
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 9 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 ½ c. Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling
2 lbs. of strawberries
14 oz. strawberry pie glaze
8 oz Cool Whip
¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place pie crust in pie pan and flute edges. Bake at 450 degrees for 9 minutes.
3. Cool pie crust at room temperature for 10 minutes and follow in freezer for 10 minutes to cool quickly.
4. While pie crust is cooking and cooling, prepare other ingredients beginning with strawberries. Wash strawberries, core, and slice in half. Save 6 LARGE strawberries for top of pie. Eat a few and enjoy them while you are working so hard. Save enough for the pie.
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Dip 6 large strawberries in chocolate about ¾ of the way up the strawberry. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and cool the strawberries on the paper in the freezer.
6. After the pie crust comes out of the freezer, spread the cheesecake filling directly on top of crust.
7. Place strawberries directly on top of cheesecake and pour strawberry glaze over strawberries.
8. Pipe Cool Whip over strawberries and glaze and top with chocolate covered strawberries. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Strawberry Heaven

Strawberry Heaven
This pie is for the true Strawbery ADDICT and lover.

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