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A Slice of Heaven on Earth

Brooke opening a gift

Glorious is the only word I can use to describe Brooke’s wedding shower that was held this past Saturday, July 25th.

hosts of Brookes wedding shower

Two of my closest friends, Vonda Cloutier and Karen Taylor, hosted the magnificent event in Vonda’s McKinney home.

Brooke with ballon garland

When we walked into the house, we were met with a fabulous balloon arch made of shades of pink and dusty lavender, the brides wedding colors.  The precious glitter banner with the bride and grooms’ names was the icing on the cake and made a fantastic backdrop for lots of picture taking!

piles of presents

Beautiful packages were piled high!

Table filled with flowers and boxed lunches.

Serving a buffet for the event seemed impossible in light of the current situation.  What an incredibly creative idea the hosts had to create boxed lunches that looked like presents for each guest!

The boxes were piled high on an assortment of antique boards creating a lovely foundation to an amazing tables-cape.

It was fun to see each guests’ face light up as they made their selection!

Boxed lunches with flowers and berries tied on top

The boxes were tied with grosgrain ribbon and adorned with bright pink Gerber daisies or pink berries and baby’s breath.

Each box had personalized wrappers to hold the napkin and utensils so all the guests needed to do, was select a box and spread out in Vonda’s expansive home to enjoy!

lunch box with Gerber daisy tied on top

The event was catered by Spoons, a downtown McKinney institution, famous for their mouthwatering chicken salad and amazing sweet treats! Each box held a chicken salad sandwich, pasta salad, 2 mini quiches, berries and a trio of delicious sweet bars; chocolate and peanut butter, golden cake with pecan topping and rich chocolate brownies!

Hydrangeas arranged in silver tea pots

The sterling silver teapots holding puffy white hydrangeas along with this glitter topper were the perfect finishing touches to that stunning table!

French Mimosas lined up

Champagne flutes were lined up in tidy rows filled with French Mimosas; champagne and Chambord, a black raspberry liquor, known in French cafes as Kir Royale!


Finally, it was time to open all of those pretty packages!

Brooke getting flowers from her brother

Brooke receiving flowers from her brother, Brandon with a funny card attached!

Brooke with some of her bridesmaids

A picture with some of her lovely bridesmaids, Rachelle, Aubree, maid-of-honor, Hannah and Nora.


As guests were leaving, they were invited to take a gorgeous cookie.  Each one was like a little piece of artwork!

A few more pictures just for fun!

Brooke with me and her new mother-ion-law, Lisa!

 Brooke and I with Lisa, her mother-in-law to be!


Brooke and her Grandmother, my Mom!


Thanks for letting me share this slice of heaven on earth! Truly the prettiest party I’ve ever attended!!

Huge hugs and kisses to Vonda and Karen, two of the most creative and generous people I know! I am truly blessed.





Reader interactions

9 Replies to “A Slice of Heaven on Earth”

  1. Lynda McDevitt July 28, 2020 at 9:23 PM

    So beautiful congratulations MOB

  2. Beautiful gathering to celebrate your gorgeous daughter!! A greatly anticipated event!!

  3. What about masks and social distancing?

  4. I am friends with Vonda and have been to many celebrations at her gorgeous and inviting home! What a lovely shower!!

  5. Awww Lorie — such a beautiful day! So much wonder and amazement coming your way during this wedding time! Enjoy every minute!

  6. Such an honor to host this event for you and your absolutely stunning daughter! So much joy filled the house!

    1. Audrey S Friedman July 28, 2020 at 10:22 AM

      Beautiful event. So happy for all of you.

      1. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing such a special event! Best wishes to your daughter and future son-in-law! 💗

      2. Beautiful congratulations MOB!

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Lorie Fangio is a teaching chef and the founder of A Taste of Paris culinary excursions. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food & culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, local publications, and speaking engagements. She is an award-winning food & lifestyle blogger with a zest for gathering people around a table.

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