Jokes about pumpkin spice everything aside, who doesn't love popular autumn flavors like apple, cranberry, cinnamon, and yes, pumpkin? Especially if you want to avoid bridal shower games, a sophisticated brunch is a good way to keep the party centered around the table. If you are a decent chef and not intimidated by a little kitchen time, bake the brunch yourself. These apple cider donuts (below, left) look delicious. Homemade apple butter would also be a thoughtful touch on the table or in small jars handed out as favors (below, right).
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Halloween can be such a playful, inviting bridal shower theme. Host an evening shower with Hitchcockian undertones, serving Old-Fashioneds and encouraging guests to wear their best Grace Kelly pencil skirt. Pop popcorn and watch the bride's favorite suspense classic.
This theme also screams for a candy bar. Go orange and black, serving nostalgic treats (above) or keep it ultra-chic with a black and white palette (below).
There's something about this time of year that brings out the closet crafting geek in each one of us. Throw an open house-style bridal shower with a whole day of simple DIY craft projects, like this pumpkin garland made from orange yarn (below). Resist the bride's attempts to turn this into a day when she can get all of her wedding favors finished. This should be a lovely time for party guests to interact and socialize, not worried about checking items off a to do list.
Decorate pumpkins, but save the jack o' lanterns for the kids. Break out the glitter and paint for some grown-up pumpkins on your porch.
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