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Best Bridal Shower Brunch Ideas
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Pop, fizz, clink! Brunch is always a good idea, otherwise the fun-loving ladies of Sex and the City wouldn’t have attended a parade of them. Brunch for a bridal shower? Even better. This allows you to celebrate all things ladylike with utter abandon, from the tiniest of hors d’oeuvres to the bubbliest of champagne (or prosecco). There are myriad details to arrange for any bridal shower, but a brunch gives you a familiar framework within which to work. Here, we’ve curated our favorite brunch ideas from the latest trends in bridal showers. This list will help you select the décor, food, drinks and favors to make the bride feel bubbly as you celebrate her, the impending nuptials, and the women in her life.
Creating a Bridal Shower Brunch
With its indulgent and ladylike personality, a bridal shower brunch is a platform for delicate foods that typically appeal to women — particularly those with a mimosa in one hand. We favor finger foods for ease of socializing and the ability to deliver decadent flavors in tiny packages. Think food in miniature: Serve mini quiches, yogurt parfaits in shot glasses, petit fours and one-bite Bavarian cream puffs. Set up a mimosa and beverage bar in a high-traffic area near the door so that guests can grab a drink as they walk in (yes, it’s all about the bubbly). This bar should include champagne or it’s less-expensive Italian cousin, prosecco, along with carafes filled with orange juice for mimosas, peach puree for Bellinis, and, if you’re feeling fancy, some Chambord raspberry liqueur for French Kir Royales. Leave a bowl of fresh berries as garnishes. Remember to include coffee, tea and a non-alcoholic drink such as fruit tea, ginger lemonade or Pellegrino sparkling water.
How to Throw a Bridal Shower Brunch
Fortunately, a brunch menu is one of the most inexpensive to create. Eggs, even organic ones, are low in cost but feed a crowd when baked in an eggs Benedict casserole or a strata. A fruit tray is your low-budget friend if, instead of buying a pre-made one, you buy the fruit individually and prepare a platter. People adore fruit and it’s easy to make a colorful platter of kiwi, berries and melon slices look beautiful. Most pastries are inexpensive to buy or make (think: quickbreads, muffins, scones). And if you want to go the simple and savory route, put together a bagel bar with all the trimmings. We have outlined a slew of low-cost ideas to help you host an elegant bridal shower brunch on a budget.
There is a tidal wave of themes for a bridal shower brunch. Think: Italian pastries, Southern red velvet cupcakes, New York City Cosmos, French macarons and mimosas or, finally, a Latin-inspired fiesta (yes, mojitos count as brunch cocktails). Think about which one the bride would enjoy most and get started.
Pick your location first. Since a bridal shower brunch is a relaxed, intimate affair with a girly vibe, we prefer a brunch fête planned in someone’s home. The invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks prior. Another way to get the jump on your list is to go to the stores and price out everything far in advance of making your final purchases — this means food, flowers, alcohol and decorations. Comparison shopping will allow you to buy everything at its lowest price, plus gathering all the prices lets you decide on “save” versus “splurge” items. Yes, there are a gazillion details to planning a shower, but the earlier you get familiar with your to-do list, the better off you’ll be.
Always think of the bride’s personality first and use that as your lead. Beyond that, just stay organized and you’ll produce a dizzying array of details that create a one-of-a-kind shower. By showing your constancy in planning this shower, you’ve already shown the bride how much you love her, so she’ll be thrilled no matter what.
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