Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue Bridal Shower Brunch

Last month my cousin Shawn married his longtime girlfriend, and high school sweetheart, Megan. They have been together for so long and Megan is just so wonderful, that's I feel like she's always been a part of our family. I threw her a small bridal shower with just the women from my family to help her celebrate that special time. I am so very excited that she is officially part of the family now!

I did a spring/floral theme (the shower was in April and the wedding n May). I planned it at noon and that helped dictate a fun brunch menu. And of course a brunch menu needs mimosas!
I set up this cute mimosa bar. It had a couple different kinds of champagne and lots of different juices! Orange, orange-pineapple, cranberry (which I believe is actually called a hibiscus, not a mimosa), and pomegranate juice. I also included some fun sliced fruit for garnishes on the glasses. We had some non-drinkers there too and they thought it was fun to have a variety of juices and garnishes to choose from too.

Trying to have some more 'brunchy' food, I started with a parfait bar. I had vanilla yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, granola, chocolate chips, pecans, almonds, grapes, and bananas. I do have some vegan family so I also had soy yogurt, dark chocolate chips, and I made sure my granola was vegan (Bare Naked Granola). I love 'bars' because it looks nice and is fun for guests to make their own food, and its less work as the hostess since you don't have to put together 30 individual parfaits, or whatever item you set up as a bar.
Also, here's a fun Waffle Bar that I did awhile back for another party ( I feel like it kinda fits in here....)

Butter, Strawberry jam, Nutella, Peanut Butter, Whipped Cream, Apples, Strawberries, Blueberries, Chocolate and Carmel Sauce, Bananas, Macadamia Nuts, Powdered Sugar, Coconut Syrup, Maple Syrup, and fresh fruit

(Sorry for the Waffle Bar sidetrack, back to the bridal shower brunch.) I also had croissants and meat and cheeses (vegan English muffins with avocado and tomato for the vegans). And I made cute little mini-omelets in a muffin tin. I call them Ham Cup Omelets.
The possibilities for these little omelets are endless and they are just so cute and individual!
I did a little bit of an Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue theme for the shower too.
I hung up a bunch of OLD pictures of the couple, which is always fun to see.

NEW was obviously all the nice, new wedding gifts.

BORROWED was a journal/notebook. We passed it around and everyone wrote their marriage advice for the happy couple ( borrowed advice....Get it?)

And did my dessert table all in BLUE. Luckily this party was around Easter time so it was very easy to find candy with  blue wrappers or even blue donuts.
We also did a "Panty Raffle" for the bride. Very similar to the "Diaper Raffle" for baby showers, but with panties for the honeymoon. For every pair of panties brought for the new bride-to-be, you'd get a raffle ticket. The winner of the raffle won this fun prize (bottle of wine here, but I will use Martinelli's or one of those plastic tumblers with lid/straw for parties for non-drinkers, and measuring spoons, candle, hair ties, chocolate, sometimes a gift card)! And did specify ahead of time that the panties do need to be new and clean :)
This party was fun and I will definitely use an Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue theme in the future for more Bridal Showers. I really liked it and it was fun to have old pictures and share our marriage advice. I will also be doing a lot more parties at brunch in the future. Brunch food is fun and I was very impressed with myself for coming up with some vegan and vegetarian options. AND Congrats to Shawn and Megan! I love you guys and wish you the happiest life together!!

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