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Bridal Shower Party
Tips for Planning a Bridal Shower
Traditionally, the maid
of honor hosts a shower for the bride, although
bridesmaids may contribute. If the family is hosting
the wedding, they should not host the shower. A
general rule is there should be no more than three
In the past, showers were hosted to provide couples
with housekeeping necessities. But today, with many
couples already having housekeeping necessities,
showers have taken a different twist. Today's shower
can be a cocktail party at the home of friends or
relatives, or a barbecue in the backyard. Showers
need not be cute, or feature parlor games or
"umbrella" cakes. Men may be invited.
Some ideas for showers
"Wine" Shower, for a couple that are wine
connoisseurs, chipping in to buy them an exclusive,
vintage bottle of wine.
"Honeymoon" Shower, have guests bring gifts for the
"Hardware" Shower, for the couple building a new
"Picnic" Shower, an open air outing promises fun and
"Bridal Tea" Shower, elegant brides and guests will
love this shower.
"Pampering" Shower, to soothe the bride before her
"Personal" Shower, gifts to pamper the bride such as
nightshirts, lotion, bubble bath or candles.
Showers should be scheduled at least a month before
the wedding, before everything gets too hectic.
The bride and groom must take an active role at
showers, arriving early to help the host (s)
prepare. At the party, they should see that guests
are introduced to one another and they should pitch
in to serve the food or help with the drinks. They
should also stay and help with the clean-up. They
should never grab gifts and run.
Invitations may be light, funny, informal, formal,
or somewhere in between depending upon the formality
of the party. They may include an R.s.v.p. with a
phone number; respond cards are unnecessary. They
may be handwritten or printed, or if the shower's
hosts don't want to send invitations, they may just
pick up the phone and call or E-mail. Your
invitations must relate pertinent shower information
to guests including the kind of shower that's hosted
(ensuring they get the right stuff!) For example: If
the couple loves to entertain on their Patio, you
might invite guests to a "Patio" Shower, guests will
undoubtedly call and ask, What's a patio shower? You
will then inform them of the shower's purpose (and
tactfully suggest gifts the bride would prefer).
People who attend showers are there to impart their
best wishes (and to give small gifts) to the bride.
Weddings are too expensive today to expect people to
go gift crazy. A wedding gift is more than enough.
Bride's and Groom's who ask or expect expensive
shower gifts are being presumptuous. For that
reason, registry information must NOT be included
with shower invitations.
The bride and groom must send handwritten thank-you
notes within three weeks of receiving a shower gift.
The maid of honor should catalog all gifts, noting
who gave them while adding a short description (as
the gifts are opened).
After the party's over, a gift and thank-you note
must be sent to the host (s). A note alone is
Taking the stress out of
preparing bridal shower food
(ARA) - If you're planning a bridal shower, you want
to make it a relaxing, fun time for everyone - and
right at the center of the fun is good food. If
you're feeling anxious about what to serve and how
to get it prepared - especially with everyone
nowadays paying so much attention to what they eat -
relax. You can serve delicious and healthy food
without hiring a professional chef or spending a
week in the kitchen.
Here are some time-saving tips and recipes from the
Simply Organic test kitchen to help you get the food
under control and host a simple but sensational
shower for the bride.
Share the work. When guests ask if they can
bring anything, say "yes." And don't be afraid to
ask them to bring something if they don't contact
you first - most guests are eager to help. Get
others to prepare dishes you either don't really
enjoy making yourself or you know they do especially
well. You can even have each guest bring a dessert
or appetizer and share the recipes with the new
bride. Doing the food as a group is fun, and it
helps build the joyful spirit of the occasion.
Keep it healthy. There's a good chance a lot of your
guests are trying to eat healthier. Why not go that
route and make it delicious too? You can provide
great-tasting, nutritious snacks that also go easy
on artificial additives, salt, fat, sugar and other
potentially unhealthy ingredients. For guests with
special diet restrictions, gluten-free baking mixes
are now readily available for easy, worry-free baked
Take some shortcuts. For enticing, freshly made dips
without fuss, use high quality organic dip mixes.
Just add a creamy dill, French onion, guacamole or
ranch dip mix to equal parts low-fat cottage cheese
and non-fat plain yogurt and mix in a blender or
food processor until smooth. Serve with fresh
veggies you can buy already cleaned and cut up at
the store, and you get a lot of healthy snacking
with very little prep time. Or use pre-blended
mulling spice to create flavorful cider, punch or
other beverages without a lot of work.
Remake everyday favorites. One way to combine
simple and special is to take easy-to-prepare
favorites and dress them up with special festive
seasonings. Try distinctive seasoning blends like
curry or Italian seasoning. A seasoned sugar
combination like lemon sugar or cinnamon sugar will
add a gourmet touch to your tea. Or add a touch of a
spice like tarragon or a chili powder seasoning
blend to your usual deviled eggs, and you'll
instantly have something out of the ordinary.
Shop smart. Make your shopping list well in
advance. That way you can pick up everything in one
trip - and eliminate any last-minute sprints to the
grocery store. You can even order some ingredients
online. For example, Simply Organic offers a wide
range of all-organic products online to enhance your
shower food - everything from spices, seasoning
blends and baking extracts to easy-to-make mixes for
dips, dressings and other snacks - and they'll ship
them to your house within a few days.
Here are two of the many easy-to-prepare, healthy
bridal shower dishes from the recipe collection at
3 cups cooked and finely diced chicken
1/4 cup low fat yogurt
4 finely diced Roma tomatoes (approximately 2 cups)
1 package Simply Organic Guacamole Dip Mix
1/2 cup shredded cheese
2 tablespoons finely diced jalapenos
In a large mixing bowl, stir chicken and yogurt
together. Add tomatoes and Guacamole Dip Mix; stir.
Blend in shredded cheese and jalapenos. Refrigerate.
Serve chilled with chips or crackers. For a less
spicy version, substitute green olives for
1 pound ground turkey
1 package Simply Organic Roasted Turkey Gravy
1/4 cup Simply Organic Pancake & Waffle Mix
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, combine all
ingredients until evenly distributed. Shape into
1-inch balls. Place in a single layer on a greased
baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
Serve with a side of barbecue sauce or Simply
Organic Ranch Dressing.
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