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Time for the third installment of bridal shower goodness!

As I’ve mentioned for the past two days, we threw a bridal shower for my sister back in August and I’m sharing some of the details with you!

The bridesmaids and I decided on a brunch menu and set the shower to start at 11am…perfect timing!  It also allowed the guests (and us!) the flexibility of still having the rest of the day available for other engagements instead of taking up the entire afternoon.

Our menu consisted of:
Baked French Toast
Yogurt Bar (vanilla yogurt served in plastic glitter cups, a variety of fruits and homemade granola)
Bacon and Cheese  Quiche
Vegetable Quiche
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Milk, Orange Juice, Tea and Coffee

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The beauty of this menu is that the majority of the prep was done ahead.  The french toast and quiches just had to be baked on the day of and the coffee cake was baked ahead of time.  Really the only food prep I had to do on the morning of was cut up fruit, portion yogurt and prepare the beverages.

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As you can see from the above picture, we used sparkly picture frames to showcase the menu cards.  When planning a party like this, I try to pick a decor theme that I can fulfill from stuff I already have in the house.  These frames were from our master bedroom…the menu is just taped on top (didn’t even have to remove our wedding pictures!).

IMG_1070I bought some diamond and pearl stickers from Dollarama and we used them to spread the sparkle in other little ways.  We made the napkin rings out of scrapbook paper that covered paper towel rolls.  We also made chalkboard food labels and custom envelopes for the game prize gift cards.

Speaking of games…I’m not really a fan of the typical bridal shower games.  I have no desire to be dressed in a toilet paper dress…it’s not my idea of a good time.  I’ve actually googled “non-lame shower games”…and found a surprising amount of results, so clearly I’m not the only one!

Ashley was in charge of the games and we played romantic mad libs and cheesy love song “name that tune.”  The mad libs were read aloud and the bride picked the winner…hilarious!

My top advice for hosting any party (I think I’ve mentioned this before) is to ALWAYS make sure that the dishwasher is empty.  In my experience, guests want to know where to put their dishes…and most are quite happy to put them right into the dishwasher if it’s empty.  It saves so much time in clean up!

The bridal shower theme continues!  As I mentioned yesterday, we chose a brunch menu for my sister’s bridal shower.

I found this recipe for Baked French Toast from marthastewart.com and thought it sounded perfect for our event.  I liked that it could be prepared in advance and didn’t have to be cooked on a griddle immediately before serving.

Hubby looked skeptical about the advance preparation and baking but it turned out really good!  I really liked it, and I’m not one to eat french toast on a regular basis.  Up until a few years ago, I didn’t eat it at all, so the fact that I liked it speaks volumes!

Baked French Toast

6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup plus 3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
10 slices day-old bread (3/4 inch thick)
1 cup pecans (chopped)

Beat eggs in bowl.  Whisk in milk, cream, 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.

Dip bread slices in batter to coat.  Overlap slices in 9×13 inch glass baking dish.  Pour remaining batter over top.  Store, covered, in refrigerator overnight or for at least 2 hours.

Top with pecans and remaining sugar.  Bake, covered, at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Uncover; bake until top is golden brown, about 20-25 minutes more.

Serve with syrup.

 

My little sister (or as she used to refer to herself…my big (taller) sister) is getting married this year.  Guess who’s maid of honour?!?

She gave all her bridesmaids a charming personal letter and a card, asking them to participate in the wedding.  I got a lovely, touching letter…but my card was different.  Mine said that I was in the wedding whether I liked it or not because she was the bride and that’s just how it was going to be.

Good thing I’d already assumed I would be maid of honour!

I have so many ideas for her bridal shower…and Pinterest is a blessing and a curse.  So many good ideas, it’s hard to pick just a few.  I’m thinking we’ll go with a brunch theme and here are some of the ideas I want to incorporate…

Source: Pinterest/theidearoom.net

I love the mason jar drinks and definitely want to try them.  You can buy special lids that have holes in them to accommodate the straw but I found a tutorial so I can do it myself.

Source: Pinterest/iloveswmag.com

Isn’t this yogurt bar idea brilliant?  So easy to assemble and everyone gets what they want.  If guests ask if they can contribute food, which a lot of our friends would, it would be so easy to assign them one kind of fruit to bring.  Less work for us and the guests can get involved in the preparation if they want.

Source: Pinterest/familyfun.go.com

These little frittatas look so easy.  Once again, guests can pick the ingredients that they want, so everyone is happy with what they’re eating and picky eaters don’t have to worry!

Source: Pinterest/hostessblog.com

I love the little shot glasses…they look so cute and dainty but refined at the same time.  And who wouldn’t love French toast you can eat with your hands??

I can’t wait to plan little sissie’s shower…hope the other bridesmaids go for these ideas!


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