Wedding season is upon us, which means that sometime this spring, you’re probably either going to be a wedding guest, part of a wedding party or even the host of a bridal shower.
If you’ve volunteered to host a bridal shower, don’t fret! We’ve got plenty of ideas to help you pull off the perfect bridal brunch and earn yourself a little bit of flattery.
Choosing a clubhouse, tea garden or restaurant event room in which to host your bridal brunch offers a few advantages over a private home. Nobody will feel pressured to have a perfectly spotless home, and the clean-up will be minimal on the part of the hostess. Additionally, a restaurant or tea garden might be able to offset some of the food and beverage stress by taking care of the preparation and serving.
If you plan to host an in-home brunch, make simplicity your theme! Don’t put too much stress on yourself by planning eight different passed appetizers plus dessert, drinks, a champagne toast, Pinterest-worthy decorations and games. If you’re in a position to delegate, put the bridal party to work! Assign duties to each bridesmaid for decor, dessert, drinks, games, gift organizing and food. This will free you up to focus on getting your house sparkling and ready for guests.
The food and drinks
The most important thing to keep in mind when planning a brunch is that you don’t need to feed your guests a full sit-down meal. A couple of appetizers and a couple of dessert options are all you need to offer. Go with easy-to-serve foods that don’t to be continuously reheated or kept very cold. Finger sandwiches, quiches, tarts and even artisanal donuts are easy and quick to either prepare or pick up.
For sips, nothing beats a DIY champagne bar with plenty of cold bubbly (prosecco is foolproof) and mixers and add-ins like fresh fruit, mint leaves and a variety of fruit juices. Need glasses? Head to your nearest SampleHouse location and pick up some fun plastic patterned drinkware. The best part? You can just toss them in the trash when you’re done!
Jump on the social media bandwagon and create a special bridal show hashtag to help organize guest photos, or ask the bride if she has a special hashtag she’s using for her wedding events. If you’re in need of a good wedding gift, gather up those photos and have them printed in a book. There are countless online services that will print, personalize and ship photo books.
Once it’s time for the bride to start opening gifts, make sure someone — usually the maid of honor — has a pen and paper to keep track of all gifts and their givers. Ensure the bride gets a copy of the gift list to make sending thank-you cards easier. This part of the shower usually takes the most amount of time, so make sure all beverages are refreshed and that there’s plenty of comfortable seating available before the bride starts opening gifts.
Hosting bridal brunch doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. Just approach your planning with love and thoughtfulness, and there’s not doubt the day will be one of the bride’s most cherished memories.