Wedding season is upon us and some of you are looking for ideas. Today I am sharing ideas for How to Plan a Bridal Shower Brunch.
A few years ago my girlfriend Maryliz hosted a bridal shower for my daughter-in-law Charlotte. Maryliz asked for my assistance and of course, I jumped at the opportunity to help out. Today I am going to share how we planned this bridal shower.
Here is Charlotte, my daughter-in-law, and at the time of this shower, the bride-to-be. Can I just say that I am the luckiest mom in the world to have Charlotte as a daughter-in-law?
The bridal shower was held in the gorgeous backyard of another friend of mine, Kris. It was the perfect setting and their gorgeous tree was the perfect setting for our table and butterflies. We used my two wood tabletops (click here for the DIY) and rented chairs. All of the china, silver, placemats, and flower pots came from my personal china/dish collection. I am sure you have seen all of these before.
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Bridal Shower Decorations
The first thing we wanted to do was create the “wow” factor and the hanging butterflies were absolutely perfect. I have included exactly how I made these hanging butterflies below.
On the day of the shower, Maryliz and I went to the Los Angeles flower mart. We found all of these flowers and arranged them that morning. I just love how they came out.
I made the butterflies with my Cricut Machine. If you aren’t familiar with the Cricut machine, it’s very similar to a printer but it mostly cuts instead of prints. (I say “mostly” because it also prints too.) I found a butterfly design on the site of Lia Griffith and cut out about 250 butterflies.
Most people don’t understand how easy this is to do. The Cricut machine does all of the work. Once the cutting is done, you just lightly bend the cutting mat and the butterflies pop off the mat.
Next, I attached about a 36″ length of fishing line to each butterfly with a hot glue gun.
Here is the sample butterfly I made. We decided to bend them so they looked like they were flying.
We hung the butterflies from an existing string of lights that hung above the table.
Bridal Shower Brunch Menu
Four Cheese Frittata
Baked Frittata with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Baked Frittata with Grilled Onions and Pancetta
Baked Frittata with Spinach, mushroom, and shallots
Maryliz created all of the frittata recipes and here are her recipes. They really are this easy!
Four Cheese Frittata – one cup each of Boursin, Gruyere, Parmesan, and cheddar (grated). Sprinkle in a baking pan. Mix one dozen eggs with one cup of milk and pour over the mixture. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Baked Frittata with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes – 1 1/2 cups pesto and 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes. Spread in a pan with a spatula. Mix one dozen eggs with one cup of milk and pour over the mixture. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Baked Frittata with Grilled Onions and Pancetta – three large onions and 1 1/2 cups chopped Pancetta. The onions were cooked in a little bacon grease and then pancetta was added and stored in a Ziploc overnight. Spread in a pan with a spatula. Mix one dozen eggs with one cup of milk and pour over the mixture. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Baked Frittata with Spinach, mushroom, and shallots – three cups cut spinach, two cups mushroom, and two large shallots. Brown shallots with one tsp. olive oil, add mushrooms, and then spinach to wilt. Spread in a pan with a spatula. Mix one dozen eggs with one cup of milk and pour over the mixture. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Bridal Shower Table Decorations
Isn’t this just the perfect setting?
Nineteen of our friends joined us for this special afternoon brunch.
Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar
We also created a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. In the photo below, you can see the three juices we chose for the Mimosa Bar. I made labels for the bottles with my Cricut machine as well. I used this pattern from the Cricut store. All I had to do was change the names on the labels. They were so easy!
I also made name cutouts on the Cricut machine to use as place cards.
The luncheon was so much fun.
Bridal Shower Cookies
For dessert, Maryliz ordered cookies shaped as “A”, “C”, and “S” which stood for Andrew and Charlotte Saeta.
Here is Charlotte and her maid of honor, Amanda. Aren’t they both adorable?
All in all. it was a perfect day. See how easy it is to plan a bridal shower brunch? What a wonderful way to celebrate the bride-to-be!
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