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Ok ladies… so plenty of you have tried and succeeded OR tried and failed miserably at planning the perfect afternoon bridal shower. I’m all about the success factor here and making sure you reach it. The last thing you want is a crazy bridezilla in your face screaming about the misery and failure that was her shower. (P.S. BRIDES- REALLY bad form to do this. Don’t. Be grateful. It suits you better.)

Now, I like to cook. I don’t always have time, but I really do enjoy it. In fact one of my resolutions this year was to make something new – from a cookbook presumably – every week. I’ve stuck to this resolution more so than any other I’ve ever made. I wonder why…

So in times of panicked planning I turn to my dear friends at The Humble Gourmand for help. A team of brilliant foodies is behind the gourmet curtain of this D.C. based monthly publication. And trust me… they do not disappoint.

So… today… we talk bridal shower menus that will blow your guests away and won’t keep you holed up in the kitchen for days at a time. Who has time for that?

Keep it light, you don’t want to weigh your guests down in the middle of the day. They will after all… have to leave you and your band of bridesmaids to go prepare dinner for their own family at some point., so avoid the food coma.

AFTERNOON BRIDAL SHOWER MENU:

Starters…

Photo Courtesy of The Humble Gourmand

Photo Courtesy of The Humble Gourmand

Gougères (Fancy way of saying French Cheese Puffs)


Entree…

Roasted Lemon Chicken

Roasted Lemon Chicken with…

 

Photo Courtesy of The Humble Gourmand

Photo Courtesy of The Humble Gourmand

Orzo Salad with Bell Peppers

 

Dessert…

Photo Courtesy of The Humble Gourmand

Photo Courtesy of The Humble Gourmand

Grovestand Lemon Cupcakes

Opt for a champagne punch (champagne with a scoop of sherbet) served in champagne glasses to guests. Perfection. If you want to kick it up a notch…  
Humble Gourmand has a whole post devoted to Cocktailing 101.  My favorite… The Mojito… heavy on the mint.
Serve in oversized pitchers (You can get them cheap at Crate & Barrel or Plum Party) on each table, or in tall glases garnished with what else… mint!

Mojito
(a la The Humble Gourmand)

3 ounces white rum
3 ounces sour mix, as prepared above
8 to 10 spearmint leaves
Splash club soda
Small lime wedge
Sprig of mint

Put the mint leaves and the lime wedge in a shaker. Muddle until the mint is nicely broken up and the lime wedge’s juices are smashed into the bottom of the shaker.

Fill the glass you plan to serve the mojito in with ice as a measuring device. Pour the ice into the shaker. Add the rum and sour mix. Shake vigorously.

Pour into your serving glass and top with a splash of soda. Add the sprig of mint for garnish.

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Photo Courtesy of Daily Candy Weddings

Photo Courtesy of Daily Candy Weddings

 

 

So fun! How much do you all LOVE Daily Candy? I do. And now they have just launched Daily Candy Weddings! I’m still a little unclear as to whether this is a monthly newsletter or what… but it’s cute- whatever it is. Big fan. Super adorable.

Here are some of my favorite items from this month. (By the way- I’m adding them to the Wedding Reads blogroll so you can always access)

 

 

SIGNATURE DRINKS/BOOZE

Daily Candy’s interview with Jim Meehan of PDT in Boston, one of Boston’s most sought-after mixologists.  

Here are the cocktail recipes he served at his wedding.

 

 

 

OFFBEAT FIRST DANCE DIDDIES

Right. So everyone hates going and listening to the same first dance song at every wedding over and over again.

Get original! Check out Daily Candy’s Chart of unique first dance songs to kick- off your wedding in style. Just match up your tastes and Tada! A song is born.

 

 

 

MUSICAL MOMENTS

 

Daily Candy’s PlayLists Untradiational Love Songs, Songs for the Dance Floor, Songs for the Cocktail Hour and  below- Songs that Will Ruin Everything

    * “F**k You,” by Lily Allen

    * “Gold Digger,” by Kanye West

    * “She Loves Everybody,” by Chester French

    * “Womanizer,” by Britney Spears

    * “I Love College,” by Asher Roth

    * “Bust Your Windows,” by Jazmine Sullivan

    * “Cry Me a River,” by Justin Timberlake

    * “Dirrty,” by Christina Aguilera

    * “Necromancer,” by Gnarls Barkley

    * “My Neck, My Back (Lick It),” by Khia

    * “Hot in Herre (Clean – w/ Drops),” by Nelly

    * “Promiscuous,” by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland

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