Party Menu: Summer Bridal Shower

Kate and Matt are getting married later this summer, and I was delighted to be able to host a bridal shower for Kate to meet her extended in-laws. A backyard garden party was planned, and I got my butt in gear and spruced up the patio and surrounds to make everything nice for the day.

Invitations were simple, but fun. I pulled out old card making tools and stamping supplies. The hardest part was coming up with the little verse to open the invitation!

Since it was a cooking and entertaining shower, I asked guests to bring a recipe or two to add to a book for Kate. I went to the handy local stationary store and purchased a 1.5″ 3-ring binder in bright green, a box of sheet protectors (should get heavy duty next time) and a package of tab dividers. Using a cookbook as a guide, I made tabs for most major food groups, such as appetizers, poultry, meat, desserts and beverages. Then I pre-loaded the binder with lots of old family recipes from all sides of the family. As guests arrived, they were invited to sit down and tape their recipe onto a blank sheet of paper, slip it into a protective sleeve and find a good spot in the book. It was fun to see all the great recipes, written by hand and with special stories to accompany.

Lunch was designed to be casually elegant, a summer ladies lunch. We started with spicy deviled eggs (no bridal or baby shower is complete without), Gougeres with Proscuitto and Parmesan, and Gazpacho with Guacamole. Lunch was Tarragon Chicken Salad with cherries served in a butter lettuce cup, along with Pickled Red Onions and bread rolls. And dessert was Glissade Chocolate Pudding, Little Apricot Cakes and berry cups.

Beverages included Blackberry Mojito Punch (non-alcoholic), Prosecco and sparkling water. And the guests went home with little pots of honey from my backyard.

Now, if the weather would have cooperated, we could have eaten outside, but as it was a unseasonably hot day (read: 105+), we stayed indoors. Thanks to Julie for bringing the deviled eggs and punch, and thank you to my friends who helped me with the day, including loaning many of the cute serving items!