I’m at the age where all my friends are either getting married or having babies and I’m just over here drinking a mimosa. While I’ve been in a handful of weddings in my past, Megan’s wedding is the first where I was asked to be the Maid of Honor. With the privilege of being the Maid of Honor comes all the responsibilities, like hosting the Bridal Shower.
This is my general knowledge of Bridal Showers. All the women gather in a location to shower the bride in kitchenware while having small talk in between awkward, and generally painful, bridal shower games like Bridal Shower Bingo, and that weird game where you need to create words from the letters in the names of the bride and groom.
Megan is typically my brunch buddy so I was both grateful and surprised when she wanted a brunch bridal shower. That would make this easier on me because my expertise is in brunch. My expertise is not in making money though, so I needed to figure out a way to do this DIY style.
Step 1: Secure a location
At first I was trying to figure out if I could reach out to local restaurants and offer social media exposure in return for free room and cheaper or free food. While I was trying to figure that out I also had to come up with plan B, in case these places laughed in my frugal face, and that was split the costs with the two other bridesmaids. Unfortunately, one of them is 16 and the other only works part-time, so splitting any costs needed to be cheap. Plan C, which quickly became plan A, was have it a someone’s house. The two bridesmaids are sisters that live at home so mom’s place for the win.
Step 2: Make a menu
Food is the most important at any event. Well, secondly to drinks, but we’ll get to that. We needed to come up with a menu that we felt was very brunchy, covered both sweet and savory options, and could be easily made between the group of us involved in the shower. At the end our menu ended up being:
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Hot Ham Sandwiches
- Oriental Salad
- Mini quiches
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Step 3: Booze
No good bridal shower, or general gathering, is complete without alcohol. A brunch bridal shower would be considered a failure if it did not have mimosas. So I created a Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar. It’s super simple to put together, and goes over very well at gatherings. I’ve done this once before at another wedding. I built it for the morning of while we were all getting ready.
Here’s what you need:
- 3+ Juices. I typically do Orange, Peach (trust me it becomes the crowd favorite) and a tropical Pineappley one. Other suggestions would be Cranberry, Mango, maybe Apple. Really any juice will work.
- Fruit, cut up into scoop-able, bite-size, bits to spoon into your champagne flute.
Crack open some bottles. Lay out the juices either in their containers or transfer it into a cute bottle. Put the fruit out with some spoons. And that’s it. Everyone serves themselves. Just make sure to keep refilling anything that goes empty.
Step 4: Enjoy.
After all that is done, it’s basically all clear to do whatever you want from then on. Our bridal shower game ended up being “drink”. People stayed for about 3 hours, which was maybe 30 minutes longer than needed, but when you’re poppin’ bottles all morning it can be expected.
Now. Since I’m great. I will provide you with the recipes to the dishes I made. I’ve already put out my Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe once before. But here, I will share the Oriental Salad and the Hot Ham Sandwiches. I made everything the night before except the sandwiches which I made morning of and then popped them back in the oven on warm to make them hot and melty again since I had to transport them.
- 1 package cole slaw
- 1 cup sunflower seed kernels
- 1 bunch chopped green onions
- 2 packages beef ramen (package, not cup)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 beef ramen packets
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- Layer the ingredients as listed
- Pour dressing over salad
- Refrigerate overnight
- Stir and Enjoy!
Hot Ham Sandwiches
- 2 packages mini Hawaiian King rolls
- 12 slices pepper jack cheese
- 1 pound slivered ham
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
- Build sandwiches in a casserole dish; bread – cheese – meat – cheese – bread. (Honestly build them however you want. I added some extra meat because you will have leftover)
- Melt butter, seeds, garlic powder and sauce
- Drizzle butter mixture over the top of the finished sandwiches (I also spread it around a bit)
- Bake 350° for 20 mins