Great Bridal Showers

Recipe Theme

“Love Beyond Measure”  Heart Measuring Spoons with Free Personalized Tag

Do you know a bride to be that’s learning how to cook or one who enjoys cooking? Does she have two, three, or four recipe boxes or books filled with recipes from appetizers to desserts? Then why not give a shower that relates to what she loves, a recipe theme…

Invitations can be related to the theme of the shower…you could have invitations set up to look like a recipe and ask the guest to bring a recipe on an index card to share. For decorations, you could have small kitchen gadgets and other kitchen utensils, such as wooden spoons, around the house.

For food, you could have meat, fruit, and veggie trays and finger sandwiches, but if you plan on keeping with the theme, you could have the guest make different types of quick dishes with items at the party. Games could be played, such as having several ingredients and coming up with a dish or whole meal using the ingredients…you could also play other games too.

Gifts for the guest could be small kitchen gadgets, such as small whisks, melon balers, veggie peelers, etc. or you could give the guest small jars of pre-mixed food with recipes, such as oatmeal cookies.

If you’d like something different, something unique, and you enjoy cooking and creating meals, then this theme is for you!

Kitchen Consultant Theme Bridal Shower

Pear Timer in Wooden Gift Box

“The Perfect Pair” Pear Timer in Wooden Gift Box

Everyone needs to know how to cook, whether you are cooking a meal for yourself or for fifty guest…and everyone needs kitchen tools to cook with. The bride-to-be is no exception…after marriage, she will be cooking for two and should have the right tools, so why not have a shower where she can get the tools that she needs…a kitchen consultant theme!

Invitations for this theme can be simple or decorative…you could make invitations with pictures of small kitchen utensils for the border with the name of the company that will be hosting the event. The invitation could read: “Come to a Pampered Chef Kitchen Bridal Shower for (bride’s name). No need to spend time shopping. Gifts for the bride will be selected from The Pampered Chef catalog” or whatever company you decide to use.

Food will be prepared by the consultant demonstrating the various kitchen tools offered in the catalog…the bride-to-be and guests will get to eat the food that is prepared and guests have an opportunity to ask the bride what she is interested in or, the bride can “register” ahead of time with the consultant for the items she needs. This idea insures that the bride gets useful gifts, the guests don’t have to go shopping or try to find a gift the bride has registered for at some store, there is less chance of duplicate gifts, and all gifts ordered are sent straight to bride.

As a game, the hostess hands out a quiz (previously answered by the bride) with various questions about the bride’s cooking abilities, dinner party prowess and whatnot. A sample question might be: “(Bride’s name) is hosting her first dinner party for (groom’s name)’s office staff. What is she most likely to serve?

  • a. Rack of Lamb
  • b. BBQ
  • c. Sub sandwiches
  • d. Wouldn’t dream of hosting a dinner party for (groom’s name)’s office staff!

Guest whose answers most match the bride-to-be wins a small kitchen tool.

This theme is different, fun, and delicious all in one!

Culinary Bridal Shower Theme

“A-Peel to My Heart™” Stainless-Steel Peeler

Do you know a bride to be that loves to cook? Someone that loves creating tasty treats or succulent meals that could rival famous restaurants? Well how about having a food bridal theme that reflects what they love…cooking and food!

Invitations should specify that the bride and groom welcome gifts for their kitchen and request that guests bring a copy of their favorite recipe. By being creative with the wording and text, the invitation can be made to look like a menu from their favorite restaurant!

Centerpieces could be made out of food (carved fruit or vegetables) or by arranging cooking utensils in a basket like a bouquet. For a centerpiece that doubles as party favors for the guests, purchase plenty of wooden spoons. Wrap the business end of each spoon with tulle and, placing a truffle or other treat inside the fabric, tie it off with ribbon or butcher’s twine above the handle…this can be arranged as a bouquet in a basket filled with floral foam but be sure to cover the floral foam with some greenery or moss so it doesn’t peek through! Place the basket where guests can take a spoon as they leave the party.

If it is not possible to have the shower catered by the couple’s favorite restaurant, be sure to serve food that they love! For example, if Chinese food is their favorite but you only plan to serve finger foods, go ahead and serve eggrolls and pot stickers! However, if there is one thing you should splurge on for this shower, it’s the food.

To set the bride (and maybe the groom) apart from the guests, put her in an apron. For the more serious cook, a long sous chef’s apron would be appropriate. For a more casual cook, get a traditional style apron and have the word “Bride” or “Groom” printed across the front. Attractive styles can be ordered online or iron-ons can be purchased from a local craft store along with a plain white apron.

For a fun party game, or just to embarrass the bride, set up a series of blind taste tests. Feel free to get creative with your food choices, but make sure that it is all food that she has tasted before (and isn’t allergic to).

This theme will definitely be loved by the cooking bride to be!

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