We recently hosted a bridal shower for my sister-in-law to be. We wanted to have a really nice shower but keep it on a budget. Let me tell you, I saw so many amazing things (thank you Pinterest) and I could have easily thrown a several thousand dollar party. I wish I had that kind of money and I would have.
However, none of us did or do. We kept our costs under $150. Actually our costs were very close to $100 and still, I think, we were able to hold a really nice shower.
grapes and specialty cheeses – gouda, swiss and cheddar
muffins – grapefruit, pumpkin
scones – lemon ginger and tea scones
yogurt with blueberries
chicken salad bites
baked french toast
cranberry, orange, and apple juice
tea and coffee
Contrary to my worries, there was, as usual, plenty of food. Help your budget and offer your guests the chance to bring their favorite dish with in theme if they wish. Just make sure they don’t feel pressured to HAVE to. Punchbowl and Evites offer the option for guests to add menu items.
Black Magic Cherry Cupcakes
Twisted Fun-fetti Cupcakes
Note to self, when using a gift as decor, make sure you have something to replace it when the gift is dis-assembled or you have a bare dessert table. We made bite sized desserts. Less goes farther and guests can try everything with no guilt.
We bought items we can re-use. fancy bottles with corks for the juice, a milk pitcher and colored bowls. We raided our cabinets for a real cream pitcher and sugar bowl, pitcher and serving platters, and used glass mason jars to hold stirrers. We also purchased real plants that can now be planted and enjoyed year after year. Since our loose theme was “Springtime Brunch”, we bought daffodils and tulip plants, and made a bridal shower “cake” from towels, dishcloths, an apron and utensils from the gift registry.
I am sorry I don’t have better pictures. I forgot to take special pictures of some of these items so I had to crop them from other pictures. Credit for all pictures goes to Alison Buck. Thank you so much for “saving” the day.