Do you have a friend who sends out a group text every Saturday saying “mimosas anybody?” (yes). How about “brunch at Nick and Sam’s, be there or be square?” (definitely). Well then, this bridal shower is for her. Brunch is a phenomenon that isn’t going away any time soon, which makes it the perfect theme for a foodie’s bridal shower. I mean, what’s not to love? When you start your weekends with mimosas, fresh fruit, and a pancake or four, the weekend is sure to be a good one.
The best thing about a brunch-themed bridal shower (beside the food, of course) is that it’s very do-it-yourself friendly! Inspiring chefs, ambitious friends, or someone who knows their way around a take-out menu could definitely throw this bridal shower at home. Check out how to throw this shower in Dallas after the jump.
If you’re going the route of throwing this party at the home of a friend, make sure to include lots of personal details for the bride. Why not have everybody show up in (a cute) pair of pajamas? You can even present the bride with her very own pair. (This would also be a great time to throw the bride a lingerie shower!) Decorations could include home-made flag banners, colorful wildflowers, and mismatched china for a bohemian feel. If it’s nice outside, let your guests soak up the sun in your back yard!
If you’re going to throw a brunch bridal shower at a restaurant, the first step is to make sure they throw a good brunch, of course! Places like Nick and Sam’s, Prime Bar and Toulouse offer an excellent brunch menu as well as fantastic porches to sit at once the weather warms up (for D Magazine’s full list of favorite brunch spots, click here). By reserving a room, you’ll ensure your guests have enough room to socialize in, and that you’ll be able to decorate! Even if your decorations are minimal, flowers are a must – they brighten up any table!
The easiest way to present food at this shower is through a buffet. Look to miniature options of French toast, eggs Benedict, and a muffin bar. But make sure you include some savory items so you balance out the meal! Things like bagel and lox bruschetta, mini quiches, and asparagus wrapped in bacon tie in with the rest of your spread while adding some not-breakfast options to your fare. If you’re looking for somebody to cater to your home, we suggest Bread Winner’s Cafe, who is famous for their delicious and extensive brunch menu. For drinks, think milk and sparkling juice with fruit served in old-school milk jugs, and of course, mimosas (but more on that later!) For dessert, try miniature pies from Central Market, cake balls from Crème de la Cookie, beignets and fruit skewers embellished with cinnamon sugar donuts.
Okay, now let’s talk mimosas (and Bloody Mary’s too). Since food is the main focus of this bridal shower, stay away from the typical bridal shower activities. Let your guests mingle over their munchies, and when they’re thirsty it’ll be time for them to concoct their own mimosas. All you need to provide is the orange juice, lots of bubbly, and fruits to garnish their refreshments. Popular options include raspberries, pomegranate seeds, peach slices, and of course, strawberries. This same idea can be applied to a Bloody Mary bar, with embellishments like green olives, celery, limes, pickle spears and Sriracha for those looking for a little heat!
Keep the brunch theme going with yummy treats for your guest to take home. Home made granola, sweetly packaged in a mason jar, is a great party favor that will last your guests for a while. Try one of my favorites,“Skinny Girl” Bethany Frankel’s recipe here. Another cute party favor is a bottle of champagne. It doesn’t have to be the expensive stuff – instead have personalized labels made at local Etsy store Davet Designs, and it’ll the bride’s own special brand of bubbly.
Margaux Anbouba is a D Weddings intern.