If you’re worried about keeping your crowd entertained, leave it to the professionals. From restaurants to kitchen supply stores, cooking schools are popping up all over the place these days. Guests will be able to put their cooking chops to the test while showering the bride with gifts for the kitchen.
The ticket here is the floral centerpiece. Pile blooms down the center of a table—whether it’s the gift table, a buffet table, or a dining table. Create a backdrop of cascading ribbon that compliments the flower hues. A menu of sweets and a signature strawberry cocktail will round out the experience.
For a love sweeter than honey, no other theme will do. Of course, the bride is the queen bee of the shower, so give her a tasteful crown or sash to wear throughout the party. Ask guests to write down their favorite sweet memory of the couple to serve as a guestbook.
Most weddings have an excited couple, more than a few loved ones, a grand send-off, and an 'I do' kiss – but Southerners have added their own charm to wedding traditions. We've mastered the art of soul food, we usually have fantastic 75˚ (enviable, really) weather, and our wedding receptions are full of syrupy drawls. If you find yourself at nuptials below the Mason-Dixon, you'll find some extra-special moments: seersucker suits, a buried bottle of bourbon, and a wedding cake with charms baked into it. Although very central to our region, these special Southern wedding traditions are celebrated for very specific reasons. We choose seersucker because it'll hold off the strong Southern heat. We bury bourbon so that we won't have to handle so much of that strong Southern heat. And, we pull charms so that our futures will be as lucky and prosperous as the bride and groom's. What's your favorite Southern wedding tradition?
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Breakfast Club Bridal Shower
We love this theme for the simplicity it gives to the menu. Bake up a few breakfast casseroles, serve coffee punch, a fruit salad, and the menu is complete. Guests can keep their gifts in line with the theme by showering the bride with rise-and-shine options like bedding, coffee accoutrements, and even PJs (pajama-gram, anyone?).
When guests arrive, have them pick a sid eby selecting a name tag that says “I’m a little sweet” or “I’m a little spicy.” Gear the menu toward the theme with a combination of—you guessed it—spicy and sweet foods.
If you and the bride go back (and we mean way back) to days in the Brownies, this is the theme for you. Of course, the Girl Scouts are Southern through and through—they were founded in Savannah. Give guests a cue to the theme on the invitation by encouraging them to bring gifts geared around always being prepared. The bride will love to see the creative ways friends and family interpret the theme.