HOW TO: Catering The Bridal Shower
It is essential to take some time to prepare for a bridal shower. Bridal showers should be fun to socialise with friends and family. Here are easy tips to keep you sane when hosting and catering a bridal shower.
Number of guests
When you get ready to host a bridal shower, the guest list will determine everything about the bridal shower. Work with the bride, or talk with the couple if you are planning on a co-ed shower. Find out ahead of time, before you begin planning, how many guests they want to invite. The number of guests will tell you where you can have the shower and how many you need to prepare for. You might find it necessary to get extra seating arrangements and serving platters or plates depending on the number of guests.
Time of day
Another tip for catering a bridal shower by yourself is to determine what time of the day the shower will be held. This can be a huge help when you are planning for food. For example, a brunch will be more leisurely to plan than a shower held late in the evening when dinner is expected. In addition, if you hold a shower in the late afternoon, you will not be expected to cater a large meal. You can plan for simple fares, such as fruit and finger sandwiches. Decide in advance what time of day the shower will be held, and it will help keep you sane during the planning process.
Bridal Shower Budget
Before sending out invitations, know your budget. If you're on a limited budget, stick to it. It won't be fun if you overspend. Let your bride know your budget and work together to plan a shower.
Plan and ask the bride
Planning well in advance is the key to hosting a bridal shower. After you have talked with the bride and set a date, you can begin preparing. If you plan on catering the event, never wait until the last minute. Delaying can cause a lot of stress. Instead, use a FREE printable event planner or buy a notebook to record all the bridal shower details. Remember that a shower usually takes at least eight weeks to plan, so give yourself plenty of time to make necessary preparations. When you cater the event, know beforehand how many guests you will serve and if there are food allergies or other preferences, such as the bride being a vegetarian. Make detailed shopping lists and know what you need to buy before going to the grocery store.
Make ahead and get help
Catering a bridal shower can be easier if you know what you are serving in advance and prepare dishes ahead of time. If you are serving casserole dishes, look into making them a couple of weeks before the party and then freezing the items. You can also do this for certain desserts and appetisers. The night before the party is a great time to cut fruits and vegetables, decorate a cake and make finger foods. Making food ahead of time will help cut down on the amount of stress on the bridal shower day. Also, consider getting help from others when you plan to cater a shower. It is perfectly acceptable to host a potluck style buffet where everyone brings their favourite dish. You can also enlist help from close friends or family members to help you cook and prepare dishes.
Bridal Shower Theme
You can prepare dishes to fit the theme if you have a theme for the shower, such as brunch, co-ed barbeque or girl's day Bohemian party. This will make planning more manageable, and everyone will know what to expect. Having a theme can also help you choose decorations and tableware with ease.
Keep it simple and relax
These are two tips you should remember when planning a bridal shower. Most guests will not recognise the sumptuous dishes it took you all day to prepare. Instead, they will remember the time they spent visiting with the bride. Keep the menu simple, and everyone will enjoy the shower, and you will not become stressed. Get some fun party shower games like Trivia or Rate Cards. Last, of all, remember to relax. Take a deep breath and have fun. Do not ruin the shower by obsessing over every last detail. Have a good time, and your guests will, too.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Bridal Shower?
A bridal shower is a celebration in honour of a bride-to-be. It's typically hosted by the maid of honour or close friends and family members of the bride. A bridal shower is to give the bride-to-be gifts to help her start her new life as a married woman. There are usually games, refreshments, and lots of love shared at bridal showers!
How to plan a bridal shower?
1. Decide on a date and time that works for most people.
2. Send out an invitation at least four weeks in advance.
3. Choose a location and theme for the shower.
4. Plan the menu and drinks.
5. Set up games and activities for guests to enjoy.
6. Purchase or make favours for guests to take home with them.
7. Clean up after the party is over!
What is the best birthday theme for a bridal shower?
A bridal shower is a fun party to celebrate the upcoming marriage of a dear friend. While there are many ways to theme a bridal shower, a popular option is to have it themed around the bride's favourite things. For example, if the bride loves chocolate, you could decorate with chocolate décor and serve chocolate-themed food and drinks. If the bride loves nature, you could go for a rustic theme with leafy greens and natural materials. No matter what theme you choose, make sure it reflects the personality of the bride and her closest friends! Browse all Bridal Shower Ideas.
How do I host a home party?
Hosting a home party is a great way to connect with friends and family and celebrate special occasions. Here are some tips for hosting a successful home party:
1. Plan the party around a theme, and this will help you plan the decorations, food, and activities.
2. Send an invitation well in advance so that your guests can RSVP and save the date.
3. Make sure you have enough seating for everyone.
4. Choose food and drinks that everyone will enjoy. Try to avoid anything too messy or difficult to eat.
5. Plan fun activities for guests of all ages. Include games, crafts, or music sessions.
6. Decorate your home.
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