These brownie bites, each topped with Ferrero Rocher chocolate, make an easy and elegant 2 bite dessert. They work great on dessert buffets and they’re perfect for Bridal Showers.
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We think Bridal Showers and Bacherlorette Parties should be fun. These 4 unique bridal shower games ideas should settle those jittery nerves, stomp the stress and provide fabulous hours of fun both at the time and in the future when you pull out those wonderful photos you took.
Leave your dignity at the door and just have fun. Guests of all ages can unwind and enjoy the fact that the quality of their performances is secondary to the pleasure one gets from belting out a song in the way you usually limit to private shower performances. Toss out the “civilized afternoon tea” shower tradition. With the right crowd a Karaoke bridal shower can be loads of fun, memorable and easy to plan. And the photo shots will leave you laughing for years to come.
Think pink wigs, feather boas, wedding veils and cowboy hats are fun? Be bold and begin the night at a professional portrait studio for a group picture of the girls in costume. If cost is an issue than take tons of photos with a digital camera. There are no hard-and-fast rules. Just enjoy yourselves. Have fun choosing your glamour shot theme from lady pirates, cowgirls, sexy female construction workers, belly dancers, the ever timeless 1980s Madonna looks and so much more. Have everyone dress-up as Marilyn Monroe and pose for the famous “over-the-airvent” shot.
Be brave and leave the costumes on to go out on the town.– imagine the reactions when you all walk into the bar. If you’re organizing this event you could set up a picture scavenger hunt as you barhop. Depending on your budget you could hire professional party planners to run your scavenger hunt, complete with elaborate riddles or puzzles and event handlers you meet at each designated location during the evening.
Get mystical and hire an astrologer, palm reader, tarot card reader etc. to come over and give individual readings to all your guests–only happy ones of course. A nice touch: Hand out custom note cards so each person can write down her predictions–a great way to check out those predictions and a cute keepsake of a fun event.
We’ve seen them and some of us had to wear them–ugly bridesmaids dresses. Either pull them out of your closet or go to thrift shops and clearance centers to find the ugliest ones. Guests can meet up wearing their fugly finds and can either go bar hopping in their costumes or party at the host’s house. Remember to take lots of photos. You can have prizes for the guest that actually had to wear that gown at a wedding and have a bigger prize for the evening’s fugliest bridesmaid dress. If you dare not venture out in those dresses then watch the movie 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl as part of the evening’s entertainment and of course while you’re wearing those (snicker, snicker) lovely gowns.
Have fun and let us know if you have any ideas for unique bridal shower games.
You’ll be the cat’s pajamas when you arrange this entertaining Roaring 20s couples’ bridal shower party. The bride-to-be who likes the romance of the Roaring 20s will think you’re swell for holding the swankiest Speakeasy party.
The jazz age exploded in the 1920s and with Prohibition came back-alley nightclubs or Speakeasies—outlets for musicians, hootch and beaucoup cash for the gangsters. You can easily re-create the gritty glamour of a Speakeasy for a couples’ bridal shower.
Let your bridal shower invitation set the mood for your theme. Here are a few great selections:
The dimly-lit nuance of the Speakeasy will help transport guests back in time. Browse your local thrift stores (borrow from friends or check out yard sales) for cheap decorations that can be used throughout the room—lamps, bowls, teacups etc.
Shades with fringe reminiscent of a flapper’s dress are ideal or get some fringe from a fabric store and tape it on a simple shade. Inexpensive, non-scented pillar candles in varying sizes from your local dollar store would beautifully enhance the ambiance. Have some Louise Armstrong or Cole Porter playing in the background.
Tables in different shapes and sizes augment the pieced together look of your Speakeasy décor. Table cloths made from lush fabric remnants can be used to cover the mismatched tables. Visit a thrift store for cheap faux fur stoles and accessories as accents to drape over chairs and place around the room. Throw some fringed shawls over the back of chairs. Your best bet is to go black and white with your entire decor—it’s classy and easy to coordinate.
Mix and match black and white for full contrast in your décor. Use your best silverware. Black and white floral arrangements in a glass vases would make fabulous centerpieces. Have a different centerpiece on each table. Bowls of goldfish were used as centerpieces, but unless you want more pets, use floral arrangements, candles and lamps as focal points accented with costume pearl necklaces. Leave copies of 1920’s literature (Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sinclair Lewis) laying on the tables to generate the feeling that people are returning soon. Have packages of candy cigarettes on the tables and chocolate cigars.
Games aren’t necessary so these activities can be cancelled at a moments notice. Just watch the mood of your guests and it will tell you if you need to nix the games.
Crossword puzzles were all the rage in the 1920s and you can create a bridal party themed crossword for your guests at Crossword Puzzle Games. Simon and Shuster Publishing came into existence by publishing the first crossword puzzle books in 1924.
Simple 1920’s trivia games or a multi-choice game featuring quotes from Hemingway or Fitzgerald are quick and simple to set up during the shower.
Teach your guests the Charleston.
And the Lindy Hop
Salted Nuts were considered party food so have bowls of peanuts, almonds and pecans on your buffet table.
Sandwiches became quite popular because of the introduction of sliced bread. Cut the crusts off and cut them in triangles or rectangles. Egg salad, chicken salad, turkey, ham and cream cheese are all good selections.
1920s recipe for Chocolate Devils food cake
1920s recipe for Apple Koch
1920s recipe for Cider Jelly
And remember to have fruit cups or a large bowl of fruit salad your guests can serve themselves. Fruit salads were very popular in the 1920s.
Have bowls of Charleston Chews, Slow Pokes, Chick-O-Sticks and Baby Ruth for your guests or package them up as party favors. Put a few of each in a ziplock bag and stick a custom label on it.
Many of today’s cocktails were created in the 1920s to mask the strength and bad taste of bathtub liquors and moonshines. Here’s a few to ideas to get started:
Between The Sheets
3/4 oz. each of rum, brandy, Cointreau; a splash of lemon juice or sour mix; blend with ice, strain, and serve up in a chilled cocktail glass
1. Fill a tall glass or silver tumbler with crushed ice
2. Put 2 sprigs of fresh mint in another glass
3. Add 1/4 oz. of water
4. Add 1 tsp. sugar
5. Muddle ingredients well
6. Add 3 oz. of bourbon
7. Stir gently, but thoroughly
8. Strain into glass with crushed ice
9. Garnish with fresh sprigs of mint
Stir together whisky, vermouth and bitters in a large pitcher. Top with ice; stir until well chilled. Cherries and lemon rind speared on cocktail picks make a good glass garnish for guests. Strain Manhattan into glasses.
Mini bottles of gin with a party sticker tied around the neck, goodie bags of retro candy to take home or perhaps a copy of your menu done up to look like a 1920s restaurant menu. The possibilities are endless.
Hope you have a swell time!
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