Host a bridal shower!

MENU SUGGESTIONS

Always ask for nutritional requirements of your guests with the RSVPs to determine if they have any allergies or objections to particular ingredients.

Recipes courtesy of the Halloween Party Host Handbook. 

 

APPETIZERS:

LOVE & CUDDLIN’ STUFFED MUSHROOMS

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Garlic bread crumbs

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 package of large whole mushrooms with the stems removed and diced

1/2 cup of cooked, crumbled sausage

1 egg

2 tablespoons butter

Instructions:  Cut the stems from the mushrooms and carefully scoop out the tops without breaking them apart and dice the stems.

Place the mushroom caps with the scooped side up on a baking sheet.

Combine the remaining ingredients with the diced stems and mix thoroughly.

Fill the mushroom caps with the mixture (save a little bit of the breadcrumbs for the top) and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and drizzle melted butter over the top.

Cook at 350 degrees until lightly browned (approximately 20-30 minutes).

*You can substitute the sausage for diced lobster. 

 

THE BRIDEZILLA SALAD

Ingredients:

1 pound mixed salad greens

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

4 ounces crumbled blue cheese

1 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions: Mix the ingredients together and drizzle the dressing on top.

 

ENTREE:

 

WEDDING DAY STUFFED CHICKEN

Ingredients:

2 cups of cooked white Rice

1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

1 can cream of mushroom soup

~3/4 stick of butter

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

4 tenderized chicken breast fillets

1 cup garlic flavored bread crumbs

Mix the white rice, cream of mushroom soup, Worcestershire sauce, sautéed onions and mushrooms, 1/4 stick of butter, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of garlic bread crumbs.

Instructions:  Tenderize the chicken fillets with a meat tenderizer.  At the edge of one end of the chicken fillet, place about 1/2 cup of the rice mixture and roll the chicken fillet around the rice.  Place the chicken fillet into a baking pan with the free edge facing down.  Microwave the remaining butter for 10 seconds and drizzle over the chicken breast.  Lightly sprinkle the garlic flavored bread crumbs over the buttered breast.

Cook at 375 until done (approximately 40 minutes).  Check with a meat thermometer to determine if the meat is done.

  

THE CASSEROLE OF HONOR

Ingredients:

2 bags of frozen broccoli

1 tube of Kraft garlic cheese

½ cup jalapeno jack cheese

2 cans of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup

1 can of Campbell’s cream of celery soups

½ diced onion

½ stick of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions:  Heat the oven to 350F. Thaw out the frozen broccoli and drain the water. Melt the cheeses in a saucepan and add the creamed soups.  In a separate pan, sauté the onions with the butter until golden brown.  Add the browned onions to the cheese mixture.  Pour the cheese mixture over the broccoli in a 9 x 12 baking dish. Sprinkle garlic bread crumbs over the top of the casserole, cover and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until browned and bubbling.  Allow to cool on the counter for at least 10 minutes before serving.

DESSERTS:

THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE CAKE

Ingredients:

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)

3/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

White frosting

Various cake decorations for the dress

A mini plastic doll (~ 6 inches tall) for the bride

Instructions:  Set rack at the middle level in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

Butter the bottom of two 9-inch round or one 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. Line bottom with parchment or waxed paper.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and beater often.

Pour the batter into prepared pan(s) and smooth top with metal spatula. Bake cake(s) about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean.

Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack, remove paper and let cool completely.

When cool, cover the cake with the frosting and then place the plastic doll approximately 1/3 of the way into the cake in the middle on top.  Create a wedding gown with white frosting on the doll and build it around the doll blending into the cake.  Decorate the dress with the cake decorations. 

 

COCKTAILS FOR ADULTS:

THE BEST MAN

1 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. triple sec

1/2 oz. lime juice

1/2 oz. cranberry juice

Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.

* Note - if this party is for teenagers, simply omit the vodka.

THE BRIDAL BOUQUET

1 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. triple sec

1/2 oz. lime juice

1/2 oz. cranberry juice

Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.

 

BACHELORETTE PARTY IN A GLASS

4 oz. Hypnotiq® liqueur

2 oz. Malibu® coconut rum

2 oz. pineapple juice

Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass and serve.

 

THE MOTHER IN LAW

1/2 shot Godiva liquor

1/2 shot Bailey’s Irish cream liquor

Fill the coffee mug with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 milk to taste

Top with whipped cream

 

Mix the liquors together in a shaker and strain into a coffee mug. Fill the mug with coffee and milk to taste and top with whipped cream.

 

*If this party is for teenagers, omit this drink and make hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream on top.  Then, top it off with chocolate sprinkles.  

 

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THE ‘DRAWIN’ YOUR CELEBRITY DREAM GUY’ GAME!

Objective:  to be the first team to correctly guess the celebrity dream guy that the other teammate has drawn blindfolded. 

Rules: Pair your guests into teams of 2-3.  Give a blank sheet of paper to each team.  Blindfold one member of each team and hand them a pencil.  

The object is for the blindfolded teammate to draw a celebrity - without telling their teammate(s) who it will be in advance – that she considers being her ‘celebrity dream guy.’  If there is a well-known ‘celebrity dream guy’ of one of the blindfolded teammates – that player cannot elect to draw that celebrity and must choose a runner-up ‘celebrity dream guy’ (i.e. everyone knows that Glenda has had a crush on Keanu Reeves for years…so Glenda must choose someone else to draw!)’ The winning team is the one who correctly guesses the celebrity dream guy first.  The game can be played until everyone has correctly guessed and then the teams are ranked (i.e. first, second, third…last).    

Props needed: blank sheets of paper and pencils for each team.

Time needed:  approximately 15 minutes.

THE ‘FABULOUS WEDDING DRESS CHALLENGE’ GAME!

Objective: to be the most fashionable and talented wedding dress designers at the party!

Rules: Pair your guests into teams of 3-4.  Give at least 6 rolls of toilet paper to each team. Each team needs to select one bride and the rest of the team is tailors.  

The object is for the tailors to design and create the most fashionable wedding dress…out of toilet paper only!   Accessories can also be made…but only with toilet paper!  The timer is set for 10 minutes and during the game play, the bride stands patiently during the ‘fitting’ and the tailors frantically design and create the most stunning wedding gown while watching the timer closely.  When the bell rings – time is up!!! All brides must immediately line up and one-by-one they are to model their dresses in a trendy model walk for the rest of the group. The host can play music in the background to get the bride models moving!  The judging can either be done via the entire group by secret ballot or done by the host alone.  If the secret ballot vote ends in a tie, the host will serve as the tie breaker.

Props needed: 18 rolls of toilet paper for 3 groups of 4 people.

Time needed:  approximately 15 minutes.

BLINDFOLD WEDDING MAKEUP ARTIST CHALLENGE

Objective:  to have the best wedding makeup applied on your client while wearing a blindfold.

Rules: Pair your guests into teams of 2.  Give each team an eye shadow palette, makeup brushes, lipstick and a blush/rouge with blush brush/rouge sponge.  If you want to make it more challenging, give each team a contour palette and ask they add contouring with their makeup application.

Blindfold the makeup artist and when you say go; they are to apply the makeup to their clients.  Call time after 10 minutes.  The host will serve as the judge or you can vote via ballot. 

Props needed: makeup set for each team (or you can do this as a timed challenge separately, but this will add to the time needed.  Have some makeup remover wipes handy – your guests will probably not want to keep this makeup application on!

Time needed:  approximately 15 minutes.

WEDDING MOVIE CHALLENGE!

Objective: To be the team that answers correctly the most wedding-related movies by reading the brief descriptions! 

Rules: Pair the guests into groups of 3-4. Give the teams 10minutes (or more) to fill in the correct movie to the corresponding brief definition.   

When the time is up and / or the guests are finished, collect the answer sheets and score them using the answer key below. 

Props needed: Printed copies of the ‘Wedding Movie Challenge’ click the link to download.

Time needed:  approximately 20 minutes.

 

Wedding Movie Challenge Answer Key:

  1. The Wedding Singer

  2. The Wedding Planner

  3. Wedding Crashers

  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  5. My Best Friend’s Wedding

  6. Bridesmaids

  7. Corpse Bride

  8. I now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry

  9. Father of the Bride

  10. Meet the Parents