Summer is coming, and so is the largest wedding season of the year. Since most weddings occur from May through August, many soon-to-be brides will be needing a bridal shower. We’ve pulled together some fun ideas for a summertime bridal shower with food, drinks, games, and even party favors.
Nothing says summer like a big scoop of ice cream. Add a little festivity to your summer bridal shower with these Ice Cream Cups from Martha Stewart. All you need is a pizzelle iron and a few household ingredients for this simple, fun treat.
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Yield: 48 cups
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- Vegetable oil cooking spray, for iron
- 2 pints ice cream or sorbet, for serving
Whisk egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Add salt and 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, and whisk until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in vanilla and remaining 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar until incorporated. Fold in flour and butter until well combined.
Heat a pizzelle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. Coat with cooking spray, place 1 teaspoon batter on the iron, and close cover. Cook until steam subsides and wafer is golden brown, about 1 minute. Remove wafer with an offset spatula. Working quickly, place the wafer in a mini muffin tin and gently push down the center to form a cup. (The wafer will cool and harden almost immediately.) Repeat with remaining batter. Let cool completely. (Wafers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.)
Fill wafers with 1-inch scoops of ice cream or sorbet, and serve immediately.
Tea is the perfect summertime drink and traditionally, women toast the bride-to-be with some sort of alcoholic beverage. So treat your guests to this Cherry-Blossom Tea and Pink Lemonade cocktail from Martha Stewart and give them the best of both worlds.
Martha Stewart online hosts more than twenty years of recipes, crafts, article and videos from Martha Stewart. For more information about Martha Stewart or for more bridal shower drink recipes, visit: MarthaStewart.com.
Yield: 4 1/2 cups
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon cherry-blossom tea or any floral white tea
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grenadine
Heat the water in a medium pan over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat, add tea, and let sit 2 minutes. Strain immediately, and refrigerate liquid right away until cold, about 1 hour.
Combine tea, lemon juice, simple syrup, and grenadine. Pour over ice when ready to serve.
Every bridal shower needs a few games or activities to keep the guests entertained. We found three websites with numerous bridal shower games and activities for you to choose from. Some may be a little cheesy, but that’s what makes them fun.
- Wedding Party – lists 5 classic bridal shower games
- How Stuff Works – counts down the top 10 bridal shower games of all time
- The Knot – lists 21 fun bridal shower games that are a hit for all crowds
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