How to Plan a Bridal Shower: Food, Games, and More!

 

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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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Martha Stewart online hosts more than twenty years of recipes, crafts, articles and videos. For more information about Martha Stewart or for more bridal shower recipes, visit: MarthaStewart.com.

 

 

Yield: 48 cups

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.

  2. 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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Founded by Abby and her husband Tait, Style Me Pretty features content from vendors and flowers to photographers and invitations. For more information about Abby or Style Me Pretty, visit: stylemepretty.com.

 


The last thing on our bridal shower list is party favors for your guests. Our Blooming Garden Party favor sets are a great gift for all of your friends and family. In your choice of 13 colors, each of our Blooming Garden Party favor sets includes an Earthbloom ball, which is made from our unique blend of soils and flower seeds, soil, a pot, and a personalized tag. Get yours today!

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How To Plan A Baby Shower: 101

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Baby showers are one of the most fun parties you will ever plan or go to. However, baby shower planning is also a lot of work, so we’re bringing you some simple tips and tricks to help you make the new mommy’s special day even more wonderful.

First let’s talk about the venue.

Unless the bride already has a place in mind, finding a spot big enough to host a party that is still small enough to be cozy can be a bit of a challenge, and with summer coming up, finding a place with a working air conditioner is a must!

Punch Bowl has a large, comprehensive database of venues for all 50 states. You can customize your search based on the number of people on the guest list and the city in which you live.

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Founded by Matt Douglas and Sean Conta, Punch Bowl provides digital solutions and user friendly products for parties and celebrations. For more information, visit, punchbowl.com.

 

Next we’ll talk about punch.

Finding a good punch recipe is difficult. You have to find one that has just the right amount of tartness and sweetness. If you put in too much soda, the whole thing fizzes up and becomes a big mess. On the other hand, if you don’t put in enough soda, you might as well just be eating sherbert.

We found this recipe for a pretty pink punch from Taste of Home that works perfectly for a girl baby shower.

Photo by: Taste of Home

Taste of Home is an online exchange of recipes. All of the recipes on Taste of Home are created by home cooks, not gourmet chefs, and each recipe is tested in the Taste of Home kitchens. For more information, visit: tasteofhome.com.

 

Ingredients:

3 quarts raspberry sherbet, softened*

6 liters ginger ale, chilled

Directions: 

Just before serving, place sherbet in punch bowl. Add ginger ale; stir until sherbet is almost melted.

Yield: 2 gallons (64 half-cup servings)

*Instead of raspberry sherbert, we used cherry limeade sherbet at one of our own baby showers, and the result was amazing. People kept coming back for more, and several guests asked for the recipe.

The next item on the list – diaper cakes.

Diaper cakes are a ton of fun. They take a bit of time, though, so plan ahead before you start making one.

Photo by: Alli Crafts

 

 

Alli, creator of Alli Crafts loves creating things, especially for her three daughters. She loves to crochet and shares her patterns on her blog. For more information about Alli or her blog, visit: allicrafts.blogspot.com.

 

 

What you’ll need:

Pack of size 1 diapers (approx. 60 diapers)

Rubber bands

Cake plate or cardboard circle

Ribbon

Hot glue gun or tape (hot glue works the best)

Baby bottles or an empty paper towel holder

Decorations for the cake (burp rags, stuffed animals, flowers, toys, etc.)

For a list of photo instructions, visit allicrafts.blogspot.com. Another good option is this step-by-step YouTube tutorial from Cooking and Crafting.

Finally, the very last thing you’ll need is favors for the guests. Here at Nature Favors, we have a great option for favors. Our seeded animal favors complement almost any baby shower theme, and when your guests take them home, they will remember the fun time they had, especially when their gift starts sprouting!

Our seeded favors come in teddy bears, owls, lambs, sheep, rabbits and more!

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Mother’s Day: How To

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It’s that time of year again. The time when we remember all of the crazy things we put our mothers through and try to spend one day making it up to them.

Below you will find several ways to make your moms feel special this Mother’s Day, from breakfast in bed to the gift they’ll keep as a reminder of how much you care.

Breakfast in bed is one of the most practiced Mother’s Day traditions. It’s easy to do, and it gives Mom a break from making breakfast! Babycenter.com has 8 simple breakfast in bed ideas for Mom on her special day.

Photo by: Kami Bigler

Kami Bigler lives with her family in Utah and runs the blog NoBiggie and blogs for the Baby Center blog. For more information about Kami or Baby Center, visit: babycenter.com.

 

Okay, so you’ve made Mom a great breakfast. What’s next? The card obviously! But what should you write in it? For those of you, like me, who spend hours searching for the perfect rhyme or quote that will tell your mom exactly how wonderful she is, check out greetingcardmessages.com They have 21 great sayings for Mother’s Day cards.

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Greeting Card Messages is a website dedicated to helping people write greeting cards for any occasion. From Baby Showers and Christenings to Bridal Showers and Engagement parties, Greeting Card Messages has the perfect saying for you. For more information, visit: greetingcardmessages.com.

 

 

Now that you’ve made Mom breakfast and given her the perfect card, what are you going to do for her special day? MothersDayCentral has several great ideas for planning a day with Mom she’s sure to love.

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Mother’s Day Central is a blog dedicated to moms. You can find information about Mother’s Day from its history to what day it’s on each year, fun facts, and even Mother’s Day trivia. For more information, visit: MothersDayCentral.com.

 

The last thing on our list for Mom is a fantastic gift. At Nature Favors, we have fun gifts for Mom, especially for those that love gardening! The best thing about our seeded heart gifts is that Mom can watch them bloom for days after, a reminder of the special day the two of you spent together!

An Outdoor Easter Party for Kids

Easter is just around the corner, and we’re here to help you plan the perfect child’s party. We’ve searched Pinterest and party stores to bring you some of the best snacks, decorations, crafts, and even party favors.

First things first, we need food. For our outdoor party, we’re sticking to bright colors that are perfect for both boys and girls. We also chose chocolate-free or peanut butter-free recipes, in case you’re trying to plan around allergies.

Land O’ Lakes Inc. has a fun and simple sugar cookie recipe. These Mint Blossoms call for mint meltaways. We found some chocolate-free mini meltaway mints via Hickory Farms at Wal-Mart.

Mint Blossoms

                     Mint Blossoms                         Photo by: Land O’ Lakes Inc.

Land O’ Lakes Inc. is a member-owned cooperative based in Saint Paul, MN. Member-owned and operated since 1921, Land O’ Lakes Inc. is the second largest national corporation with more than 9,000 employees. For more information, visit landolakesinc.com

 

 

Kellogg’s Robin Nest Egg Treats are another fun Easter snack for kids. You’ll need Rice Krispies, marshmallows, coconut, food coloring, and either jelly beans or WHOPPER’s chocolate robin eggs.

Robin Nest Egg Treats

          Kellogg’s Robin Nest Egg Treats         Photo by: Kellogg’s

Kellogg’s was  founded by W.K. Kellogg more than 100 years ago. Based in Battle Creek, MI, Kellogg’s produces cereal and other convenience foods. For more information about Kellogg’s, visit kelloggcompany.com.

We also found these fun multicolored Jell-O cups by Eighty MPH Mom. Simply make different flavors of Jell-O – we recommend Lemon, Lime, Orange, Strawberry, and Blueberry – and spoon portions into these 2 oz. plastic portion cups. (Wal-Mart sells a 50 ct. for less than $5.00).

Jell-O Cups

                            Jell-O Cups                               Photo by: Eighty MPH Mom

Eighty MPH Mom was created by Jennifer, a native of the San Francisco Bay area.  Jennifer is the mother of two children and four cats and has been blogging for three years. For more information about Eighty MPH Mom, visit eightymphmom.com.

Now, if you’re a little concerned by the amount of sugar at our party, we’ve got you covered. Parents.com has a quick and easy fruit snack to combat those sugar rushes.

Petal Pushers

           Petal Pushers             Photo by: Frances Janisch

 

Parents.com is a monthly magazine published by the Meredith Corporation. It was first published in 1926, and its main focus is on helping parents raise their children. For more from Parents, visit parents.com.

 

Another fun treat for the kids are these Easter Carrots. You could use them for a cute Easter Bunny-themed centerpiece or give them as a treat for the kids to take home. You’ll need disposable icing bags, goldfish crackers, and some ribbon to tie the ends.

Easter Carrots

             Easter Carrots             Photo by: The Moody Fashionista

The Moody Fashionista is run by Brandy, a mother from California. She has been blogging since 2009 and loves planning parties with bright colors. For more information, visit themoodyfashionista.blogspot.com.

 

We found a fun blue lemonade that is simple to make. We also found some inexpensive water bottle labels if you decide to serve water for your little party-goers.

This Turquoise Lemonade is quick and easy to make. Just combine Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid with Country Time Lemonade and sugar.

Turquoise Lemonade

           Turquoise Lemonade            Photo by: hello-naomi

 

Hello Naomi is run by Naomi a Robot Programming Computer Engineer turned ‘cake girl’ from Newcastle, Australia. She began blogging in 2006, and is the proud owner of a small cake shop that services the Sydney, the Central coast, and Hunter Valley areas. For more information about Hello Naomi, visit hello-naomi.blogspot.com

 

Pair the lemonade with white straws and these adorable bunny Peeps and you’ve got a cool drink the kids are sure to love. To make the Bunny Peep straws, simply stick the straw right through the middle of the Peep.

Bunny Peep Straws

           DIY Bunny Peep Straws              Photo by: uncommondesignsonline

Uncommon Designs is run by sisters-in-law, Trish and Bonnie. They began blogging in 2010 and enjoy recreating crafts they find online. For more information, visit their blog at uncommondesignsonline.com.

 

You may also want to have water, especially if you have an Easter Egg Hunt. We found these adorable water bottle labels on etsy.com that you can use to make normal water bottles tons of fun. For $5, you can print as many as you need.

Water Bottle Labels

Printable Water Bottle Labels
Photo by: Jessica Weible/JW Illustrations

Jessica Weible, owner of JW Illustrations, has a degree in Graphic Design from Woodwood College. She has been digitally illustrating since 2006. Jessica, her husband, and their four children currently live in Virginia Beach, VA. For more from JW Illustrations, visit jessicaweible.com.

 

We found three fun decorations for our outdoor party, sock bunnies, an egg garland, and even a DIY yarn wreath.

These sock bunnies would be perfect for a table centerpiece. They fit in perfectly with our outdoor theme, and they can be made in any color. If you decide to have an egg hunt, you could use them as prizes for kids that find “special” eggs.

Sock Bunny

             Sock Bunny               Photo by: a Pumpkin & a Princess

 

Crystal Owens, creator of a Pumpkin & a Princess, is a mom, wife, and blogger from California. She enjoys sharing DIY projects, inexpensive crafts, and home decor. For information about a Pumpkin & a Princess, visit apumpkinandaprincess.com.

 

 

Do you have leftover plastic eggs from last year? We found this great idea from Family Chic. Simply open the the plastic eggs and close them over yarn or ribbon for a fun egg garland.

Plastic Egg Garland

Plastic Egg Garland
Photo by: Camilla Fabri

 

Camilla Fabri, stay-at-home mother of two, is the creator and author of Family Chic, a blog about creating a fun and creative familial atmosphere using things you already have, or can buy cheaply. Camilla began Family Chic in 2009 and has been interviewed on Design Mom, Mom Filter, and Country Woman Magazine. For more information about Camilla or Family Chic, visit cfabbridesigns.com.

 

This Spring Wreath from Love & Sugar Kisses would be a fun addition to our outdoor party. You could hang it on your front door to get your guests in a creative mood before they even come in, or use it as a table decoration. What you’ll need: a wreath, burlap or fabric to cover, yarn, felt, and buttons.

DIY Spring Wreath

DIY Spring Wreath
Photo by: Maria

Maria, the creator of Love & Sugar Kisses, is a wife and mother of two who loves to bake, decorate cakes, and craft. Her goal is to make things special without breaking the bank. For more information, visit loveandsugarkisses.com.  

 

We actually found two different Easter party invitations we wanted to show you. One is a younger child, while the other would be fine for an upper-elementary student.

The first, an invitation for young children, is from Tiny Prints and is a flat, non-folding card that features an adorable bunny and chick.

Easter Party Invitations

Easter Party Invitation
Photo by: Tiny Prints

Nancy Kubo, designer for Tiny Prints, is a stationery designer from California. She is inspired by magazines, design blogs, and current fashion trends. She has designed thank you cards, party invitations, and holiday cards. For more information, visit tinyprints.com.

 

The second invitation option is from Etsy and features a bunny and several fun colors.

Easter Party Invitations

Easter Invitation
Photo by: Just a little Sparkle

 

Just a little Sparkle joined Etsy.com in 2011 and is based in California. Just a little Sparkle designs signs, invitations, and other paper products. For more information, visit justalittlesparkle.com.

 

 

We found these adorable bunny whiskers that would be a fun addition to our outdoor, Easter Bunny themed party. All you’ll need is white pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and pink pom poms. This is a super easy craft for kids to do while you hide Easter eggs.

Bunny Whiskers

 Bunny Whiskers                  Photo by: Kailo Chic

 

 

Kailo Chic, creator of  Ramblings of  a Handbag Designer, began blogging in 2010. She is a handbag and accessory designer from Austin, TX and mother to a baby girl. For more information, visit kailochic.com.

 

 

 

Nature Favors has the perfect favors for our outdoor Easter party. Favors are sold by the dozen and come with peat-filled pots, seeded rabbits, blank tags with planting instructions on the back. Flower seeds inside the earth friendly bunnies will begin sprouting within a few days.

Seeded Bunny Favors

Seeded Bunny Favors
Photo by: Nature Favors

Nature Favors, formally known as Blessed Wings, was founded in 2002 by Shari Gray. Nature Favors is operated near Reilly Springs, TX and specializes in creating handmade, nature-inspired favors for eco friendly weddings and green events. For more information, visit naturefavors.com.