How charming is this? Here’s your chance to have an intimate bridal shower with your dearest friends and family members—styled after a scrumptious Southern breakfast. Think Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping literary classic. Recreate the look of that gracious lifestyle on a grand estate, and recapture the spirit of Southern belle, Scarlett O’Hara. Okay, perhaps she was more stylish and sassy than sweet…
In any case, the spin on this breakfast bridal shower is that it’s fun, feminine, and friendly (budget-friendly, that is!). Take some tips on how you can work that special Southern magic on:
– the breakfast setting
– the table decor
– your guest favors.
Find a Charming, Sunny Setting
There’s just something so cozy about starting the day off with those dear to you. So setting your bridal shower at breakfast time makes it that much more special. Choose an ideal setting, then, for your Southern breakfast like:
– the flower gardens of a country club
– the solarium of a restaurant overlooking a park or a golf course
– a gazebo in one’s own backyard
– a roomy back porch at home
Just be sure that the spot you choose allows your breakfast table to be bathed in soft morning sunlight. Your table display will absolutely glow!
Use “I Did It Myself!” Décor
Speaking of glow…cast a pastel-colored haze over the entire scene with decor elements in classic ivory, baby pink and mint green. The good news is that all these can be made from easy-to-find materials right in your neighborhood craft store.
Still wondering how? Take a closer look at our pictures, and see how capturing Southern charm is actually oh-so-simple with these decorating ideas:
1. Think edible decorations – It’s the no-hassle approach to table decorating plus you can get very creative with what to use. Think of colorful cupcakes, croissants, and éclairs presented on elegant pedestal serving plates.
2. “Plant” faux flowers as floral accents (fresh, of course, is best) – Here, we’ve used pink gerbera daisy heads to adorn the table napkins and smile up from amidst the table decor.
4. Use creative serving pieces – More “garden center” than Grecian, terra cotta planters in the shape of urns need just a coat of white paint…and voila! They make lovely serving stands for plates! Hint: You can also use large wine goblets, jars, or cans as pedestal stands!
5. Add touches of color and sparkle – We did say craft store, didn’t we? See how simple satin ribbons in mint green perk up the ivory and pink setting, while a sprinkling of clear sequins adds a magical sparkle to the table. Just like that!
Give Yummy and Pretty Bridal Shower Favors
For delightful guest favors, you can’t go wrong with petite, pretty, and practical. Consider these ideas for your “Southern belle” friends:
1. Bake up some cookies in a whimsical shape such as a wedding cake, tuck them into dainty rose pouches, and hang one on each guest’s chair.
2. Find your favorite candy and present it in petite silver baskets—one perched atop each place setting.
4. Choose favors that serve not just a double, but a triple, purpose—like these mini flower pots of blush pink roses. Their three purposes?
– as a lovely composite centerpiece, if grouped at mid-table
– as sweet place card holders, if laid at each guest’s place
– as take-home mementos of this precious occasion
Serve Scrumptious Breakfast Fare
Plan a menu of good old-fashioned Southern comfort food that even Scarlett couldn’t resist! Forget the pre-wedding calorie-counting just this once, and consider these delicious breakfast options:
1. For a truly Southern selection, serve up pecan pancakes, country ham, and grits topped with butter.
2. Add Southern French toast, waffles, sausage and egg casseroles, biscuits and gravy, and skillet fried potatoes.
3. If you plan to linger till brunch, be ready with Southern fried chicken and corn bread; plus Paula Deen’s spicy Black Pepper Bacon, Ray’s Sausage, and Oyster Skillet, and her famous Blueberry Coffee Cake and Hash Browns.
4. Finally, what would a bridal shower be without sweet desserts? Offer pastries like lemon chiffon slices, eclairs, red velvet cake, and cream puffs. Yum!
For more menu ideas and recipes, you may want to check out these sites:
– What is Southern Style? – from Southern Accents.com