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Events - Bridal Shower Supplies, Bridal Shower Party Supplies, Bridal Shower Party
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Tips for Planning a Bridal Shower

Traditionally, the maid of honor hosts a shower for the bride, although bridesmaids may contribute. If the family is hosting the wedding, they should not host the shower. A general rule is there should be no more than three showers.

In the past, showers were hosted to provide couples with housekeeping necessities. But today, with many couples already having housekeeping necessities, showers have taken a different twist. Today's shower can be a cocktail party at the home of friends or relatives, or a barbecue in the backyard. Showers need not be cute, or feature parlor games or "umbrella" cakes. Men may be invited.

Some ideas for showers might include:

"Wine" Shower, for a couple that are wine connoisseurs, chipping in to buy them an exclusive, vintage bottle of wine.
"Honeymoon" Shower, have guests bring gifts for the couples honeymoon.
"Hardware" Shower, for the couple building a new home.
"Picnic" Shower, an open air outing promises fun and frivolity.
"Bridal Tea" Shower, elegant brides and guests will love this shower.
"Pampering" Shower, to soothe the bride before her big day!
"Personal" Shower, gifts to pamper the bride such as nightshirts, lotion, bubble bath or candles.

Showers should be scheduled at least a month before the wedding, before everything gets too hectic.

The bride and groom must take an active role at showers, arriving early to help the host (s) prepare. At the party, they should see that guests are introduced to one another and they should pitch in to serve the food or help with the drinks. They should also stay and help with the clean-up. They should never grab gifts and run.

Invitations may be light, funny, informal, formal, or somewhere in between depending upon the formality of the party. They may include an R.s.v.p. with a phone number; respond cards are unnecessary. They may be handwritten or printed, or if the shower's hosts don't want to send invitations, they may just pick up the phone and call or E-mail. Your invitations must relate pertinent shower information to guests including the kind of shower that's hosted (ensuring they get the right stuff!) For example: If the couple loves to entertain on their Patio, you might invite guests to a "Patio" Shower, guests will undoubtedly call and ask, What's a patio shower? You will then inform them of the shower's purpose (and tactfully suggest gifts the bride would prefer).

People who attend showers are there to impart their best wishes (and to give small gifts) to the bride. Weddings are too expensive today to expect people to go gift crazy. A wedding gift is more than enough. Bride's and Groom's who ask or expect expensive shower gifts are being presumptuous. For that reason, registry information must NOT be included with shower invitations.

The bride and groom must send handwritten thank-you notes within three weeks of receiving a shower gift. The maid of honor should catalog all gifts, noting who gave them while adding a short description (as the gifts are opened).

After the party's over, a gift and thank-you note must be sent to the host (s). A note alone is insufficient.

Taking the stress out of preparing bridal shower food

(ARA) - If you're planning a bridal shower, you want to make it a relaxing, fun time for everyone - and right at the center of the fun is good food. If you're feeling anxious about what to serve and how to get it prepared - especially with everyone nowadays paying so much attention to what they eat - relax. You can serve delicious and healthy food without hiring a professional chef or spending a week in the kitchen.

Here are some time-saving tips and recipes from the Simply Organic test kitchen to help you get the food under control and host a simple but sensational shower for the bride.

Share the work. When guests ask if they can bring anything, say "yes." And don't be afraid to ask them to bring something if they don't contact you first - most guests are eager to help. Get others to prepare dishes you either don't really enjoy making yourself or you know they do especially well. You can even have each guest bring a dessert or appetizer and share the recipes with the new bride. Doing the food as a group is fun, and it helps build the joyful spirit of the occasion.

Keep it healthy. There's a good chance a lot of your guests are trying to eat healthier. Why not go that route and make it delicious too? You can provide great-tasting, nutritious snacks that also go easy on artificial additives, salt, fat, sugar and other potentially unhealthy ingredients. For guests with special diet restrictions, gluten-free baking mixes are now readily available for easy, worry-free baked treats.

Take some shortcuts. For enticing, freshly made dips without fuss, use high quality organic dip mixes. Just add a creamy dill, French onion, guacamole or ranch dip mix to equal parts low-fat cottage cheese and non-fat plain yogurt and mix in a blender or food processor until smooth. Serve with fresh veggies you can buy already cleaned and cut up at the store, and you get a lot of healthy snacking with very little prep time. Or use pre-blended mulling spice to create flavorful cider, punch or other beverages without a lot of work.

Remake everyday favorites. One way to combine simple and special is to take easy-to-prepare favorites and dress them up with special festive seasonings. Try distinctive seasoning blends like curry or Italian seasoning. A seasoned sugar combination like lemon sugar or cinnamon sugar will add a gourmet touch to your tea. Or add a touch of a spice like tarragon or a chili powder seasoning blend to your usual deviled eggs, and you'll instantly have something out of the ordinary.

Shop smart. Make your shopping list well in advance. That way you can pick up everything in one trip - and eliminate any last-minute sprints to the grocery store. You can even order some ingredients online. For example, Simply Organic offers a wide range of all-organic products online to enhance your shower food - everything from spices, seasoning blends and baking extracts to easy-to-make mixes for dips, dressings and other snacks - and they'll ship them to your house within a few days.

Here are two of the many easy-to-prepare, healthy bridal shower dishes from the recipe collection at www.simplyorganicfoods.com.

Spicy Chicken Dip

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked and finely diced chicken
1/4 cup low fat yogurt
4 finely diced Roma tomatoes (approximately 2 cups)
1 package Simply Organic Guacamole Dip Mix
1/2 cup shredded cheese
2 tablespoons finely diced jalapenos

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, stir chicken and yogurt together. Add tomatoes and Guacamole Dip Mix; stir. Blend in shredded cheese and jalapenos. Refrigerate.

Chef Suggestions
Serve chilled with chips or crackers. For a less spicy version, substitute green olives for jalapenos.

Turkey & Cheese Meatballs

Ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey
1 package Simply Organic Roasted Turkey Gravy Seasoning Mix
1/4 cup Simply Organic Pancake & Waffle Mix
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, combine all ingredients until evenly distributed. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Chef Suggestions:
Serve with a side of barbecue sauce or Simply Organic Ranch Dressing.


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