I recently threw an intimate bridal brunch for a close friend and it turned out better than I could have hoped! The Bride had little interest in a full out shower and with most of her bridal party out of state I decided to take matters into my own hands. However, as I always over-commit myself, I remembered I had just moved into my new home, had a one year old, a business to run, 3 dogs and a husband that I constantly clean up after. Oh not to mention a tight as an asshole budget. But here we go!! Lets throw a shower!
I had several weeks to plan so this gave me time to experiment with some DIY projects. For starters, I found this serving tier tutorial and decided to give it a go. I did opt for white plates and clear candle stick holders from Dollar Tree instead of clear and I used Water Proof Gorilla Glue instead of hot glue. For $4-$6 each they turned out great! Second, I used many items that I already owned: antique plates, silverware, water dispenser and small decor items. These are a few things that I did purchase on the cheap:
So next I had to plan the food! Literally my favorite part of anything. I was able to purchase a lot of things premade from our local grocery store. This takes a ton of time and energy off of the host and most times tastes better than what people actually make. I'm not sorry for saying that either. Not everybody is a beast in the kitchen. Stay in your lane people! Any who, the menu was as follows:
Store bought items -
Chicken Salad Croissants
Tuna Salad Croissants
Desserts (Pound cakes, brownies, mini cupcakes)
"Made" by me-
Cheese platter w/ hummus
Veggie platter w/ ranch dip
Turkey and Swiss w/ mustard & cream cheese (for bagels)
Another item that I quickly through together was the favors. I had purchased some 4oz jelly jars a while back and finally put them to good use. A simple sugar scrub with sugar, coconut oil, soap coloring and essential oils. Mix and spoon into jars.
Easy peezy! A little prep of the veggies and making everything look pretty on platters and that's it! Speaking of that, I placed a bed of Kale (super cheap) on the platters so that everything looked nice and full.
Lastly, we needed a cocktail! You absolutely cannot have brunch without mimosas. I put together a simple drink table that included mimosas (with fruit garnish), a large water dispenser with lemons and oranges and lastly another good friend made the some punch.
Everything came out perfectly! Stay tuned for more parties that I over-commit myself to.