it’s springtime and let’s just call truth time.
it’s all about the weddings.
[insert always a bridesmaid, never a bride joke]
and it’s not about that one saturday in june at the four seasons. it’s about the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, second bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, reception, post-wedding brunch.
you try to make the entire celebration special for your friend. tailored, personal, fun, unforgettable. because you love her and she’s one of your people and because one day she’ll do the same for you. if not, you’re going carrie bradshaw – registering at williams sonoma, crate and barrel and restoration hardware and celebrating your “35 year of singledom” by throwing yourself a reception.
while we’re being honest (it’s a new thing i’m trying) as lovely as a bridal shower is, i’ve done more thrilling things on my saturday afternoon than watch someone open up tubberware and monogrammed bath towels after filling out a madlib game with candy names to describe their relationship.
you can’t even be mad at me for saying that.
so do everyone a favor – serve booze and delicious food.
i try to go for dishes that are:
1 – easy to cook.
2 – can be made ahead
3 – can be eaten standing up or sitting awkwardly (like on a couch next to great aunt bertha who chews with her mouth open and insists that sue’s grandson scotty is just the sweetest boy. she’ll be sure to set you up)
4 – nothing heavy. no one wants a slider or messy rice. we want to be eliza doolittle at the end of the movie.
and just based on the dozens of bridal showers i’ve been to – it’s not the fancy ones with the waiters and over the top gifts that are necessarily the most memorable.
cute, inexpensive things can be just as great – candy bars (just go to hobby lobby and get a bunch of different jars to fill up with sweet treats), buy m&m’s that match the wedding colors, make a simple champagne bar with cranberry, pomegranate and orange juice.
and do something corny. have each guest write down a favorite story of the couple. or have everyone give the bride a piece of advice (except me, i don’t need to be doling out advice), something they can look at and know you’re wishing them well.
even the most closeted romantic will like that. and would want that.
it’s all about the love after all.
and they lived happily ever after.