Host a Brunch Bridal Shower - inspiration and etiquette for hosting a brunch bridal display shower.
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At the end of June, I hosted a brunch bridal display shower for my sister who is getting married at the end of September.
The bridal shower was short and sweet, a perfect 2-hours and was filled with brunch food, a mimosa bar, great convo, and all-around celebrating the bride-to-be.
Let’s dissect what goes into hosting a brunch bridal display shower and a wee-bit of ettiquette.
The first step to any party is the invitations. The invites set the mood, share the brunch theme, and give guests an idea of what is to be expected. Invites should generally be sent out a month before the event and should be addressed to the individual invited to the shower.
These classy brunch bridal shower invites are from Vistaprint. The display shower insert card was made by yours truly with Photoshop and Avery Printable Business Cards. I also purchased matching thank you cards and return address labels along with stamps that I gave to my sis as a just because gift that would set her up for sharing her bridal shower gratitude.
Guest Etiquette Tip 1:
Invitations should be addressed to who is invited, therefore if the invite is addressed to you and only you, then YOU are the only one invited. DON’T SHOW UP WITH PEOPLE WHO AREN’T INVITED. IT’S RUDE.
Guest Etiquette Tip 2:
Please, please, please RSVP by the designated date. Your coming or not coming is not obvious. You were asked to RSVP for a reason. If you RSVP and something comes up and you suddenly can't attend, let the host know. Don't just not show up. IT'S RUDE.
Don't be THAT guest, it'll get you on the do not invite list, especially if you are a repeat offender.
Brunch & Mimosa Bar
Brunch is the combination of both breakfast and lunch, and it typically served between 10 AM - 2 PM.
Use your discretion on what you would like to offer, what the bride would enjoy, and what's not going to make your life incredibly difficult.
In an effort to not over complicate things with hot food, I kept things simple and served delicious carbs: mini sub sandwiches from Jimmy Johns, drool-worthy donuts from Sweet Creations, a fruit salad compliments of my sister’s godmother, a bagel spread of different bagel and cream cheese flavors, and the much-needed mimosa bar.
Absolutely no brunch bridal shower would be complete without a mimosa bar. It’s the law.
A fabulous mimosa bar spread will contain champagne (obviously), a selection of juices, and fresh fruit for garnish. Our juice selection included orange, pineapple, cran-raspberry, and peach juices. The less typical juice flavors were the most popular.
Also, a good rule of thumb in terms of champagne quantity is you can get 6-8 mimosas out of a standard 750ml bottle of champagne.
To really set the mimosa bar mood, a cute mimosa bar sign is also a lovely touch.
Lastly, you’ve gotta have kick-ass champagne flutes. I opted for gold glitter plastic champagne flutes; they were of great quality and worked out beautifully.
On the flip side, if the bride isn't a fan of mimosa's, you could also opt for a Bloody Mary bar.
Fun & Games
Bridal Shower games can be touch and go. Some people love then and others not so much. They can be awkward (how well do you know your future spouse...turns out not very well), annoying, and just flat out boring for EVERYONE. If the bride isn't into it, skip it.
Our shower was really centered around mingling with the bride and other guests so we opted out of cheesy bridal shower games. That being said, I did have an Advice & Wishes station and a Guess How Many Kisses station for the guests to partake in while they mingled.
The advice cards were made on Vistaprint and were placed into this Mr. & Mrs. Album after guests filled them out as a nice (and funny) keepsake. My sister did advice cards at my bridal shower 13 years ago and it is fun to look back and read people’s advice which made this a must for me to do for her. The advice & wishes sign was a printable purchased from Etsy.
The Guess How Many Kisses is a game that allowed no distractions from mingling but was also a little something-something for the guests. Short and simple, guests guess how many Hershey Kisses are in the jar, the winner takes the jar home. I also purchased the Guess How Many Kisses printables from Etsy.
OK, so you might be wondering what a display shower is. A display shower is where the guests bring their gifts unwrapped and they are put out on display at the shower. There is no gift opening.
This is the new hip trend that the brides-to-be are in love with because most people don’t like to be eagle-eyed while they open gifts. Guests also love this idea because they don’t have to buy gift wrap, wrap gifts, or spend hours watching the bride-to-be open gifts. Plus it's environmentally friendly. It’s truly a win-win for everyone.
Be sure to have extra gift tags and tape at the display table for those guests who forget to tag their gifts.
This was very successful when hosting my sister's brunch bridal display shower. There were a few who missed the memo or didn’t understand this new concept, however, we still didn’t open these gifts at the shower. If you have that come up at a bridal display shower you are hosting, use the bride's discretion.
As a dessert blogger, this was just a must for me, but there are endless bridal shower favors out there or you can skip favors all together.
Favors are nice but always optional.
That sums up hosting a bridal brunch display shower.
My sister’s bridal brunch display shower was a big success and yours can be too with a little planning, special touches, and love.
When in doubt know what the bride-to-be wants and do that. 😜