Bridal Shower Punch – For those of you who don’t know, a wedding shower is an event typically thrown by a bride’s female relatives or friends approximately two months before her wedding. For Bridal Shower Punch, it usually includes food and a couple of silly games, but the main activity is watching the bride open the gifts the guests are “showering” her with. And of all of the bizarre pre-wedding rituals that strongly reinforce traditional gender stereotypes, bridal showers may win the award for the gender stereotypingest.
Showers also typically don’t involve booze. Why IS that? Because “proper” young ladies would never imbibe, let alone get shitfaced at 2 p.m. in the afternoon while surrounded by their aunts and grandmas? Hard to say.
Depending on how elaborate you want the party to be will determine how much work and thought goes into planning the bridal shower. But the bride is your best friend, right? So you want to make the shower memorable. Enlist the help of the other bridesmaids not only for the planning but also for paying for the shower.
Perfect for a metallic-themed and modern shower, this is a contemporary twist on a classic libation. To make, pour some bubbly into a stemless flute and garnish it with a single golden raspberry. Serve with a napkin that bears the bride-to-be’s initial. Try ForYourParty.com monogrammed cotton napkins.
White Russian – Bridal Shower Punch
Try this decadently creamy White Russian, sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth. It’s perfect for an all-white shower or a wintertime soiree.
Mint Limeade and Pink Lemonade
Carrying your colors through to the drinks and food is unexpected and elevates simple refreshments to shower fare. This simple display lets guests help themselves. Mint limeade and pink lemonade in glass containers are identified with computer-printed labels, attached to ribbon with double-sided tape.
For this delicious and refreshing rose punch, use a big rose from Spain or South America, like Bodega Inurrieta’s Mediodia Rosado from Navarra, Spain. Made from 100 percent garnacha grapes, this wine has bold, ripe flavors of strawberries and raspberries, as well as heady aromas of rose petals. It makes for a wonderful base for practically any mixed drink, including our rose punch, concocted from sparkling lemonade, Chambord, raspberries, pineapple, and, of course, rose wine. The best part is, you can make it ahead and chill, then set it out for shower guests to enjoy.
Perfect for a pink-hued bridal shower, the Starlight Royale is a delicious concoction of gin, lime juice, and Champagne topped off with a splash of grenadine for a pink glow. We dipped the rim in lime juice and fine sanding sugar for a 1-inch-wide band of sparkle.
Cherry-Blossom Tea and Pink Lemonade
Having a pink shower? Or maybe even a cherry-blossom-themed one? Carry the color palette and the theme all the way to the bar with this pink-alicious cocktail.
Frozen Ginger Lemon Drop
Perfect for a summer shower — especially one with a color palette of bright yellow — this frozen ginger lemon drop will cool guests off and keep them coming back for more.
Offered as an apertif or for a toast, this aromatic drink evokes the romance of the South of France with each sparkling sip, and makes the perfect cocktail to serve to shower guests.
A refreshing and cooling twist on lemonade. This recipe for watermelon lemonade is sure to be a crowd pleaser and is perfect to serve at a shower during the summer months.
Danish Mary with Celery Ice
An excellent idea for a bridal shower brunch: Set up a Bloody Mary bar with a pitcher of cocktail and different garnishes, so guests can build their own drinks.
Red Apple Sangria
Sangria originated in Spain, and takes its name from the word “sangre,” which means “blood.” It can be made ahead in a big batch — perfect for a busy shower host — and should be served as cold as possible.
Give signature drinks proper fanfare by flagging them with colorful swizzle sticks. The flourishes are a breeze to make: With gardening shears, trim a wooden skewer to a few inches taller than the glass you’ll put it in. Cut a 9-inch length of 15-millimeter grosgrain ribbon. Fold in half and make a loose knot. Slip knot over skewer and tighten. Notch ribbon ends.
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