This Chinese Chicken Salad is always a BIG hit at any event I bring it to. It’s the perfect salad for a Ladies Lunch, Bridal Shower or Baby Shower. In fact, the first time I made this for a baby shower, me and two of the others hosting the shower each brought 2 salads to make a little salad buffet and this was the first salad to be gone because people LOVED IT!
Last week I helped put together a bridal shower for my nephews new bride. After getting my cotton candy machine, I declared that the next bridal shower would be themed “Love Is Sweet” – and since I was in charge, that’s what we did.
LOVE IS SWEET BRIDAL SHOWER
Let me show you some of the cute details:
BRIDAL SHOWER BINGO
Last night at the bridal shower for my nephews soon-to-be bride, we played Bridal Shower Bingo. It’s one of my favorite games to play at a shower (baby or bridal) because it gives the guests something to do while the gifts are opened. I will admit, it is a totally selfish reason for me, because I find the gift opening to be really boring most of the time. This turns it into a fun game with guests shouting BINGO when they’ve got 5 in a row. Then I let them pick a prize and the gift opening continue!
I created a really simple and FREE PRINTABLE Bridal Shower Bingo card. Have a great time at your next bridal shower with it! Simply print it out, distribute to guests with a pen and have them fill in the squares with gifts they think she might receive. Then as gifts are opened they cross off any they guessed correctly. When someone gets 5 in a row, they yell “BINGO!” and get a small prize.
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My nephew is getting married and so I’m helping throw a shower for his fiance. I decided one of the activities we will do is Mad Lib Wedding Vows. You’ve probably seen all the cute individual print-outs to do them at a shower or wedding, but I prefer filling one out as a group. It’s a lot more fun and gets everyone involved at the same time. Then, once it is filled out I read it aloud and everyone has a good laugh.
Mad Libs Wedding Vows
I have really terrible handwriting, so rather than scribbling the vows on the poster board, I printed the words, cut them out and glued them to the poster board. It doesn’t look 100% professional, but it looks 100% better than if I had handwritten it. Trust me.
If you’re like me, and you need help in the hand writting department, here is the document that you can just print, cut and paste onto your own poster board. Let the laughter ensue!
With Mother’s Day fast approaching I was searching for some brunch recipes to use this weekend and decided I’d share with you some of my favorites. I’ve used a few in the past and plan to use a couple of these this weekend. I’m hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch this Saturday for my Mom (here’s how last year’s brunch turned out) and can’t wait to share this years details with you next week! Stay tuned!
Another HUGE reason I’m on the hunt for recipes is because if I don’t prepare something that can be baked in the oven or put together really easily, I’ll be getting a bowl of cold cereal for my own Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. My husband, bless his heart, is not good in the kitchen – but he mows our lawn like a baseball field grounds keeper. 🙂 Isn’t it great that we all have our talents that we contribute to a marriage?
Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes:
1 – Breakfast Pizza by Cooking with Curls (I’m on board with pizza anything)
2- Bacon Egg Cups by Sugar & Spice Gals (I’m doing a version of these this weekend)
3 – Dole Pineapple Mango Smoothie by Super Healthy Kids (I’m making this with coconut milk rather than regular milk this weekend)
4 – Cinnamon Roll Casserole/Breakfast Casserole by Marci Coombs (this is the one I made last year – YUM!)
5 – Blueberry Croissant Puff by The Girl Who Ate Everything (I seriously need this in my life each week!)
6 – Cheesy Frittata by One Creative Mommy (I love loading in veggies with my eggs and cheese!)
7 – Oatmeal Pancakes by Simplistically Sassy (I want this entire stack of pancakes please!)
8 – Homemade Granola Parfait by Yummy Healthy Easy (I think this is something my husband could actually assemble on Mother’s Day for me)
9 – Omelette in a Bag by Favorite Family Recipes (kids would LOVE this and you can make several at a time – win, win!)
10 – Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Pie by Coffee With Us 3 (the danger with this one is that I might eat the entire pan)
Whether you’re hosting a shower for an expectant mother or bride-to-be, the cost can add up. Here are my best tips and tricks for hosting a shower on a budget and still wow-ing the guests and guest of honor.
#1 RULE FOR HOSTING A SHOWER ON A BUDGET- Don’t do it alone!
Seriously. Gone are the days of it being required to be the maid of honor who throws the shower. Showers for brides or babies can be hosted by the sister, mother, friend or a combination of all of them. I recommend having at least three people host the shower in order to split not only the costs, but the responsibilities of the shower.
How do I like to split things up? Invitations & Decorations by one (or a group) person, Food done by another person (or group) and Games or Activities done by another person (or group).
Let’s talk about how to be frugal in each of these areas:
Hosting a Shower on a Budget: Invitations & Decorations
1- Look for free printable decorations. This should always be the first thing you do!! Google “Free Printable Baby/Bridal Shower” and you will get tons of results. One of my favorite sources is here. I’ve used them several times. All you do is download the package to your computer and either print at home or send to a copy/print center (highly recommended). Need something customized? Most of the time you can get the creator of the free printables to do a little customization for just a few dollars (like, less than $5)!
I used these free Little Man printables at the last shower I helped with and it saved so much time and money!
2- Don’t mail invitations to every guest on the list. Just as outdated as the rule that the shower has to be thrown by a certain person, is the idea that a mailed invitation is the only classy way to do an invite. Now through social media and email you can contact tons of people without spending a dime! Create an event on Facebook, or send a digital invitation through email. You can still design a cute invite, just don’t have it printed – upload it and send it instead! Now, you’ll most likely have to still use snail-mail for great-aunt Beth, but the amount you’ll save from not mailing to everyone goes a long way in your budget!
3 – Incorporate your gift into the decor. I created a onesie garland for the last shower I hosted and at the end I gave the expectant mother the onesies as a gift. You can do this with all kinds of things, get creative!
Hosting a Shower on a Budget: Food
1- Don’t have the shower during a meal time. Instead, plan for a brunch shower from 10 – 11:30 or an afternoon dessert shower from 1:00 – 3:00. By not having to serve an entire or specific meal, your options are wide open and your savings just went up!
2- Serve one item as a bar. I’ve mentioned this before in other posts, but the more options you offer, the more food people will eat. If you pick one item and serve it as a build-your-own-bar, then guests will make one and most likely not come back for seconds. Some of my favorite dessert bars are: ice cream sundae, fruit pizzas, fruit & yogurt parfaits or Crepes/Waffles. Some of my favorite savory bars are: Nachos, Bruschetta Bar (slices of toasted bread with 3-4 bruchetta topping options), Baked Potato Bar, Pasta Bar, and Salad Bar. For more ideas, read this.
3- Don’t buy Dinner Plates. The size of the plates and cups you offer will also help manage the portion size guests take. Purchase appetizer plates and smaller glasses. Chances are high they will get settled in their spot and not want to keep getting up for more.
Hosting a Shower on a Budget: Games & Activities
1- Three is the magic number! Don’t plan more games or activities than three. I like to do one that can be done at the guests liesure, while they mingle and chat. Another that is useful or helpful to the guest of honor (creating the pages of their sign-in book, or making cute hair bows for their new baby), and the last is just something fun.
2- Use Free Printables! Just like in decorations, there are tons of free shower game printables for bingo, candy bar games, guess the stats, etc. Use them – they are FREE!!
3- Incorporate the favor into one of the games. Rather than spending double to provide a prize for one of the games and a favor for the event – combine the two and give something sweet and special to all of the guests for part of one of the activities.
So there you have it, my opinions on how you can host a totally awesome shower without spending a ton of money. What are your best practices for keeping to a budget when hosting a shower?
Whether you’re decorating for a baptism luncheon, church activity, ladies lunch or any other event with lots of people, chances are you’re on a budget. I was asked by my sister to brainstorm some inexpensive centerpieces for her and thought I’d share the list I sent her with you. She was doing centerpiecesfor a large family lunch being held after a baptism and wanted something cute, but that wouldn’t break the bank either. Many of them double as favors for guests to take home, or have uses after the party is over!
20 Inexpensive Centerpieces:
1 – House plants, potted flowers or a small pine tree (during the holidays) placed in a cute pot or wrapped in coordinating paper and tied with a ribbon are simple, and have a purpose after the event
2 – A cowboy boot filled with wheat or daisies
3 – A balloon bouquet – not helium filled
4 – A solid color gift bag filled with tissue paper and a few balloons on white plastic sticks coming out of it
5 – Place a large Tissue Paper Pom Pom in the center with confetti scattered around
6 – A vase filled with Tissue Paper Flowers (like these I made for Mother’s Day)
6 – A cylindar vase filled with wrapped candies, fruit or ornaments
7 – Serve the desserts on the table – a cake stand piled high with donuts or cupcakes looks cute and tastes great!
8 – Giant homemade party cone hats that have fun and crafty decorations (glitter, pom poms, tassels)
9 – Spray paint or wrap in scrapbook paper empty tin cans in different colors and put three on a table with white flowers in each one or make paper pinwheels to adhere to bamboo skewers and fill each container with a few pin wheels
10 – Grow wheat grass in tinfoil containers and wrap the base in streamers to hid the tin foil (like these I made for a Butterfly Themed Birthday Party)
11 – Purchase candlesticks from a thrift store and spray paint them a solid color. Add a small tissue paper pom pom to the top. Put two on each table.
12 – Add Mod Podge to the bottom half of a clear glass canning jar and roll it in glitter or dip in craft paint
13 – Make a small double or triple layer cake for each table and add a pennant banner on sticks for a cake topper
14 – Wrap empty boxes in wrapping paper and top with lots of cute ribbon (like these from this Jungle Party)
15 – Thin tree branches (like willow tree) spray painted and displayed in a cylinder vase
16 – Candy display – a bouquet of suckers, candy sticks or a bamboo skewer of treats all displayed in a vase (you could do something like these Mustache Suckers I made for this shower)
17 – Paper bag or tin can luminaries (make sure your venue allows open flames)
18 – String photos, Chinese lanterns, upside down balloons (put a marble in each one to help weigh it down) , 3D Snowflakes or tissue paper pom poms and hang them from the ceiling in a small cluster in the center of each table. I like to hang mine with fishing line and use a glue dot to adhere the string to a thumb tack that is pushed into the ceiling. (like these balloons from a Barney Themed party or the photos from my In-Laws 60th Birthday Celebration)
19 – Grow your own herbs in small terracotta pots and display a few on each table. (Like these featured in Good Housekeeping)
20 – Stack a few books on each table and add a teacup or two on saucers at the top of the stack. Add a single large bloom flower (like a peony) to each teacup.
Here are a few other ideas that are specific to weddings, but would also work really great!
Crap happens, even on your wedding day. It feels like sometimes crap happens because it is your wedding day. You work for months to plan every detail, but inevitably something will happen. So, I love the idea of giving the beautiful bride a WEDDING SURVIVAL KIT! Put it all in a cute bag or container and you’ve got a great gift! It contains a few essentials that will come in handy in the brides get-ready room or just to keep nearby at the reception.
- sewing Kit
- lip gloss
- scented lotion
- clorox Pen
- pocket size tissues
- bobby pins
- disposable toothbrushes
- lint roller
- energy bars (what bride actually gets a meal on their wedding day?)
- safety pins
- double sided tape (keep those girls in place please!)
- breath mints
- diet coke