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Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower
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A bridal shower is a party given for a bride before her wedding. Showers are usually coordinated by the bridesmaids, who invite guests to offer gifts for the home of the bride and groom. Because gifts are required of those who attend the shower, it has been considered rude for a relative of the bride to give it.

The custom of the bridal shower is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practices when a poor woman's family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. In such situations, friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice.

The earliest use of this sense of the word in print may be in the Grand Rapids Michigan Evening Press 22 June 4, 1904: "The 'shower parties' that through mistaken hospitality the wedded couple are forced to attend..."

This custom is an American one. In other countries gifts are given at the wedding itself or sent to the couple's new home after the event.

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Bridal Shower Recipe for A Lasting Marriage

Bridal Shower Recipes

The theme of a bridal shower can be almost anything. Afternoon teas have gained in popularity, while the regular afternoon and evening party is still a big hit. So, when it comes to bridal shower recipes, you can create refreshments to fit your style and the theme of your party.

Here are some simple bridal shower recipes for that afternoon tea:

Watercress Sandwiches

Cottage Cheese
Thin Sliced Bread

Wash watercress and chop
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and vinegar
Blend with cottage cheese
Spread between two slices of thin bread
Cut off crust and cut sandwich into 4 triangles

Baked Brie With Strawberry Glaze

Whole Brie Cheese With Rind
3 Tablespoons Strawberry Preserves
2 Teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar
Cup Sliced Strawberries
1 Tablespoons Sliced Almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Place the brie in a shallow baking dish and bake 10 minutes (until soft, but not runny)
While brie is baking, heat the strawberry preserves and vinegar until it becomes thick and bubbling.
Take the brie from the oven, place on a serving dish
Arrange the strawberries around the brie and drizzle everything with the heated mixture
Sprinkle with almonds
Serve with crackers

Tea Punch

Pint Strong Ceylon Tea
6 Ounces Sugar
Pint Orange Squash
4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Small Bottles Ginger Ale
1 Large Bottle Lemonade
1 Sliced Orange

Put the hot tea in a punch bowl
Add sugar and stir until dissolved
Add orange squash and lemon juice; strain
Before serving, mix in the ginger ale, lemonade and sliced orange

When having a tea for your bridal shower, your bridal shower menu can be mainly simple finger foods. Having a large fruit and cheese tray, a vegetable and dip tray, and a tray of bakery cookies and scones can make for a delicious buffet.

Mrs. Party... Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on selecting the best possible party supplies, using proper etiquette and manners while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts. Free Bridal Shower Games, printable activities, party planning tips, menus, recipes, and party supplies to help complete your event.

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