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Bridal Shower Ideas and More, Issue #009- Garden Party Theme Bridal Shower
May 02, 2008

Garden Party Theme Bridal Shower

A Garden Party theme bridal shower is the perfect theme for this time of year. Most areas of the country are experiencing warmer days, and flowers are blooming. So, whether you're planning an indoor or outdoor party, take some ideas, straight from the garden.

Start with your invitations. Choose a design that relates to your theme. Use a bouquet, single flower, or garden scene.

Location: an outdoor patio, deck or yard, is perfect for this theme. Of course, you can always create a "Secret Garden" indoors.

Decorations: take a look at Nature, and you'll see a variety of colors. This is one theme where you can mix and match. A solid color tablecloth with a multicolor centerpiece is one idea. You may also choose one color, and incorporate several shades. Topiaries, baskets, a wheelbarrow filled with flowers, ribbons, and lace, are all accent pieces that work well with this theme.

Solid color plates, napkins, and cups,
will coordinate easily with your total look. How about terra cotta pots, filled with a seasonal plant as your centerpiece?

Use garden bridal shower favors at each guest's place, for a touch of elegance and color.

Reinforce your garden theme with your "food" choices.
Snacks can include:
veggies and dip
fruit slices

Main Dish

Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
6 cups cubed cooked chicken
6 cups diced apples
1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup honey
9 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Directions: Mix chicken, apples, walnuts, and celery; put aside. Mix together mayonnaise, honey, Dijon mustard, and rosemary. Add to chicken mixture. Cover and chill. Serve atop lettuce on plates. Serves 12.

Tuna Salad
6 cups small shell pasta
3 stalk celery
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped fine
3 cans (16oz. size) peas, drained
3 cups Mayonnaise or to taste
Cook shell pasta, and drain. Add rest of ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and place in refrigerator for a few hours until chilled. Serve on lettuce. Serves 12.

***The above recipes may also be scooped into tomato halves.

What's for Dessert?

Blueberry Cobbler
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
2 cups granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Place the butter in a 9 x l3-inch pan. Place in preheated oven to melt.
In bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk, 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Stir to combine.
In a second bowl, mix blueberries and remaining tablespoon sugar. Remove hot dish with the melted butter from the oven. Pour the batter into this pan. Add the blueberries. Put the pan into the oven. Bake until brown, about 30 minutes. The batter should rise up and around the fruit. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Serve with ice cream.
Serves 12

Easy Strawberry Shortcake
Small marshmallows
1 white cake mix
1 package strawberry Jello
1 package frozen strawberries
1 container Cool Whip
Put layer of marshmallows in bottom of pan. Mix cake mix according to directions. Pour in pan. Sprinkle a layer of marshmallows over cake. Thaw strawberries in microwave for 1 min. Add package of Jello to strawberries. Put Jello and Strawberry mixture over marshmallows. Bake according to directions.Refrigerate.
Serve cooled cake with whipped topping.

You may want to use bridal shower games.

Play music softly, in the background, for this theme. Choose songs the guest of honor will like.

You can make this Garden Party theme bridal shower an elegant affair to remember.

*** I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Bridal Shower Ideas and More.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me:

Trish Burrell is founder of Bridal Shower Ideas For You. Visit this informational site on all areas of bridal shower planning, at

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