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Bridal Shower Ideas and More, Issue #008-Valentines Day Bridal Shower
January 03, 2008

Valentines Day Bridal Shower

A Valentines Day bridal shower or party is the perfect romantic theme. It doesn't have to be on February 14th. Hearts, love, and romance are what it's all about. So, surprise your guest of honor, with ideas from this holiday.

Start with your invitations. Choose a design that relates to your theme. A heart-shaped design, the word "Love" or a picture of cupid, would all be good choices.

Location: In most areas of the country, this time of year, an indoor location works best. A private home, rented hall, or reataurant will all work. Choose to accomodate the number of guests.

Decorations: red, white, and pink are colors that work well with this theme. You can combine them, or use them separately. You may want to add touches of silver or gold.

Valentines Day plates, napkins, and cups,
with a simple heart design, will coordinate easily with balloons and streamers. How about a picture of the couple, in a heart-shaped frame as a centerpiece?

Use favors to add color to tables. Place these scented rose soaps with heart charm, at each guest's place, for a touch of elegance.

Reinforce your romantic theme with your "food" choices.
Sit out bowls of:
candy hearts
chocolate covered pretzels

To start, serve a basic fruit cup. Add a few exotic fruits, if possible.

Main Dish

Pesto Shrimp
1 pound linguine
1/2 cup butter
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup Parmesan
1/3 cup pesto
1 pound peeled shrimp
Cook linguine in boiling water 8-10 minutes, till done. Drain.
Melt butter in skillet, over medium heat. Add cream and pepper. Cook and stir consistently for 6-8 minutes.
Add Parmesan cheese, into cream sauce. Mix thoroughly. Add pesto. Cook until thickened, 3-5 minutes.
Add shrimp. Cook until pink (about 5 minutes) Serves eight. Adjust to your number of guests.

Serve a side salad of tossed greens, with a Balsamic dressing.
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves pressed garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
teaspoon pepper
2 tsp. crushed fennel seed
In a jar with a tight lid, combine all ingredients. Shake and mix thoroughly. Serves eight.

Don't forget some warm breadsticks.

Chocolate Strawberries
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
one pint strawberries
In microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate. You can also use a double boiler on the stove. Stir chocolate until smooth.
Dip berries, and coat about 3/4 of the way up the stem.
Place on wax paper, and chill in refrigerator.
These look fancy, and aren't hard to make. Your guests will love them.

You may want to play some bridal shower games.
Soft music definitely adds to this theme. Choose songs the guest of honor will like.

You can make this Valentines Day bridal shower or party a success, no matter what day you choose.

*** 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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