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Bridal Shower Ideas and More, Issue #006--Fall Bridal Shower
September 10, 2007

Fall Bridal Shower

Planning a Fall Bridal Shower? The change in seasons is welcomed by many. Why not take your queues from Mother Nature, and create a lovely Autumn setting. Think earth, green, orange, brown.

Start with your invitations. Choose a design that relates to your theme, such as leaves, apples, or cornstalks.

Location This time of year is is still warm in some areas, and getting cold in others. Create a Fall atmosphere indoors or out.

Decorations can include placing bales of hay, cornstalks, and pumpkins, around the room. Sit mini pumpkins, gourds, or apples, in baskets on tables as centerpieces. Plaid or flannel tablecloths could be used. Green, gold, and orange work well for balloons, and streamers. Choose assorted shades for flowers.

Fall theme plates, napkins, and cups,
make cleanup a breeze.

Use Fall favors at each guest's place to enhance your theme.

Choose a warm, toasty drink to go along with your theme.
Easy Apple Cider
1 lemon, sliced
cinnamon sticks
whole cloves
1/2 gallon apple cider or apple juice
Slice the lemon into generous pieces. Push whole cloves into the lemon pieces. Pour the apple cider or juice into a large kettle or pot, and warm over medium heat. Add the lemon pieces and cinnamon sticks. Add a few cloves. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Let the flavors blend for approximately 10 minutes. You are ready to serve. Yield: 8 (8OZ.) or 16 (4oz.) drinks

• Bowls of pumpkin and sunflower seeds
How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds-These have a nutty flavor.
Remove seeds from pumpkin. Rinse seeds under cold water and remove any pulp or strings. Put seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet. Stir them to coat. You can also coat with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in a 325 degrees F until toasted, about 25 minutes. Checking and stir after 10 minutes. Let cool. Store in an air-tight container.

For your main meal, how about Fall tea sandwiches
Use pumpkin, apple, and leaf shaped cookie cutters to make finger sandwiches using your favorite recipe. Remove the crust and then create!

Complement these with:
Fruit Salad with Honey Dressing
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, plus the juice 1 lemon
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 apple, cored and diced
1 banana, sliced
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Dressing: combine the honey, orange juice, oil, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt, and mustard in a jar with a lid. Close the lid tightly, and shake well. Pour the juice from 1 lemon over the apple, banana, and avocado to stop the fruit from turning brown. In a glass bowl, combine the fruit, raisins, and nuts. Gradually add the dressing, and stir gently. Serve on your choice of lettuce.

What’s for Dessert?
Apple Crisp
6 apples, peeled and diced
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup flour or graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Put in a 9 x 12 baking dish. In a small bowl, mix flour or graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and butter with a fork, until small crumbles form. Sprinkle this topping over apples. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until apples are tender and topping is golden brown. Serve in bowls, topped with vanilla ice cream.

Country music is a good choice for this theme, but anything the bride likes, would work. A fall shower is a cozy theme that all guests will enjoy.

*** 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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