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Bridal Shower Ideas and More, Issue #013-Nautical Bridal Shower Theme
April 30, 2009

Nautical Bridal Shower Theme

All hands on deck for a Nautical Bridal Shower Theme. This bride loves ocean breezes, and beach ideas. She may have dreams of owning a boat. She may be taking a cruise for her honeymoon. You can just tell she'll love this theme.

Start with your invitations. Announce your theme with a sailboat, lighthouse, or ocean scene. Let guests know, if you would like them to come dressed in sailing attire.

Location: this can be held indoors or out, and will depend on the weather in your area. A rented hall, private home, or outside pavillion, are just some of your choices. Do you know a place that overlooks water?

Decorations: shades of red, white and blue are your colors for balloons, banners, and streamers. Anchors, buoys, and netting are just some of your nautical bridal shower theme party goods. Candles and shells set in sand, on a plate or in a glass bowl, can be used as centerpieces.

The nautical bridal shower favors
that you've chosen, can be placed on tables as well. This will add to the overall decor.

Nautical Theme Food
Whether you're having a full meal, simple snacks, or just dessert, carry out your theme. You can do this by the type of food you select, the colors you choose, and even by naming your dishes.
1 package frozen crabmeat or shrimp
dash of Worcestershire sauce
I jar (5 oz.) Old English or cheddar cheese
1 tbsp. minced onion
6 english muffins quartered
Mix all ingredients.
Spread on muffins.
Place on cookie sheet.
Broil until hot and cheese melts.

Main Dish:
1/3 c. olive or salad oil
1/3 c. lemon juice
1/3 c. wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of white pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Combine ingredients in a jar with a tight lid. Shake well. Let stand 30 minutes or more, to let flavors blend. Then, shake well just before using. Salad:
2 1/2 c. mixed, cooked or canned seafood
4 c. cooked pasta shells
3 green onions with tops, sliced
3 parsley sprigs, chopped
1/3 c. coarsely snipped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 c. finely chopped celery
Salad greens
Pour half the dressing over seafood. Let it marinate at least 30 minutes. Rinse pasta with cold water, and drain. Add onions, parsley, dill, celery, and rest of dressing; mix well. Add seafood with dressing, and toss lightly. Cover and refrigerate. When you're ready to serve, mix pasta salad and place in serving bowl. Add some salad greens. You may also garnish with fresh dill sprigs and black olives or cherry tomato halves.
Serves: 6 to 8

1 (46 oz.) can red Hawaiian Punch
1 (6 oz.) can frozen lemonade (thawed)
2 (32 oz.) bottles ginger ale
1 (32 oz.) bottle lemon lime soda
1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen strawberries, (thawed)
Mix punch, lemonade and strawberries together. Just before you're ready to serve, add soda.

1 eight ounce carton of vanilla yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces frozen whipped dessert topping (thawed)
3 cups fresh cut up strawberries
3 cups fresh blueberries
In a large bowl, stir together yogurt and vanilla.
Mix in whipped topping.
In clear parfait or dessert glasses, alternate layers of the berries with layers of the yogurt mixture.
Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 1 hour.
Makes: 6 servings.

You might want to choose printable games for your nautical bridal shower theme. These are fun, easy to use, and available immediately.

Play music that goes along with your theme. Patriotic or beach music will work.

*** Be creative and have fun with your ideas. You're nautical theme will be smooth sailing.

*** I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Bridal Shower Ideas and More. Please feel free to share this with a friend.

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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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