Bridal shower brunches occur in the late morning, often beginning between 10 a.m. and noon. They often are more relaxed than evening showers, and take place in a smaller, more intimate setting. While the bridesmaids throw the bridal shower, they may wish to confer with the bride on ideas for themes, decorations and food related to the party.
The bridal party should consider the mood of the shower they'd like to throw. Would the bride prefer an elegant tea party with fine china and Grandma's antique tea service, or an outdoor shower in her parents' backyard, among the springtime flowers? For a bridal shower tea and brunch, layer the tables with white lace tablecloths, and bring out the fine china, if it is available. Decorate each table with simple floral arrangements, done in white hydrangeas and roses of the wedding colors. A garden bridal brunch can still be very elegant. Decorate the tables with embroidered linens and vintage plates, along with your best silverware. Arrange colorful blooms, such as roses, peonies, and snapdragons in a crystal vase to symbolize the garden setting. Tie a colorful bow with a few blooms around the back of each chair to add to the decor.
Serve a few options of tea in different teapots at a tea party bridal shower, including a green tea and a fruit tea---peach tea is an excellent choice. Offer the guests another option, such as a lemonade punch. Prepare several kinds of finger sandwiches, including ham and cheese on French bread, cucumber and cream cheese on rye, and cheddar and tomato on pumpernickel. Bake a variety of quiches, including some with meat and some vegetarian, such as a bacon, onion and cheese one, and a broccoli and cheddar one. Set out a multitude of sweets to choose from, including scones, sweetbreads, muffins and cookies. Consider ordering a cupcake tree for dessert, instead of a large cake.
At the garden party brunch, begin by serving mimosas or Bellinis. Prepare fruit skewers, with pineapple, melon, strawberries and grapes on them, and have caramel dip and cool whip to dip the fruit in. Bake a French toast casserole, a few frittatas, and a hash brown casserole ahead of time, and warm it up as guests arrive. Offer sliced ham and fresh croissants to those who want savory items as well as breakfast food. Use a small chocolate fountain at dessert time and feature strawberries, bananas, Rice Krispie squares, and marshmallows as dipping treats.
While guests can bring any gift off the registry they prefer, sometimes everyone brings a themed gift for a brunch shower. You may buy the bride bakeware, including her muffin tins and bread pans, or you could buy a favorite cookbook. For favors, the bridal party may buy decorative teacups and fill them with tea bags, or give away a miniature bag of gourmet coffee---something to help guests start their day off right.