Do you remember the old saying, "always a bridesmaid, never a bride"? As a practicing cat lady, this saying often rings true for me. Actually, if I'm being completely honest, not that often as I've only been a bridesmaid twice! Plus, I'm not looking to be a bride any time soon (I'm only 26, people).
Anyways, enough about me. This past weekend I had the pleasure of being in my cousin's wedding. Rachel, my sister, and I had so much fun as little kids. We didn't see each other every day or even every month but when we did see each other, we would pick back up where we had left off. Our favorite past time was re-enacting the musical Annie. Maybe it was my love of Carol Burnett, but this is probably one of my favorite childhood memories! Each time we played, I would, obviously, play both Annie and Miss Hannigan. Those scenes where both had dialogue were tricky but, fortunately, I was just that talented. (Students that read my blog - I am just kidding! There are no small parts, only small actors...) My sister Emily's part would be based on her mood. Those of you that knew my sister from a very early age know that she's a drama queen (love you sis!). On days when she was being sweet, she would play Tuffy or "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness Tessie." On days when she was being a brat, she would play the bully, Pepper and Rachel would ALWAYS play Molly. We spent hours in our basement singing "It's a Hard Knock Life" while "cleaning" (aka making everything more messy).
I digress - Rachel had such a beautiful wedding at Triple J Manor and it was a pleasure to be by her side. I knew I wanted to do something special for her on her big day as a thank you for being such an awesome cousin. Of course, as a teacher, I'm not able to give the elaborate gifts I dream of giving so I've been working to give people experiences instead. So I decided I wanted to throw her a bridal Brunch. Any girl that has ever had a big event to prepare for, knows that you must start hair and make up at least 4 hours before! While the guys sleep in or go golfing, the girls get together spending hours helping with each other's hair, powdering their faces, and probably singing! And with all the energy this takes, what better way to nourish yourself than with delicious brunch foods.
So here you have it! How to make a Quirks and Quips Bridal Brunch Bar!
Step One: If you're going to provide any sort of sustenance, make sure you start with a Mimosa Bar.
- Grab a few bottles of Champagne! A good rule of thumb is to divide your guest list by 4 and get that many bottles.
- Put a few different juice options in some pitchers.
- Put out a few bowls of fresh fruit
Note: Please ignore the one broken champagne glass. Of course, now I've just drawn your attention to it. Whatever. Life isn't perfect.
Step Two: Brunch Foods: A little sweet, a little salty.
Dunkin' Donut Munchkins are a great addition! Spruce them up with a piece of styrofoam and toothpicks.
Fresh Fruit is also a fan favorite!
Step Three: Presentation
Presentation can turn a few simple recipes into something special.
It does NOT have to be extravagant or expensive.
Try a simple gold table cloth for a pop of glam. Use simple styrofoam cones to make food trees or signs for each different recipe. Get a cheap frame and use a piece of black paper to create a Bubbly Bar sign!
Finally, Keep it simple! Don't go overboard. Let the food and effort speak for itself! Time and effort are the best gifts you can give to a person. Buying gifts isn't everything. Thoughtful gifts are everything.
Congratulations to a beautiful couple! Wesley and Rachel and their little guy, Lanis are so lucky to have each other!!