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This past weekend I had the pleasure of co-hosting my sisters bridal shower.  The shower was to be held at my co-hostesses’ (also known as my Aunt Linda) house, where many family functions have been held before. 
 
I knew I wanted to keep things fresh and simple because who wants to eat a heavy meal in the middle of the summer?  After hatching a few ideas out with my mother (a true party throwing inspiration of mine) we decided a “build your own salad” bar would be a great way to provide a light, fresh lunch that met everyone’s dietary needs and restrictions!    Here is what the salad included
 

  • Spring mix
  • Red Onions
  • New Jersey Tomatoes (thanks Lesley!)
  • Cucumbers
  • Marinated Artichoke hearts
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Grilled Salmon
  • Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Rolls
  • Creamy Dressing
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Since guests were expected to arrive fairly early Saturday and there was a decent amount of prep work that could only be done that morning, I wanted to make sure I got as much done as possible the night before.  Less stress=a more enjoyable party!

Here is what I did Friday Afternoon:

  • Wrap silverware in napkins and place in a basket: Guests will only have to pick up one additional item when filling their plates!
  • Wash and dry all vegetables: When it comes time to chop everything will be clean!
  • Label Service dishes and set up serving table: Knowing that everything already has a home makes set up easy.
  • Make Ice: Okay I didn’t do this but I should have!  We ended up buying a bag of ice at the store.
  • Fill balloons with helium: To be placed on the mailbox so guests will be sure to know where the party is.

Saturday Morning:

  • Fuel with a nice breakfast and a cup of coffee: You have a busy few hours ahead of you!
  • Brew tea and allow to chill for ice tea
  • Make lemonade
  • Chop vegetables/toppings: Place on the serving dishes and cover with plastic wrap
  • Fill salad bowls with spring mix: Purchasing the triple washes saves a lot of time.
  • Pick up rolls at Bakery (thanks Linda!)
  • Grill Salmon (thanks Joe!)
  • Roast Chicken breast (thanks Mom!)

Fresh Rolls

Perfectly Grilled Salmon

The Spread

When the guest arrived everyone mingled for a few minutes and snacked on a cheese and fruit plate as well as enjoyed a glass of ice tea or lemonade before we all dug in and ate! 
 
For dessert I made a slightly smaller version of the cake that I will be making for Catherine and Andrews wedding, but that is another post for another time.  Let’s just say I don’t think anyone was let down!  Modest of me, I know.
 

Sneak peak of the wedding cake

What is your favorite  bridal shower meal?

[Lizzie]

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