Aug 19 2011
Last week, I had the pleasure of planning the menu for a bridal shower honoring one of my best friends and roommate from college. Unfortunately, between recovering from a nasty cold and trying to prep the food and get it to the hostess’ house, I was just not in the right frame of mind to take a bunch of pretty pictures. So, some of the recipes will have to wait but I can at least share with you these yogurt parfaits–one of the easiest and prettiest dishes I’ve ever made (ok, assembled) since the hostess is a professional photographer and snagged a food shot between snaps of the prop-filled hilarity of the DIY photo booth.
Bridal Shower Brunch Menu
- Bacon Breakfast Casserole (one of my mom’s recipes that get rave reviews)
- Paula Deen’s Sausage Balls with store-bought maple syrup and coarse mustard for dipping
- Baked Peach Croissants
- Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
- Trio of Crostini: proscuitto & goat cheese, brie & pear, herb cream cheese & smoked salmon
- Crudites with Barefoot Contessa’s Green Goddess Dressing
- Yogurt Parfaits
- Fruit Platter with chocolate and marshmallow dipping sauces
- DIY Iced Coffee Bar with caramel, chocolate and vanilla syrups
- Bloody Marys and Mimosas
- Chocolate Fondue for dessert with fruit and cookies
Layer yogurt (we used 3 8-oz cups of yogurt for these 12 individual servings), chopped fruit and granola in clear serving glass–these are shooters from Pier One but you’ll get the same effect in a trifle bowl.
I know this is super easy but I love that this menu item can be color-customized. Here, we layered strawberry yogurt and chopped kiwi to echo the pink and green wedding colors but SO many wedding or baby color combinations can be made this way. Need more neutrals? Try chocolate, white chocolate or butterscotch chips, nuts, whipped cream or a drizzle of chocolate or caramel syrup. Need a brighter color or a color that no edible item comes in (says the girl who had pool blue as one of her wedding colors)? Use vanilla yogurt and granola but tie a colored ribbon around the parfait glasses. The ribbon technique also works if you need to add in a third or fourth color and can neatly keep small spoons together with the glass. You can also add a third or fourth color by adding a dried fruit layer or perching a different fruit on the rim of the glass as garnish.
See? Easy but highly adaptable to make your buffet look completely customized.
And while we’re talking about customized, let’s talk more about that photo booth the hostess set up. Etsy has a HUGE selection of props including mustaches, hats, sunglasses and lips on small sticks that make for absolutely hilarious photos. Meghan used these, added a fabric backdrop in the wedding colors and, voila! Instant party hit! Obviously she’s got the skills and equipment to make for some amazing photos but if you set up in a well-lit area of your house, this is an easy and relatively cheap way to entertain guests and develop a collection of awesome photos by which to remember the day.
A bunch of ladies who brunch decked out in mustaches and big red lips beats gift bingo any day!
Big thanks to Meghan of Meghan Lynn Photography for the photos featured in this post!