Gather all your girls, mark a Sunday on your calendar and celebrate a bride with brunch! This elegant shower, styled by Addie’s Confetti Kitchen & Metta Events, is bound to inspire you to play hostess. On the menu for Amanda's special day: champagne cocktails (of course!), not-your-grandma’s tea sandwiches, and Meyer lemon tarts for a sweet finish. These recipes are wonderful anytime of year, but we love to feature the late winter citrus harvest and sweet scent of orange & lemon.
Prep | Take the time to personalize each gal’s place setting with her name (thanks Heather Belle Ink!), draw up a menu with pretty flourishes, and assign seats. The bride will thank you from the first sip. Now it’s time to bring on the bubbly...Cheers!
Bubbly | First on the menu are welcome cocktails galore. Break out the Grand Marnier®, your favorite sparkling wine, orange slices and fresh blackberries for a pretty twist on the classic mimosa. For a second refreshing spritzer, combine a dash of lemon juice with a sweet white wine (moscato), a splash of tonic water and a few blueberries.
Grand Marnier Mimosa with Blackberries
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs orange blossom honey
1 tbs Grand Marnier
1 orange, segmented
1 oz triple sec
Directions: Make Grand Marnier syrup by combining orange juice, GM, sugar, and honey in pot. Let simmer to combine and add orange segments once the syrup forms. Combine 1 tbs GM Syrup with 6 oz of champagne. Garnish with orange slices and blackberries.
Sparkling Blueberry Wine
Directions: Combine 4 oz sweet white wine (moscato) with 2 oz tonic and garnish with blueberries and a dash of lemon juice.
Savory | Tea sandwiches are the essential bridal brunch food, but the standard combinations can get a little sleepy. Dive into these toasts that put a twist on tradition. (Don’t worry, your older aunties and hip girlfriends alike will love them!) For that gluten-free friend, try the Curried Chicken Salad with Jardiniere and Mint, served “up” in an avocado. Classic cucumber sandwiches get a bright zing with creme fraiche and chili flakes. Boring chicken salad is revamped to include sun-dried tomatoes and scallions. Ditch the mayo completely for the flavor of roasted rotisserie chicken. Enhance broccoli toasts with a thin layer of Sriracha, and a healthy helping of Fromager D’affinois® (or your favorite soft brie). Find all of these simple recipes from Addie’s Confetti Kitchen by following along just a few easy steps.
Curried Rotisserie Chicken Breast Salad with jardinière and mint served in an avocado and on toast | Directions: Remove breast meat from rotisserie chicken.
Whole Roasted Chicken Thigh with sundried tomatoes and scallions | Directions: Remove thigh meat from rotisserie chicken. Toss with sundried tomatoes, olive oil and garnish with thinly sliced scallions.
Crème fraiche and cucumber with chili flakes | Directions: Season crème fraiche with salt and pepper. Spread on toast and thinly slice cucumbers on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and chile flakes.
Sriracha d’affanois and baked broccoli | Directions: Heat oven to 400. Place broccoli on sheet tray and drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on top. Bake until slightly browned, about 20 minutes. Spread a thin layer of Sriracha on toast. Top with cheese and broccoli.
Sweet | Meyer lemons have just the right combination of sweet and sour. For a tiny treat, try the Meyer Lemon Tarlets with fresh berries.
Citrus Tartlets | Directions: Place lemon curd on tart shell. Top with blackberry and lemon zest.
Party Favor | No celebration would be complete with out a parting gift. Label each gal’s baggie and send her on her way with a creamy caramel marshmallow to enjoy anytime. These delightful ones are Hammond's and were purchased at Target.