Select a brush script or calligraphy font if you choose to make your own invitations using blank note cards. Prior to adding the design to the outside of the note card pre print the inside at the printer or on your desktop printer. Next imprint the invitation use a stamp or sticker of a rose, leaves, candles or lace on the front of the invitation. Continue the theme by using the same stamp of sticker on the envelope. Once stamped each invitation design can be embossed.
Matthew looked deeply into Rita’s eyes and spoke these words…
You are cordially invited to attend a personal bridal shower in honor of Rita
as the saga continues on
November 23, 2002 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at
1234 Anyplace Circle
Your hostess Kim and Renae
request your RSVP by November 19, 2002
Registered at ——
Throughout the room set clusters of romance novels and fresh flowers nearby lit taper candles. Add a personal feel by highlighting the area with a photo of the couple. Then add warmth by using gold and brass decorations. The more candles used in areas where people can see them and not bump them over the better. This theme is especially fun if the bride is planning a candle light wedding, or if you need to hold the shower midweek in the winter because it makes for a cozy setting in the evening. You can also add the seasonal theme to your shower for example, taking a photo of the front range along the Rocky Mountains as the aspen change color or in the East Coast as the trees turn vibrant shades then bring in some leaves & pine cones and place them in clear vases or along a table runner.
A lace table cloth and your best silver service or glass work well to enhance the romantic theme. Set the table for a buffet to keep traffic flowing easily as guests fill their plates. Arrange the napkins and silverware in organized alignment. Setting the table a day in advance makes the day of the party easier. Put out the party sets, silverware, napkins, glasses, and serving dishes. Be sure if you are going to use chaffing dishes that you have enough candles or sterno fuel on hand.
On the day of the party put out the last minute items. Fresh food, flowers, centerpiece, ice, punch and cake.
A Special Touch
Have the bride take a photo with the cake as an official bridal shower photo. Take pictures of all the guests with the bride to be and other candid pictures while she opens the gifts so she will have a pictorial record of all her gifts to create special memories for the bride.
Romance Novel Menu
Fresh French Bread
Favorite Vegetables – Carrots, cauliflower, broccoli
Mints – Hand made with the Brides first initial monogrammed on each chocolate
Cheesecake – Options for topping: Chocolate fondue and cherry sauce
If you choose to make the cake bake the cake 2 days ahead in case it cracks to much on the top you may want to take a second stab at the cake!
Cheesecakes lend themselves to easily be decorated with fresh floral arrangements. Purchase cake flower holders from your local cake decorating store. To decorate fill halfway with water and place fresh cut roses in the holder to decorate, place the flowers on top and the side of the cake allowing them to cascade down the side of the cake onto the plate. For a variation small taper candles can be placed among the flowers.
When cutting the cheesecake use a sharp knife and in between each slice dip the knife in a cool glass of water to make each slice neat. Allow your guests to choose their favorite topping, chocolate or cherry and you can add some whipped topping and nuts too.