December 8, 2008

A Blue and Silver Winter Bridal Shower

Planning a bridal shower in the winter for your soon-to-be bride is simple and quite affordable. Here's one fun idea. The theme for this party is Blue & Silver Ball Ornaments.

Decorations: You can raid your stash of ornaments, borrow from friends, or purchase some at your local dollar store. To decorate, simply arrange the ornaments in bowls or hat boxes lined with white tissue paper. Be creative! For an elegant look, arrange your ornaments in a large pedestal-type bowl, then place white pillar candles on each side. Finish the look by draping silver garland around the bottom of the candles and bowl.

Appetizers: For some yummy theme related snacks, try making some beautiful wedding cookies.

These cookies are from Crazy Amy's Cakes.

To make your own delicious (and gorgeous) cookies, try this recipe. It's our family's favorite!

Butter Cookie Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture, blending well. Dough will be very stiff.

Divide the dough into thirds. Roll each portion to 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured work area. If the dough is too sticky, add a little bit of flour to it until it's easier to work with. Cut with assorted cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheets, sprayed with nonstick spray.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Removed to wire racks to cool. Frost and decorate.

Frosting Ingredients:
3 TBSP commercial meringue powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup + 2 TBSP warm water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
Food coloring

Beat on high speed with an electric mixer for 3-5 minutes. Divide into separate bowls and add drops of food color. Be sure cookies are completely cooled before decorating.

Some ideas for cookie cutters to match this theme would be Christmas ornaments, wedding cakes, and snowflakes, all decorated with shades of blue and white.

Activities: Rather than having a book for guests to sign, have them sign some large glass ornaments instead. You'll need some large blue and silver ball ornaments and fine-tipped permanent markers. You can even decorate the balls before-hand with the bride and grooms names and wedding date with custom vinyl lettering or scrapbooking stickers. Then shower guests can write short messages and sign their names all around the ornaments.

Party Favors: Be sure to send your guests away with a something small to say Thank You for coming to celebrate. has some delightful winter bridal shower party favors. Some of my favorites are . . .

These Mini-Felt Winter Mittens can be stuffed with a little lip gloss or mini-candy cane. Aren't they cute?

As a Pennsylvania girl, I'm always big on Hershey bars. These wrappers go perfectly with this shower's blue and white theme and can be personalized with the wedding couple's name.

I hope you enjoyed this bridal shower idea. I'd love to hear your ideas for other winter themed bridal showers!



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