Recently, a new member was added to our family through the marriage of Eric and Marie. We Gingham Apron girls had the privilege to make some of our favorite brunch foods for a bridal shower hosted at my Aunt Connie’s house.
As usual, we went for scrumptious family favorites that could be prepared easily (and mostly the day before) so that the morning of the shower was laid back and fun. I’m sharing the menu and recipes with you today in hopes that you’ll have a resource when you’re planning a shower of your own.
Meat and Potato Egg Casserole
Overnight Coffee Cake
Secret Ingredient Fruit Bowl
The shower was held at 11:00, so we wanted a dish that was filling . This is hearty, cheesy, and delicious. Best of all, you make it the day before and pop into the oven on the day of the event. This recipe is especially unique because it has a hashbrown bottom. Your guests will love it!
The buttermilk, cinnamon, and brown sugar in this recipe make it welcoming and completely scrumptious. As the title suggests, you make this one the day before as well. This recipes has been in the family for over forty years, and it continues to be a favorite. So simple!
My mom’s fruit bowl “recipe” is famous with friends and family because she adds a “secret ingredient.” Can you guess what it is? …….Almond extract! Just a little bit makes the fruit taste divine!
I’ve been making these for showers for years, and ladies just love them. They are dainty, fun, and full of creamy cheesecake flavors. The crust of these mini cheesecakes is a Nilla Wafer, which makes them SO easy! Plus, you can top them with any fruit or pie filling that is a favorite or that goes with the colors of the wedding, etc.
We had a basket of assorted muffins that had been baked in mini-muffin tins. They were fun and cute, and the guests loved them. Both of these recipes can be made ahead of time and popped into the freezer.
Something else that was so fun at this shower was the table settings. My cousin Kendall collected plates from all over town, each with a a different pattern. This was so whimsical and fun! Also, it made for some great conversation. I heard ladies making comments like, “Oh, that was my grandma’s china pattern!” Its funny how a china pattern sticks in our minds and brings back warm memories.
The morning was full of celebration and gratitude for a new family member. I especially loved when my Aunt Connie shared that she had been praying for a godly spouse for her grandson, Eric, and God had answered that prayer. It was a lovely shower!
Psalm 126:3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.