Post # 1
I’m my friend’s Maid/Matron of Honor and I am planning her bridal showr. I came up with a recipe theme. We’re going to send out invites, but instead of RSVPing by phone, I’m going to include RSVPs like at a wedding (that you would mail back), but on the back of the RSVP is going to be a recipe card.
Essentially, I want people to mail me back their RSVPs and a favorite recipe so I can make cookbooks for everyone for their favors.
Anyone ever done/seen something like this before?
How far in advance should I sent the invites? The shower isn’t until May of 2013, so I think I’d like the recipes back in time for me to have 2 months to make the cookbooks (about 50 of them) since I will be DIYing everything. Is that too weird?
Post # 3
@shaeshae18: I would do a mass email for the recipes so that you don’t have to send the invitations so early. Some people might not know if they can actually attend until closer to the event. Also some people might not see the recipe card on the back and send it blank. I really like the favor idea though.
ETA: If you’re up for it, maybe serve a few of the recipes at the shower. It would be a great conversation starter and then people will have the recipe for it. Also consider what you will do with duplicate recipes (I suspect you might get more than one chocolate chip cookie recipe).
Post # 4
I was in a bridal party that did something similar for our bride’s bridal shower – we gave everyone a recipe card and asked them to contrribute a favourite recipe to be combined in the binder that came with the cards. We then asked that people bring the dish to the shower (like a pot luck kinda thing). It was great!
In our part of the world, we don’t really do favours at showers etc, so we didn’t need the cards before the day. But for your purposes, maybe get people to send the recipes in a bit before.
In case you’re looking for something to include on the invitations etc, this is what we wrote (I think I found it on the web… it was a few yrs ago!)
“No one who cooks, cooks alone.
Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past and the advice & menus of cooks present.”
Post # 5
@mcgoo: I love that wording!
Post # 6
@futuremrsk18: I loved it too, it gave a great sense of family/community to it.
Post # 7
You shouldn’t send the shower invites so far in advance – people will forget! Do the mass email option or call people like PPs suggested to ask for a recipe, but don’t try to send the invitations 3 months early; people probably wouldn’t respond until just before, anyway.