(Closed) Dessert Bridal Shower… Is a potluck okay?

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would only ask Bridesmaids to bring something….not any of the guests.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmm… I’m with futureMrs.L, I don’t think guests should be expected to bring food to a shower. If you want to cut costs, I’d skip the wine and cheese, and just do desserts, punch, and iced tea and water.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

In this case I’d maybe just ask a few key guests to bring a potluck dish vs. including the request on the invitation.  Close friends, maybe her mother and an aunt/cousin or two who wouldn’t mind.  I haven’t seen this done before, but a dessert party with wine sounds fun!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If I’m invited to a party or wedding  where I’m expected to bring a gift, I do NOT expect to provide food for people. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

My best friend did this at her shower and while the food was fantastic – it was tough to put my outfit together, get the gift together, drive an hour AND prepare/bring a dish with me. 

I love her, so I’d do it 1000 times over – but I also wish I could’ve ditched the recipe idea and picked up a dish at Whole Foods, lol 😉 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We normally do something similar. The Bridesmaid or Best Man and their mom’s (which are normally the bride’s aunts or mom) make something too, except we don’t bring the reciepe and we have soup, salad sandwiches, dessert…. We each split up what is brought like invites, paper products, favors, someone buys the gift (but we all put in), drinks, cake, and we all bring a dish.Then we all stay and clean up the person’s house after, even the bride (mom, whoever). It is just how we do it, don’t leave the person’s house dirty.

We normally have about the same amount of people you are talking about.

Like the previous person said, the reciepe thing may not be good for everyone. So the option of just buying something is good too.Like my we bought cannoli’s for my sister’s shower. There is NO WAY that was going to be made.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Aren’t cake, cookie and brownie mixes relatively inexpensive? 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i think the only way to do it is to only ask bridesmaids, moms, aunts, very close friends, etc. to bring something — not everyone.

can you get the other bridesmaids to chip in on some of the costs?

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