(Closed) Italian Themed Bridal Shower Party

posted 10 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

do an olive oil tasting! or maybe prosecco tasting? making your own pizzas? can you tell i’m ready for dinner??

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Serve desserts that represent different regions of Italy! Tiramisu, cannoli, etc.

 Oh and lots of good Italian wine!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Prosecco (the Italian version of champagne– but BETTER, IMO) is a great idea.

Of course, Italy is known for its great cheeses and olives.  And a caprese salad is always delicious.

A not-strictly-authentic, but "on theme" nosh is threading little cooked white, green and red tortellinis onto a skewer and serving them at room temp with a pesto dipping sauce.

 Here are instructions for making little paper gondolas that would make cute decorations:

http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/cutpaste/feature/famf39kidcot/famf39kidcot7.html

If you are willing to be a little more challenged, here you can get DIY models for the Colosseum and other Italian landmarks (note the "Leaning Tower is called the "Pisa Campanile" here:

http://www.paperlandmarks.com/colosseum.htm

Serve an asortment of delicious gelatos for dessert, followed by espressos and a little glass of limoncello.  Or serve limoncello cake, if you want to be a little less boozy:

http://www.italiancookingandliving.com/recipes/archive/467-Limoncello-Cake,cs=,cc=96,ps=,pt=nc,.html 

You could incorporate one of the traditional Italian wedding toasts:  "Per cent’anni!", meaning "For a hundred years!" on cocktail napkins or souvenier glasses.

Send the guest home with a favor made from Murano glass beads– a set of winecharms or a pretty necklace on a silk cord.  This place has good prices on "Murano Style" beads that aren’t as pricy as the real ones:

http://www.gemmall.com/wholesale/pendants/murano_foil_glass.htm

 

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Antipastos would be really fun food for a shower.  Coffee bar with biscotti.  Since it is themed around their honeymoon.  Have guests bring gifts for their honeymoon.  Might be easier if they were doing a honeymoon registry.  Decorate the location like an Italian villa.  And have festive Italian music in the background.  Send invitation as a telegram from Italy or as an Italian passport. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Serve espresso in charming little espresso cups, then either use them as guest favors or gift them to the bride after the party.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Bellini’s of course!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Pizza…tiramisu…bellinis…

And now I am starving. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009
Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

All those suggestions are great!

You could also give Jordan Almonds as favors- these are the typical wedding candy in Italy, and each guest recieve either 3 or 5 of these in a little bag (always those numbers, and always, always uneven for luck!). You could write a little note explaining the tradition (the history of which is easily Googled).

Serve Italian antipasti (finger food apetizers). There are lots of good ideas and recipes on this blog http://www.msadventuresinitaly.com/blog/.

Have gormet Italian food (pasta, cheese etc.), or travel books as favors and prizes.

Play some contemporary Italian romantic tunes- my current favorite artist is Biagio Antonacci. His stuff is easy to find for download, or if you’d like I can send you a few songs. His songs are incredible, romantic but happy and would be the pefect way to set the mood for a shower.

Use iconic Italian images from film (i.e. Roman Holiday or La Dolce Vita) for the invites or other papergoods used at the shower.

If you’re racking your brain how to serve your guests espresso without an espresso maker check out a stovetop espresso maker (I’d recommend this one http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku7117054/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1%7C16%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7Cbialetti&cm%5Fsrc=SCH

). Use with a ground espresso coffee (I use Lavazza, but Illy is good and easier to find in the States). It needs to be used a few times before the it makes really great espresso- just like a cast iron pan it needs to be "seasoned". Half of Italy makes their espresso (they call it Moka) this way, and not with a machine- it would also be a nice gift to her afterwards. They’re really easy to use (you can find directions online of course), my only tip is to NEVER wash with soap, only your fingers and hot water (it’s all about seasoning Moka maker!

And finally, my coup d’etat- these cookies. It’s an old (not well known), AMAZING Italian recipe. They’re kind of like meringue, but SOOO much better- they melt in your mouth! I’m planning on having them at my wedding!

Biscotti Brutti ma Buoni (Ugly-But-Good Cookies) 😉

Makes 20

6 egg whites (fresh as possible)

14oz toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped

11 1/2 oz caster sugar

a FEW drops vanilla essence

unsalted butter, for greasing

plain flour, for dusting 

Stiffly whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl, then gradually fold in the hazelnuts, sugar and vanilla. Pour the mixture into a non-stick pan and cook over low heat, stirring contantly with a wooden spoon, for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a baking sheet with butter and dust lightly with flour. Remove the pan from the heat and place tablespoons of the mixture on the prepared baking sheet, spacing well apart. Bake for about 40 minutes WITHOUT OPENING THE OVEN DOOR. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking sheet, then remove with a palette knife.

Let me know if I can help with anything, and I’ll keep wracking my brain for ideas! Buona fortuna! 

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Breeho- I think she meant Bellini the drink, not a restaurant ;-)… they’re incredible. They’re one part champagne (or you could be really Italian and use Prosecco, which you can find at most nice alcohol or wine stores) and one part peach juice (just the sweetened syrup from canned peaches will do)!

Post # 14
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Newbee

Maybe you could have people bring a recipe for their favorite Italian dish.

Oh and I think southernbella and prettykatie meant bellinis, the cocktail.  It’s pureed peaches and prosecco (champagne).

I’m super hungry now after reading everyone else’s suggestions. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

these all sound great! may i come? lol. you can always check giada’s section on food tv for great recipes. so far her stuff hasn’t let me down.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

If the weather is hot enough, a gelato bar would be a welcomed respite from the heat.

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