The wedding shower goes modern

The wedding shower goes modern

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The wedding shower goes modern

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Recipes and tableware courtesy of Chinet.

Summer is the season for backyard barbecues, picnics in the park … and weddings.

No matter what type of ceremony is planned, family and friends are involved in a variety of events before any ‘I Do’s’ are recited. One such event, the wedding shower, is no longer just for ladies and the themes go beyond traditional. Some couples host backyard fiestas or re-create a scene from “The Great Gatsby” or from a recent romantic comedy.

Recipe Ideas

If you are in the middle of planning a wedding shower, The Food Channel has some fresh recipes and fun activity suggestions for a party everyone can enjoy.

A new trend in wedding showers is creating a signature cocktail for the bride and groom that is a reflection of their personality and tastes. Fruit flavored iced teas could be available for those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks.

When guests arrive, why not greet each one with a glass of Celebration Punch. Its mixture of champagne, orange juice, and fresh fruit makes it ideal for a warm summer day.

Since summer is all about fresh ingredients, our recipe for Miami Yellow Fin Tuna Salad would make an excellent main dish choice. Most of the preparation can be done before guests arrive and the grilling can be part of the party, as something for the guys to do.

To accompany the grilled tuna with salad, we suggest two more salads – a fresh fruit salad and a spicy chicken salad.

The Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad with Mint Vinaigrette can be served in the carved watermelon. The mint vinaigrette adds an extra bit of freshness for a hot summer afternoon.

The “Avocado Stuffed with Chicken Salad”:http://www.foodchannel.com/search?search%5Bsearch_term%5D=avocado+stuffed+chicken+salad&search%5Bsearch_type%5D=Recipe&x=11&y=11 is not your typical chicken salad. This recipe has shallot, red pepper, and chives to add some kick. Served in an avocado, guests will be impressed with the presentation.

Part of the traditional wedding shower are the games, which are usually enjoyed by few—especially not the fellas. We suggest the following fun activities that are sure to entertain all of your guests, called The Nearly-Wed Game and Vow Mad Libs.

Games People Play

How to play The Nearly-Wed Game: The bride answers questions about their relationship (‘Who paid on the first date?’), which the groom has responded to on audio or video tape earlier. After the bride responds, someone plays the clip with the groom’s answer. It would be fun to include other guests in the game and have a panel of players.

How to play Vow Mad Libs: Print out traditional vows, leaving blanks for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The host asks each guest for a corresponding word and then the bride reads ‘her’ wedding vows. 
You could also do a Mad Lib Vow for the groom and have a mock ceremony using the vows!

Just remember that wedding showers can be fun with new ideas and fresh ingredients. Cheers to the bride and groom!

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