Create a bridal shower inspired by the letters of the bride-to-be's name.
The concept of this alphabet shower was established with the invitation. A long strip of ivory paper with the letters of Rebecca's name (first, middle, and last) assigned each guest a letter and instructed them to bring a shower gift starting with that letter.
Here, guest of honor Rebecca Thuss holds a bouquet made the day of the party from gifts' trimmings.
On the next several slides, we're sharing even more ideas that you can incorporate into an alphabet shower, including this chic pearl monogram tied with a satin bow. To make, string pearl beads onto 16-gauge wire; make loops at ends and shape into a letter 20 inches tall. Secure junctions with finer wire.
Silk flowers spell out a couple's initials on a silk faille banner and mark the way for a bridal shower when hung outside of the location. To make, start with a 30-by-40-inch piece of fabric. Hem sides; sew 1-inch casing at top and bottom; insert 1/2-inch dowels. Hot-glue silk blossoms to banner; hang with ribbon.
Letters found in vintage books or print shops can inspire beautiful cakes like this one. If you find a monogram you'd like to use as a cake decoration for your alphabet bridal shower, share it with your baker or transfer the design from paper to a rolled fondant-covered tier.
Instead of serving slices from one big cake, why not serve up individual cakes with the bride-to-be's monogram? The monograms on these French patisserie-style charlottes, or molded sponge cakes, consist of piped chocolate batter baked into almond-flavored cake.
Serve these personalized cookies during the shower or wrap them in glassine bags and send them home with guests as favors. To create these special cookies, monograms can be made by cutting dough into letters or twisting ropes of it into shapes. An initial could also be crafted in contrasting dough, or piped onto still-wet icing.
Sometimes the simplest techniques produce the most striking effects, as is the case with these single tiers topped with cocoa-powder initials (his, hers, and theirs). A fairly dense cake, such as a pound cake or vegetable-oil-based cake, works best to provide an even surface to stencil, as does turning the flat bottom of the cake top-side. We glazed our Chocolate-Cherry-Stout Cake with a cornstarch-based chocolate glaze. Once the glaze hardened, the stencils (available from Designer Stencils) were applied, and cocoa powder dusted on.
Everyone knows you and your groom are cut out for each other; these monogrammed shortbread sandwich cookies just drive home the point. Let store-bought cookie cutters do the heavy lifting; we started with a round ruffly one to get the shape, then mini alphabet cutters for the monogram. Between the layers lies sweet-tart rhubarb jam -- another perfect match. Serve them as a sweet treat at your shower, or package them up and send them home with your guests as favors. We used mini alphabet cutters by R&M from Amazon.com and a heart aspic cutter by Ateco.
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