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Calling all brunch enthusiasts! Here’s a bridal party theme tailored especially for you. Claire Thomas, the blogger behind The Kitchy Kitchen and the cookbook The Kitchy Kitchen: New Classics for Living Deliciously, created five recipes for scrumptious donuts, and then put a noontime bash together to share them with her besties. See all the treats and tips for planning a similar celebration for a bride-to-be—and her friends and loved ones.
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Breakfast of Champions
Donuts upon donuts upon donuts piled high on varied cake stands invite guests to fill their plates with heaping quantities. (Hey, they are mini donuts, after all!) For an at-home bridal shower brunch, the focus should be on comfort, which is why couch seating and family-style eating work seamlessly. Cohesive—but not uniform—servingware also lends a whimsical touch, so the festivity doesn’t feel like any old Sunday.
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Cue invitees to bring an on-theme gift, like a waffle maker, artisanal baking flour, or mimosa-worthy stemware; attendees could also present a group gift, like a set of teacups and saucers, which may already be on the bride-to-be’s registry.
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It’s easy for Thomas’s Blackout Donuts with toasted coconut and dark chocolate glaze to stand out, thanks to the single jadeite cake stand on which they sit and their irresistible exterior. Her recipe in her book notes that dark rum is optional, but we say drop some in, and party on!
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For the Maple Bacon Donuts, Thomas topped plain donuts with a maple-syrup glaze and hickory-smoked bacon coated in brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
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A dainty, lightly scalloped dessert plate is the ideal size to hold the finger food, even a dense one topped with bacon!
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Diggin’ These Donuts
Think this platter is filled with simple glazed donuts? Think again. Thomas remixed the classic recipe to create Strawberry Glazed and Tres Leches confections.
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Fresh strawberries and rosewater dye the glaze to a pretty pink shade, while lemon juice lightens the fruity flavor.
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Thomas mixes the glaze for her Tres Leches donuts using four types of dairy: whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and whipping cream.
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Although Thomas created five very different donut flavors, she used the same base recipe for each donut, kicking them up with varying glazes. The repetition is a sure timesaver for busy bakers.
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For Those Who Don’t Donut
If you’re planning a bridal shower brunch of your own, but are honoring a bride-to-be who isn’t sweet on donuts, serve multiples of bagels, croissants, or scones instead, which can all be made or bought in sweet and savory flavorings (and well in advance).
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“This was the one everyone was freaking out about and reaching toward,” says Thomas of the light and fluffy Cheddar, Green Onion, and Jalapeño Donuts. “I needed something to balance out all the sweet, but that also stayed in the same realm. So I put together some of my favorite savory flavors, and it’s already become a repeat!”
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Cozy Up with Trivia
For a party for a brunch connoisseur, serve up a multiple-choice quiz around her top-10 favorite (or most frequented) restaurants. Each restaurant can be paired with three entrées available at the eatery, with the correct answer being the bride-to-be’s go-to.
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A cup of the good stuff will help tame everyone’s ensuing sugar high. Here, Thomas pours a round of French press coffee for invitees, but cold brew, iced, or drip coffee could be served, too, depending on the lady-of-the-hour’s preference—and the time of year.
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With donuts devoured and fingers licked, guests can turn to the shower activity: DIY Chalkboard Coffee Mugs. The personalized mugs make for an adorable favor and reminder of the leisurely afternoon.