Part Two: Drinks, Menu, and Cake
Effortless Brunch Menu
Brunch and baby showers go hand-in-hand. With all the traveling and packing, a super easy brunch menu was essential. Moreover, we had to work with what we had for serving. Regardless of simplicity, above all, the food had to taste and look divine. Before leaving, we mailed some of the serving dishes and supplemented with items found in our rental.
Here’s to Alcohol, the Rose Colored Glasses of Life
Oftentimes, baby showers are comprised of guests spanning different generations and lots of strangers. We are firm believers that an endless flow of really good cocktails is the best way to break the ice. On the contrary, my mom assures, interactive games would put guests at ease… LOL! To my surprise, it turns out both techniques work wonders. To begin with, two large beverage dispensers held drinks (which lasted the entire shower). Large punches are less mess and less cliche than a mimosa bar. For the non-preggers crowd we filled one with our favorite pomegranate sangria. The other was filled with cucumber water, muddled with mint and lemon… vodka optional.
Additionally, glass milk cartons with striped straws made the perfect vessel for strawberry coconut smoothies. Pink ribbons with baby charms adorned the mini cartons. For serving, smoothies were displayed in champagne bucket filled with ice.
Since cooking time was limited, the menu was comprised of easy dishes and do-it-yourself options. Below a dreamy bunch of balloons, the brunch menu was served buffet style. To start, sweet and salty oat crackers were smeared with fig jam and good blue cheese. Shrimp was piled on a platter with a horseradish heavy cocktail sauce. Next, an easy frittata oozing with goat cheese, basil and sun-dried tomatoes looked fresh and beautiful atop cake pedestal. Turkey, pesto, and Brie tea sandwiches were served alongside ham and Swiss on rye, with pickles and grainy mustard. Party-goers were able to customize their brunch with a DIY parfait bar, complete with Greek yogurt, granola, and an array of fruits. Lastly, a MUST whilst in New York: bagels and scallion cream cheese. Sterlington Deli in Greenport makes a killer egg-everything bagel (although it’s hard to find a bad one on the North Fork).
Stunning in it’s simplicity, the trendy naked cake was an initial must-have. Imagine a bare vanilla cake with barely there white frosting; two layers topped with blooming roses. Disappointingly, New York bakeries charge excessively for this uncomplicated cake – quotes for a 20 person cake were topping $275… no thank you! Instead, two simply frosted supermarket cakes were topped with fresh roses. The blossoming roses were the perfect antique-rose hue, which made the cakes look surprisingly expensive. Guests would never guess that the cake total was $30. Eating the cake was elevated by super cute plates from Amazon. The mismatched paper plates were printed with antique floral designs, which couldn’t be more fitting for a Victorian themed baby shower.