Planning an Elegant Bridal Shower in Montreal
This past weekend we celebrated my sister’s bridal shower! The day was perfect – and Montreal’s weather even decided to cooperate for the event!
From the venue to the games, here are some tips to throwing an elegant bridal shower in Montreal!
1. The Venue
Depending on number of people and budget, bridal showers can be held at the host’s home, or a restaurant or event space. We were a lot of people, so we decided to host the bridal shower at a restaurant. We chose Le Richmond, since it is a stunning restaurant, and can accommodate many people. Fleurs des Jardins provided the gorgeous tulips – it’s magical what a pop of colour and some flowers can do to a room.
Being that the shower was at the end of April, we were hoping for some beautiful spring weather, and that is exactly what we got! The event took place on Le Richmond’s award winning terrace and the sun was shining through all day long. With the heaters on, it truly felt like a summer day.
2. The Menu:
When coming up with a menu for a bridal shower brunch or lunch, I suggest keeping it light. Le Richmond came up with a light and summery menu that perfectly complimented the weather. Guests could choose from a Venetian salad, mozarella di bufala with tomatoes, or a salmon tartare to start, followed by salmon, mushroom pappardelle, or mussells and scallops in a chickpea ragu. We finished off with coffee and fruit. The food was delicious. I had the mozarella di bufala with gorgeous yellow tomatoes and the salmon served with mushrooms and a light cream sauce. Both were wonderful.
3. The Cakes
Cakes are great to have as a centerpiece, because you get to eat them after :). Along with the fruit and coffee, we served three cakes by the super talented Yuki from Yuki Bakery. She and her husband met with us multiple times to execute our spring bridal shower cake ideas, and they could not have come out more perfectly. These cakes were stunning, and of course were on display throughout the day. We also made sure to have a flavour for everyone – one chocolate, one vanilla, and one raspberry lemon. AND they are nut and peanut free!
4. The Party Favours
It’s always nice to send your guests home with a little party favour. We decided on lovely cookies by Patisserie Tillemont. This bakery went above and beyond designing wedding dress cookies with intricate designs and adorable sugar cookies that read “I Do”. At each guest’s table setting there were two wrapped cookies tied together with a message that read: “A sweet ending to a new beginning”.
5. The Game
When you are a large number of people it is difficult to play games that are interactive with your guests, so we decided on the classic newlywed game. We bought two whiteboards and came up with some difficult questions to ask both the bride and the groom. If their answers matched, we moved onto the next question – if not, they each had to chew a piece of hubba bubba gum. There are several variations of this game and the hubba bubba could always be replaced with shots of vodka! If you are fewer people, it is always a good idea to get your guests involved in the games!
Overall this was such a perfect day. The weather, the venue, the food, the desserts, and the people all made it a huge success. Most importantly, the bride was ecstatic!
Comment below with some of your own ideas or recommendations for a bridal shower here in Montreal! Venues? Games? I have another sister, and will be planning another one down the road, so let’s go ;)!