Throwing a Waffle and Mimosa Bar Bridal Shower and the Perfect Berry Compote

My younger sister is getting married in June. About a month ago I threw her a bridal shower to celebrate her upcoming nuptials.

When I asked my sister what kind of shower she wanted, her only response was “mimosas!” Well, that helps right? ha! So, since we were obviously going to need mimosas, I decided that a brunch shower was perfect, and what better to have for brunch than waffles?

Putting together the Waffle Bar was actually pretty easy. Basically it was waffles and all the trimmings and toppings. I borrowed a couple of extra waffle makers, and the morning of the shower I made a big batch of waffle batter. Then, with the help of my aunt and mom, we set to making waffles in batches and just setting them in a warm oven, until we were ready to serve.

For toppings I did fruit compotes (recipe is at the end of this post!), whipped cream, peanut butter, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, butter, maple syrup, sprinkles, chopped fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas, etc), powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Oh, and popcorn chicken, because she said she wanted chicken and waffles! Ha!

I also did a variety of other brunch foods like sausage, bacon wrapped tater tots, and bacon (of course!), but I did it in the oven to avoid the mess and having my house smelling like bacon before guests came. If you haven’t cooked bacon in the oven before, you have to try it! You will never fry it in a pan again!

We also had a tower of powdered donuts, because my sister loves them.

Then, as requested, we had mimosas. I chose to go with a Mimosa Bar. I had 4 different juices and champagne on ice and I used some pretty plastic champagne glasses I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Guests just grabbed a “glass” and made their own mimosas. It was easy and super cute! Definitely a hit! I also had regular cups and water available for people (like me) who didn’t want to drink but may have wanted something else.

A few other things that made it complete…

When everyone arrived, I had a basket with blank envelopes and a container filled with pens. I asked that everyone rite their name and address on an envelope. I then gave the envelopes and cards to my sister to use for Thank You notes. It makes it so much easier for the bride, since she then does not need to look for addresses (and now she has everyone’s). She just write the note and sends them!

 

I did go traditional and used the ribbons from the shower (and her other shower) to make her a bouquet to use at the rehearsal. There were lots of Bed Bath and Beyond gifts which made for a very purple bouquet!

We did play a few games, and for game prizes, I went with notepads and pens, and a few coffee mugs. I wanted stuff people could use, not win and throw away! Target dollar spot was perfect for this!

I used pretty faux flowers from Hobby Lobby, mason jars, glass vases, and small glass tealight holders for decor. We just placed small bunches of flowers around, and since the shower was outdoors, it was just the right amount of color and bridal touch.

It was a beautiful (and yummy) shower, if I do say so myself. The best part was being able to celebrate my little sister! Isn’t she adorable?

Here is my recipe for a super easy mixed berry compote. I made it to use on the waffles, which was delicious, and we used the leftovers on oatmeal and ice cream!

Mixed Berry Compote

The perfect easy berry compote for waffles, pancakes, ice cream, oatmeal, yogurt, or even cake!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Instructions

  • In a small bowl mix the water and cornstarch until dissolved. Set aside.
  • in a large pan, heat the berries over medium heat.
  • Sprinkle with sugar, and stir until berries start to soften and the juices forma syrup.
  • Add the cornstarch water and continue to stir until the syrup thickens.
  • Remove from heat. It will continue to thicken a bit as it cools.

Notes

You can use any mix of berries for this recipe. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. They are all delicious. You can go ahead and add a tsp of lemon juice if you want a slight tang or a dash of cinnamon. You can use fresh or frozen berries for this. If using frozen go ahead and don't worry about defrosting. Just toss the frozen berries in the pan. If you do use fresh berries, you may need to add a couple tablespoons of water as the berries cook, to get a syrup going. This recipe is pretty fool proof, just do what tastes good to you! It is delicious warm or cold!

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  1. Kathleen says:

    You did an amazing job! Everything looks so tasty and pretty1 i bet your sister loved every minute! I also love this envelope and stamp idea and that can be used at any type of party! I wish I would have thought of doing that for my best friends baby shower. I’m gonna save that berry compote recipe for my next brunch! 🙂

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