June is by far the most popular month for weddings, but have you ever wondered when the tradition of the “June bride” began? If so, I’m here to help! During medieval times, a person’s annual bath usually fell in May (who wouldn’t want to be fresh for the fertility festival of Beltane?) By June the bride still smelled relatively clean, but to be safe they carried a bouquet of flowers to hide their body odor. Hence the custom of carrying a bouquet when walking down the aisle.
While the original reasons for June weddings may have been pragmatic, I like them because the bridal showers are usually held in May. Here in Atlanta the flowers are in bloom, the pollen of April is (mostly) a fading memory, everything outdoors is vividly green and bursting with new life, and the temperature is just right! In other words, the setting is perfect for an outdoor bridal shower.
And what could be better at a backyard party than bubbles? Champagne, that is…..or Prosecco. If you’re unclear on the difference between Champagne and Prosecco, Wine Folly has all the answers for you. And now that we’ve cleared that up, I’ve found some delicious ideas for your “Bubbly Bridal Shower!”
Champagne on its own is classy and refined, but drinking too much of it can put a damper on any bridal shower. A way to get around that is to create a “Bubbly Bar” with a variety of offerings to mix with your champagne or Prosecco. If your bubbles are sweet, you’ll want something neutral or not too sweet like a dry gingerale. I like mine with a bit of a kick, and I’ve recently discovered Bruce Cost Ginger Ale. It’s an unfiltered soda, so you get a pure kick along with all the benefits of fresh, raw ginger. I like it on its own, but it’s absolutely wonderful mixed with still or sparkling white or rosé. They also have a selection of flavored ginger ales that I’m sure would be marvelous mixers, and add a pop of color as well.
Dry Prosecco and Champagne offer more possibilities when it comes to mixers – you can make champagne cocktails with just about any juice you like. Do you adore peaches? Add some peach puree for a perfect Bellini. If orange juice is your main squeeze, how about a Mimosa? The ritzy Revelry has the added kick of vodka-soaked raspberries. Feel like a fresh burst of citrus? Pour your bubbles over lemon or lime sorbet – your guests will love you more than they already do!
Another tasty, although less voluminous, option is to add Bitters to your beverage. Go to any good package store and you’ll find a wide variety of flavors. In my own bar, I have a selection of Rose water, Blood Orange, Lavender, Angostura, Orange flower water, and Celery bitters…I went to a gin bar in Edinburgh and came home inspired, but that’s another story!
Whether your taste is wacky and whimsical or demure and sophisticated, with just a few carefully selected ingredients you can create a custom bubbly bar for your own bridal shower. I hope you find these suggestions helpful!