Thursday, June 14, 2007

The perfect thing for showers!

I wrote a while back about how much Joe and I loved a recipe by Guy Fieri, the Food Network Star, who earned a couple of new fans here during a wedding special. As I was looking through his other recipes online, I saw that offers you the printout format of full-page, 3x5 and 4x6 cards -- which is the *perfect* thing to give the bride and groom! So many bridal showers are planned with a Kitchen Theme or a Gourmet Theme, with the focus on the couple's cooking repertoire, that it would be a fantastic idea for shower hosts to tell their guests to go to Food Network and print out their choices of favorite recipes for the couple. At the shower, the bride and groom get their kitchen-centric gifts (blenders, panini makers, exotic spice collections and a spice rack) and then they also get a stack of amazing recipes to add to their own recipe boxes or folders. Check out the ones I just printed out from Guy Fieri's lineup on
* Penne with cajun hot links and chipotle shrimp
* Jambalaya sandwich
* Pulled pork egg rolls
* Chicken avocado egg rolls
Shower hosts planning co-ed showers: this is a particularly hot trend right now, so if you're doing a kitchen shower, keep an eye out for the celebrity cookbook authors' booksignings at the major book chains and at Williams Sonoma stores. An autographed copy for the bride and groom is a great addition to their kitchen and a spotlight gift that will get lots of ooooh's and ahhhh's at the shower!