With wedding season soon approaching, I'm sure many of you will host or attend a bridal shower in the next few months. So naturally, I'd like to begin a series of posts about the celebrations that surround weddings.
Enter bridal showers.
For my sister's shower that I co-hosted last February I stumbled upon a neat idea: the charm cake!
I first heard about the charm cake from an old roommate from Louisiana. Since my sister was marrying someone from the south, I thought it would be a fun way to incorporate the groom and his background.
What is a charm cake you ask?
Traditionally, the cake is served at the bridesmaids' luncheon, in our case the bridal shower. Each guest pulls one ribbon from the center of a Bundt cake to find a good-luck charm and message dangling from the other end. Charms are available by mail order, often complete with fortunes, ribbons, and bags.
Our charms were a mix from Robert's Crafts and a jewelry store the University Mall. We chose to have the bride and her sisters and sisters-in-law draw the ribbons.
Ribbons can be color coded so single, married, and very young women will choose charms -- such as rings or baby carriages -- that are appropriate for their situations. Other popular charms include a coin (for luck), an airplane (for travel), and a telephone (for a special phone call). To assemble, bake your favorite Bundt cake, put the charms in the center, and drape the ribbons over the cake; fresh flowers provide decoration while hiding the charms.
(Description adapted from Martha Stewart site.)