Caviar & Champage - A "Decadent" Bridal Shower
A bridal shower is a special occasion; the bride-to-be
celebrates with her friends before her big day. It is a pampering event at
which she is showered with love, advice, and plenty of "girly goodies." No
bridal shower is complete without a bit of decadence -- and Polina's bridal
shower had a bit of everything, including champagne, caviar, and a unique
HISTORY OF BRIDAL SHOWERS
Legend has it that the first bridal shower was given for a Dutch bride with
a broken heart. She intended to marry a poor miller, but her father
disapproved and refused to give her a dowry. She married her love anyway,
despite the threat of poverty. The groom's friends pitched in and "showered"
the bride with gifts of household necessities for their new home. Thanks to
the shower, the bride's heart was mended -- and her cupboard was stocked.
The bridal shower has become a wedding tradition, occasionally evolving into
multiple showers given by friends, bridesmaids, busininess associates, and
Polina's love of caviar, champagne, and elegance
inspired the bridal shower planners: Ann; Inna; Jennifer; and George, the
bride's "best boy," to
plan a shower with an "indulge the bride" theme.
Guests entered under the domed outdoor alcove leading into
one of San Francisco's romantic and gorgeous private restaurant rooms -- the
refined and elegant La
Table du Chef. They were greeted by luscious flutes of Perrier Jouet 1995
Fleur de Champagne, the ultimate bridal shower champagne. Caviar was waiting
guests to spoon onto toast points. These glistening and sensual caviar beads
and the romantic champagne started off the shower on an elegant note.
Soon after, guests were invited to take their seats.
Resting at the table settings were printed bridal shower menus; a scroll
with a poem called "Ode
to Polina," written by her maid of honor; and a favor, lavender scented
crystal salts in a whimsical miniature satchel. Centerpieces of tulips, roses,
and orchids were set in the middle of all three round tables.
Halfway through the three course luncheon (pea soup,
sea bass with mushroom ragout, and coulis for dessert), there was a surprise
Italian gentleman waltzed into the room towards Polina, holding a CD player.
be the jilted lover Polina had left behind in Tuscany, he began to sing some
her favorite arias from Italian operas. This surprise came from "best
boy," George. Soon after, a large arrangement of gorgeous flowers arrived
from David, her fiancé. The enclosed card read "Have a wonderful
shower!". Polina proclaimed that she was "marrying the absolute
The second dessert was a sumptuous French wedding
cake called "St. Honore." Many
cream-filled puff pastries were piled high to form a cake--pure decadence.
Then it was time to open the presents. Everyone oohed
and aahed over the gifts: an array of sexy lingerie, bath salts, books, and
a special gift
from the bride"s
future sister-in-law: a microwavable stuffed teddy that is an alternative
to a hot water bottle.
The shower went off without a hitch and everyone proclaimed
it the best bridal shower they' ever had attended. It was full of love, warmth,
all enhanced by impeccable champagne and caviar. Polina was deeply
touched to be able to share such a joyous event with those she cared about.
If you want to indulge at your wedding shower,
there are many caviar varieties available at a broad range of prices.
Polina is Director of Business Development of Tsar
Nicoulai Caviar, which produces their excellent caviar from fish grown in
the Sacramento River. Tsar Nicoulai Caviar is delicate, environmentally progressive
California Estate Osetra caviar, produced locally. If
you want to indulge at your wedding shower, there are many caviar varieties
available at a broad range of prices. Check
the website at www.tsarnicoulai.com,
or call 415-543-3007.