A Bachelorette Party Brunch

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Hi! How was your weekend? I had a busy weekend here in New York. I was in charge of planning one of my best friend's bachelorette parties and was therefore running around on Friday night in preparation for the big day on Saturday. After waking up relatively early on Saturday morning to take a very fun and upbeat Masala Bhangra dance class at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (their facilities are amazing by the way), our small group of girls gathered together at my apartment for a low-key brunch.

Bachelorette Brunch

To be perfectly honest, I don't have a "crafty" bone in my body. I would love to say that I can whip together creative party decorations and activities in heartbeat, but it's not really true. I can buy flowers, and I like to think that I can cook, so I focused on those aspects while trying to incorporate a few decorations. Thank god for Amazon Prime and Martha Stewart. I found that cute Martha Stewart pink pom pom garland in the above photo online. Little did I know that assembling pom poms is one of the most tedious activities EVER. A word of advice, you need patience (something I lack) and time to carefully unfold each pom pom. 

Our brunch was relatively simple because I had to make everything the night before. I knew that we would be hungry after our dance class and I wasn't inclined to wake up at 5am to bake. I debated making muffins, but in the end decided upon scones. Not American-style scones like the kind that you find at a Starbucks or your local bakery (although I'm not complaining about that type), but British scones. British scones are often plain (more like biscuits really) and decidedly less sweet. I gobble them up every summer when I visit my grandmother in England. 

British Scones & Peeps

My grandmother lives in Cornwall, which is located in Southwest England on the coast. The area is well-known for its clotted cream. In fact, a proper Cornish Cream Tea consists of a pot of tea accompanied by one or two scones served with jam and clotted cream. If you've never tried clotted cream, you are missing out. Not only on the clotted arteries but also the true bliss that one experiences when you taste clotted cream for the first time. I was lucky enough to find clotted cream at Whole Foods, and judging by the amount of leftover clotted cream in my fridge right now, I'd say that everyone was a fan this weekend.

Clotted Cream

In addition to scones, jam, and clotted cream, I also made a Broccoli, Potato, Scallion and Goat Cheese Frittata, roughly based on this recipe. I was able to briefly re-heat the frittata in the oven while everyone was settling in and pouring themselves mimosas. Oh yes, mimosas were definitely involved. After all, it was a bachelorette party, and our bachelorette happens to love pink champagne.

Happy Cooking,
Pippa