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Bridal Showers

Hosting a bridal shower is a great honor, and a lot of responsibility. Chances are, you know the bride better than most, so channel that connection you have with her, and follow your instincts. If you keep that in mind, you'll plan an event that will be a big hit not only with her, but also with all of your guests. There’s a lot to think about at the start: How many people to invite; the venue; a menu that matches the bride-to-be's style and guests will enjoy; entertainment. Luckily for you, the experts at Martha Stewart are here to help. We’ve culled our best information into one handy guide below. You’ll be prepared for a gathering large or small, from main course to desserts and everything in between -- and your guests won’t stop oohing and ahhing.

Hosting a bridal shower is a great honor, and a lot of responsibility. Chances are, you know the bride better than most, so channel that connection you have with her, and follow your instincts. If you keep that in mind, you'll plan an event that will be a big hit not only with her, but also with all of your guests. There’s a lot to think about at the start: How many people to invite; the venue; a menu that matches the bride-to-be's style and guests will...

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We tweaked a favorite ice cream flavor from way back to make a treat for all ages. The exceptionally moist cream-cheese pound cake gets split and filled -- three times -- with a luscious mousse flavored with pureed cooked peaches and studded with chopped fresh peaches and cherries. Because it's thickened with gelatin, the mousse gets nice and firm, then stays that way when layered in the cake -- and in every last slice.

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With their sugar-brushed flower petals and fragrant, rose-flavored glaze, these delicate cupcakes are pretty in pink. On the inside, jewels of candied ginger are hidden in a zesty ginger cake that's just sweet enough to make you, well, blush.

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This recipe is from the 2006 Martha Stewart Handmade Holidays magazine, and is used to make delicious Bloody Mary cocktails. For each drink, combine 3 ounces of mixer with 1 ounce of vodka, and pour into a glass filled with ice. Download the Bloody Mary Mix Tag. Get more great ideas for Handmade Holiday gifts.

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The name of this old-fashioned cake comes from its simple measuring formula: one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, and four eggs. Our take on the classic offers layers of textures and tastes, with sweetened whipped cream, custardy lemon curd, and fresh mixed berries.

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If you're craving towering tiers and buttercream, this staggering confection is proof that you can serve cupcakes without sacrificing those classic-cake moments. Inspired by tradition, this vanilla cake is fresh, fun, and meant for sharing.