A Texan Bridal Shower

One of my oldest and dearest friends is getting married! She is marry a wonderful Texan who will be taking her to Texas for the summer while he interns at Baylor University, so I thought it would be fun to throw her a Bridal BBQ to celebrate this big step in her life.

After going to a lot of bridal showers and throwing a couple myself, I've found that one or two simple activities are the best. This is the one activity I organized for the shower:

First Year of Dates

Each guest writes down one or two date ideas for the couple's first year of marriage.
We got some pretty fun ideas, thank goodness we had some creative (experienced) ladies at the shower!

We ate shredded barbecue sandwiches on homemade buns, along with baked beans and coleslaw. I'm sharing the recipes for the sandwiches and coleslaw because they were fantastic!

After eating and writing down some date ideas, we sat and listened to the story of how the couple met and asked about future plans. It was low-key, but really enjoyable!

Tangy Barbecue Sandwiches

1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup ketchup
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3-4 pounds boneless chuck roast

Combine all ingredients except roast in slow cooker. When well mixed add roast. Cover, cook on high 6-7 hours. Remove roast. Cool and shred meat, then return to sauce. Heat well.
Serve on Hamburger buns or rolls.


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1 head cabbage, finely shredded
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix cabbage, carrots, and onion in a large salad bowl. Whisk mayonnaise, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and black pepper in a separate bowl until smooth and the sugar has dissolved.
Pour dressing over cabbage mixture and mix thoroughly. Cover bowl and refrigerate slaw at least 2 hours (the longer the better). Mix again before serving.

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