how to host a virtual bridal shower

One of my best friends is getting married next month. We’re all excited for the wedding, but there was a bit of an obstacle when it came to planning the bridal shower: the bride just moved across the country, and her closest friends and family are scattered over many different states.

Determined not to let that get in our way, I decided to throw a virtual bridal shower over video chat. With the technology available to us, a virtual bridal shower can be a great way to celebrate with friends when getting together in person is not an option, so I’ve compiled the things I’ve learned here so that others may throw their own virtual showers (this would work just as well for a virtual baby shower).

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macaron balls

I’m obsessed with the idea of making perfect macarons, but at this point, they’re still always a gamble for me. For example, I spent much of today making macarons for a party.

Macarons really should not take that long to make , but I’m still getting the hang of it. It was a new recipe for me, using an Italian meringue instead of French. The Italian meringue requires boiling sugar and water together and then adding that to the egg whites, and I had to throw away my first attempt entirely when the sugar turned into caramel. I think I will stick to French meringue in the future.

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gluten free apple muffins

As I may have mentioned before, I cohost a brunch devotional every other week with some friends. Among other things, it provides a great opportunity for trying new recipes.

I almost always try to bake something gluten free for these gatherings, since so many of my friends have gluten sensitivities, and this week, with some local apples on hand, I knew I wanted to make apple muffins.

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