Your love for Bravo is strong. You watch all shows, know every Real Housewives franchise, and dream of being a charter guest on Below Deck. The quotes pop in your head at all times. You are in a slow working meeting, and you are fighting back the urge to say, “mention it all,” or “what are you doing here without Dorinda?” Perhaps that’s just me?
It’s time to host a Bravo TV themed party. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party, a season premiere party, or just a Tuesday, a Bravo-themed event is sure to please. But the big question is, what the heck do you serve?
We’ve got you covered with the best Bravo TV themed party menu.
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Bravo TV Themed Party Drinks
First things first, what drinks to serve? It is probably one of the most important decisions to make. Bravolebrities know how to consume adult beverages — you want to represent all of the best.
Popular on most Housewives’ shows, Beverly Hills and Orange County champagne is a must. Heather Dubrow was never seen dining without her “champs.” Charisse Jackson Jordan from Real Housewives of Potomac even built a champagne room in her house. The love for champagne is strong in the Bravo World.
Champagnes can be expensive. However, the sugar content can be very high on lower-priced versions, leading to significant headaches the next day. If you are on a budget, you can certainly substitute a cheaper alternative, Prosecco. It just won’t have as much carbonation. This article has excellent champagne suggestions at all price points.
Millionaire mogul Bethenny Frankel from The Real Housewives of New York City built her entire empire on this one drink. Before creating Skinny Girl Cocktails, Bethenny ordered these drinks all over Manhattan and the Hamptons. You couldn’t choose a more iconic cocktail.
If you don’t want to purchase some from your local liquor store, Andy Cohen asked Frankel for the ingredients at The Real Housewives of New York Season 1 Reunion. Here’s the recipe.
3 oz. Patron Silver
4 limes, squeezed
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
Place in a shaker with ice and serve. Feel free to increase the amounts to make pitchers.
Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules is known for many things, and her love of pink is a big one. So it was of no surprise when she combined her extensive knowledge of the restaurant and bar industry with her love of the color to create Vanderpump Rose.
If you are hosting a daytime or summertime affair, Rose is the way to go. The tasting notes for Vanderpump’s Rose describe it as an “elegant nose with delicate red currant and hints of pepper as well as sweet citrus. On the palate, it reveals a touch of strawberry, tangerine, and peach in a dry, classic style.”
If you can’t find Vanderpump Rose, you can substitute Summer House’s favorite, Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel. The cast was throughout the Hamptons, sipping and sometimes chugging massive bottles of the beverage. Both wines are similar in price, and the reviews for the 2018 vintages are within one point of each other on WineMag.com.
You can’t go wrong with either because “Rose All Day!”
Show your love for Summer House by serving Loverboy’s hard teas and cocktails. These low-calorie and sugar-free canned drinks created by stars Amanda Batula and Kyle Cooke are perfect for your soiree. If you can’t find them in your local liquor store, don’t worry, they ship to most states.
Bravo TV Themed Party Menu
We have our drinks done, but what should we serve for food? The best Bravo TV themed party menu focuses on a cocktail-style event.
Goat Cheese Balls
Take a nod from Vanderpump Rules’ SUR restaurant and serve their famous Goat Cheese Balls. Cast member Stassi Schroeder continued to order them long after her time as a “SURver” was over. When the staff likes a dish at a restaurant, it’s got to be good.
SUR never released the recipe, but former waitress Kristen Doute published her version in People Magazine. You can make the sauce and form the cheese a day or two before and then fry them right before party time. This vegetarian appetizer will be a hit at any party.
Shahs of Sunset Persian Appetizer Platter
One of the many charms of Shahs of Sunset is how it showcases the genuine relationships of the cast.
They always put out these fantastic spreads when visiting each other. The foods almost always steal the scene.
The reunions regularly feature massive platters of food in front of the cast because it is so integral to the show. The large spreads serve as a reminder of the hospitality they show one another. Not to mention it all looks so yummy!
This recipe from Unicorns in the Kitchen is beautiful and easily made in advance from ingredients found in most grocery stores. It’s perfect for your guests to snack on all night long.
Beer Cheese Dip with Pretzels
When Vanderpump Rules’ Britney Cartwright arrived in LA from Kentucky, she brought with her more than just belongings. She came with the recipe for her Mamaw’s Beer Cheese. This spread can be found almost everywhere in Kentucky but not in many other places. Cartwright frequently makes it, and her cast members eat it right up. It was so well-received that she and her husband, Jax Taylor, started a company around it.
We haven’t heard about an official launch of Mamaw’s Beer Cheese yet, but don’t worry; it is easy to make your own. This recipe is delicious.
While preparing, if you can avoid using pre-shredded cheeses and shred the cheese yourself, please do. The preservatives added to stop the cheese from clumping together also make it not melt well. Serve this dip with pretzels, saltines, crudites, or really anything. I mean, what doesn’t go well with cheese and beer?
It’s Not About The Pasta Meatball Shells
In Season 6 of Vanderpump Rules’ James Kennedy famously yelled at cast member Lala Kent “it’s not about the pasta.” Fans long speculated what was going on. Was the fight really about Kennedy’s girlfriend eating Kent’s food, or was pasta a code word for something else? He has proclaimed that it was indeed about the pasta in many interviews.
So why not make your menu all about the pasta with this appetizer? Mini meatballs are placed in large shells with some mozzarella cheese. These tidbits are fancy-looking, but don’t let that fool you; they are crowd-pleasing. Using premade meatballs makes them come together in a flash.
Top Chef Fabio Viviani’s Smoked Turkey Horseradish Bites
No Bravo-themed menu would be complete without a recipe from their best cooking show, Top Chef.
Winner of the “Fan Favorite” award, Fabio Viviani contributes this crowd-pleaser. And who could forget Viviani from Season 5 and Top Chef: All-Stars? His food and charm won over the judges and viewers alike. Since the show, he has released a few cookbooks and been a guest on Good Morning America and the Food Network.
These turkey bites are easy to prepare and come together in minutes, using just four ingredients: waffle fries, horseradish, turkey, and seasoning. Don’t let the simplicity fool you; they pack flavor!
Old Lady Gang Fried Chicken
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss may be best known for her musical prowess, but she is also a successful businesswoman. Burrss’ empire includes The Old Lady Gang restaurant, which serves up recipes from the RHOA star’s two aunts and mom. Opened in 2016, it now has three thriving locations in and around Atlanta.
The most famous dish is the OLG Fried Chicken. To make this recipe more cocktail party-appropriate, I cut the chicken up into small pieces and served it with toothpicks.
Bravo TV Themed Party Desserts
Last but certainly not least, here are some desserts sure to make your party on a high note.
Taylor Armstrong Cotton Candy
As a Bravo superfan, you may have the image of Taylor Armstrong eating cotton candy in Season 2 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills burned in your brain. It wasn’t so much that she ate it, although we don’t often see Real Housewives eating, but HOW she ate it had her co-stars talking. Interesting, to say the least!
New Jersey Sprinkle Cookies
Who knew that a dessert could cause a long-lasting family feud? Well, that’s just what happened when The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Melissa Gorga brought sprinkle cookies to Christmas Eve dinner at her sister-in-law, Teresa Guidice’s house. These cookies were Teresa’s least favorite and caused her to become enraged at Gorga for bringing them. Guidice went so far as to throw the cookies out. The incident was mentioned many times over the years as the two feuded.
Your guests will love these sprinkle cookies from Smitten Kitchen. They are the real deal, full of vanilla and sugar, and add color to any dessert table. Don’t worry; you won’t need to check the trash for them at the night’s end.
Kathy Wakile from The Real Housewives of New Jersey was known for her tight-knit family and her decadent desserts. Fans watched as she transitioned from a stay-at-home mom to a business owner while on the show. She started a company selling cannoli kits “so you can be your own goddess.”
Even though Wakile left the show in 2014, her company carries on. The kits are available for purchase here. Or you can make your cannolis with this traditional recipe. They are VERY time-consuming, so if you pick them up from a local bakery, we won’t tell.
What Do You Think?
Thoughts on our Bravo TV themed party menu? Hopefully, we have inspired you to host a Bravo-themed event.
Have you hosted a similar party in the past? Let us know all about it in the comments below. We’d love to hear!
Are you interested in other themed parties? Check out our Roaring Twenties menu.