Your love for Bravo is strong. You watch all of the shows. You 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 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 its, what the heck do you serve?
We’ve got you covered with the best Bravo TV themed party menu.
Let’s go to The Chalkboard.
Bravo TV Themed Party Drinks
First things first, what drinks to serve? It is probably one of the most important decisions to make. Bravolebrities really know how to consume adult beverages — you want to represent all of the best.
Popular on most of the housewives shows particularly Beverly Hills and Orange County champagne is a must. Heather Dubrow was never seen eating out 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, oftentimes the sugar content can be very high on lower-priced versions, leading to major 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 great 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 she created Skinny Girl Cocktails, Bethenny ordered these drinks all over Manhattan and the Hamptons. You couldn’t choose a drink that’s more iconic. 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 seen throughout the Hamptons sipping, and sometimes chugging huge 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. “Rose All Day!”
Bravo TV Themed Party Menu
We have our drinks done but what should we serve for food? Focussing on a cocktail style event, here is the best Bravo TV themed party menu.
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. You know when the staff likes a dish at a restaurant, it’s got to be good.
While the exact recipe from the SUR kitchen has never been revealed, 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 real relationships of the cast. When you see them visiting each other they always put out these amazing spreads.
The foods almost always steal the scene. Heck, the reunions regularly feature huge 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 beautifully presented and can easily be 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 too many other places. Cartwright was frequently seen making it and her cast members ate 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 very 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 as 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? In many interviews, he has proclaimed that it was indeed about the pasta.
So why not make your menu all about the pasta with this appetizer? Mini meatballs placed in large shells with some mozzarella cheese for good measure. 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 showcased on Good Morning America and the Food Network.
Using just four ingredients, waffle fries, horseradish, turkey, and seasoning, these turkey bites are easy to prepare and come together in minutes. Don’t let the simplicity fool you, they pack flavor!
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 housewives eating, but HOW she ate it that 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 apparently 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. Full of vanilla and sugar they are the real deal and add color to any dessert table. Don’t worry, you won’t need to check the trash for them at the end of the night, they are sure to be gobbled up by your guests.
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 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 own 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 your own Bravo themed event.
If you have hosted a similar party in the past, let us know all about it in the comments below. We’d love to hear!
Interested in other themed parties? Check out our Roaring Twenties menu.