you are hosting the bridal shower in your home, you can
choose to serve anything
from a complete brunch, lunch
or dinner to an elegant tea (tea with thin
dainty desserts), to just hors d'oeuvres or just desserts.
making your menu choice, consider your budget, the theme, the bride's taste in
food, and the most convenient time of day to suit your guests. Of course, if you
serve an all-desserts menu, you should time the shower for after the normal dinner
hour, so that all your guests will have eaten their evening meal.
save time washing dishes, use paper plates - there are elegant choices such
as this Siver Wedding:
theme wedding showers, try to tie in dishes and/or table decorations to complement
You should add some little touches that individualize your
shower and give your guests a talking point. For example, if you include
cupcakes in your dessert choices, add cupcake
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considering whether to have a sit-down luncheon or a buffet, remember that many
people are not adept at holding a plate and drink on their lap. If you serve buffet
style, be sure you have enough table space for all your guests to sit down - or
have plenty of snack tables available
funds permit, you may think about having the party catered. Alternatively, party
platters can now easily be ordered from your local supermarket and will save you
a lot of time and effort in the kitchen.
you are on a tight budget, choose to have a brunch with juice, salad, small finger
sandwiches or a casserole, and the shower cake for dessert. You can also make
it a pot luck and have other members of the bridal party bring casseroles, etc.
sure that there is enough food and drink for everyone. It is much better
to have some food left over than to run out of an entree because you
you are the hostess, you should be mingling with the guests, not testing out a
new recipe. So, if you want to prepare the meal yourself, stick to casseroles
and salads, which can be prepared ahead of time.
considerate of those with special menu needs. If your guest list includes those
with kosher or vegetarian requirements, search through your recipes for a meatless
dish, such as a bean casserole. If you plan to serve alcohol, make sure that you
also offer a nonalcoholic alternative.
on presenting a special cake to the bride. The presentation can take place at
the end of the meal, or you can bring out the cake with coffee, tea and soft drinks,
after the gift-opening ceremony.
are some simple menu suggestions:
Orange juice or Mimosas (orange juice with champagne) to toast
Fresh bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, or cold cuts with
Chicken or seafood salad
or tea with the shower cake
SHOWER LUNCH OR BRIDAL SHOWER DINNER
Appetizers: vegetables with dip, or cheese
and cracker tray.
Champagne, wine or nonalcoholic champagne to toast the bride.
Caesar salad and rolls
A casserole such as lasagna, eggplant, salmon, chicken,
Coffee or tea with the shower cake
Sandwich assortment: cucumber, cheese, pate, etc.
of sugar cookies
Petit Fours (bite sized pastries)
Fruit salad or English
Basket of individual tea choices
or nonalcoholic champagne to toast the bride. For a festive appearance, perhaps
add a couple of strawberries or some raspberries at the bottom of each glass.