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Bridal Shower Food Ideas

Food and bridal showers go hand and hand. Certainly, all that giggly girl stuff and opening of presents makes one plenty hungry, so bridal shower hosts should always be sure to have plenty of munchies on hand for party attendees.

What kind of food is served at a bridal shower will depend on a number of factors including the time of day, the location of the party, and whether it is a formal or informal affair. While a cake is generally a must, the rest of the menu is up for grabs and hosts can be as creative as they’d like.

Bridal shower brunch – Scheduling a mid-morning or noontime bridal shower that includes brunch has become more and more popular during the last few years. These can be held at a restaurant or may be at the home of the hostess if there’s enough room. Often, this is a formal sit-down meal where guests gather at a lovely table and enjoy a variety of scrumptious food and perhaps champagne or some other sort of alcoholic beverage, like a refreshing mimosa or bellini. Foods might be a mix of sweet and savory and can include egg dishes such as some type of strata, baked ham (or another meat), muffins, salad, fresh fruit, and a pie or tart. Cake can be included as well, if desired.

Afternoon tea bridal shower – A chance to enjoy Victorian-style tea is generally a big hit with the ladies and can be either formal or informal. Guests may be seated at tables or can enjoy their tea and finger foods while the bride-to-be opens her stack of presents. It’s fun to make this a real “classic” tea, which can include English scones with clotted cream and jam; tea sandwiches made with egg salad, cucumber, or salmon; and small desserts in several varieties. Have several types of tea available, including traditional Earl Grey as well as decaffeinated or herbal teas.

Afternoon informal bridal shower – The classic daytime bridal shower generally includes all kinds of finger foods that are easy to eat while balancing a paper plate on your lap. You can opt for the usual, like deviled eggs, pigs-in-a-blanket, veggies and dip, and cheese and crackers. If you like to cook and enjoy being more creative, go for items like quiche, small tarts of varying kinds, brie en croute, and other attractive appetizers. You can also go with themed finger food, like Asian cuisine that might include pot stickers, won tons, chicken-on-a-stick, and other favorites, or perhaps a Spanish tapas menu. Cookies and cake provide a good end to a fun event.

All-dessert bridal shower - This kind of shower is suitable for the afternoon or evening and is a favorite with those who love sweets! The trick, however, is to be sure that the portions are small so that guests can try as many desserts as possible without getting too stuffed after eating just one or two. Make sure some desserts are “light”, like sorbet or maybe chocolate-covered strawberries or other fruits. Be sure to have some no-sugar-added options for diabetics. For beverages, coffee and tea are fine but you can also include a yummy dessert wine as part of the offerings.

The Co-Ed Bridal Shower – In the 21st century, these are becoming more and more common, so if there are men coming to the shower, you’ll want to include food that is decidedly more masculine than the usual light finger foods. Consider options like Buffalo wings, lunchmeat sandwiches (already made or make-your-own), sides like potato or macaroni salad, pizza, tacos, and beer and wine. If the weather is nice and you have plenty of outdoor space, make your co-ed bridal shower a barbecue and serve classic picnic foods like burgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings.