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The Bridal Shower Part III: Menu Ideas

Updated on June 23, 2016
Bridal Shower Menu
Bridal Shower Menu | Source

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

In my opinion, part of hosting an amazing bridal shower involves the serving and sharing of great food. Food can serve as an icebreaker because often showers consist of women and sometimes men from different families, a variety of friends that aren't connected in any way, and individuals from the very young to the elderly. Nothing gets people talking or mixing and mingling more than the sharing of a meal.........well, maybe games too but that's an entirely different discussion.


If you are hosting a bridal shower deciding on what type of menu to serve will generally depend on several factors such as your theme, size, location and time of day. From finger foods to a full sit down meal, there are so many options to choose from. By following a few simple tips, selecting an appropriate menu for your event should be a breeze. Just remember any dietary restrictions the bride or the guests may have. Also, make sure your menu has a variety of foods that will appeal to both vegetarians and vegans.

Brunch Bridal Shower

A brunch shower is generally held between 11:00am and 2:00pm. If you are hosting a brunch they are best held on a weekend to accommodate all of your guests especially those that work Monday to Friday. A brunch is always a good idea if you want to keep the shower short and sweet. Also, it can be held at home; at one of many restaurants that specialize in all day breakfasts; or depending on the size of your function, you can book a party room at a hotel or a banquet facility. Depending on where you live, many banquet facilities and country clubs offer brunch on Sundays.


Bridal Shower Brunch
Bridal Shower Brunch | Source


Food Ideas

Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-An assortment of savory quiches

-Frittata

-Herb roasted potatoes

-Bacon

-Sausage

-Honey Roasted Ham

-An assortment of cold cuts

-An assortment of fresh fruit i.e. bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, seedless grapes, cantaloupe, etc.

-Belgian Waffles

-Crepes

-French Toast

-A variety of breads such as bagels and crusty buns

-Cheese biscuits

-Croissants

-Trays of assorted cheeses

-An assortment of cream cheeses

-Smoked salmon platter

-Platter of sliced tomatoes, pickles, celery or any other type of veggie


These are just suggestions you can add anything else that you think would work and your guests will like.

French Toast
French Toast | Source

Beverage Ideas


Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-A variety of juices, i.e. orange, grapefruit, apple, cranberry, pomegranate

-An assortment of coffees, i.e. regular, flavored, espresso, cappuccino, iced

-Milk

-A variety of teas, i.e. english, orange pekoe, green, jasmine, camomile

-Mimosas (champagne and orange juice)

-Bellinis (a cocktail consisting of prosecco sparkling wine and peach purée)

-Bloody Mary (don't forget the celery sticks)


Getting creative with your beverages can be a lot of fun!



Mimosas
Mimosas | Source

Dessert Ideas

Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-An assortment of fresh muffins

-An assortment of danishes

-An assortment of freshly baked cookies

-Chocolate croissants

-Bear claws

-Apple fritters

-Mini fruit tarts

-Mini butter pecan tarts

-Mini lemon tarts

-An assortment of mini pastries

-Special bridal shower cake


Remember the above items are suggestions and you can modify it to suit your theme and budget.

Assortment Of Mini Pastries
Assortment Of Mini Pastries | Source

Luncheon Bridal Shower

Luncheon showers are held during the daytime anywhere between 12:00pm and 4:30pm and are generally held on the weekend. Luncheon menus work well with many themes such as a garden party, high tea party and so on. A buffet with finger foods works well with a luncheon menu.


Bridal Shower Luncheon
Bridal Shower Luncheon | Source

Food Ideas


Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-An assortment of finger sandwiches, (i.e. Asparagus Rollups, Rolled Olive Sandwiches, Checkerboard Cheese Sandwiches, Chicken-Mandarin Orange Spread Sandwiches, Cucumber-Salmon-Watercress Sandwiches, Cucumber Sandwiches, Sun Dried Tomato-and-Basil Sandwiches, Bacon-Olive Sandwiches, Egg Salad Club Sandwiches, Egg Salad Sandwiches, Goat Cheese-Olive Sandwiches, Ham Sandwiches, Chicken-Cucumber Canapés).

-A smoked salmon platter

-An assortment of coldcuts

-A variety of artisan breads

-Platter of sliced tomatoes, pickles, celery or any other type of veggie

-Tray of grilled vegetables, i.e. zucchini, eggplant, peppers, portobello mushrooms etc.

-Tray of breaded chicken cutlets

-Tray of breaded veal cutlets

-Tray of roasted chicken with dipping sauce

-Tray of assorted cheeses including soft cheeses like bocconcini or fiore di latte

-A tray of thin gourmet pizzas

-Crudité

-Mixed greens salad

-Caesars salad

-Pasta salad

-Egg Salad

-Seafood salad

-Fruit Salad


The list of food options can go on and on for luncheon menus. Just remember that you will be feeding people with a variety of tastes so make sure you have a variety of choices.

Coldcuts And Cheese Platter
Coldcuts And Cheese Platter | Source

Beverage Ideas


Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-An assortment of bottled water, i.e. spring, carbonated, flavored, Perrier

-Fruit punch

-Lemonade

-Iced tea

-An assortment of soda pop

-Champagne

-Red or white wine or both

-Pre-mixed drinks, i.e. piña colada, cosmopolitan, mojito

-An assortment of coffees, i.e. regular, flavored, espresso, cappuccino, iced

-A variety of teas, i.e. english, orange pekoe, green, jasmine, camomile


These are just suggestions, feel free to include whatever drinks you think will work well.


Fruit Punch Bowl
Fruit Punch Bowl | Source

Dessert Ideas


Here are a few suggestions on what to serve


-Bridal shower cake

-An assortment of mini pastries

-An assortment of mini tarts i.e. lemon, fruit, butter, pecan

-An assortment of gourmet cookies

-Pretty cupcakes

-Chocolate dipped strawberries

-Macaroons

-Brownie bars and nanaimo bars

-An assortment of mini cheesecakes

-Lemon meringue pie

-Key lime pie

-Butter pecan pie

-Apple caramel walnut pie


If you are having a Bridal Shower cake, there's no need for lots of other sweets. However, sweets are one of the best parts of the shower menu...I'm just saying!


Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries | Source

Dinner Bridal Shower

Bridal showers that are held in the evening can start from 5:30pm and last for several hours depending on your site. Also, depending on your theme, many showers held in the evening tend to be a little more formal than daytime affairs. If you are not serving a sit down meal, ensure that there are enough tables and chairs available so your guests are comfortable.

Elegant Bridal Shower Dinner
Elegant Bridal Shower Dinner | Source

Hors D’oeuvres/Appetizer Ideas

Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-Tomato bruschetta

-Artichoke and goat cheese bruschetta

-Smoked salmon canapés

-Cauliflower crostini

-Crudités

-Crostini with burrata cheese, sweet red pepper, and arugula

-Crostini with mushrooms, prosciutto, and blue cheese

-Blue cheese stuffed mushrooms

-Gorgonzola stuffed dates

-Herbed phyllo purses with brie cheese and salmon lox

-Miniature artichoke tarts

-Stuffed deviled eggs

-Mini vegetarian spring rolls with plum sauce

-Roasted red pepper and garlic hummus with toasted pita chips

-Crab cakes and orange dill sauce

-California rolls

-Watermelon cubes with aged balsamic Vinegar

-Cocktail meatballs in cranberry-pinot noir sauce

-Mini tourtières - canadian pork pies

-Mini moroccan lamb burgers with lemon yogurt sauce

-Prosciutto and gruyere pastry pinwheels

-Roasted asparagus wrapped in prosciutto

-Rosemary breadsticks wrapped in prosciutto

-Sweet and spicy mini meatballs

-Prosciutto and parmesan stuffed mushrooms

-Baked cheese olives

-Stuffed grape leaves with gorgonzola & olives

-Shrimp won tons

-Shrimp cocktail

-Grilled shrimp with lime

-Smoked salmon sushi squares

-Bacon wrapped scallops

-Stuffed grape leaves (dolmades)

-French onion pissaladière-(french onion tarts)

-Cheesy potato skins with sundried tomatoes

-Chicken wings (i.e. honey garlic, buffalo, barbecue )

-Snowpeas stuffed with crab

-Spinach cheese squares

-Phyllo tomato tarts

-Stuffed caprise tomatoes

-Mini arancini (rice balls stuffed with mozzarella cheese and ground veal)


A selection of any of the above mentioned hors d’oeuvres/appetizers would work well with any dinner menu. There are so many other choices available so be as creative as you want to be.


Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp Cocktail | Source
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Bacon Wrapped Scallops | Source
Mini Arancini (Stuffed Rice Balls)
Mini Arancini (Stuffed Rice Balls) | Source

Antipasto Ideas

Here are a few suggestions of foods you can blend on antipasto dishes or platters:


-Marinated artichoke hearts

-Marinated sliced zucchini

-Roasted red peppers

-Marinated mushrooms

-Variety of marinated olives

-Prosciutto

-Assortment of salamis (i.e. genoa, sopressata, capocollo)

-Grilled and marinated eggplants

-Bocconcini Cheese

-Fiore di latte cheese

-Buffalo mozzarella

-Seafood salad in olive oil

-Fresh cantaloupe

-Fresh figs

-Tomato, garlic and olive oil bruschetta

-Toasted artisan breads with olive oil for dipping


Antipasto is an Italian tradition and means "before the meal". It is similar to the French hors d'oeuvres or Spanish tapas. An antipasto is served either individually to each guest or on a platter "family style" in the center of the table or on a buffet station. Essentially, it is a blend of colourful, miniature portions of various combinations of foods. Antipasto dishes can contain anywhere from 3 to 6 items. It is always served before the first course of your meal. Remember, antipasto is meant to complement your meal, not overwhelm it.

Antipasto
Antipasto | Source

Main Entrée Ideas


Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-Roasted herbed chicken

-Chicken marsala

-Chicken parmigiana

-Veal parmigiana

-Roast beef au jus

-Savoury mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin

-Pork tenderloin with cranberry-balsamic sauce

-Pan seared salmon

-Sea bass alla fiorentina

-Fritto misto seafood (a mix of assorted seafood i.e.shrimp, scallops, calamari etc. lightly battered, delicately seasoned, gently fried and served with lemon wedges).

-Lasagna

-Spinach and ricotta stuffed manicotti

-Penne alla vodka

-Risotto milanese

-Mushroom risotto

-Risotto with tomato and mascarpone cheese

-Jasmine Rice

-Roasted herbed potatoes

-Baked potato with sour cream and chives

-Roasted garlic mashed potatoes

-Honey glazed carrots

-Rosemary roasted heirloom carrots

-Garlic roasted asparagus

-Roasted broccoli and cauliflower

-Steamed brussel sprouts


These are a few suggestions for your main course. Your main entrée can be simple or elaborate and you should choose whatever works best for your theme and budget. Bear in mind that you won't please everybody, but you should offer a few choices that will appeal to the majority of your guests.

Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken
Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken | Source
Fritto Misto
Fritto Misto | Source
Manicotti
Manicotti | Source

Beverage Ideas


Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-An assortment of bottled water, i.e. spring, carbonated, flavored, Perrier

-An assortment of soda pop

-Champagne

-Red or white wine or both

-Domestic and or imported beer

-Pre-mixed drinks, i.e. piña colada, cosmopolitan, mojito

-An assortment of coffees, i.e. regular, flavored, espresso, cappuccino, iced

-A variety of teas, i.e. english, orange pekoe, green, jasmine, camomile


A selection of any of the above drinks are sure to please the bride and your guests.

Red And White Wine
Red And White Wine | Source

Dessert Ideas


Here are a few suggestions on what to serve:


-Bridal shower cake

- Petites fours

-An assortment of mini pastries

-An assortment of mini tarts i.e. lemon, fruit, butter, pecan

-An assortment of gourmet cookies

-Pretty cupcakes-Chocolate dipped strawberries

-Macaroons

-Brownie bars and nanaimo bars

-An assortment of mini cheesecakes

-Lemon meringue pie

-Key lime pie

-Butter pecan pie

-Apple caramel walnut pie

-Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

-Ice cream (i.e. tartufo, crepes with vanilla ice cream with chocolate and raspberry sauce)


Once again, these are a few ideas but you can certainly add some of your own special sweets.

Bridal Shower Cake
Bridal Shower Cake | Source

The Potluck Bridal Shower

I couldn't finish off this segment on Bridal Shower Menus without discussing the Potluck bridal shower. According to proper etiquette, a potluck shower is a big "DON'T". Here is my take on it, your guests are already providing the bride with a gift. If they have to provide a dish to feed several people, depending on the size of your party, it can be expensive, time consuming and inconvenient. Also, when there are many people bringing different dishes, you need to have a proper storage plan until the food is ready to be served. You don't know how long the food has already been sitting out so you need to concern yourself with potential food borne illnesses that could occur from spoiled food. Also, are you properly equipped to heat up dishes or keep them warm?


On the other hand, it is customary in some families or circles to hold potlucks. It also provides a sense of community and a coming together of various cultural dishes and old family recipes. On the upside, you don't have to concern yourself with catering and it's budget friendly. You should bear in mind that this will work if you are having a smaller gathering. Organizing a potluck for a large gathering will be a daunting task at best.


Just a note, if the Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids are hosting the shower and are interested in saving money by having a potluck, there is nothing wrong with the bridal party doing the potluck amongst themselves. This way it will be less expensive, more manageable and will not require the guests having to bring a dish on top of a gift.

Finally........

If you are hosting a bridal shower, it is always a good idea to choose a theme and stick with it because it will help to keep your menu budget down. In your quest to make everything perfect, you may lose sight of your budget so be mindful. I hope this segment of my Bridal Shower series has been helpful. There are many aspects that help to create an awesome bridal shower and food is definitely at the top of the list, but with some careful planning and following a few helpful tips, you're party is sure to be a success.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much FlourishAnyway for stopping by! I really appreciate your kind words. Your sister's shower sounds like it was lovely. I have to agree, potlucks are never really a good idea! Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      What a plethora of menu ideas! Wow I am hungry just thinking about them. My favorite bridal shower was one I threw for my sister. I did it up big, booking the event at a nearby Victorian mansion that fixed all the food, offered tours, and let us wear fancy hats while we were there. I still remember the cucumber sandwiches the lady made. All I had to do (other than pay for it) was bring the cake and send out invites. Very nice hub with tons of ideas. I would never do a potluck.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much for stopping by Au fait! You are always so supportive. Actually, I have written a complete guide on how to plan a wedding like a professional which elaborates a little more than my articles on Bridal showers. I am cleaning it up a bit right now and hopefully will try publishing it at some point. First I want to test the waters by offering it through my website, (which I am currently working on). We'll see what happens. Take care and have an awesome day! -Rose

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      So many ideas! A person planning a wedding shower could certainly find the answers to any question they might have not only here but in your other articles on this subject. You should publish The Modern Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Showers. No kidding.

      Voted up!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      I always appreciate your visits Rajan! Thank you for your kind words. Take care! -Rose

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Again a very professional look into the bridal shower menus. A great variety if ideas. Voted up and useful.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thank you so much Nicole S for stopping by and for your kind words. I really appreciate it! Take care and have a wonderful day. -Rose

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Lots of great ideas. I hosted a brunch baby shower for a friend of mine last winter and had a variety of options. I like all the ideas you featured here though, I wish I would have seen this before I hosted my shower!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your advice. You're right about linking. I should have done that on a few of them so I am going to have to adjust some of my hubs. I placed links in my latest hub but I need to do it on others. Once again, thank you and take care! -Rose

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      Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Yet another easy to read hub that's packed with info that anyone planning a wedding would need to know. Voted up and useful. By the way one thing I've found that helps boost my stats when I'm doing a multipart hub is creating a colored text box with links to the other hubs in the series at the top and the bottom. Check it out, it'll probably give you a boost too.