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Apr 7, 2008 07:14 PM

Need menu planning help for Bridal Shower/Tea Party/Light Luncheon!

Hi all,

I'm helping to throw a bridal shower later this month, and need help with the menu planning. There will be around 12 in attendance (or, maybe I should say, 10-15), and it will be held on a Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. One of the co-hosts wanted to do a formal tea, but given the hour of day, I think a combination tea/light luncheon is more appropriate. Here's what I'm planning (and where I need help):

Three varieties of tea sandwiches (2 dozen of each):

Sesame-crusted chicken salad tea sandwiches (from Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook)

Smoked salmon with lemon-caper cream on mini bagels

A vegetarian sandwich -- need help here! There's a recipe on Martha Stewart's website for a "yolk butter and asparagus" tea sandwich which sounds good (it's basically a modified egg salad with asparagus), or maybe something more basic, like radish/watercress/butter sandwiches? Or maybe a cheese/chutney or the like. Any ideas?
Two quiches (each cut into 8 slices):

One quiche lorraine

One spinach quiche
Scones with jam and clotted cream (I will have plain and ginger, about 2 dozen total)
Fruit salad (something simple, like this recipe:
Lemon bars and Cinnamon-nut bars
A small chocolate mousse cake (the bride is a chocolate lover)
For beverages:

Two types of tea (an english breakfast tea and an herb/fruit tea) with option to add cream, sugar, honey and lemon.

Mimosas or bellinis

Sparkling water

First, does this seem like the right amount and combination of food? Do you think I should add a fourth tea sandwich? Do you think I should add a green salad? Are there enough sweet options? Any other ideas or things I am forgetting?

Thanks so much for any and all assistance! :-)

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  1. I have hosted showers with very similar menus that went over splendidly. I think that three sandwiches are enough, considering you will also have two quiches! I would add a green salad. I think that women often appreciate them at a lunch like this.

    I think you have plenty of sweets. This menu is perfect.

    1. I am also giving a bridal tea is at 11am. Have been deciding on what to have for the luncheon and your menu closed the deal. My was similar, but I like your fruit salad idea instead of fruit on a platter/bowls and also the greens salad idea from milklady. This is why we all put oursleves out there and bounce ideas off each other, so you can learn and people like me and can learn and benefit too. Thanks all!!!

      1. it must be wedding season, because i'm helping with a bridal shower luncheon next month...since ours is a luncheon, it's going to be a bit heavier on the protein, but i think for a tea shower, your menu sounds great. i might just add a nice orzo or taboulleh salad...

        1. Your menu sounds lovely. For a vegetarian tea sandwich option, there are some great Barefoot Contessa recipes that came to mind: cucumber with an herb cream cheese spread; cheddar and chutney on mini-brioche rolls; herb goat cheese and roasted peppers. Thumb through her books (Barefoot Contessa Parties!, etc., and see what you think...

          1. Another vegetarian option is avocado and mozzarella with a little mayo and mustard.