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Bridal Shower Menu Suggestions

I'm hosting a bridal shower in June. It will be held on a Sunday afternoon from 2-5. There will be 15ish guests, all women (and a few girls). I'm a bit perplexed about what to serve. Normally at that time of day I'd do a "tea" with scones, little sandwiches, treats, etc. but I feel like that has played out (I've hosted at least two teas that most of these guests have attended).

So far I'm thinking about doing a few substantial salads (a green one, a grain one, a pasta once, another specific veggie), great bread and a variety of cheese, fruit and two kinds of cupcakes for dessert.

Does anyone have any menu suggestions to make this make sense and be a special event? A big note is that my household is vegetarian (fish like salmon and tuna are okay, as is all dairy and eggs) though the guest of honor is not.

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  1. I would definitely do a cheese tray - soft, hard, bleu, etc.

    I would also do a veggie tray but not all raw - I would make a nice veggie tray with steamed asparagus, endive with walnut/apple slaw, marinated mushroom caps - that kind of thing

    How about some skewered meats - like satays

    Or buy a Chinese barbecue duck and serve with chive crepes & hoisin sauce & fanned green onions

    Gougeres

    There are so many finger foods and hors d'ouevres, have fun!

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    1. re: sarah galvin

      I love the veggie and cheese tray ideas. I have access to a lot of great veggies and a fabulous cheese store, and will definitely use them.

      I should have mentioned that because the shower is at my house, it has to follow our dietary guidelines (vegetarian with some fish okay) but be friendly to those who are omnivorous.

    2. What about doing a couple of quiches or savoury tarts? An asparagus one might be nice for spring. With some cheeses, salads and fruit you should have enough to appeal to every one and it can all be vegetarian.

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      1. re: ms. clicquot

        I wold going to suggest quiche as well. Two or three different kinds of quiche would definitely go well with the menu the O.P. is already planning, and would provide a more substantive "center" to the meal.

        1. re: DanaB

          Or as an alternative to quiche, I've done a frittata for a shower, and it was well received. You could even do mini-frittatas. That would go very nicely with a green salad.

        2. re: ms. clicquot

          Quiches always seem to be a staple in bridal showers. Not sure why, but they are delicious, easy to make, and most people like them. Also, to spice up the salad (especially if the bride is not a vegetarian, and everyone else eats some fish), you could try making a salmon salad. There are quite a few excellent recipies for this and it would add some variety.

        3. An appetizer that could mesh well with salads, tarts or perhaps an elegant soup would be lemon rosemary chicken skewers from epicurious. This got very high rankings, it's pretty and it's easy. I made it for a party and got rave reviews. And I think it would fit really well with some of your other ideas. Here's the link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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          1. re: karykat

            I think she wanted to go veg...but you could do veg skewers marinated in lemon/garlic/olive oil. I was thinking a mushroom salad that showcased a variety of mushrooms.

          2. You could go in a more Mediterranean direction, such as cheese-and-spinach phyllo triangles. For a vegetable salad, one of my favorites is Israeli salad, which is bascially finely diced cucumbers, tomatoes and onions, tossed with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and maybe some minced herbs such as parsley, mint, or dill.

            1. I forgot to mention that in some cookbooks I've seen recipes that call for strips of eggplant or zucchini rolled with a ricotta filling, topped with tomato sauce and cheese, and baked. It seems like a relatively easy and elegant vegetarian dish.

              1. Ina Garten's Roasted Veggies and Orzo Salad is amazingly good, and serves at least 6 people. And her Panzanella is also excellent.

                Good luck.

                1. My bridal shower was in March and my mom made all of the food. It was fantastic and the guests raved about the food! Here is the menu she served:

                  Brie en Croute
                  Tea sandwiches (egg salad, turkey with pesto, & tuna)
                  Quiche (one sausage/mushroom and one asparagus/spinach)
                  Farfalle Pasta with Chicken (could easily substitute the chicken for tuna or salmon or omit all together)
                  Lettuce Salad
                  Chocolate dipped strawberries

                  If you would like any of the recipes, let me know.

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                  1. re: scorpioscuba

                    That's a lovely menu. What time of day was your shower? Was it right at lunch time, or later?

                    1. re: milklady

                      The shower started at 1pm and we ate around 2pm I'd say.

                      1. re: scorpioscuba

                        That sounds like a wonderful shower menu! (Especially the chocolate dipped strawberries :) )

                        1. re: scorpioscuba

                          I am Planning a Bridal Shower! I would love the recipes....! Exactly what I was thinking!

                          1. re: scorpioscuba

                            Will you please share your tea sandwich recipes with me as well as your quiches? THANK YOU! I am hosting a bridal shower this weekend. Thank you!

                          2. My bridal shower was at the same time and my mom made a fantastic spread! We had:
                            - steamed shrimp w/cocktail sauce in martini glasses - 3 shrimp per glass
                            - wonton "cups" (just wonton wrappers baked in a mini-muffin pan) filled with spinach artichoke dip
                            - chicken salad in endive cups
                            - orzo salad w/veggies and vinaigrette
                            - polenta rounds topped with apricot jam/hot breakfast sausage and parmesan cheese
                            - charcuterie plate w/bread and crackers

                            dessert:
                            - yogurt-covered pretzels
                            - cake
                            - marzipan fruit

                            Everything was delicious and beautiful! Picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitchinc...

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                            1. re: bitchincamero

                              Congrats on your wedding! (I'm assuming your married by now)

                              Those polenta rounds sound amazing - do you have a recipe to share?

                              1. re: scorpioscuba

                                Thanks! Yep - it's been a year.

                                I don't have a recipe, but this is it more or less:
                                Slice the polenta that comes in a tube into 1/2-inch rounds and broil them until they brown and crisp (about 5 - 8 minutes).

                                In a large skillet, brown some spicy (pork) breakfast sausage. Once it's throughly browned, add a bunch of thinly sliced scallions and some apricot jam (I like to use Bon Maman brand). The measurements should go something like this: 2 tubes polenta, 1 lb. sausage, 1 - 2 bunches scallions, 1/3 cup jam. Scale up or down as needed. Then top each round with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Yum!

                              2. re: bitchincamero

                                Wil you share your wonton-spinach artichoke recipe, Chicken salad recipe, as well as the orzo salad w/veggies and vinaigrette? THANK YOU!!

                              3. Given the time of day for your shower, I'm wondering if most people wouldn't have eaten lunch. My suggestion is a large cheese tray with a varied choice of cheeses, served with mixed nuts and red and green grapes and assorted breads. Along side I would serve skewers of fruit (pineapple chunks, strawberries, melon etc...) and a variety of dessert squares. More along your idea of "tea with scones".

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                                1. re: Deborah

                                  I'm a bit nervous about that too. But maybe people will eat no matter what... I love the fruit skewers idea. I will definitely do that. I will either do cupcakes or a cake (I'm also making the wedding cake, so I kinda want it to be a more whimsical preview).

                                2. A good "punch" is one my SIL makes that everybody likes! Great for picnics and summer barbeques, too.

                                  Coffee Punch
                                  1 gallon strong coffee
                                  pinch salt
                                  1/2 t cinnamon
                                  1 cup sugar
                                  1/2 c chocolate syrup
                                  1/2 gal vanilla ice cream
                                  chocolate shavings for garnish

                                  Mix hot coffee with salt, cinnamon, sugar, chocolate syrup and mix well. Let cool. Place 1 qt in a freezer container and freeze solid to float in punch. Cover remainder and chill.

                                  To serve, place slightly soft ice cream in a punch bowl, pour coffee mixture over, add frozen punch, and garnish with chocolate shavings.

                                  1. Does the bride have a favorite finger food and/or fruit? What about doing multiple variations on those themes since people have probably eaten lunch. I like your idea of doing cupcakes for dessert because they're relatively easy to make and can be very festive.