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Bridal shower menu.

YAYME May 18, 2011 05:54 AM

I'm giving a very small shower for my dear friend's upcoming wedding. The theme is going to be fairies because well she loves fairies and thinks they are real. My friend is vegetarian and doesn't like spicy (hot) food. It's a very small shower I can count the number of people attending on both hands. And I'm getting supplies to decorate for it.

This is menu

Chocolate covered potato chips- The Bride loves these

Watermelon Feta and Mint salad

Various Tea sandwiches

Sweet Blossom Soda(Non Alcholic) Parisan Mojito punch (Alcholic)

Fairy Cakes (cupcakes)

Berry sorbert.

Anything to add or subtract?

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    mscoffee1 RE: YAYME May 18, 2011 06:14 AM

    Lovely menu.

    Maybe a simple vegetable platter with simple dip - baba or hummus or a buttermilk dressing? - that allows for picking, but I think your menu is wonderful as it is. (I make a sandwich filling with cream cheese, watercress, and walnuts that is lovely. but you know your audience.
    Well done.

    1. chowser RE: YAYME May 18, 2011 07:23 AM

      That sounds nice. If anything, I'd add some kind of protein, a quiche, fritatta, or chicken/turkey.

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        wattacetti RE: chowser May 18, 2011 08:50 AM

        Probably not chicken and turkey since the bride is vegetarian (unless one is using the South American definition of vegetarian).

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          chowser RE: wattacetti May 18, 2011 12:11 PM

          Ooops, thanks.

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            hotoynoodle RE: wattacetti May 18, 2011 01:09 PM

            is everybody attending also vegetarian? it's not impossible to accomodate both, especially with sandwiches being made.

            quiches or a strata offer lots of possibilities and something a bit more substantial. you can cut it before plating so it's small pieces.

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          Jeserf RE: YAYME May 18, 2011 12:34 PM

          I've made watermelon and feta salads before for groups and no one EVER eats it. I don't know why!

          What about a black bean, mango, and jicama salad? You can made it mild with a seeded jalapeno or even no jalapeno at all. Or a grain salad?

          Something else that is fun is good quality Italian break sticks - they can be REALLY long and dramatic in a glass.

          Flatbread - I make one with an olive fig spread from Whole Foods with haloumi greek cheese and honey - it's very good. I've even topped it with pears and walnuts as an addition. Two flatbreads made on store bought lavash would go a long way.

          I would also consider a cheese platter. for 10 people you can get some really good cheeses for not a big expense...put some mixed crackers out, maybe some jelly (I buy a cranberry pepper jelly that is AMAZING, but quince paste is good too). I'd go for 3 cheeses - a soft one, a sharp one, and then something different (a blue? goat?). That should be sufficient an addition.

          I also tend to buy olives and put them in small bowls around so people can munch them when I have people over for food.

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            c oliver RE: Jeserf May 18, 2011 04:32 PM

            All good points esp. about the watermelon and feta salad.

            And as was mentioned above, some protein(s). Like the quiche/frittata suggestion. As the menu stands now, it just feels a little on the light side.

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              piccola RE: Jeserf May 22, 2011 05:34 AM

              The watermelon salad is delicious but it doesn't stand very well -- it gets watery and soggy after about 30 minutes. So I agree that it may not be the best choice.

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              S_K RE: YAYME May 18, 2011 04:06 PM

              I think it's a great menu! How are YOU feeling about everything? Do you feel okay with everything or do you think there is something that is too much?

              My only suggestions would prob be around presentation, but I don't know what you've planned and I've got a feeling you already know what you want to see! If you could make the room feel like a fairytale, that would be great. And I think it would be awesome to serve the soda (if pale in colour) in champagne glasses and throw some frozen or fresh raspberries in a glass. Will there be flowers?

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                Jeserf RE: YAYME May 18, 2011 05:08 PM

                I forgot about my go-to recipe for ANY entertaining! My 'caprese' cups!

                filo cups from the market; small mozzarella balls, quartered; cherry tomatoes, quartered; store bought pesto

                put a small amount of the pesto in to the filo cup (1/2 TSP maybe), top with a small piece of tomato and a small piece of mozzarella....bake at 350-375 until the cheese melts. These are SO easy and an insanely popular treat whenever I make them. They are good warm or room temperature.

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                  c oliver RE: Jeserf May 18, 2011 05:51 PM

                  Fantastic suggestion. If you put them together ahead of time, does the pesto make the cups soggy?

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                    Jeserf RE: c oliver May 19, 2011 08:45 AM

                    They never have for me, but I mix the pesto very well and try to find the least oily/drain the oil off. I have never just put them together ahead of time - I usually bake them off and then put them away and just reheat or bring to room temperature.

                    I've also started coming up with new ways to make this, such as tomato pesto, goat cheese, and a kalamata or the balsamic fig spread, brie, and a dice of pear or apple. Phyllo cups are great and the presentation is cute with them.

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                      c oliver RE: Jeserf May 19, 2011 08:51 AM

                      Ah, I think pre-baking is a great idea. And, yes, I can see loads of permutations. And they would have that wow factor :)

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                  katecm RE: YAYME May 19, 2011 10:00 AM

                  I don't think veggies when I think fairies, so I'm not excited about a veggie platter. But you could do a lovely fruit platter with a nice fruit dip (honestly, just sour cream, brown sugar and your choice of extract comes out wonderfully).

                  I don't think you need a protein. I just am having trouble picturing an eggy dish on top of these wonderful things you have planned. Maybe bite-sized egg-salad sandwiches with dill as one of your tea sandwiches might suffice?

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                    mscoffee1 RE: katecm May 19, 2011 10:13 AM

                    "I don't think veggies when I think fairies" True, true.

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                      visciole RE: katecm May 19, 2011 03:33 PM

                      How about a salad with edible flowers? Isn't that sorta fairy-friendly?

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                        katecm RE: visciole May 20, 2011 06:55 AM

                        YES. And strawberries, and poppyseed dressing. I love this!

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                        S_K RE: katecm May 20, 2011 04:21 PM

                        I think fairies when I think of veggies if it's presented prettily. Like carved fruit or vegetables. Pumpkin soup served in small pumpkins and you add little wheels to make a carriage, that kind of thing! :) But anything bite sized adds to the fairy feel...

                      3. danionavenue RE: YAYME May 19, 2011 03:43 PM

                        Maybe that gold cake decorating glitter as fairy dust on cupcakes

                        I also think butterfly napkin rings ...

                        menu sounds fun, I love sorbet

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