After the question has been popped and the wedding date is set, the next best thing is to schedule your bridal shower. Like the actual wedding itself, you have to prepare a to-do list for your bridal shower. One of the factors that may actually liven up your bridal shower is the choice of only the most delicious and sumptuous foods and drinks. If you are one of the modern brides who want to ‘green’ their wedding, you might consider preparing the foods in your own bridal shower. Here are some practical tips including some recipes for your shower.
You may try preparing festive foods and beverages. First are the tidbits. Of course, finger foods are a staple to various parties including bridal showers. What makes finger foods popular is its flexibility in relation to the menu apart from being inexpensive. For instance, finger foods can be either an appetizer or an entrée item. Some of the finger foods that you can prepare are pocket pies, tartlets, rolls, samosa and skewers. If you want, you may prepare an appetizer platter. You will never run out of ideas to put in your platter. Nevertheless, seafood, fruits and cheese platters are some of the most famous platters during bridal shower.
Second are the salads. Salads are very diverse. You may prepare vegetable and/or fruit salads as well as entrée salads. There is also no limit to what you can put in your salads especially in green salads. This can be also served cold and hot. Tossed salads are often served cold while pasta-based salads are served warm but often incorporated with raw vegetables and fruits. Potato and chicken salads as well as fruit salads are commonly served during bridal showers. Fresh garden salad, which consist tomato, cucumber and lettuce, is also very popular.
Third are the sweet servings. Dessert is a fundamental component of any menu, and the bridal shower menu is not an exemption. Include small portions of each dessert, making it easier for the guests to sample each dessert. Presentation will definitely count so consider having a separate sweets table or a mini dessert bar. If you want, you may use a tiered stand where you will put all the desserts by color, for instance. For extra sweetness, consider installing a chocolate fountain on the side. Some of the most common deserts are puff, tarts, mini cakes, mallows, pies, fruits and candies. Cake balls, wrapped-up cookies, nut morsels and shortbreads are also increasingly popular in bridal showers.
Fourth are the beverages including cocktail drinks. You have to kick start the party mood through bottomless dazzling drinks that best complement your bridal shower menu. As much as possible, you have to strike a balance between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks more so because not all of your guests will be into drinking alcoholic beverages. You do not want to offend your guests by serving beverages that they will not necessarily drink. Champagne, punch margaritas and piña coladas are the most common drinks during bridal showers.
It will be up to you if you are going to serve heavy meals or not. Your choice of appetizers and salads must not be too light or too heavy. Consider preparing meat trays, for example, if your bridal shower will be a luncheon or a dinner. Your guests will expect a lot from your menu if it is going to be a sit-down even either at-home or in a restaurant. This brings us to the next component of our discussion which is your considerations and specifications. Basically, what you will serve during your bridal shower will depend not just on your budget but also the mood you want to convey other than the time of the day that the bridal shower will be conducted.
The key to making your bridal shower a success is to keep your menu simple. Some soon-to-weds want to have a breakfast bridal shower, and like any normal breakfast, a traditional breakfast which include French toast, omelets and pancakes must be included in the menu. The meat combo of sausage, ham and bacon is always appetizing. Other than fruit juices, you should serve hot chocolate, cappuccino, tea and coffee. Most breakfast bridal showers are served in a buffet style where guests can use dishware that matches your wedding motif. For instance, you may use decorative paper plates or you may just commission your local paper plate manufacturer to customize the paper plates for you.
If the bridal shower will be in between breakfast and lunch, serve a multi-course brunch thus with dishes that are both savory and sweet. You may serve meat sandwiches as well as scones and cupcakes. Certainly, you have to serve a variety of beverages including sparkling water and tea. Fresh fruit platter will be much welcomed as well.
If the bridal shower will be in the mid-afternoon, it would be best to dish up an all-dessert menu. An assortment of fruit-based sorbets and flourless cupcakes would make the afternoon party light and cozy. Serve sorbets in glass shots or sorbet spoons if you want. Complement the menu with alcoholic and non-alcoholic punch as well.
Bridal showers occurring at dinnertime are more traditional yet you may add modern twists to the classic menu. For example, you may your friends’ favorite comfort food and modernized them by adding your own unique flare into them. Some of the most favorite comfort foods are chicken soup, corn on the cob, apple pie, beef stew and tuna casserole. Serve this with red wine or beer which almost always goes perfectly with various hearty fares.
In sum, the bridal shower menu is as important as the wedding reception menu. Same with the actual wedding, the bridal shower is also a gathering of the bride-to-be’s closest friends, celebrating the coming milestone in the hostess’ life. As it is expected to be filled with fun, guests also expect to fill their tummies with only the most sumptuous yet delectable fare. However, your bridal shower menu need not be exaggerated. Consider a menu that fits your budget and that your guests will surely appreciate.