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Although bridal showers are usually informal affairs, it is traditional that the guests who attend be served refreshments. The menu can be simple or very formal, depending on the hostess. Some hostesses like to have showers catered, but this is expensive and if you’re on a budget, you won’t want to make use of this option.

If you’re having a problem deciding what to serve at the bridal shower, here are some menu suggestions:


Breakfast Bridal Shower
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Breakfast bridal showers are becoming more popular today although they are not for everyone. There are lots of delicious foods that you can serve at a breakfast bridal shower. Make a fruit platter that includes kiwi, papaya, different types of melon, small orange slices, candied apples, grapes, bananas, and perhaps even Chinese pears. Arrange the fruits so that colored fruits lie between the paler ones. Add colored toothpicks for a festive look. Alternatively, you can make a delicious fruit salad and serve in pretty bowls.

Another option is to serve pastries and deserts. Danish, bagels, muffins, doughnuts, croissants and others can be placed on a platter to look appetizing. Drinks can include fruit juices, mimosa, cappuccino, hot chocolate, fruit teas, or regular tea and coffee.

If a dessert breakfast shower isn’t appealing to you, you can serve savory omelets, French toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon or ham, or even all three meats. People love a traditional breakfast, and it can easily be served buffet style. Use paper plates and cutlery in the theme colors to cut down on cleanup.

Remember, if you’re hosting a shower breakfast, it needs to be simple. You’re the one who has to rise early to prepare and set out all the foods.

Afternoon Showers
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In summer, an afternoon shower is a delight when hosted in a shady nook in your backyard. A barbecue is the perfect way to make the shower a hit. This is also an ideal time to use paper plates, cups and cutlery to make cleanup easy. Besides hamburgers and hot dogs, there are a wide variety of choices that you can serve.

Potato and macaroni salads are always a welcome treat in summer. Be sure to keep all food items containing mayonnaise in the refrigerator until guests are ready to eat. You don’t want your shower to be a bacteria catastrophe. Serve cold-cuts with rolls, garden salad, vegetable trays with dip, cheese platters, sliced tomatoes and onions fresh from the garden or farmer’s market and pickle trays. Ice cold fresh lemonade, fruit punch, sparkling flavored waters, bottled water, tea and coffee can all be offered to quench the thirst of your guests.

If you like, fill a cooler or old wash tub with ice; add bottled soft drinks, sparkling water and a bottle of champagne to toast the bride. A word of warning here; if guests partake of alcohol, be sure they don’t have to drink and drive. They will need to take a cab, or if you know that some will have the need, arrange for someone you know to be the designated driver for your shower. If you like, she can pick guests up and then take them home when the shower is over.

If the designated driver does not have a mini-van, one could even be rented for the day. Then all the gals can sit around and have a grand old time into the evening! Perhaps even the hostess’ husband and another wedding party family member could be ‘employed’ for the day to do the driving before and after the party. Since they may not be joining the shower party itself if it is girls only, they will not feel left out as the designated driver. The hostess can simply ring the driver on the cell phone when it looks like people are ready to head home.

For winter showers, have a potluck luncheon where each guest brings her favorite dish or specialty food. This takes some of the workload off you, and the guests are usually quite happy to be able to contribute.

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There are so many appetizers to choose from that you won’t have any trouble finding exactly what you want. Zucchini appetizers, meat balls, fried chicken wings, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, crab and cream cheese, deviled eggs, ham and cheese puffs, fried shrimp balls, or almond stuffed olives are all delicious foods that your guests will enjoy.

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Desserts are always a hit whatever the occasion, and bridal showers are no exception. Dutch apple pie or traditional apple crisp, lemon, raspberry or pineapple squares, brownies, pumpkin or carrot cake, and homemade pies are desserts that most people enjoy. For the big finale, serve strawberries and a chocolate fondue for dipping.

Many hostesses like to serve a shower cake, decorated in the bride’s chosen colors. Shower cakes, unlike wedding cakes do not have to be professionally prepared. Mix up the bride’s favorite cake mix, bake, frost and decorate. If you are not confident in your baking or decorating skills, a shower cake can be purchased or ordered at the local bakery and then picked up the morning of the shower.

Both the bride-to-be and the guests will be delighted if you use these delicious and appetizing foods at the shower that you host. Have a wonderful time!

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