Post # 1
I didn’t have a shower before my wedding. It was around Christmas- and I didn’t want to tax people’s budgets too much…so I’m pretty inexperienced at this!!
Anyhow- my friend is getting married, and I’m the Maid/Matron of Honor. I’ve been planning her shower (though I wish I had come here and done some searching before I sent invites out!). Her wedding is peacock themed, and instead of coming up with something totally different and cute, I continued it on. I wish I hadn’t. I don’t want to “steal the thunder” before we get to her wedding…but it’s a little late for that now! Anyhow though, it’s coming up the 17th and I’m struggling with food ideas. I’m making fruit edible arrangements with chocolate dipped pieces, and fruit dip- as well as these: http://www.gourmetmomonthego.com/2009/08/chocolate-mousse-birds-nests.html— they’ll be atop a cupcake and I’ve ordred edible peacock feather eyes to stick behind the little birds. I also am making punch and have thought about buying the pre-made mini quiches…but what else? I think I may also make eye of ox (bacon wrapped around prunes and baked– they’re delicious). Tea sandwhiches just don’t seem to fit in.
Anyone have any food recommendations?
Post # 3
Well I would say you are all set with desserts/sweets between the cupcakes, punch, and edible fruit arrangements, especially if they are dipped in chocolate. The only thing I would add to that part is maybe a small cake?
Mini quiches sound good but really anything can be served at a bridal shower. I’ve been to plenty and it always seems to be different. If you are looking for something inexpensive that you could probably do yourself you can make a tray of ziti with sauce. You can do a small platter of cold cuts (most give you everything you need with it like rolls and condiments). You could do a regular garden salad or dress it up with things like nuts, raisins, croutons, etc.
If you are looking more for “pickies”, in addition to the quiches you could make stuffed mushrooms, phyllo spinach and cheese triangles (they sell them in the frozen food aisles), caprese salad skewers (small ball of fresh mozzerella, a grape tomato, and a small piece of basil in between on a skewer) or do a large caprese salad, cheese and cracker tray, crudite tray…there are no rules or limits.
Maybe do a tribute to all her favorite foods!
Post # 4
Oh, I forgot the cake. There will be a small cake as well. I have an infant- so I’m looking for really easy things that can be put out for finger foods. I like the phyllo spinach and cheese triangle idea. That’d be good. Maybe I’ll do some shrimp cocktail too…
Post # 5
I’d suggest going simple and things you can prepare ahead.
What time of day is the shower and how many guests are you expecting?
You can do salads, a couple types of quiche (big not mini), cheese and crackers, pinwheel sandwiches. Think things that will stay fresh while out for a couple hours.
Post # 6
..maybe a cheese and crackers display or some veggies with a variety of dips…snacky foods are always good..check out the deli at your favorite market, they’ll let you taste stuff
Post # 7
Maybe a cold pasta salad, deviled eggs and something you can heat in a crockpot like meatballs or mini sausages?
Post # 8
It really depends on when it is held. Most showers are non-meal time events so a full meal is not served but you may have just cake and punch or you might have appetizers or desserts in addition. Does the bride have a favorite food or dessert? You can serve anything you want. Tea sandwiches will fit fine. Why wouldn’t they?
Post # 9
I did a blue themed shower for one of my friends once, it was her favorite color. I tried to have all the food be blue or white. I made blueberry salsa that I served with mini heart-shaped quesadillas – people loved them. Just apply a heart cookie cutter to tortillas and then make quesadillas in a pan. I also served a mixed green salad with walnuts, chicken and blue cheese, which was devoured. You could easily customize the salad to what your, your bride or your guests like. These seem like they would compliment your theme nicely (not that the food has to be peacock colored!) especially since you already have a enough desserts. Both were very easy to make, were a big hit with everyone and were cute once displayed. Good luck!