For many of you maids of honor out there, throwing your bestie’s bridal shower will be the first time you’ve ever hosted a large party where you’re in charge of feeding all the guests. We know that such an undertaking may seem daunting, that’s why we’ve put together this detailed list of easy to make, simple to serve, go-tos. We’ve even broken it down into clear categories and as an added bonus we’ve included a few of our favorite bridal shower food recipes!
The easiest way to feed a large party, who more than likely have differing tastes, is to serve a variety of tasty finger foods. Throw in a couple of yummy dips and you’ve got yourself a smorgasbord! Consider the classics like fruit and veggie platters, deviled eggs, and spinach artichoke dip. Step up the presentation by assembling your fruit kabob-style or put a twist on your dips by serving them in bite-sized cups. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, check out these super simple caprese salad skewers or delicious mini mac and cheese bites.
Incorporating a mix of salads into the food menu is a great way to keep the meal light, not to mention how easy they are to make in large portions. Add to the pro column that they can be prepared the night before to save you time on shower day. Keep it simple by serving a tossed house or Caesar salad and/or some combination of pasta, potato and macaroni style salads. Take it to the next level by setting up a salad bar with a variety of toppings and dressings for guests to choose from. Instead of a classic Italian style pasta salad, switch it up by serving this bacon ranch or creamy cucumber version.
As far as the main course goes, we recommend sticking to dishes that can be hand-held and eaten in two or three bites. Remember that this is a light lunch, not a full sit down dinner party, so over-the-top entrees are not necessary. When it comes to sandwiches, you can never go wrong with a classic deli meat combo (turkey, ham and roast beef are always a favorite) or a simple salad style (chicken, tuna, or egg are easy go-tos). Upgrade from the traditional bread or bun method of sandwich serving by opting to prepare mini wraps or pinwheels. To really wow guests, feature a New Orleans style muffuletta sandwich or this mouthwatering stuffed french bread.
Last but certainly not least are the sweets! Finish your bangin’ bridal shower menu off with an assortment of yummy treats that look as good as they taste. Handheld desserts like cookies and cupcakes make for easy distribution and cleanup, while still allowing you to go the extra step on presentation. Consider displaying your cupcakes in the shape of a wedding dress or decorating your cookies with the bride-to-be’s future last name. Take your basic vanilla cupcakes to the next level by adding some champagne and sparkles or serve a 2-for-1 dessert combo like these Oreo cheesecake cups.
One final and very important thing to remember– it is not your responsibility as maid of honor to purchase and prepare the entire food menu. Delegate a dish or two to your fellow bridesmaids as well as the mothers of the bride and groom or any other close relatives wishing to help out. Also, do not over do it with the portions, you would rather run out of something than to have loads of leftovers.