For many of you maids of honor out there, planning 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, bridal shower go-to’s.
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!
Appetizers & Hors d’oeuvres
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 an appetizer 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 bridal shower food ideas:
Salads & Sides
Incorporating a mix of salads and sides into the bridal shower 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 plus some combination of pasta, potato, and macaroni style salads as sides. 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 elevated versions like these:
Sandwiches & Sliders
As far as the main course goes, we recommend sticking to dishes that can be hand-held (i.e. finger foods) 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-to’s). Upgrade from the traditional bread or bun method of sandwich serving by opting to prepare mini wraps or pinwheels.
To really wow guests, feature one of these delicious options:
Desserts & Sweets
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 dessert game to the next level by featuring these yummy ideas:
One final and very important thing to remember– it is not your responsibility as maid of honor to purchase and prepare the entire bridal shower food menu.
MODERN MOH TIP: 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 overdo it with the portions, you would rather run out of something than have loads of leftovers.
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