Wedding showers are a wonderful opportunity for the bride (and her groom, in some cases) to get together with her friends and celebrate an upcoming wedding. It allows time for bonding, gossip and a lot of fun before the big day. While it can be difficult to determine what kinds of foods to serve, something light and delicious will always please guests.
A few well-chosen appetizers can be great for a wedding shower menu. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, and simpler is better for wedding showers. A fruit and cheese platter is perfect, and you can provide mini skewers for guests to choose their favorites. If you want it to be a little more involved, include grape tomatoes, black olives and green olives with the fruit and cheese.
Finger sandwiches are a great wedding shower food. Think rich chicken salad on soft buns with fresh baby spinach, herb-coated chicken breast with pepper jack cheese on wheat, and even club sandwiches on sweet rolls. You can literally do anything here, from pulled pork barbecue sandwiches to tea party style cucumber sandwiches. Make sandwiches more accessible by cutting them into fours and placing mini skewers in top.
If you want to serve an entrée but want to keep things light, there are a few different choices you could go with. Soup is always a great choice and can be served elegantly in stoneware bowls surrounded by bread or crackers. For late summer or early fall, think rich tomato soups, thick potato stews with cheese, and homemade chicken noodle. You could also go with your favorite entrée, from lasagna to sweet and sour chicken. Since wedding showers typically have less than 30 guests, serving an entrée is easy.
Desserts that guests can grab quickly and easily are best, from cupcakes to mini pies. Don’t forget that you’ll have the wedding shower cake to share as well. A great idea is to create a mini candy bar where guests can serve themselves from your favorite types of candy.
Wedding shower menus aren’t difficult to create and can be a lot of fun to plan. Remember to plan for more guests than what you’ll have, since extra is always better than not enough.