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Easy Bridal Shower Menu

Make-Ahead Food for a Bridal Shower

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Throwing a bridal shower can be a great way to honor your friend, and a great way to make yourself crazy. Keep it simple with this easy, make-ahead bridal shower menu. Nothing needs to be heated or kept frozen, there's no fussy last-minute assembly, and everything is delicious.

  • Dorie Greenspan's mustard batons
    A fresh take on the cheese twist, so simple to make, and extremely delicious. If you can spread mustard and slice dough, you can make these. They're great for a buffet table, as they add height and drama.

  • Mini Frittata.
    Since your guests will likely be standing up to eat, you don't want the food to be too complicated. These are hearty and filling, but can be eaten with one hand. They look elegant on a platter as well, and are equally good hot or room temperature.

  • Cucumber Soup.
    Guests appreciate the refreshing deliciousness of a cold soup. Make it party friendly by prepouring it into small clear plastic cups. They'll look like jewels on your buffet table, and will be easy for guests to enjoy.

  • Ginger Carrot Dip
    Cheese, crackers, and fresh veggies are a bridal shower staple, but they can be a bit expected. Jazz them up by serving interesting dips and spreads along side. I like this ginger carrot dip, but you could also make a simple aioli, a green goddess dressing, or a spicy remoulade.

  • Bruschetta with Caponata
    Caponata is always a crowd pleaser, and it's healthy. Though the recipes tell you to lovingly assemble each hors d'oeuvres, that's too much last minute work for me. Instead, I fill a basket with the toasted bread and place it next to the bowl of caponata. Guests are happy to do it themselves!

Along with these savory items, of course I serve cookies and cakes. But I still stick to my mantra of keep it simple! As much as I love to bake, there are already enough other things that need my attention, like the decorations and games. So for my easy bridal shower menu, desserts need to be either made far in advance and frozen, purchased from a bakery, or I ask other bridesmaids to bring them. I put out a platter of fresh fruit and a couple bowls of spiced nuts and my work is done, leaving me time to be the hostess-with-the-mostess.

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