If you fancy fish and chips, consider serving this elevated, all-in-one version at your shower. Here, the "chips" -- crisp potato wafers called gaufrettes -- are topped with smoked salmon and a dollop of sauce with dill and creme fraiche. A sprig of fresh dill completes the pretty presentation.
With a puff-pastry blossom resting atop a flaky crust, a miniature potpie makes a delightful and delicious first course at a shower. This favorite home-style dish is filled with a medley of vegetables, including asparagus, carrots, and pearl onions, and baked in a ramekin.
The classic English teatime elements are reinvented with ingredients from the sushi bar. This food is as decorative as it is delectable: Tea sandwiches combine the familiar (smoked salmon, poached chicken, cucumbers, dill, watercress, and cream cheese) with the unexpected (wasabi, shiso leaf, fresh salmon roe, black caviar, and black and white sesame seeds).
Homemade cranberry chutney makes a delicious topping for hors d'oeuvres and a sweet favor. At the shower, serve a dollop of the chutney, made with orange zest and walnuts, over a tiny turkey "sandwich." At the end of the event, you can offer a jar of the condiment for guests to take home.
For a finger-friendly take on classic beet and goat cheese salad, serve fried beet chips topped with a dollop of the tangy cheese and vinaigrette-laced microgreens. They make perfect hors d'oeuvres -- crispy instead of juicy beets means no one will be caught red-handed.
Combine the luxury of caviar with the simplicity of a soft-boiled egg in a delightful dish for a wedding brunch or shower. We used salmon caviar -- orange roe that is pretty, flavorful, and relatively inexpensive. Acknowledge Cupid with toast cut into hearts and arrows.
Replace the boring crouton cubes in your salads with savory heart-shaped versions. These crisps consist of three layers of phyllo dough filled with Asiago cheese and ground pine nuts; the layers are seasoned with thyme, shaped with a cookie cutter, and then baked. They go well with any mixed green salad -- or even soup.
Introducing our Starlight Royale -- a delicious concoction of gin, lime juice, and Champagne topped off with a splash of grenadine for a pink glow (we dipped the rim in lime juice and fine sanding sugar for a 1-inch-wide band of sparkle). A halved hard-boiled egg, de-yolked and filled with caviar, complements the drink nicely.
Elevate the sophistication level of your shower menu with this ceviche -- a dish made with marinated raw fish (we added pink grapefruit in this version). This bay scallop ceviche will feel right at home served in a seashell, and you'll feel secure knowing that these particular shells are food-safe. White Irish scallop shells, Conch King.
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