20 Delicious Bites to Serve at Your Bridal Shower
You're more than welcome to serve a full-fledged breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the bridal shower, but by no means are you obligated to (and if you do want to, it's worth considering a restaurant venue). Instead, you can make like many hosts and provide an assortment of appetizers, desserts, and drinks for your guests to enjoy as they celebrate the bride-to-be. Finger foods are a staple at these events because they're easy to eat while mingling and participating in other activities, like games. They're also less expensive than a formal meal, and usually easier to DIY.
There are tons of small, simple, and creative options for bridal shower fare. You can settle on comfort food, offer refined, tea party-worthy treats, give your cuisine a cultural spin, or whatever else you (and the bride) want. For a truly unique carte du jour, provide a variety of refreshments (this also makes your party friendlier to different palates, diets, and allergies).
As you plan your event's selection, consider the circumstances. What's the theme? What time of day is it being held? Where are you having it? The following ideas cover all of the bases, whether you're throwing a casual morning affair, a fun afternoon fête, or an elegant evening soirée. If you're having everyone over, there are snacks that you can make yourself. If you're going somewhere else, there are bites that are easy to transport. For those of you hiring a caterer, you can pass your favorites along to them. You can also pick the dishes you desire, then ask bridesmaids or other guests to volunteer to bring them.
Enhance the fluffy breakfast food with fruit, nuts, syrup, whipped cream, or whatever else your heart desires. A brunch shower with a topping bar sounds like a genius idea to us.
Watermelon and Feta
Part salty, part sweet, these refreshing appetizers are great for a summertime shower.
Deviled eggs are a party (and shower) classic. Give yours extra flavor with fun seasonings like sumac and Aleppo pepper.
Produce and Dip
It's hard to find someone who won't indulge in a slice of this comfort food. If ordering from a pizza joint feels too casual, make special pies with unique toppings yourself, or ask a caterer to.
Crackers and Dip
These rosemary crackers were baked by Claire Thomas and served with a creamy dip of puréed roasted eggplant, goat cheese, and garlic. "These crackers are, first off, monster-sized and so delicious and light," she shared with us. "They're much thinner and crisper than a store-bought cracker that tends to be a little thicker."
Tomatoes, mozzarella, greens, and balsamic are all you need for these one-bite snacks.
Sandwich platters are popular choices, too. Make yours unique by offering less-common options, like chickpea shawarma wraps.
These fancy treats (made of cracker rings topped with caviar) will be a cute nod to the bride's engagement.
Tacos look adorable in miniature form. That being said, your shower attendees will likely be excited to munch on full-sized versions, too.
Don't be shy about greasy fingers—the best foods leave a mark!
Never heard of this cheesy treat? It's time to read up. Claire Thomas made this version by combining grated cheddar cheese, eggs, paprika, dried mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and pale ale, then spreading the mixture over bread. Broil the snack until golden brown to make it look as mouthwatering as it tastes.
A sit-down meal with a main dish of steak would cost a pretty penny. Stay on budget by serving small pieces of quality meat on skewers.
For a healthier take on fried mac-and-cheese balls, put out small scoops of the noodle dish instead.
Have them passed or opt for a full raw bar. If you'd rather eat a different type of shellfish, shrimp with cocktail sauce is a timeless choice.
Devils on Horseback
These hors d'oeuvres were put together by wrapping dates and goat cheese in bacon.
Pitas and Hummus
Chips and guac are yummy for sure, but so is this Mediterranean alternative.
Baby Greek Salads
When filled with sample-sized portions, disposable paper cups suddenly seem cool. Try serving mini salads (we like Greek) in them.