April showers bring May flowers … and June weddings. If you’re planning to host a bridal shower in the coming weeks, we’ve got you covered. Our dainty morsels, two-bite appetizers and hosting tips will help you put together a celebration to remember.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
It (should) go without saying, but your first step is to talk to the bride. Would she love an array of light spring bites, or is she more of a taco bar and guac kinda girl? Her preferences — and those of the groom, if it’s a couple’s soiree — should factor heavily into your menu planning.
IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE
To create a table that truly offers something for everyone, make sure you have a mix of sweet and savory, meat and vegetarian, healthy and not-so-healthy. With so many fruits and vegetables in season, it’s easy to please a wide range of palates. For a recipe that combines color and crunch, try our cucumber balsamic canapés. Or, satisfy your sweet tooth with festive champagne phyllo toasts.
CALL IN THE CAVALRY
Bridesmaids, best friends and sisters are at your disposal. Make use of them! Hold a brainstorming session to finalize decisions about party activities, decorations, favors, etc., and then assign tasks. Even novice cooks can handle our classic shower trio. A fun take on traditional tea sandwiches, these phyllo shells are stuffed with spreads and salads straight from the deli.
Do your grocery shopping two or three days beforehand, and prep any menu items that can be made in advance of your party. Kale spanakopita can be assembled days ahead of time, frozen and then baked just before guests arrive. No matter the menu, your party is sure to be a success when you’re prepared!
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