15 Best Bridal Shower Food Ideas
A bridal shower is the perfect time to break out all the girly appetizers — think finger sandwiches, pretty fruit salads, and miniature bites like chicken salad-stuffed croissants that you might find nestled atop a silver tray at high tea in a fancy hotel. But they don't have to be complicated when you're making them at home. From cheese balls to scones to quiches, you can turn to these bridal shower recipes for easy, no-mess appetizers that will help kick off any bridal shower or luncheon on a high note.
Cucumber Party Sandwiches
You only need three ingredients (plus a few spices from your pantry) to make these dainty sandwiches, which you can cut into triangles or any shape you desire with cookie cutters.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Especially delightful in summer when berries are in season, these easy two-bite appetizers are as simple as slicing and toasting a loaf of Italian bread, then topping with creamy goat cheese, sliced strawberries and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
A variation on a traditional savory cheese ball, this one incorporates chopped pecans and miniature chocolate chips for a perfectly spreadable, crunchy concoction. Serve with salty pretzels to keep it from being overly dessert-like.
Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
Hit up an Asian food market or supermarket well-stocked with international items to source ingredients like rice vermicelli, rice wrappers and fish sauce. Once you nail the rolling technique, these transparent bites look so pretty on a platter.
Spring Vegetable Tart
This colorful tart can be the centerpiece of your appetizer table. It's made with a flaky crust of puff pastry and topped with goat cheese plus mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and any other sliced vegetable of your choosing. Go ahead and slice into squares for easy serving.
Chef John's Scones
For a bridal shower, you'll likely want to double the batch as this recipe normally only makes eight scones — each moist inside with a golden top, thanks to an egg wash before baking. Don't forget the fresh strawberry jam or clotted cream to serve on the side.
Pigs in a Blanket
Who doesn't love a little nostalgia? This easy appetizer we all loved as kids can be made using cocktail wieners instead, and any kind of prepared biscuit or roll dough of your choosing. Elevate it by serving with a variety of sauces for dipping, like spicy mustard.
Make these mini apps made with mozzarella pearls, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil even cuter by using festive party picks in the bride's wedding colors instead of toothpicks.
Southern Pimento Cheese
Even if your shower isn't in the South, you can't go wrong with this crowd-pleasing dip. Pair with crudites like baby carrots and celery sticks, or buttery crackers.
Layered Waldorf Salad
Break out the trifle dish for this show-stopping salad, layered with a variety of fruits and veggies in lots of textures and colors, tangy blue cheese, and a zesty lemon dressing. To simplify serving, you could make in individual cups.
If you can boil water, you can make these simple yet toothsome appetizers. Prepare a package of refrigerated tortellini as directed, then rinse with cold water and toss with prepared pesto before skewering onto toothpicks with cherry tomatoes.
Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II
Your whole kitchen will smell delicious as this dip bakes. Serve in a bowl placed atop a platter filled with warm pita triangles, baguette slices, or tortilla chips.
Large guest list? No problem. This recipe makes a big batch of these fun party favorites, and it's easy to make a variety of flavors by changing up the tortillas you use (try spinach- or beet-hued ones) and swapping in whatever vegetables you have on hand.
Guacamole My Way
The addition of diced Roma tomatoes and finely diced onion gives this bowl of everyone's favorite Mexican dip a little extra flair. Pair it with a big bowl of scoop-shaped chips made for dunking.
Easy Mini Quiches
Elegant and tasty, yet simple to make using a muffin tin, this recipe starts with buttermilk bacon mix, onion, eggs and cheese — but it's completely customizable, if you'd like to add in more veggies, other kinds of cheeses or a handful of fresh herbs.