Bridal Shower Finger Food Ideas
Mix finger food basics with creative options
By Danita Fausek
A bridal shower, usually hosted by the maid of honor or the bride's mother, is the first event that allows the ladies closest to the bride to celebrate. Planning finger food that's easy, tasty and lends a festive and elegant feel to the occasion can be stressful for the hostess. Follow these tips to get out of the kitchen and into the party spirit.
Finger sandwiches are a staple on many bridal shower buffets for a reason: They're fast and easy and can be prepared ahead of time. These dainty delicacies can be filled with chicken, tuna salad or cream cheese topped with a thin slice of cucumber, tomato or salmon. Use cookie cutters to create unusual sandwich shapes, or use a round cutter to lend a hint of style and elegance. Wrap the sandwiches tightly and refrigerate them immediately if you are making them the day before the party.
Dips Aren't Just for Chips
Dip, often made with a cream cheese or sour cream base, is super-versatile, so pair it with an array of items such as various vegetables, breads, crackers and chips. Use the dip as a game for your party by requesting each guest bring a dip and then have everyone vote for their favorite. Award the winner a prize. This will give your party a theme, as well as a wide selection of dips. To carry the dip theme further, rent a chocolate fountain and pair it with assorted cookies, fruits, sweets and nuts for dipping.
Elegant and Simple
Cooked appetizers can be made ahead of time and heated right before serving. Place them in a chafing dish so they remain warm, with the guests serving themselves. Selections such as stuffed mushrooms, bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, mini quiches and appetizer-size pizzas will provide a savory bite for the guests.
A Final Sweet
Desserts can also be made ahead and served easily. Make a selection of miniature cheesecakes and provide an assortment of toppings. Small cupcakes, ladyfinger cookies or truffles can be a sweet finishing touch to the food selection, too.
About the Author
For more than 15 years, Danita Fausek ran her own business doing weddings and event planning.
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