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Bridal Shower Luncheon Ideas

Choose a theme for the food and make it part of the event

By Cynthia Myers

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Early afternoon is a popular time for friends to gather to honor a bride with a shower. You'll want to offer your guests refreshments and a light meal adds to the festive mood of the occasion. Make the meal a part of the entertainment by choosing a theme for your luncheon and offering special party foods.

English Tea

Afternoon tea invokes images of white-gloved ladies in hats and romantic English afternoons. Invite your guests to a formal tea. Brew several varieties of tea in ceramic or silver teapots. Try a black tea, a green tea and a flavored tea, such as Earl Grey or blackberry. Serve with cream, milk, lemon, and both sweet and savory accompaniments. Offer one or two varieties of scones along with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and fruit jam. Add finger sandwiches, cookies and tea cakes.

Fondue

Fondue parties are fun and easy to prepare. Guests choose what they want and everyone can dip into the food pots. Offer a cheese fondue and a dessert fondue. The fondues can be prepared ahead of time and reheated during the shower. Provide an assortment of fruits, vegetables and prepared meats such as sausage or ham, along with chunks of French or Italian bread for dipping in the cheese mixture. Serve the dessert fondue with strawberries, bananas and other fruits, marshmallows and pound cake cubes.

Salads

Serve your guests a salad bar with all the fixings. Prepare a large green salad and a couple of savory salads, such as chicken salad and shrimp salad. Serve your salads buffet style with a variety of chopped vegetables; cheeses; cooked meats, such as chopped ham or chicken; and toppings like croutons, sunflower seeds and Chinese noodles. Offer a variety of dressings, and breads and crackers. You could serve this with soup. For dessert, choose something simple, such as brownies or cookies.

Ice cream

Indulge your guests with an ice cream sundae or banana split bar. Buy at least three kinds of ice cream -- chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are good choices -- and an array of toppings. Choose chopped nuts, candies and diced fruit, or get creative and select more exotic toppings if you prefer. Add syrups such as hot fudge, caramel and marshmallow. Don't forget the whipped cream and cherries. Invite guests to create their own sundaes or banana splits. Offer a prize for the most outrageous creation.

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Cynthia James is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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