One of the most fun things in planning
a bridal shower is planning the menu--because let's face it, who
doesn't like shower food?
Bridal shower food could be absolutely anything. Everything from
pate' to tuna fish can be served. You may plan an extravagant dinner
party or a backyard BBQ with all the fixins. There may be appetizers
and sandwiches or burgers and fries. When planning a bridal shower
the first thing to consider is the bride. Next, we consider the
budget and what we have to work with. Lastly, we consider our guests
and their individual needs.
The Bride is our first consideration: What does she like and has
she suggested, (hinted) at anything particular? Is she a caviar
and champagne person? Does she prefer sandwiches and chips with
her favorite beverage. If you are the cook, can you make enough
for the whole party? Would a caterer be a better way to go? Remember
that whatever you may decide that you want to make this a memorable
event for the lady you are honoring.
Of course, the bride isn't the only one whose tastes you should
consider. True, she's the most important one, but if she likes something
that all of the guests are going to hate, then maybe go with her
next favorite food, if it's one everyone else can get behind.
Now that we have decided on what types of food would make our bride
happy. Let's consider our budget. If we are serving an afternoon
tea with appetizers and petit fors the cost could range from ouch
to aahh. It all depends on what kind of appetizers we choose.
example, we could choose chicken wings with several styles of dips
and mini shrimp cocktails for the appetizers. Or we could serve
shish kabobs with tender steak and exotic vegetables and lobster
bites with dipping sauces.
Shop around and ask questions, don't settle for what is available.
Find what you want to make your menu special at a price you can
Lastly, we will consider our guests and what they would like and
how much they will eat. Our guests along with our bride will have
needs that we must meet. There may be food allergies and special
diets and a whole shlew of other things that may pop up.
It is this
reason why we should be versatile with our choices. We often forget
when we plan for others the importance of their comfort. Serving
all meat dishes and inviting a vegan is a decision made in poor
taste. We want all of our guest to be happy and to enjoy the event
that we have planned.
So, If you are ready to throw a shower, take a few deep breaths,
then dive right in! Your menu can be a versatile as you are. There
is no set rule to shower giving that hinders the thrower from devining
a spread that includes everything she/he desires. Are you still
overwhelmed? It is not to late to call a caterer.