When it’s your daughter, your sister, or your best friend getting married, you know the bridal shower menu has to pack a stylish but also delicious punch. We’ve gathered a group of the best simple recipes—including a cocktail!—that are made for memorable celebrations.
1. Quiche Lorraine Tartlets
Pork is meant to be paired with fruit, and this recipe lets you grill both the tenderloin and sliced peaches for a lovely contrast. Sweet butter lettuce is the perfect backdrop for chopped pecans and crumbled goat cheese. The salad is finished with a light honey, thyme, and red wine vinaigrette that has depth from browned butter and is quick to shake together at home.
2. Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
Cold smoked salmon brings a touch of class to light deviled eggs. Save a larger slice to garnish the top of each swirl of yolk. Each halved egg white gets filled with a mix of egg yolk, cream cheese, mustard, vinegar, and dill, which accents the flavor of the fish.
3. Greek Chicken & Artichoke Flatbread
This flexible flatbread can be baked with a thin or thick crust, depending on what the bride prefers. Top the crust with a play on spinach and artichoke dip made with fresh chopped parsley and plenty of garlic. Brown the top until it’s golden and bubbling, cut, and serve.
4. Sparkling White Sangria
Nothing says “shower” more than a beautiful cocktail, and this one fits the bill. Sauvignon blanc mingles with strawberries, a juiced orange and lime, and the whole drink gets mixed with plain or flavored soda. For a pink twist open a dry rose instead of a white wine.
5. Citrus Cheesecake Bars
Top this pretty cheesecake, made with a lemon-filled cookie crust, with whatever fruit is in season, or perhaps the bride’s favorites. We like sliced kiwi, blueberries, and mango, but the simple-to-bake recipe is flexible so you can choose any fruits you like.
6. Easy Strawberry Shortcake
A summertime classic, you’d be hard pressed to find a shower guest who wouldn’t indulge in this bright, lemony berry sauce topped with two-ingredient biscuits and a scoop of ice cream. Better yet, it comes together in just one pan for added ease.
7. Classic Vanilla Bundt Cake
For the bride who is a purist at heart, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous, fluted Bundt cake topped with a sleek, shiny glaze. For an added bit of decadence, serve it with fresh sliced fruit and homemade whipped cream.
8. Nake Layer Cake
Sleek and moderate words not often applied to a cake certainly apply here. This showstopper is coated with a super-thin spread of frosting, letting the four layers and a touch of the berry filling show through. It’s finished with elegant white chocolate swirls and a mound of fresh raspberries, perfect to celebrate a bride-to-be.
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