Forget the pricey caterer. Celebrate the bride-to-be with these 15 ultra-lush (and super-easy!) shower recipes.
1. Quiche Lorraine Tartlets
Bite-sized and beautiful when displayed, you can make these a week ahead of time. Freeze the tartlets until you’re ready to serve them warm from the oven.
2. Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
Turn this classic party fare into a wedding shower stand-out by adding smoked salmon, Dijon mustard, and dill weed to the yolk mix. The Easy Accent® Decorator gives you control and extra flourish when you’re filling the eggs.
3. Asian Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Make lean turkey or beef meatballs with the unique flavors of ginger root, water chestnuts, garlic, and soy sauce. These are another appetizer you can make ahead and freeze for up to one month. Thaw them in the refrigerator the night before the shower. The cook’s tip in the recipe includes freezing instructions.
4. Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad
This is one of the most amazing flavor combos in human history. Its success comes down to high-quality ingredients. Choose full-color tomatoes that are smooth, firm, and have a strong tomato smell. Your basil should be vibrant and green with no dark spots. Have a big guest list? It’s easy to mass-produce this salad for a crowd with the Quick Slice.
5. Steak Crostini with Chive-Cream Sauce
Crostini is Italian for “little toasts.” This crispy, crusty foundation holds up tender slices of steak and creamy chive sauce. The chives add a mild onion and garlic flavor that enhances and balances the richness of the steak and sour cream. It’s finger food at its finest.
6. Greek Chicken & Artichoke Flatbread
For quick party prep, use store-bought pizza dough or freeze your own rounds of homemade pizza dough to make this crowd-pleasing flatbread. From there, the possibilities are endless. We love this bright, light, Greek-inspired flavor combo for a shower.
7. Ribboned Melon & Chicken Salad
This recipe is colorful, vibrant, unique, and easy enough to double or even triple your ingredients on a big platter to feed a large group. The sweet fruits, crunchy cucumber, and savory chicken make this a lively palate-pleaser.
8. Sparkling White Sangria
Dress up a dry sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio with strawberries, limes, and freshly squeezed orange juice. You could fill beautiful glasses or punch bowls to pull double-duty as affordable centerpieces.
9. Mock Mojito
The best party planners know it’s important to have a fancy alcohol-free beverage available that every guest can enjoy. This one offers the same cooling, refreshing zing of of a mojito without the boozy kick.
10. Flavored Ice Cubes
Flavored ice cubes make a gorgeous statement in drinks for special occasions. We love the look of edible flowers. You can make small batches and add them to a punch bowl. If you want lots of fancy ice cubes for individual drinks, freeze the flowers in batches. Keep the ice cubes in freezer bags until you’re ready to serve.
11. Pretty Petit Fours
Can you believe these cute confections are just store-bought pound cake and jam? The Fruit & Cheese Cutter turns the pound cake into pretty shapes. Coat your shapes with microwaved cream cheese frosting. You can customize your flavors with raspberry, strawberry, or rhubarb jam filling.
12. Lime-Berry Mousse Trifle
Dessert in a trifle bowl is another way to create a budget-friendly yet stunning centerpiece. Trifles let you put a creative spin on any classic dessert—think deconstructed tiramisu or tres leches cake. This recipe is full of colorful fruit, lime sherbet, and pound cake. Yum!
13. Black Velvet Truffle Bar
Make these truffles a week in advance, store them in the refrigerator, then create a truffle bar as part of your shower activities. Who needs awkward party games when guests can sample creations rolled in finely chopped pistachios, toasted almonds, toffee candy bars, or toasted coconut?
14. Citrus Cheesecake Bars
Ditch boring ol’ strawberry cheesecake and try tropical fruits like mango and kiwi instead. What’s awesome about Contemporary Classics™ bakers is that you can bake your cheesecake and serve it right from the same dish—less for you to clean when the party is over! The modern lines and white glaze make it perfect for a wedding shower.
15. Mini Wedding Cakes
Transform a sheet pan of pound cake mix into a mini, tiered wedding cakes with Biscuit Cutters. Drizzle with glaze, and decorate with sparkly white sugar or sprinkles. These will wow guests and delight the bride-to-be.