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.
Petite but classic, these quiche Lorraine bites are made with refrigerated pie crust pressed into a mini muffin pan. Chopped peppers, diced chives, and crumbled bacon whisked with egg compose this tiny brunch treat.
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.
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.
Nothing says “shower” more than a beautiful cocktail, and this one fits the bill. Sauvignon blanc mingles with strawberries and a juiced orange and lime, and the whole drink gets mixed with plain or flavored soda. For a pink twist open a dry rosé instead of a white wine.
Top this pretty cheesecake, made with a lemon-filled cookie crust, with whatever fruit is in season. We like sliced kiwi, blueberries, and mango, but the simple-to-bake recipe is flexible so you can choose any fruits you—or the bride—like.
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.
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.
Sleek and modern—words not often applied to a cake—certainly apply here. This showstopper is coated only with a super-thin spread of frosting (also called a crumb coat), 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.
The crust for this flatbread comes together in just 5 minutes, and has a crispy, grilled finish thanks to a grill stone. It’s topped with an unusual mix of sauteed grapes, intense with flavor, along with melted brie, a balsamic glaze, and fragrant chopped rosemary.
Trendy Brussels sprouts are the backbone for this party-ready dip, perfect to spread on crackers or with fresh vegetable slices. Even better? It comes together in the microwave. Slice the sprouts, grate the Parmesan, add the seasonings, and your dip is done in just a few minutes.
Crostini’s flexibility—it’s simply toasted baguette topped with ingredients—makes it perfect for a bridal shower. Spread baguette with seasonal chopped basil and lemon, or sliced prosciutto and a smear of fig preserve, or spicy arugula and sauteed shrimp, or pear halves, honey, dried cranberries and chopped walnuts. There are so many creative possibilities for a recipe this versatile.
Mini meatballs might be the perfect party snack; make them shower-ready by stabbing each one with a cute toothpick. This recipe comes together quick: seasoned ground beef, egg, Italian seasoning, and chopped bread are formed into balls and grilled, each one’s center filled with gooey cheese. Serve them with warm marinara sauce for dipping.
This creative cocktail-inspired dip will impress shower guests. The classic margarita is remade as a sweet, cream cheese-based dip made with lime, orange juice, strawberries, and tequila, if you choose. Serve it with peaches, blueberries, and other cool fresh fruits that are in season.
It’s not always easy to elevate vegetables from simply necessary to simple elegance. These savory appetizers are both elegant and delicious—only the crudites (if you feel you must offer them as well) will be left when your guests come back to the table for seconds!
This recipe is colorful, vibrant, unique, and so easy to double—or even triple—that it’s perfect for large celebrations. The sweet fruits, crunchy cucumber, and savory chicken make this a lively palate-pleaser.