Traditionally, bridal showers consisted of women friends or relatives showering a bride-to-be with gifts for her new marital home. Today, it isn’t necessary to limit your guest list to one gender, and you might even want to include the groom as a guest of honor. One thing is for sure, these events require a lot of delicious foods to keep your guests satiated through all the shower games, present opening, and celebrating.
If you’ve been tasked with hosting a bridal shower for your best friend or family member, you might feel a little overwhelmed at what foods you should serve. You’ll need plenty of appetizers and hor d’oeurves to start things off. Salads and sandwiches are perfect options for your main meal, especially if you’re holding the event during the day. Lastly, desserts are a must to finish the meal off. Are you in need of some inspiration? We’ve gathered up 50 amazing catering ideas to help you on your search:
Appetizers & Hors D’Oeurves
This bouquet features pineapple doves covered in rich white chocolate. It also comes with plenty of fresh fruit, including canteloupe, honeydew, strawberries, and grapes.
Perfect for a wedding shower, this platter features two delicious dove-shaped pineapple slices coved in white chocolate and chocolate dipped strawberries. Half of the berries are dipped in semisweet chocolate, while the other half are dipped in white chocolate.
With homemade pesto, olive tapenade, and chive cream cheese, these canapes are both beautiful and delicious. Rosebuds are created using prosciutto slices, while finely chopped vegetables top the other canapes.
These tasty bites contain all the flavors of your favorite Chinese appetizer in a baked wonton cup. Plus, they’re ready in 30 minutes or less, with cream cheese, cream, and imitation crab.
These delicious patties are made with chunky tuna, bread crumbs, chopped celery and red pepper, eggs, and spices. You can serve them over a bed of lettuce with a side of chipotle mayo.
These chicken salad boats are a light appetizer, perfect for a wedding shower. Romaine hearts or Belgian endive work well for the boats and eliminate the need for heavy bread or unwieldy utensils.
Slices of crispy bread are topped with a ricotta and goat cheese layer, slices of pear, crushed hazelnuts, and drizzled with honey. Plus, they’re ready in under 20 minutes.
These stuffed tomatoes are healthy, delicious, and require just six ingredients to throw together. They’re made with tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, panko breadcrumbs, goat cheese, honey, green onion, and fresh parsley.
Prosciutto, tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar come together for a delicious bite your guests won’t soon forget. The prosciutto adds an interesting element to a simple Caprese salad.
This recipe comes together super easily and tastes delicious. It combines chicken breast, bacon, cream cheese, cheddar and jack cheese, and ranch seasoning on top of large flour tortillas.
11. Mini Taco Bites
These mini taco bites are a fun and festive snack your guests will adore. They’re made with ground beef, refried beans, and spices, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and avocado.
Cucumber rounds are topped with watermelon cubes, blue cheese crumbles, blueberries, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of salt. The result is a fun, summery treat that can be enjoyed anytime.
These tasty bites are inspired by the classic French sandwich made with ham and cheese and topped with a cheesy béchamel sauce. Made with ham, gruyere, puff pastry, dijon mustard, and more, this appetizer captures the essence of that sandwich in miniature form.
These appetizers layer crisp cucumber, creamy avocado, and juicy cajun shrimp for the most delicious combination. They’re the perfect delightful mouthful that will be the talk of your party.
These handheld snacks have so much flavor dimension. The sweetness of honey plays against the salty, savory taste of the blue cheese, while the bitter radicchio and sharp onion help balance out the flavors.
Mac and cheese can be a bit messy to eat, but these appetizers solve that problem. They’re made with ooey-gooey mac and cheese on the inside with a crisp panko bread crumb coating so they’re easy to eat with your hands.
Salads & Sides
This recipe combines tender tri-color rotini pasta with creamy ranch dressing, bacon, tomato, black olives, and shredded cheddar cheese. It’s tasty and delicious, with just a touch of elegance for a wedding shower.
Loaded with penne, crisp juicy cucumbers, fresh dill, and sweet white onion, this pasta salad will become the hit of your wedding shower. It takes the deliciousness of a cucumber salad and elevates it to a hearty side.
This arugula salad combines apples, pecans, and balsamic dressing to create perfection on a plate. You can even up the ante by toasting the nuts or by making glazed pecans.
20. Easy Greek Salad
Made with plum tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers, olives, and crumbled feta cheese, this Greek salad is easy to make and delicious. Tossed with lemon and red wine vinegar vinaigrette dressing, it’s ready for your bridal shower.
A mix of arugula, radicchio, and baby kale is tossed with a simple lemon Dijon vinaigrette for this delectable and elegant salad. Crispy prosciutto and freshly shaved parmesan top it all off.
22. Easy Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is fresh and easy, with pasta, cherry tomatoes, tangy feta cheese, arugula, chickpeas for protein, crunchy pine nuts and cucumbers, and fresh parsley and basil. The dressing is a zesty mix of olive oil, lemon, garlic, and dijon mustard.
The highlight of this salad is the insanely delicious five-ingredient dressing that doubles as a marinade. It combines chicken with crispy bacon, avocado slices, tomatoes, red onion, and romaine lettuce for a hearty and addicting salad.
Loaded with a juicy steak, arugula. creamy avocados, cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and a creamy balsamic vinaigrette, this salad makes for a hearty side dish. It all starts will boneless primed rib cooked to the ultimate perfection.
25. Debs Kale Salad with Apples and Pecans
This raw kale salad tops chopped Granny Smith apple, cranberries, toasted pecans, and goat cheese in a zesty honey mustard dressing. Massaging the kale leaves with your hands turns them tender, fragrant, and delicious.
Sandwiches & Sliders
These handheld sandwiches are easy to serve and even easier for your guests to eat. They’re packed with hard salami, capicola, provolone, deli ham, sandwich pepperoni, mozzarella, olive oil, vinegar, and spices.
Made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo, these chicken salad sliders serve up a healthier version of your favorite chicken salad. Plus, they’re so delicious, your guests won’t even notice.
This comforting French bread is stuffed with a cheesy hamburger mixture, along with sweet onion and celery. It’s the perfect handheld treat for a festive wedding shower.
The Muffaletta sandwich originated in New Orleans. The main component is an olive salad made of olives, vegetable giardiniera, artichoke hearts, and red peppers, along with mortadella, salami, capicollo, and sliced provolone.
Piled high with savory bacon and all of your favorite toppings, these sliders are a delicious and easy way to feed a crowd. They’re also just the right size for your guests to eat with their hands.
This elegant sandwich is loaded with toppings that make it simply irresistible. It’s made with strip steak, topped with Brie cheese, fig jam, dijon caramelized onions, and peppery arugula.
These sliders are made with fried chicken tenders, tomato sauce, and plenty of mozzarella cheese. They’re baked until perfectly warm, melted, and absolutely delicious.
Spicy, tangy, and perfectly handheld, these buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect snack. They’re made in just 45 minutes with six ingredients: butter, chicken breast, ranch seasoning, cayenne pepper sauce, crumbled blue cheese, dinner rolls, and your choice of cheese.
This assortment of traditional English tea sandwiches includes four delectable favorites: classic egg, smoked salmon, cucumber, and chicken with cranberry. They’re perfect for a bridal shower because they’re easy to make, easy to serve, and great for any time of day.
These mini lamb burgers taste like a classic Greek gyro in bite-sized form. Mini pita pockets are stuffed with lamb patties, sliced cucumbers, and an easy dill and lemon-infused Greek yogurt.
Make this delicious teriyaki pulled chicken ahead of time in the slow cooker for a delicious meal your guests will rave about. Then, just place on buns and top with crushed pineapple, red onion, and lettuce leaves the day of your shower.
A rustic French baguette is loaded with chèvre, cherry tomatoes, black olives, garlic, pecorino, and freshly crushed pepper. It’s the perfect vegetarian option to satisfy every one of your guests.
Turn a chicken caesar salad into a delicious sandwich will this elegant and fun recipe. It’s made with grilled chicken breast, creamy caesar salad dressing, fresh greens, avocados, and whole grain bread.
Create a vegan sandwich that will blow your guests away. It combines smoky tahini jackfruit that’s remarkably similar to pulled pork, an easy cabbage slaw, sauteed kale, and vegan mayo.
These oreo cheesecake bites are simply divine. Featuring creamy cheesecake and a hidden oreo crust on the bottom, these delicious bites are easy to make with only six ingredients and are ready in under 40 minutes.
41. Mini Apple Pies
These mini apple pies are simply adorable and easier to make than you might think. They’re filled with a simple homemade apple pie filling and use the extra dough for the lattice on the top.
You only need 7 ingredients to make these lemon bars: unsalted butter, sugar, pure vanilla extract, salt, flour, eggs, and lemon juice. They’re easy to throw together and require just 40 minutes in the oven.
These homemade cupcakes are light and fluffy, filled with raspberry jam, and topped with decadent cannoli frosting. They’re the perfect combination of sweet and creamy.
These shortbread cookies are topped with lemon glaze and lavender buds that look simply beautiful. They have a tangy citrus flavor of lemon and a hint of lavender.
You can make these delicious and adorable individual little treats in under 20 minutes. They’re made with mini phyllo tarts, sweetened condensed milk, fresh lime juice, powdered sugar, and egg yolks, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
These bear claws feature a lovely, tender pastry on the outside with a sweet almond filling inside. They’re elegant and comforting and are sure to be a hit at your wedding shower.
These dainty pastries include all the same delicious flavors as a banana cream pie. Each pastry shell is loaded with a delicious banana filling and topped with delectable chocolate ganache.
48. French Macarons
A macaron is a French cookie made from almond flour, sugar, and egg whites. They’re typically tricky to create, but this recipe breaks it all down in any step-by-step way to make it easier.
These brownie bites are made with a simple brownie batter, filled with a rich caramel filling, and topped with sea salt. They’re just the right size for your guests to stack on their dessert plates.
This delicious, creamy, and delicate dessert will delight your guests. Made with fresh strawberries, whole milk, gelatin powder, salt, sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream, it has a silky, creamy texture with a sweet strawberry taste.
These delicious appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and desserts will keep your guests satisfied throughout your wedding shower. You’re sure to get plenty of compliments and requests for recipes when you serve these delicious foods at your event.