A Bridal Shower Menu Collection and the Privilege of Friendship

When close friend’s kids are old enough to get married, it feels a lot like when your own kid’s birthday candles exceed two hands and then both hands and feet, you wonder where the years went. It is the milestones of life—showers, weddings, births, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and many others, which remind us of the importance of friends who have been there, helping us get to the milestones we celebrate. It is a priceless privilege to be called, friend.

In recent years, the bridal showers in particular have been something special, personal, and unique among our group of friends. There are no silly games or embarrassing antics, simply an expression of love for a family, their history, and their future. We have watched these kiddos grow up, prayed through their illnesses, heartbreaks, and dreams—many times praying for their future spouse as well. We rejoice over life lived, answered prayer, and the new life that is beginning.

Our most recent shower was for a dear friend’s daughter whose fiancé is from overseas. As emotional as it was for the mother of the bride to watch her baby become a bride, when the groom’s mother shared a few words through her interpreter (her son), every heart in the room understood. She bypassed any language barrier with her tearful embrace of a new daughter and the release of her son to be a husband.

It was something truly extraordinary to behold, the tenderest moment, and not a dry eye in the room. We felt like we were witnessing a flower open or a wild animal being born, something you can’t plan or rehearse. It must come from a yielded heart, ready to let their baby go and willing to love the spouse their son or daughter has chosen like a natural born child. What a precious gift to each of them! (I admit there are tears on my keyboard even as I type this.) This is the privilege of friendship, sharing such intimate treasured occasions.

Once the gifts are opened, rehearsal bouquet fluffed, and the tissues put away, of course, we get around to the food. It is a celebration, so there must be food! This is by no means an exhaustive list, simply a collection of recipes we have found to be ideal for showers or celebrations of any sort. Informal fare, intended to balance well on a lap and nosh while mingling. These menu ideas work any time of day, and there are lots of gluten-free [GF] options too.

Goat Cheese with Honey, Balsamic & Blueberries [GF]

Goat Cheese with Honey, Balsamic & Blueberries


Hot Artichoke Dip

Hot Artichoke Dip


Bacon, Leek, & Cheddar Mini Quiches


Ham, Spinach & Gruyere Quiche
by A Cozy Kitchen

Ham, Spinach & Gruyere Quiche by A Cozy Kitchen


Prosciutto-Wrapped Caprese Salad
[GF]

Prosciutto-Wrapped Caprese Salad


Curry Chicken Salad Boats
[GF] (make into sandwiches too)

Curry Chicken Salad Boats


Shrimp Cocktail with Thai Chili Cocktail Sauce
[GF]

Cocktail Shrimp with Thai Chili Cocktail Sauce


Strawberry Bruschetta
by Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide


Classic Vegetable Tray with Blue Cheese & Ranch Dip:


Almond Lemon Honey Cake
by The Urban Baker [GF]

Almond Lemon Honey Cake by The Urban Baker


Orange Ginger Tea Cake
[Gluten/Grain-Free]

Orange Ginger Tea Cake [Gluten/Grain-Free]

Orange Ginger Tea Cake [Gluten/Grain-Free]


Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
[GF]

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes


Butterscotch Walnut Scones with Blackberry Preserves
[GF]

Butterscotch Walnut Scones with Blackberry Preserves

Triple Ginger & Coconut Scones [GF] (includes link to International Scone Week 2013)

Triple Ginger & Coconut Scones [GF]

Triple Ginger & Coconut Scones [GF]


Cheesecake Filled Strawberries with Chocolate Accents
[GF Options]

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries with Chocolate Accents


Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust
[Gluten/Grain-Free]

Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust [GF]

Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust [GF]

Banana Nut Bread Supreme [Whole Wheat]

Banana Nut Bread Supreme

Banana Nut Bread Supreme [Whole Wheat]

Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart [Gluten-Free]

Lazy Mary's Lemon Tart - a slice (1 of 1)

Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart


Chocolate Love Surprise Cookies
by Savoring Every Bite

Chocolate Love ~ Surprise Cookies by Savoring Every Bite


M&Ms & Mints in the colors of the wedding:

And even more ideas:

Caramelized Apple & Toasted Walnut Brie [GF]
Choice sliced meats & cheese tray
Tea Sandwiches (Classic)
Tea Sandwiches (Creative)

 

Shared on the following Blog Hops:
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Comments

  1. says

    You brought tears to my eyes too Judy! I agree with you on the meaning of these celebrations; the people not the games are what I like to focus on also. Watching those close to us journey on in their lives and being able to share their special moments. This collection is absolutely fabulous for any occassion and I’m pinning it so I don’t forget any of these! I agree with Greg too, that goat cheese is the first one I’m going to make!! Thanks for including my cookies!!

    • Judy says

      Thanks Linda, appreciate your comment and your cookies! The goat cheese is a staple in our house for snacks and you can’t go wrong with aged balsamic on anything.

    • Judy says

      Thanks, John, I was so pleased to see my blogging man-friends stop by for this post … I wondered if it wouldn’t be a “pass” since it was about bridal showers. 😉

  2. says

    Such a fabulous list of food…everything looks amazing. And I desperately want those prosciutto-wrapped caprese salads. What a creative idea…and so easy!!

  3. says

    What a feast! I never saw such great food at any bridal shower I attended! I’m quite envious of all of the guest who got to enjoy this delicious spread and experience the love of mothers. Thank you so much for sharing the story of the shower.

  4. says

    I love your menu suggestions.They all sound delicious. I really loved your post today. You had me dabbing at my eyes with tissue. I hope you have a wonderful day.Blessings…Mary

    • Judy says

      Thanks Jed, like I told John, I’m delighted my blogging man-friends still came by since it was a bridal shower menu. Of course, we are talkin’ food here. 😉

    • Judy says

      Thanks so much for saying so. The baby shower you put together was lovely too — just love the variety of food that can be served at showers.

  5. says

    What a timely thing to discover this at the beginning of Spring, when we dream of friendly gatherings under sunny skies and the celebration of renewed life. Thank you for visiting our Blog. Your kind words were like a touch of warmth and sweetness and there is much warmth and sweetness to be found here indeed.

  6. says

    That is one amazing list Judy but as much as I love it and can’t wait to try that goat cheese it is your post and memories that I loved the most. It is true, milestones make us feel how much time has passed and reminds us of the journey we made to get here

    • Judy says

      Thank you for saying so. I love the way food makes a celebration special, but it is the people we share memories with that really makes a difference in our lives.

  7. says

    What a beautiful spread Judy! You are quite a generous hostess and your words hit me since I am going through those, “I can’t believe they are almost grown!” thoughts myself. I can’t imagine what it’s like when friends’ kids start getting married. I guess that’s a new chapter I just haven’t gotten to yet.

    • Judy says

      Geni, it does hit us all at once and it is hard to prepare for the emotional swell that comes with it. I am grateful to experience it with some great friends who can relate. The seasons change so quickly and it all seems to happen so fast.

  8. says

    Judy, what a great post and truly extraordinary collection of menu items… wow, where to begin… everything is just so beautiful including your dining room table! (lovely setting and sense of warmth). I must make the Goat Cheese with Honey, Balsamic & Blueberries… I am completely smitten… ;-).

    • Judy says

      Kelly, thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement. The goat cheese and balsamic is hard to stop eating, love that flavor combination.

  9. says

    How have I not found your blog before? This is so pretty and I loved the list of recipes to try.. the sun is shining here and it’s a perfect day to bake something new and springy like the ones shown here:) xo Smidge

    • Judy says

      Hi Barb, I know exactly what you mean, I was happy to find your blog too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, look forward to getting to know you better.

  10. says

    I am at an age where my friend’s children are getting married, so I can relate to the sentiments expressed in this post! Lovely and loving post and a wonderful round up of recipes!

  11. says

    What a lovely, lovely post! I felt quite emotional reading about your friend’s daughter’s shower. It sounds like the shower was such a lovely occasion, and what a beautiful moment when the groom’s mother spoke!

    Sadly we don’t have bridal or baby showers in England, and I really miss them! (I grew up in Canada.) I have been able to attend a few back in Canada over the years, but I am hoping to introduce the tradition over here if my son gets married when he is older!

    I have so enjoyed visiting the recipe links you provided, and what a lovely menu they would make. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us at The Gallery of Favorites.

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