Who doesn't love a good wedding? ... Well, besides my husband. As we near the end of our 20s, we're finally at the tail-end of the "wedding years," and believe me, I've put in my time. I've had some kind of role in 14 weddings (bridesmaid, personal attendant, etc.). FOURTEEN! That's a whole lotta dresses, shoes, hairspray and yes ... bridal showers!
In my time as a professional wedding attendant, I've seen my fair share of bridal shower food. I've had multiple build-your-own fruit pizzas on little sugar cookies, a few adorably themed cake pops and more egg bakes and mini quiches than I can count.
If you're looking for a few great bridal shower dishes that will stand out, look no further than the Bridal Shower Menu in our Springtime Celebrations Collection.
As a special treat I've got three of the super-cute bridal shower ideas you'll find in that menu (and a couple others, too)!
First, every shower has fruit, right? Maybe it's a bowl of cut fruit, or fruit salad or even mini fruit pizzas like these Absolutely Almond Mini Fruit Pizzas.
But if you're looking for a way to really punch up your fruit game at a bridal shower, try making fruit kabobs. To make them really stand out, use a fun cookie cutter with melon. It's simple.
First, create a slice of melon (I used watermelon here). Then simply use a small cookie cutter to create cute shapes, like these hearts.
Then, just slide your melon shapes onto a skewer with pieces of other fruit. Serve the kabobs with a delicious dip like this Luscious Rhubarb Strawberry Dip.
Another bridal shower staple is the veggie tray. While I think there are cute ways to serve veggies, like these Dill Pickle Veggie Shooters, I think your guests will be really wowed if you serve your veggie dip in a fun bowl. Not just a cute decorative bowl ... I'm talking about a CABBAGE bowl!
Check it out ... it's pretty easy! Start by washing a head of Napa cabbage. Then make a thin slice off the bottom (the core side). Not too much, just enough so the cabbage will sit flat. Then, with your knife at an angle, cut in a circular motion to hollow out a cone shape from the cabbage - like this!
Don't cut too deep, or the bowl won't stay together. Add your dip, and serve your gorgeous veggie tray.
OK, now for my FAVORITE.
Showers are notorious for small bites - mini quiches, mini muffins, cake pops. But you can really be the star with these Cinnamon & Bacon Pancake Bites. They're my new favorite thing!
The recipe for these awesome bites is below. I love that these sweet treats have a drizzle of maple syrup and are topped with ... wait for it ... BACON!
Whipping up the muffins is easy! Start by preheating your oven to 400°. This is also a good time to get your bacon frying. You'll want about 7 slices. Be sure to keep an eye on it while you're mixing up the muffins - no one likes burned bacon!
In a mixing bowl combine Packet 1 from your Cinnamon Muffin Melt Mix™ with a cup of water and 2 Tbsp. of the cinnamon sugar from Packet 2. Blend that up really well and divide the batter evenly among 34 paper-lined mini muffin cups. I like to use muffin liners that match the wedding colors! Fun, right?
Have you checked your bacon recently? I'm not a nag - I'm just trying to help!
Back to the muffins. Bake these for 9-11 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing.
Once your bacon is done cooking, chop it up into nice crumbles.
Now for the frosting ... combine an 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese with ½ cup powdered sugar, 3 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar mixture from Packet 2 and 2 Tbsp. maple syrup. Sounds divine, right?
Frost the tops of cooled muffins with the frosting; sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar from Packet 2, top with chopped bacon and drizzle with a little maple syrup. Like this:
And that's it! Gorgeous little bites of the perfect breakfast!