Love is in the air and everyone is getting ready to say “I do!”
Send your friends down the aisle with a beautiful shower to celebrate their union, get them set up with everything they need to start their new home. And possibly most important of all: fill them up with delicious food!
Gone are the days of stale tea sandwiches, ugly fruit salads, and wilted greens.
Here are 17 recipes to elevate your bridal shower fare to something the blushing bride to be will be honored to share with her family and friends.
From pasta salads, to the most beautiful tomato salad, to desserts that will quickly be devoured, these recipes will give you all you need to throw the best bridal shower in town.
5 layer Mediterranean Dip
This 5 Layer Mediterranean Dip brings a whole new light to typical party fare. It has all your favorite Mediterranean flavors and is perfect served with sliced veggies and pita chips.
Wild Wheat Berry Salad
Wild Wheat Berry Salad contains the season's freshest ingredients and combines them with a hearty grain to make this a delicious and hearty dish.
Spring Panzanella Salad
Fresh, juicy tomatoes tossed with perfectly toasted bread crumbs?! I could eat plate after plate of this Spring Panzanella Salad!
Spinach Basil Pesto
I don't think there exists a food more fresh-tasting than pesto. This version uses spinach and basil to up the health factor while maintaining the flavor. Try it spread on crostini for a super-simple appetizer.
Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad
Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad is perfect bridal shower food because it is hearty, filling, super-delicious, and who doesn't love these typical Mexican flavors?!
Bridal showers don't have to be all salads and air! Try these mini Meatball Bites for something that feels more substantial while being cute as a button.
Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad
I ate something very similar to this Carrot Raisin Quinoa Salad when I lived in France. It is light and refreshing and is one of my favorite go-to party dishes.
Thai Chicken Pita Sandwiches
Thai Chicken Pita Sandwiches are easy to hold and carry around so that the party mingling can happen all over the venue while still leaving everyone time to eat.
Heirloom Tomato Salad
I love to pick all the ripe and juicy heirloom tomatoes out of my garden to prepare this colorful salad for any party.
Couscous Salad with—wait for it—Pickled Rhubarb, Feta Cheese, and Grapes. Yeah! This sounds completely fantastic!
Homemade English Muffins
I usually see English Muffins with jam and clotted cream at bridal showers, but if these homemade version were available I know where I would be spending all my time!
Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
When I make Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip and serve it with gorgeous fresh fruit, people seriously cannot get enough of it!
Grilled Brownie Sundae Panini
Who knew you could "bake" brownies on a panini press? These darlings would make a great "DIY" dessert table addition for a bridal shower.
Fresh Strawberry Pie
I don't even have words for this Fresh Strawberry Pie because it's just so gorgeous all I can do is stare. And wish that I had some in front of my right this second!
Salted Caramel Bars
I don't know many people without a sweet tooth, and salted caramel is such a favorite that I just know these bars will be gone within seconds of being displayed. So make a double batch!
Dried Cherry Scones
She's getting married! It's only fitting to serve something heart-shaped at her bridal shower. Dried Cherry Scones are just what you need.
Brie Raspberry Phyllo Torte
Talk about pretty food! Wow your bridal shower guests with this lovely Brie Raspberry Phyllo Torte!
Catherine McCord is the founder of the popular website Weelicious.com, and creator of Weelicious Menus, a weekly meal planning service. She attended the Institute of Culinary Education in, has worked in several high-end restaurants, and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, and The Doctors, and in People, Parents, Lucky, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. A former model and television host, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.