Recipe Ideas for a Wedding Shower

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Dear Jamie:

I am making a Sunday wedding shower and I wondered if I could have some suggestions for what to serve.

Rayna, Cleveland, OH

Dear Rayna:

At a party like a wedding shower, there is a lot of mingling going on and it’s often hard to find a place to sit down to slice up dinner meats. So the best foods in this case are foods that are easy to eat. I’ll give you some suggestion for some fab finger foods that will really stand out. I also suggest you make the menu dairy: I’m envisioning a Sunday brunch or lunch.

The additional beauty of finger foods is that they are cute, sweet looking, and pleasing to the eye. You and your guests won’t feel like they are eating too much. Bite size always is a winner with a weight-conscious crowd.

Try these interesting and delectable dishes:

Potato and Goat Cheese Triangles
This is a light, flaky, savory app, and you can vary the fillings if you are feeling adventurous. Think cheese, perhaps?

Potato and Goat Cheese Triangles

Tomato Basil Skewers
I love the idea of food on a stick. These are the elegant vegetarian version of a kabob.

Pavlovas with Lemon Curd Whipped Cream
Don’t you just love the name? The meringue part of this yummy dessert can be prepared ahead of time, and filled just before the guests are due to show up. I say, serve sweet foods at a wedding shower to wish the bride sweetness in her marriage. (Of course, I say serve sweet foods for practically every occasion.)

Lemon Cocktail

You can also have a lot of fun creating pretty drinks. My Sparkling Lemon Cocktail is delicious and refreshing -- and the bubbles will certainly tickle your taste buds. You could also whip up some Cherry Smash for some contrasting color; or how about some Pomegranate Champagne Punch? It is a celebration, after all!

Some other delicious party/simcha foods:
Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Crispy Artichoke Hearts
Party Pinwheel Finger Sandwiches
Pimiento Cheese
Apricot Canapés
Deviled Eggs
Smoked Salmon Tartare
Fennel and Parmesan

What’s your favorite finger food recipe? Please let us know. Rayna and I would appreciate it.