It’s true that the preparation of the food for any celebration, but especially a bridal shower, may cause the host the most anxiety. If you don’t manage your spending, edibles may put a serious dent in your finances.
However, the cuisine you select for the shower may be changed to assist reduce the expense of the party while still wowing the guests and the bride-to-be. Spending money on decorations, party activities, and presents is already out of your budget; a lavish meal is unnecessary.
When planning a bridal shower, it’s helpful to have a certain culinary theme in mind. This helps alleviate some of the stress associated with preparing a lavish meal. You can have a lavish wedding shower with a lot less money if you just pick a bunch of inexpensive gifts that go together well.
Bridal Shower Food on a Budget
Without a strategy, it can be difficult to put up a beautiful, tasty, and affordable food table for a wedding shower. The key is to think of many meals that fit within a theme rather than focusing on just one. Finger appetizers, sampling, and dipping are common activities during wedding showers.
- Bridal Brunch
You may save money on the meal by having the bridal shower around brunch instead of the evening. Breakfast meals may be readily dressed up and are cheaper to buy and prepare than evening items. Miniature pancakes on a toothpick with a side of maple syrup, for instance, would make a great sample.
You may also make a colorful fruit tray with inexpensive, fresh fruit from the grocery store or farmers’ market.
Meats are often the most costly meal option, but you may minimize the amount needed by cutting things like sausage and bacon into bite-sized pieces. Get some concentrated orange juice and use Sprite in place of the water specified in the recipe for fast sparkling orange juice.
- Only Dips
It’s common for the guests at a wedding shower to try a little bit of everything on the table. Create a tasting menu for the shower to make this process easier. By sticking to a “dips only” menu, you may save money on spreads by making do with what you already have on hand or by choosing more affordable options like sour cream.
Set up a spread of different dips for visitors to try, ranging from those made with vegetables to those made with fruit to those made just for dessert, and serve them alongside tiny cocktail plates.
- “Recipes for the Family” Potluck
If feeding a large number of people seems impossible, round up the soldiers and hire some reinforcements. Throw a party themed on family recipes so you don’t have to do everything by yourself.
Each visitor brings a signature dish from their kitchen and a recipe card on how to make it for the wedding shower. Make little cards that say things like “Grandma’s Famous Turnovers” or “Aunt Miranda’s Broccoli Salad” and place them next to each dish on the serving table.
Everyone at the shower can gawk at the spread and sample as many dishes as they like. The recipe cards are compiled into a little photo album, giving the bride an original and tasty cookbook.
- Dessert Bar
What’s your relationship like with the kitchen? If that’s the case, maybe you may skip the main course and just have dessert instead. Instead of buying expensive or hard-to-find goods, you may utilize what you already have on hand to put up a tempting spread of chocolates, pastries, and cookies.
Be sure to also provide some more nutritious treats, such as fruit (dipped in chocolate, if you so like), as well as an assortment of cookies. Also, don’t forget to offer a plethora of coffee to go with all those desserts.
Make sure the shower is scheduled at a suitable time if you only intend to prepare a dessert bar and not a full supper. For example, if you tell people to show up at 6 o’clock, they might assume you’re going to serve dinner then. Plan to take your shower in the late morning or afternoon instead.
- Tea Party
With their feminine allure and modest price tag, tea parties are making a comeback. Have a selection of teas available at a tea station to add a particular touch to the tea party treats:
Leave out a variety of tea bags, boiling water, lemon, sugar, honey, and milk so that visitors may create their own customized beverages.
Miniaturize the dishes you plan to offer. Smaller portions of tea party fare can go a long way toward keeping costs down. You may keep food expenditures down by having guests bring finger foods like cucumber sandwiches, cookies, fruit, or a cheese platter. Most guests will be too preoccupied with the spread’s aesthetics to realize that you omitted the main course in order to make the appetizers last longer.
It’s easy to go overboard on the food at a wedding shower in an effort to show the bride how much you care if you don’t have a theme in mind. The bride already thinks you’re excellent, so save money where you can and throw a terrific party.
As the saying goes, “first impressions are forever.” With the right presentation, a wide selection, and some cute tags and cards, even the cheapest food may appear as fancy as the more expensive stuff.