Finger foods aren’t just for casual affairs. You can have a snack-centered meal at even the most elegant bridal shower. Don’t worry: You don’t have to stick to old-fashioned fare like finger sandwiches. Check out these modern yet classy snack ideas for an elegant bridal shower.
1. Mini Croissants
Croissants are the go-to pastry for elegant occasions. Unfortunately, a traditional-sized croissant doesn’t exactly go with the “snack” theme for your bridal shower. Instead, order mini croissants from your local bakery. Dip plain croissants in personalized jars of honey that your guests can take home at the end of the event.
2. Berries Galore
Fruit is a must, but be careful which kind you choose. For finger foods, go with less messy fruits that are easy to hold. Berries are your best friends, whether they’re grapes, blackberries, blueberries or chocolate-covered strawberries. These go especially well with the celebratory champagne you’ll be passing around at the party.
3. Gourmet Cupcakes
Even a fancy bridal shower needs a sugary dessert. Some bakeries can even top the cupcakes with beautiful–and real–edible flowers. Stick a cupcake topper in each dessert to make them extra special.
A charcuterie board is a fancy display of prepared meats such as salami, prosciutto and other cuts of pork. Leave a little vase of toothpicks so your guests can try their choice of meats.
5. Aged Cheeses
You can’t have a charcuterie board without fancy cheeses. Head to your local gourmet grocery story and have a chat with one of their cheese experts. Choose a variety of cheeses ranging in both age, softness and strength of flavor.
6. Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Frankly, you could wrap just about anything in bacon and it will be the hit of the bridal shower. Dates are a nice choice because their rustic sweetness balances well with the smoky saltiness of a thick-cut slice of bacon. Keep the recipe handy so you can quickly hand it out to everyone who asks (which will probably be everyone).
Bruschetta is a dish made up of small slices of toasted Italian bread drizzled with olive oil. Sure, you could top them with the traditional chopped tomatoes and garlic, but you could also leave them bare and let guests decide. After all, they’ll probably want something to go with the fancy meats and cheeses you’ve displayed for this elegant bridal shower.