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What are some good food options for a bridal shower lunch menu?

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Serving a variety of passed appetizers and finger foods allows the bride and her guests to mingle throughout a bridal shower. Opt for a menu of small bites such as miniature quiches, fruit skewers and crostini topped with smoked salmon or vegetables. If the lunch is a sit-down affair, serve light crowd-pleasers such as baked chicken, fruit salad and a vegetable side dish. To cut down on day-of prep, prepare a large batch of lasagna the day before the shower.

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A tea party menu is classic for a bridal shower, even one that's held at lunch. Serve sweet and savory scones, tea sandwiches and pastries to set the tone for a ladylike affair.

Alternatively, look to the wedding's theme to choose the theme and menu for the shower. If the bride is planning a beach wedding, serve steamed clams and corn on the cob. If the wedding is autumn themed, serve foods such as pumpkin ravioli, hearty stew and warm apple cider.

Since the shower is intended to honor the bride, another option is to tailor the menu around her favorite foods. Prepare menu cards that clarify the connection; for instance, include "Pasta with Sara's Special Sauce," or write a sentence after each menu item explaining its significance to the bride.

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