When creating a bridal shower menu, one option is to choose a wide variety of dishes that are tied together by a common theme. For instance, serve tropical fruits or roasted pork for a Hawaiian-themed menu, or serve finger foods, including finger sandwiches, for a tea party theme. Offer guests with allergies one or two allergen-free dishes, and offer one or two vegan or vegetarian dishes. To easily create a diverse menu, serve platters of appetizers.
Serve appetizers with dips, such as pita bread chips with hummus or vegetables with blue cheese dip. Punch is often served at special events. Sangria is a traditional punch that is inexpensive and easy to make. Consider the guest's preferences, especially the bride's preferences, when deciding what types of food and beverages to serve.
When serving a meal-style menu, include appetizers, a main course and dessert. Consider serving a vegetarian option, such as tofu, as an alternative to chicken, steak or fish. Serve a variety of side dishes to accompany the main course.
Cake, cookies or fruit are some options for dessert. To easily serve a large number of guests, have all or part of the event catered. Alternately, purchase ready-to-serve foods, such as vegetable platters and cake, to save time. Serve a few homemade dishes along with the premade items to complete the menu.