You’ve been given the wonderful honor of being the Maid of Honor for a loved one’s wedding. Well, with great power comes great responsibility and the MOH duties include quite a few things — helping with wedding ideas, managing the bridesmaids, keeping stress levels down pre- and during the wedding day, planning the bridal shower and bachelorette party, as well as other ad hoc duties.
However, one of the most important events is the wedding shower because this gift-giving party is held for the bride-to-be. Aside from the gifts, you can plan some games as well, to make sure everyone has a fun time and is included.
But, if you really want to throw a bridal shower that will be the talk for many weddings to come, you should host it over an amazing brunch. Genius idea, right?! Who doesn’t love brunch, cocktails, and a happy reason to celebrate? A bridal shower brunch can seem like a daunting challenge to pull off but have no fear because we’ve compiled some great ideas to help create an incredible bridal shower brunch menu.
7 Recipes for an unforgettable bridal shower brunch
Oven-baked Candied Whiskey Bacon
Bacon is an absolute must for any brunch, and you’ll find that this candied version is the best you’ve ever had.
- 12 strips of good quality bacon
- 1 c. whiskey or bourbon (chef’s choice)
- 1 ¼ c. dark brown sugar
- ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the alcohol with 1 c. of brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a saucepan. Bring to boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 min.
Lay out bacon strips directly on the baking sheet and brush the alcohol reduction over the strips. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ c. of brown sugar.
Cook for 20 minutes, but check periodically.
Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad
When you swap out the tomatoes for sweet melon, this salad quickly becomes an amazing combination of sweet and salty.
- 1 cantaloupe, halved and seeded
- 18 oz mozzarella balls — pearl-sized
- 8-10 slices of prosciutto, shredded
- ¼ c. basil leaves, thinly chopped
- ¼ c. mint leaves, thinly chopped
- 3 tbsp. EVOO
- 1 ½ tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
- Kosher salt and black pepper
Use a melon baller to scoop out the cantaloupe and place in a large bowl. Add the prosciutto, sprinkle basil, and mint leaves.
Whisk together EVOO, honey, and white balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over bowl contents and season with salt and pepper.
Mini Pancake Stacks
Another sweet treat dish that is even more fun to eat. These mini flapjack stacks add a bit of artistic flair to your bridal shower brunch food.
- Pancake mix
- ¼ c. lemon curd
- 12 raspberries
- 12 blueberries
- 24 mint leaves
- 24 toothpicks
- Confectioners’ sugar
Mix up your favorite pancake batter and heat up your griddle. Try to keep your pancakes to the size of a quarter and cook until golden brown.
Stack cakes four high and top with a dab of lemon curd, a raspberry or blueberry, and a small mint leaf. Skewer a toothpick through to hold them together and make for easy eating.
Baked Monte Cristo Sliders
These delectable sliders are a hands-down favorite and are inspired by Disneyland’s famous sandwich.
- Savory or sweet rolls (try King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls)
- Sliced deli ham (sweet or savory)
- Sliced deli turkey (sweet or savory)
- Sliced Swiss cheese
- ½ c. melted butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1-2 tbsp. powdered sugar
- Raspberry preserves
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease the 9×13 pan lightly.
Slice the rolls in half and line the bottom of the pan. Layer ham, turkey, and cheese, and then place the tops back on.
In a mixing bowl, whisk melted butter, egg, and Dijon mustard. Pour mixture over the rolls and tent with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes, uncover and bake for 15 minutes more. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry preserves.
Almond-Bacon and Cheese Crostini
Crunchy, fresh baguette makes the perfect finger-food snack that your guests will devour while sipping and socializing.
- 1 French baguette, cut into ½ inch angled slices
- 2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2/3 c. mayonnaise
- ½ c. toasted, sliced almonds
- 1 c. crumbled bacon
- 1 chopped green onion
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and put bread slices on the baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes.
Combine mayonnaise, cheese, almonds, onion, bacon, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Spread over the bread slices and bake again until the cheese melts.
Limoncello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme
This perfectly crafted cocktail has everything you could want in a drink. Bubbles, tart, sweetness, and a bit of savory that will complement everything you put on your table. Super simple to make, this cocktail will have your guests begging for the recipe. Bridal shower drink ideas are easy to find if this one doesn’t appeal to your taste buds.
- 750ml of Zonin Prosecco
- 1 c. limoncello
- Blueberries (some muddled, some whole)
- Lemon slices
Mix the Prosecco and limoncello in a pitcher. Once poured into glasses with muddled blueberries, you can drop in a few whole blueberries, a sprig of thyme, and a lemon slice to top off the drink.
DIY Mimosa Bar
No brunch is truly a brunch without bridal shower drinks — Mimosas! Let your guests craft their own bubbly cocktail with various juices and fruits. Zonin Prosecco is the only alcohol your guests will need, plus a little imagination to mix up their own fruity drink.
- Couple bottles of Zonin Prosecco
- Orange, cranberry, any other juices
- Sliced oranges, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, etc.
We hope that these bridal shower brunch ideas get your creative juices flowing to host a party for the ages! Regardless of the recipes that you choose, Zonin Prosecco should be your first choice to make your cocktails with and you can find some bottles by clicking here https://us.zoninprosecco.com/locator/