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Brunch and Lunch Bridal Shower Menu Ideas

Brunch: Think Variety

Brunch is also fun, and lends itself to contributions from family and friends. Different breads, such as brioche, croissants, cinnamon buns and Danish, can all be purchased at your local bakery. Of course, if you are feeling ambitious and have the expertise, you might want to make some of these items. If you have never tried it though, don’t experiment the night before the party.

In addition, if Aunt Mary has a tried and true recipe for brioche, get her involved in your brunch plans. Platters of fresh fruit such as melon, strawberries, pineapple, grapes, kiwis along with crudités such as carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and radishes, as well as a variety of dips, can be put together the night before, covered and refrigerated.

Cold cuts from the deli, slices of smoked salmon (if the budget will permit), and plates of different cheeses, perhaps labeled by a little paper flag of the country of origin, round out the brunch selections. Serve spritzers, smoothies, juices and bottled water for healthy options and maybe a punch or champagne cup with your brunch menu as well.

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Lunch: Keep it Simple Soup

If you have your heart set on a sit-down lunch, especially with a small, intimate group, think soup, and I don’t mean out of a tin. There are many wonderful recipes on the internet and it doesn’t take a genius to follow them. You may already have a special soup recipe in your family that you would like to use.

In addition, if you are planning an ethnic theme, then your choice of soup can come from the country you are featuring. Make it special by serving in wide soup bowls, with a sprinkling of freshly chopped herbs such as parsley or a dollop of yogurt or sour cream, depending upon the type of soup.

A variety of fresh rolls or wedges of crusty baguette make a perfect accompaniment. Soup won’t leave your guests filling stuffed, nor will it leave you limp and exhausted in the kitchen as you put it together. If the event is planned for the summer, choose one of the many chilled soup recipes available.

Just make sure you finalize the recipe early enough so that all the ingredients can be assembled on time and you don’t feel rushed. Soup can be made the day before and reheated just before serving. Make sure the napkins are generous to avoid drips.

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