This Is What to Serve at an Outdoor Bridal Shower
Southerners love to celebrate. When we hear that friends and family are engaged, we’re excited for them of course, but we’re also looking forward to planning and throwing a bridal shower. Update your go-to bridal shower menu with a few of our classic (and easy!) recipes for finger foods and punches. All of these recipes are easy to prepare, fresh, and flavorful. They travel well, and they’re perfect for an outdoor bridal shower. They pair well with outdoor showers, garden parties, and long afternoons spent snacking al fresco because they’re so vibrant and unexpected. We’ve included recipes ideal for morning and afternoon parties, both brunch-style finger foods and more filling, snackable options for later in the day. No matter the time of your party, construct your menu from our recipes below, and plan a bridal shower guests will remember—and savor. (Don’t forget the beverages! We have a few ideas for those too.)
Recipe: Lemon-Almond Tarts
Sweet and subtle, these tarts are the ideal finish to a shower of delicious nibbles. With the brightness of citrus and the subtle creamy crunch of almond, you'll be giving out this recipe long after the shower is over.
Recipe: Cheesecake Tarts
These no-bake cheesecake tarts can be piled with your favorite fresh fruits for a seasonal dessert perfect for a bridal shower.
Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Recipe: Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Easy and portable, these Lemon Cheesecake Bars are sure to please a crowd.
Sparkling Ginger-Orange Cocktails
This sparkling sipper has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy thanks to the pairing of orange and ginger.
Recipe: Lemon-Lime-Rosemary Punch
Put a fragrant spin on the classic citrus punch for a refreshing, tart, herb-infused beverage.
Recipe: Sparkling Punch
Pretty and pink, this punch is perfect for a bridal shower and can be altered easily for alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions.
Fruit Salad with Yogurt
Recipe: Fruit Salad with Yogurt
Fruit salad is a must for any outdoor shower. Guests can scoop their favorite fruits and savor them in the morning light.
Apple Butter-and-Cheddar Puffs
Recipe: Apple Butter-and-Cheddar Puffs
For morning or afternoon, these sweet and savory puffs will keep guests coming back for more. (Better double the recipe.)
Avocado Fruit Salad
Recipe: Avocado Fruit Salad
Update your classic fruit salad recipe with this idea—a genius addition of avocado elevates the staple.
Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles
Recipe: Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles
Mini chicken and waffles. Need we say more?
Recipe: Gouda Grits
The perfect side for a brunchtime shower, gouda grits are a favorite of party planners (and guests!) everywhere.
Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
Bake up a few batches of these frittatas for a shower, no matter the time of day.
Ham-Stuffed Biscuits With Mustard Butter
Easy to make and even easier to eat, these classic ham biscuits get a touch of tangy tartness from our delicious mustard butter.
Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers
These super-fresh, supremely snackable skewers are just perfect for an outdoor shower.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
These savory, satisfying mini bites are easy to load onto app plates and easy to eat while chatting with other guests.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
This recipe makes baked brie even easier to prepare and to eat. Win-win!
Pimiento Cheese Gougères
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Gougeres
Pimiento cheese is a must at any bridal shower. Make it memorable with this gougères recipe.
Recipe: Blackberry-Brie Pizzettas
These sublime blackberry-brie pizzettas charm guests with a burst of blackberry and the creaminess of brie.
Chicken Salad Pitas
Recipe: Chicken Salad Pitas
Don’t forget the chicken salad. If it’s missing, every Southern lady will notice. These pitas are fresh and easy to eat, just perfect for outdoor parties.
Recipe: Apple Flatbread
Fresh and crisp, this flatbread is as delicious as it is easy to prep. Slice it up for guests and add a sampling of dipping sauces if you'd like.
Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Stuff juicy cherry tomatoes for a poppingly delicious finger food.
Mini Crab Cakes
Recipe: Mini Crab Cakes
These mini crab cakes take some prep, but they’re a perfect app for an outdoor bridal shower, especially by the coast.
Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
Recipe: Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
Make the most of seasonal produce with this spin on crowd-pleasing baked brie.
Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts
Recipe: Guacamole-Goat Cheese Toasts
Guacamole and goat cheese pairs beautifully in this recipe for crisp toast points.
Muffuletta Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Muffuletta Deviled Eggs
No Southern shower would be complete without a pretty plate of delicious deviled eggs.
Recipe: Ham-and-Cheese Skewers
These skewers are always a favorite, and they’re ideal for outdoor showers. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces for a simple treat.
Smoked Trout Crostini with Radishes and Dill Cream
Elevate your app game with this crisp crostini. Don’t skimp on the dill cream.
Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Update the much-loved cheese ball with creamy feta, tangy olives, and fragrant fresh herbs.
Tiny Tomato Tarts
Recipe: Tiny Tomato Tarts
These are cutest tarts you could ever serve (and they’re perfectly at home served on the patio or in a leafy green garden!).
Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves
Another Southern bridal shower mainstay, make the traditional cheese ring extra special with the addition of strawberry preserves.
Mini Caprese Bites
Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites
The fresh flavors of mozzarella and tomato burst in these teensy, party-pleasing bites.
Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
Fresh and flavorful and packed with fragrant herbs, these goat cheese bites brighten up any spread.
Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted Grapes
Bring even more captivating flavor to the classic crostini with blue cheese and irresistible balsamic-roasted grapes.