I will be hosting an “Around the Clock” bridal shower and in keeping with the time theme I would like to have a menu that is reflective of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bride and her mom are super picky eaters so I am having to balance their simple (boring) tastes with my need to flex my culinary muscle some – what’s the point of a party if you can’t get creative in the kitchen? But I seem to be struggling with how to tie it into an overall cohesive menu without having too much bread or cheese in the menu.
The other constraints I am working around are timing and kitchen appearance. The shower starts at 11:00am so I need to minimize day of prep and cooking. As well my kitchen is part of my great room and when guests arrive I like to have the kitchen pretty tidy and only need to do a minimal amount of prep when hosting a party where people will be mingling about as opposed to tucked around the corner in the dining room.
Thus far I am toying with the following ideas:
Ham and gruyere crepes
Fresh fruit kabobs
Herb cheese crostini with filet and onion marmalade
Stuffed zucchini and mushrooms
Thanks for the ideas and creativity!