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Need menu planning help for Bridal Shower/Tea Party/Light Luncheon!

DanaB | Apr 7, 2008 07:14 PM

Hi all,

I'm helping to throw a bridal shower later this month, and need help with the menu planning. There will be around 12 in attendance (or, maybe I should say, 10-15), and it will be held on a Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. One of the co-hosts wanted to do a formal tea, but given the hour of day, I think a combination tea/light luncheon is more appropriate. Here's what I'm planning (and where I need help):

Three varieties of tea sandwiches (2 dozen of each):

Sesame-crusted chicken salad tea sandwiches (from Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook)

Smoked salmon with lemon-caper cream on mini bagels

A vegetarian sandwich -- need help here! There's a recipe on Martha Stewart's website for a "yolk butter and asparagus" tea sandwich which sounds good (it's basically a modified egg salad with asparagus), or maybe something more basic, like radish/watercress/butter sandwiches? Or maybe a cheese/chutney or the like. Any ideas?
Two quiches (each cut into 8 slices):

One quiche lorraine

One spinach quiche
Scones with jam and clotted cream (I will have plain and ginger, about 2 dozen total)
Fruit salad (something simple, like this recipe:
Lemon bars and Cinnamon-nut bars
A small chocolate mousse cake (the bride is a chocolate lover)
For beverages:

Two types of tea (an english breakfast tea and an herb/fruit tea) with option to add cream, sugar, honey and lemon.

Mimosas or bellinis

Sparkling water

First, does this seem like the right amount and combination of food? Do you think I should add a fourth tea sandwich? Do you think I should add a green salad? Are there enough sweet options? Any other ideas or things I am forgetting?

Thanks so much for any and all assistance! :-)

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