Throw The Best Showers, Luncheons, And Tea Parties

Planning on hosting a bridal shower, baby shower, or tea?

Try these pretty, festive food and drink ideas.

Tasty Tidbits
Elegant finger foods for any function.

Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

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Sweet Servings
To create an appealing, colorful display, offer mini portions of several different sweets on your buffet table. Use tiered cake stands for an impressive presentation. The small portions make it easy for guests to sample one of each!

Cream Puffs

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Dazzling Drinks
Garnish cocktails with edible flowers and fresh fruit.

Mint Tea Punch


Pleased as Punch
If you’re serving punch, make a floating centerpiece ahead of time: freeze layers of punch and fruit in a tube pan or ring mold. Choose fruits that complement the drink to be served and flowers that match the décor and occasion. Arrange berries, citrus slices, mint leaves and rose petals or other edible flowers in the bottom of the mold. Add just enough liquid (juice, tea, water or punch) to cover the bottom of the mold–you don’t want the fruit to float away. Freeze. Repeat with more layers of liquid and berries, as desired. Just before serving, dip the mold in hot water, invert and float the centerpiece in the punch bowl.

Or, for an equally pretty but less time-consuming display, purchase unscented flower-shaped floating candles from a housewares or wedding supply store. These also make lovely party favors for guests.

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