For the southern theme wedding shower I hosted for my sister-in-law, the hostesses and I wanted to make sure our buffet menu included all sorts of classic southern recipes along with some family party favorites! We all pitched in and created an overflowing buffet that guests loved. They kept asking me for recipes, and I thought it might be a good idea to share a few for you here. Below are the drink, buffet, and dessert menus along with my reasoning (and some recipes!) behind these choices. Don’t forget to take a look at our other Bridal Shower Theme Ideas to help make your planning process easy!
When we designed our drink table we wanted to give guests lots of choices while also making drinks easily accessible. We used simple powdered sweet tea and lemonade and made several batches of white sangria from scratch. Don't forget the personalized bridal shower water bottle labels we made beforehand!
- Sweet Tea
- White Sangria
- Water bottles with personalized labels (see pictures here)
We combined family favorite recipes and southern classics for our buffet menu. From the traditional buttermilk biscuits (made from a Charleston recipe) to the baked peaches, guests had a variety of delicious dishes from which to choose. We made sure to have egg, meat, fruit, dairy, and starch dishes to appeal to our guests' tastes.
- Scrambled Egg Bake (Bacon, Sausage, and Vegetable - see my grandma's recipe below)
- Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole from Allrecipes.com
- Baked Peaches (see my recipe below)
- Glazed Ham
- Yogurt Bar (with organic vanilla yogurt, granola, blueberries, and raspberries)
- Fruit Skewers (made with watermelon, cantalope, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple)
- Buttermilk Biscuits (I used a recipe from Poogan’s Porch, a great restaurant in Charleston, SC.)
- Cornbread Muffins
Baked Peaches Recipe (makes one 9x13 dish, serves about 15-20 people)
- 6-7 cup sliced peaches (used about 10-12 peaches)
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Cooking spray
- Aluminium foil
- Preheat your oven to 375° F. Mix the peaches, brown sugar, lemon juice, flower, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Place peaches in a greased 9x13 glass baking dish.
- Bake covered (I used alumnium foil) for 35-45 minutes or until peaches are soft. Enjoy!
- 1 lb sausage or 1 lb bacon, browned
- 8 eggs
- 8 slices white bread
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 cups milk
- Beat eggs. Add milk, cheese, bread (broken into pieces), salt, pepper and meat.
- Pour into ungreased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 325° F, and then bake uncovered for 1 1/4 hours. Enjoy!
The crowning glory of the party was our beautiful dessert table! Each hostess made a different dessert, and we placed bite size portions in paper liners and placed them on trays. We made sure to include a variety of desserts as well; we had nuts, fruit, citrus, chocolate, and cake options! I've written a full post on the dessert table, so check it out.
- Sweet and Salty Pecans
- Pecan Bars
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Key Lime Squares
- Oreo Cupcakes
Take a look at my other posts on this southern theme bridal shower, and don't forget to follow our other tips an tricks to throw an unforgettable event: