These food and dessert ideas for a wildflower-themed shower could really be used for so many different celebrations. It’s a collection of great recipes for entertaining – whether it be a shower, wedding, birthday, or tea party.
This barn wedding shower was the backdrop for this tasty food.
Food and Dessert Ideas for a Wildflower-Themed Shower
The original theme for my niece’s wedding shower was wildflower. We designed the menu, invitations, decor, and food cards to match the theme. When the weather took a turn for the worse, our outdoor nature theme had to pivot to a barn. It ended up being a beautiful pivot and the food worked well for a barn shower as well.
The menu was designed to fit the wildflower theme with edible flowers as a common thread throughout the food design. For a list of edible flowers, see here. We wanted to make each presentation unique and beautiful.
Food Ideas for a Wedding Shower
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My older sister was responsible for the savory food while I made the desserts.
For the main meal, we decided to make a delicious spring salad accompanied by little tea sandwiches for the lunch portion of the celebration.
Here is our shower savory menu:
Spring Salad with Candied Pecans
Here is our spring salad with candied pecans. The recipe for the dressing can be found here. Her salad consisted of praline pecans from Costco (if you haven’t tasted them yet, they are like candy), sliced red onions, sliced strawberries, and feta tossed with a spring mix of greens.
Radish and Butter Tea Sandwiches
Our first tea sandwich was a radish butter mini-sandwich. The bread was cut into circles using a small cookie cutter. My tip to avoid food waste is to save all of the bread extras and use them to make homemade bread crumbs. My favorite recipe involving bread crumbs is this baked chicken dijon.
Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
Next up in my Food and Dessert Ideas for a Wildflower-Themed Shower: Egg Salad Sandwiches.
Egg salad sandwiches are enjoyed by many, but we definitely wanted to class it up a bit by cutting them into squares and topping them with clover, which actually has nutritional and medicinal health benefits.
Here’s a highly-rated egg salad sandwich recipe.
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwich
Another classic sandwich is a chicken salad sandwich. Wanting to decorate with cucumbers, that was the one addition that was made. The sandwiches were cut into rectangles and decorated with thin slices of cucumber or tied with a chive.
Wildflower Herbed Butter
The Wildflower Herb Butter was a huge hit. It was my personal favorite. We served it with some crusty bread. It’s actually super simple to make and would impress anyone.
We didn’t really follow a recipe. All we did was chop up various herbs, including rosemary, thyme, basil, and chives. Soften the butter and add in your herbs, garlic, and salt. Place a log of herbed butter on top of some plastic wrap. Wrap the butter up, roll it, and shape it into a nice, smooth log.
Next, take your edible flower petals and place them artistically on top of the butter log. Refrigerate until ready to use.
You can make the logs ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate them, storing them wrapped in plastic wrap. My advice is to just do the herbs and butter initially and then add the edible flowers on top the day of your party.
Here is an in-process photo to better show the design:
That was it for the savory. Now onto the desserts.
Dessert Ideas for a Wedding Shower
Again, while this menu was specifically for a Wildflower Barn Wedding Shower, these are some of my favorite dessert choices for any celebration. Some of my favorite desserts include my key lime pie and berry cobbler. However, I chose the specific ones presented here for a combination of taste and design.
This was a large shower, so I made a lot of desserts. What surprised me was that I thought people would take one or two items. However, apparently, people want to try everything. I was shocked at how the desserts disappeared. Believing I would have oodles of leftovers, I started getting concerned as I saw plates pass by with so many different items on them. We did end up having enough – but just.
Here is the dessert menu for this wildflower barn-themed wedding shower:
I originally saw Opera Cake in a competitive baking competition. I had never heard of it, so I simply had to try it.
This recipe from Preppy Kitchen was amazing. While it is a bit of work, it is perfect to make for entertaining because you can make it ahead of time and freeze it until needed.
What is Opera Cake you ask? I say that someone from France went down to Italy and decided they wanted to make their own version of tiramisu. The only difference I make is using Kahlua instead of Brandy or Cognac because it is what I have on hand. It’s probably what brings it closer to a tiramisu also.
Profiteroles are also known as cream puffs. They have a choux pastry with a pastry cream inside. Sometimes they have a chocolate or other glaze topping.
Here’s a recipe I found for choux pastry.
I decided to make three different flavors of profiteroles. The choux was made the same for each one. It was simply the filling and glaze that I switched up.
The first was a key lime profiterole. Normally, I’d write down my own recipes, but I had so many desserts to make that I couldn’t take the time. I’m just going to link to recipes that look like they’d be good.
I love a good cream puff, so my goal is to get to work on coming up with some of my own recipes in this area. Until then, you can try out some of the ones I linked to. The great thing about serving profiteroles is that you just need to make a big batch of choux pastry and then play around with flavor and filling combinations.
Here’s my beautiful lemon tart recipe. The flavor is silky and smooth. As you see, if you visit the link, I have made these in smaller tartlet form in the past. This one I did in a 9″ tart pan. I added small meringue and daisy decorations to fit the wildflower theme.
Pavlovas has become a go-to dessert for me not only because I love them, but because they are so well received and asked for again and again. There’s a crispness and freshness to them that balances the sugar nicely. They’re the perfect last bite, and the recipe I linked to has never disappointed me.
Proper storage is key because they don’t like moisture. Store in an airtight container in a low-humidity environment for up to 3 days. I like to store mine in a dark pantry. They will want to be eaten quickly after assembling.
For the wildflower theme, I wish I had some mint on hand to put on top.
There you have it friends. Those are our food and dessert ideas for a wildflower-themed shower. I hope this helps as you are planning your own special celebrations. What a blessing to be able to gather around food with friends and family to commemorate special events.