I thought y’all might like to see what we ended up doing for the food at the shower! Here’s what was on the menu:
- Spiced Nuts
- Cheese – Gouda, Goat Cheese (served with crackers and fig preserves), and Mozzarella Balls (marinated, on skewers with grape tomatoes)
- Fruit – Green Grapes, Black Grapes, Blackberries
- Mini Cheesecake Bites
The fudge is SO simple (I’ll post the recipe on Monday), and could be made the afternoon before (and stored in the refrigerator). The nuts were also perfect for making the day or two before, and simply placed in their serving bowl, covered well with plastic wrap.
For the cheese, we went ahead and “skewered” the mozzarella balls + tomatoes the night before, put them on their serving plates, covered them with plastic wrap, and placed them in the refrigerator.
The gouda and goat cheese were pulled out of the fridge as soon as we got home from church (about 2+ hours before the shower). This ensured that they would be closer to room temperature by the time we were ready to eat. And, personally, I think having cheese when it’s at room temperature is ever so much more enjoyable than when it’s cold. You can really discern and savor the unique character of each cheese better.
The fruit was probably the easiest dish of all. I just rinsed it, and plated it in such a way that the colors contrasted nicely.
As for the cheesecake bites, we thawed them in the refrigerator (as instructed on the packaging), and filled a friend’s cupcake stand with them. It worked really well!