Help! Ideas for a Vegan/Vegetarian Bridal Shower Menu

Hello all -

I am a long-time lurker and new subscriber to this terrific site and this is my first posting.

Here's my problem - I am responsible for creating and cooking the menu for the bridal shower for my sister-in-law at the end of the month. She is vegan and has requested that the menu be vegetarian. The bridal shower is from noon - 2 pm so I need a bit of everything (some munchies at the beginning, some lunch food, and a dessert). Although she has not requested the menu be vegan (thank God), I would like to try to keep things vegan as much as possible. So, I would love any ideas that you all have on menu ideas.

By the way, the crowd will be 11-12 people max so that isn't bad but I need to try to make-ahead as much as possible. She's very easy to please and would be happy with almost anything. but she'd be put off by anything that appears to be pretentious (a la Martha Stewart who I absolutely love). I plan to go ahead and look at my Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, Ellie Krieger, and Marc Bittman cookbooks but the collective wisdom and recipes/menus of all of you would be very appreciated.



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