A traditional occasion for many brides-to-be, bridal showers can be just as momentous as the wedding day itself. Hosting a bridal shower in your home is both cost-effective, and creates a more intimate gathering for the bride and her guests.

If you’re planning to host a bridal shower, the menu is probably top of mind. Because bridal showers are typically held midday, the spread usually consists of assorted hors d’oeuvres and snacks, slightly more elaborate than the average party fare. Some people choose to offer a light lunch that includes salad, sandwiches, and various side dishes. You can also ask the guest of honor if there are any dishes she’d prefer.

Whether you’re entertaining a handful or a houseful of guests, the Vitamix machine simplifies food preparation so you can easily create flavorful appetizers, desserts, and beverages worthy of an upscale caterer.

With these Vitamix recipes, you can chop, mix, and purée your way to a memorable bridal shower:

  1. Fruity Avocado Salsa - A vibrant blend of fruits and vegetables that pairs wonderfully with whole grain tortilla chips.
  2. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fondue - Perfect for dipping fresh fruit, marshmallows, pretzels, and much more.
  3. Fresh Fruit Punch - A sweet and refreshing punch made from fresh fruit and club soda, perfect for parties and showers.
  4. Bellini - Toast to the bride with this classic champagne cocktail.
  5. Champagne "Rose" Bonbon - Add a little more sophistication to your champagne flute with the combination of lychees, fresh raspberries, and St. Germain.
  6. Fuzzy Navel - A fruity cocktail made with peach schnapps, triple sec, canned peaches, and a fresh orange. Cheers!
  7. Shortbread Cookies - It isn’t a holiday gathering without the ever-popular shortbread cookie—an easy-to-make recipe using your Vitamix.
  8. Raw Chocolate-Orange Torte - A naturally sweet almond crust with silky, chocolate-orange filling featuring coconut oil and cashews.