Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crostini bar

{Photo credits: Martha Stewart}

I am hosting a bridal shower for my good friend Libby in July. The subtle theme is a black and white classic shower, with a focus on great drinks and really good food.

Libby LOVES bread. Seriously loves it so much. For Valentines Day one year her fiance gave her a huge assortment of it. Baguettes, multigrain loafs, breadsticks, etc. It was funny, but also the best gift ever, for her at least.

To incorporate her love of bread into the shower I am going to have a crostini bar. I'm thinking there will be baskets and trays full of grilled baguette, simply brushed with olive oil and a hint of garlic. I'll have bowls filled with different toppings, and people can build their own. A crostini bar! Fun, right?

Here are some topping recipes I may give a try for the crostini bar:

Artichoke parmesan crostini
Grilled tomato bruschetta
Goat cheese crostini with fig compote
Proscuitto basil crostini
Goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes crostini
White bean and caper crostini


  1. It's a great idea! I actually did that last year for my birthday party and it was a lot of fun! I even made a big board with pairing suggestions. That will win any bread lover's heart, Jenna!

  2. Yum, that sounds amazing! I'm sure everyone will love it!


  3. This sounds great - and offers a wide enough selection for everyone to definitely find something they love. Good idea!!!

  4. I am SO excited for this shower!!! I love all of them so I will be happy with whatever toppings you go with! Ummmm, bread!!!


  5. Great idea! So fun and gives everyone lots of choices to pick from. We did something similar for a Holiday party and it was a huge hit!

  6. I love crostini! Great ideas here!

  7. What a fun idea! I've had a couple of very memorable crostinis, both at classes at Cooks of Crocus Hill. I have the recipes for both, if you're ever interested.

    Carpaccio Crostini with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese:

    White Bean Crostini:

  8. I've made the Artichoke parmesan crostini and its so gooood!!!

  9. ooh I love crostinis!! hope you have a blast!

  10. I love this idea :)

  11. Fantastic idea!! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

  12. this is a great idea! can't wait to see your gorgeous pics :)

  13. This is a great idea! We did this once for a book club dinner and people LOVED it!
    There's a restaurant near my that serves up lots of bruschetta. Maybe you can get some other ideas for flavors from their menu:

  14. Just thought you should know that your posts resonate... I was trying to think of a menu for an upcoming party and remembered your crostini bar and had to come looking. These recipes and your party are now in my inspiration file for the upcoming shin-dig!

  15. happy I found this! I'm planning my 40th Birthday and this is just the idea I needed!
    Can't wait