A baby shower is a wonderful celebration to help the mom-to-be with welcoming her precious little one into the world. Beyond the gifts and the games, the food offered at the party is often one of the most anticipated parts of the event; especially anticipated by the hungry mama! There are a number of ways that you can approach the menu for the baby shower, and a fair part of the direction you go in will be influenced by the overall theme of the baby shower.
There are a few questions you should first determine the answers to:
- Will the baby shower be a sit-down event, or will guests mingle and chat during the party?
- Are there any food allergies or faith-related food requirements to consider?
- Does the mom-to-be have any food restrictions during her pregnancy?
- Will the event be hosted outdoors or indoors?
- Who will be invited to the party? Is the baby shower going to include the guys and kids, or just the ladies?
With an idea as to the direction of your baby shower, you can start to plan your menu. As a general rule, it is typically advisable to keep things as simple as possible when planning a baby shower; especially if the baby shower is going to be hosted at the new mama’s home. Keeping things simple will help to ensure that cleanup is a snap!
Keeping it Fresh
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Your Baby Shower
You simply can’t go wrong with a nice selection of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Sliced pineapple, grapes, apples, melons, and other fresh fruits will also make a really attractive display on the food table. Fresh vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, celery, and even fresh zucchini can provide the new mama and her guests a healthy crunch. Be sure to include a few dips for both the fruit and the vegetables; a nice sweet dip for the fruit and a ranch dressing dip for the vegetables will make everyone happy.
Fruit can be served in large bowls with tongs to help with serving it up, or consider putting the fruit on bamboo skewers for a fun portable fresh treat.
Chips and Dips
A Baby Shower’s Best Friend
You can’t go wrong with a great selection of chips and dips. Whether you are serving up freshly made guacamole or a scrumptious spinach artichoke dip, your guests are sure to thoroughly enjoy their dipping snack. Onion dip, salsa, hummus, and queso are other types of popular dips.
Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or with a selection of favorite potato chips. Pop Chips are a healthier alternative to fried potato chips, and are also great for dipping. If you will be serving an assortment of crackers, consider also serving a selection of sliced cheese; just make sure to avoid any cheeses that pregnant women need to avoid due to the live cultures inside of the cheese.
Filling Meal Ideas
Satisfy Mama’s Hunger
Very often at a baby shower, planners tend to want to avoid serving up any meat because it can be a challenge to present and offer to baby shower guests. In reality however, it is very easy to offer skewers of chicken, platters of deli meat, grilled or boiled shrimp – either on skewers or ready for dipping with a nice cocktail sauce, or you could offer boneless chicken wings, meatballs, or even dainty slider hamburgers.
Personal-sized pizzas and perfectly cut sandwiches are also other great choices for your baby shower. Mini quiche and other small savory tartlets can add an elegant touch to your party.
Baby Shower Beverages
Don’t forget to include a nice selection of drinks for the baby shower. Virgin daiquiris or margaritas are a fun choice, along with alcohol free champagne. Coffee, tea, and fresh lemonade are other great refreshments to offer to guests.
Baby Shower Dessert Ideas
No baby shower would be complete without a selection of scrumptious desserts, so be sure to offer at least one type of freshly-baked cookie and perhaps miniature cheesecakes for a decadent delight. Decorated cupcakes are a great alternative to a large sheet cake, and butter mints can offer light refreshment after everyone has enjoyed their food.
Our social media accounts have tons of ideas on desserts for your baby shower, so be sure to swing by and check them out. You won’t regret it. Links are provided below.
Even More Food Ideas!
For even more baby shower food ideas check out our Ideal Baby Shower Tumblr–we’re always posting tons of great treats and ideas on there. And that’s not it! Our Pinterest has awesome food ideas that will make you sooo hungry,–and your guests–we swear (you’ll want to be making some of the recipes on there before and well after your shower). If you like what you see don’t forget to follow us!