Baby Shower Food
The key to any successful gathering is the mix of people, the conversation, and the food and drink. At a baby shower, the people and the conversation will take care of themselves, so you can focus on the food and drink.
The refreshments you serve at a baby shower depend on the time of day and the number of people attending. The more people you are inviting, the more you will want to keep the refreshments simple and easy to prepare. If you are hosting an afternoon baby shower, most people expect finger foods, vegetables and dip, cookies, and other delectable sweets. If you are hosting a late afternoon or evening shower, you can provide a more substantial buffet of finger foods or serve a full meal if you are really industrious.
The easiest way to serve baby shower food is to set up a buffet or set trays of food out amidst the guests. This requires guests to move around and mingle and can help stimulate conversation.
Baby shower food does not have to be elaborate to be elegant and look beautiful. Often, changing simple, easy to prepare foods into smaller versions of themselves creates an elegant and yummy buffet.
- Vegetables and dip are quick and easy to prepare. Buy a variety of brightly colored vegetables: cherry tomatoes, broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower and cucumber. Arrange on a tray in alternating colors with a container of dip in the center.
- Try stuffing mini pita breads with hummus and julienne vegetables or artichoke caponata.
- Serve baby quiches on leaves of spinach and chicken satays with a red pepper sauce.
- Prepare homemade antijitos. Mix chopped green onions, chopped green chilies, softened cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar or mozzarella cheese, and a dab of salsa. Spread a thin layer of the mixture on a large flour tortilla. Roll the tortilla like you would a jelly-roll, wrap it in plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge over night. Just before the baby shower, slice the roll into bite-size servings, and arrange them on a plate with some salsa and sour cream for dipping. Four large tortillas will make approx. 48 bite-size rolls.
- Create a fruit platter or carve a watermelon bowl and fill with mixed fruits. Buy a variety of fresh fruit: strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, nectarine, and pineapple. Serve with a simple fruit dip made from your favorite yogurt and a light whipped dessert topping.
Every baby shower needs a cake and other yummy sweets. If your soufflés fall and your cakes always have the consistency of rubber, you can purchase a wide array of baked goods at your local bakery. Most bakeries have a fine selection of cakes and other treats available for your and the expectant mom's sweet tooth. A cute cake, decadent brownies, and melt-in-your-mouth shortbread are always crowd pleasers. If you are a creative cake baker, try making a diaper shaped cake, a stork, or baby blocks. If you chose a baby shower theme, you can create a cake that fits in with your theme.
Baby shower food can be exciting. Think creatively and always ask the mom-to-be what she is craving and include it as well. Check with your guests before you plan the menu to make sure you are aware of any food allergies or other special food considerations and plan accordingly.