Figuring out what to serve at a baby shower can sometimes become too complicated and what should be an easy task turns into a daunting, stressful part of planning the shower. Keep it simple – you don’t have to serve a huge spread. Baby showers are meant to be fun and enjoyable, not stuffy and formal. Not to mention you don’t want your guests getting full…you still have cake to feed them!
Here are some simple shower food ideas you can use to host the perfect baby shower:
- Vegetable Tray
- Fruit Tray
- Light salad
Finger foods are great shower foods because they allow the guests to graze while also participating in the socializing. If you serve a full meal, it really cuts into the shower time. Having a table set up with various dips and snacks will really keep the baby shower going. There will be no need to wait until all the guests have finished eating before beginning the next portion of the shower – like games and gifts.
Word of caution though – if you’re throwing the baby shower at prime meal times (like lunch or dinner) it’s poor manners NOT to serve a full meal (or at least enough food to fill your guests up). So keep that in mind while planning the shower.
Below are the staples I use for every shower I throw. You can tailor it to meet your specific guest list and shower.
- Meat and cheese tray
- Meatballs in a crockpot
- Vegetable tray
- Fruit tray
- Artichoke dip
- Spinach dip
- Velveeta and salsa dip
- Crackers and chips
- Cookie tray
- Bowls of candy (M&M’s are a great shower food idea)
The rolls are pretty pertinent to this set up, because it allows your guests to either eat the roll plain, or make a deli sandwich with the meat and cheese tray, or a meatball sandwich. Offering them a small table of food that has multiple options will really make your spread stand out.
If your baby shower is closer to lunch time, you may want to substitute (or in addition to) the meat and cheese tray for a 6″-12″ pre-made sub, if you think most of your guests would enjoy a sandwich.
The key to throwing a successful shower is really to keep it simple. You can buy and prepare all of the food a day or two before the shower, to alleviate some of the stress that comes on shower day. Think smarter, not harder.
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Happy Baby Showering!
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