Baby showers are a celebration of new life, as well as an opportunity for the expectant mother-to-be to socialize with her family and friends before baby arrives. Normally there are presents for mother and baby, as well as lots of talking, fun and games during the shower. So, it’s best to plan a menu that celebrates the theme of new life, while also presenting food choices that are healthy for the expectant mom and easy to eat and enjoy in the midst of all of the activity.
Consider these five fun and easy food ideas and menu themes to serve at your baby shower!
Make it a Brunch!
While you can have your shower at any time, hosting the party in the late morning or early afternoon allows you expand your options and serve both breakfast and lighter lunch options. Good choices for your baby shower brunch include eggs Florentine, mini-quiches, deviled eggs, chicken salad and croissants, crepes, mini-pancakes, scones, pastries and fresh fruits and berries.
For dessert, you can swap out the tradition sugar laden frosted shower sheet cake and substitute a lighter trifle made from slices of your favorite flavor of pound cake and layered with crème, fresh berries and jam.
Grill-Out or Barbecue!
If your locale features warm, sunny weather, you might wish to take the shower outside. In this case, consider serving lunch and grilling out lean cuts of meat and seafood such as fish and shrimp, steak, or chicken. Don’t forget the traditional sides typically found at barbecues and cookouts, such as corn on the cob, and potato or pasta salads.
Keep things lighter, and healthy, by skipping the traditional shower cake and substituting fresh watermelon slices or chilled honeydew and cantaloupe for the dessert.
Serve it on a Stick!
Salads are making a big comeback at both parties and meal time and are great for baby showers. Consider setting up a salad bar and allowing guests to assemble their salad with their favorite greens, meats, pasta, toppings and dressings.
You can also add a bit of excitement, and, make it easier for the expectant mom to mingle with her guests, by serving the salad on a stick!
Chop, slice and serve traditional salad foods such as cucumbers, tomatoes, cheeses, olives, and chunks of grilled chicken or ham. Wedges of chopped fresh fruits such as apples, grapes, pineapple wedges, and strawberries work well, too.
Provide plenty of bamboo skewers and allow guests to assemble their own fresh salad kabobs to make it easy to eat while conversing and playing games.
Since this meal is so healthy and light, mom and guests won’t feel so guilty if they indulge in a traditional shower cake. Consider using a healthy and all-natural food dye to tint the frosting in soft, pastel colors typically associated with newborns.
Don’t Forget Appetizers and Other Finger Foods
Tea sandwiches made with cucumber, pimento, and cheese, BLTs or chicken salads remain popular for showers. This is because they are light and easy to eat and carry as you enjoy mixing with others and playing games. Appetizers such as crackers paired with meats and cheeses, as well as dips, are also good choices.
Make the Beverages Fresh and Beautiful!
Consider blending fresh fruits with a dash of milk and crushed ice to make healthy smoothies for mom and her guests. You can also make freshly squeezed and iced lemonade or non-alcoholic versions of popular drinks.
For sangria, follow your traditional recipe and swap the alcohol with sparkling grape juice. You can also make traditional “virgin” Bloody Mary and Shirley Temples that are safe for everyone to drink because you’ve skipped adding the spirits.
Serve them in your prettiest wine, martini or other cocktail glasses and garnish with fresh fruit and cute paper umbrellas for drinks that are refreshing and gorgeous!