Baby Shower Food Ideas

You are having a party for a very-pregnant woman: a woman who is more tired than she's ever been before, who can't find a comfortable position to sit, sleep, or stand, and who is nervous, excited, thrilled, terrified, happy, and sad all at the same time.  You need to feed her!  You can put whatever you want up for baby shower decorations, you can blow up balloons, but what she really wants is to sit back, put up her swollen feet, eat something delicious, and think of nothing more strenuous than opening baby gifts.  What should you serve at a baby shower?

You can have themed food – like Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes for a twin baby shower – but here are some old favorites:

Snacks and Appetizers

Who needs a meal when they have a variety of great appetizers on which to nibble.  Fruits, veggies with dips, olives, cheese and crackers, meat and cheese trays, deviled eggs, and finger sandwiches are always a great choice, and you can easily accommodate for a wide range of tastes.

A fruit pizza is an excellent, beautiful, and unique idea.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 1 cup of  orange juice
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice.

Image by audreyjm529 on FlickrInstructions:

Mix these ingredients together to make your “sauce.”  Cook for one minute and set aside to cool.

Next, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and roll dough out onto a well-greased pizza or cookie sheet. Bake this for about 8 to 10 minutes at 325° to 350° F and let cool.

Mix an 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese, a teaspoon of vanilla, ½ cup granulated sugar and spread this mixture over the cooled cookie dough.  Top the pizza with your favorite fruits, such as bananas, strawberries, cherries, grapes, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Spoon your orange sauce over the pizza and refrigerate for about 3 hours before you serve.

Entrees do not have to be elaborate, especially if you have a lot of guests. You can make a big dish, like lasagna (either make it a veggie lasagna for non-meat-eating guests or make two), stuffed shells, casserole, or soups. You can then serve the soups in bread bowls for a nice, unique touch. Broccoli cheese and potato soups are good options for winter showers. In the summer, you can always stick with the finger foods or grill burgers and hot dogs for ease and convenience.  It's also a good way to get the guys at the shower!

For Dessert

Cakes and cookies related to your theme are always great. If you want something a little different, though, try renting a chocolate fountain.  The mom-to-be will love it – and you! Supply dippers, like strawberries, banana chunks, pretzels, cherries, marshmallows, angel food cake, and more.  On a similar theme, you can make stuffed strawberries.  Mama is sure to love that too.

Image by tawalker on FlickrTo do this, you will need:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • An 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese
  • Shaved chocolate.

Sounds good already, doesn't it?

Instructions:

  • Cut the stem and base of each strawberry after washing and patting them dry.  Next, stand the strawberry up on the flat part you've just made and cut an X into the top, going about ¾ of the   way down the strawberry.  This is where you will put the filling.  Mix the vanilla (1 teaspoon), sugar, and cream cheese together.
  • If you have a pastry bag with a star tip, you can use that to stuff the strawberries.  If not, use a sandwich bag with a small hole cut into one of the bottom corners.  You then use it just like a pastry bag.  Once the strawberries are filled and arranged on a platter, drizzle melted chocolate over them and enjoy.

Look for new ideas and recipes online, and remember to incorporate the mother-to-be's favorite foods into the celebration.

Here are some more great baby shower theme ideas: