What kind of food should be served at a baby shower? Baby Shower Ideas

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Whether you're the mom-to-be or you're planning a fun fete for a friend or relative, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the potential options for a baby shower menu. Here, party-planning pros and moms alike share the details on dishes that will please any crowd.

Give It a Special Theme

"How about a micro-green salad with petite carrots, peas in a pod, fried baby artichokes, and chicken? (See what I did there?) Having a couples' shower? How about baby back ribs on the grill? If you're going to have the event at a restaurant, give people three to four choices to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free friends. Does mom-to-be have a favorite food or something she's been craving the whole pregnancy? Incorporate it if you can. It's the little details that make the event...

"How about a micro-green salad with petite carrots, peas in a pod, fried baby artichokes, and chicken? (See what I did there?) Having a couples' shower? How about baby back ribs on the grill? If you're going to have the event at a restaurant, give people three to four choices to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free friends. Does mom-to-be have a favorite food or something she's been craving the whole pregnancy? Incorporate it if you can. It's the little details that make the event memorable and set your shower apart." -- Kristen Koly Blanks, owner of PartyEase, Columbus, Ohio

Traditional Tea Service

"Right now, I am loving doing traditional tea service at baby showers. Scones with Devonshire cream and jam, assorted tea sandwiches and mini desserts; serve them on tiered trays for a beautiful tablescape. If you are working with a budget, a tea service tends to be less expensive than a full seated lunch without losing any of the elegance of the meal. You can set out decorative teacups as a takeaway and really lean into the food as a theme." -- Gina Wade, entertaining and lifestyle expert...
"Right now, I am loving doing traditional tea service at baby showers. Scones with Devonshire cream and jam, assorted tea sandwiches and mini desserts; serve them on tiered trays for a beautiful tablescape. If you are working with a budget, a tea service tends to be less expensive than a full seated lunch without losing any of the elegance of the meal. You can set out decorative teacups as a takeaway and really lean into the food as a theme." -- Gina Wade, entertaining and lifestyle expert and special events planner, Gina Wade Creative, Los Angeles, California   

Finger Foods & Festive Drinks

"I think lunch or brunch is the best meal for a baby shower. Serve finger foods, little sandwiches or quiches, fruit salad, some kind of treat, festive drinks, and of course, cake!"

Whatever the Mom-to-Be Is Craving

"I had my cravings served! Chicken pesto paninis, a lemon-caper white wine chicken dish with noodles, and buffalo chicken sandwiches."

Go With a Brunch Theme

"My best friend threw my first baby shower, and she chose a brunch theme, which I absolutely loved: quiches, muffins, bagels, spreads, salads, mimosas, and bellinis (including virgin versions). Who doesn't love brunch?"

Do a Potluck of Pregnancy Cravings

"When my friends threw my shower, it was kind of like a potluck, but I loved how they worded it: 'Please bring the food you craved the most when you where pregnant.' It turned out to be a variety of strange foods. I loved it!"

If It's Summer, Throw a 'Baby-Q'

"We had ours in the summer and did a 'baby-Q.' So, baby back ribs, chicken and regular burgers, sausage, and all the sides!"

Keep It Light

"Whatever the mom-to-be wants! I’d recommend lots of appetizers, so people can graze and enjoy the party. Keep it light, so the guest of honor doesn't experience any uncomfortable symptoms, like heartburn. And, of course, make sure everything is pregnancy-safe."

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