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Ideas for baby shower/open house

sljones Jun 5, 2007 04:16 AM

We are expecting our first baby in October, and my sisters are throwing us a baby shower/party/open house in July to celebrate. My husband I like to cook, so want to contribute to the food to show our gratitude to our guests for their love and support. Can you help us with some ideas?

I had considered some phillo cheese triangles, but have never worked w/ phillo before so wonder if it is too ambitious?

I'm looking for finger food/appetizers that can sit out for several hours, as the party will be a rolling open house. We do not need cutesy baby food, as we are not doing the games etc!

I'd love your thoughts on great, reliable recipes, especially anything that can be made ahead.

Many thanks!!


  1. hotoynoodle Jun 5, 2007 06:37 AM

    phyllo is forgiving and i think people shouldn't be afraid of it. you just need to work quickly. here's a list of items all of which can be made ahead and are good room temp:

    mini sandwiches of chicken salad, almonds and grapes
    mini sandwiches of turkey, cheddar and granny smith apple
    strata or mini quiches
    deviled eggs
    shrimp cocktail
    vegetarian lasagne
    lemon/ginger marinated drumsticks
    hummus or bean dip
    asparagus and orange salad
    bagels and a variety of cream cheeses with smoked salmon
    couscous or bulgur salad with lots of lemon and fresh herbs
    sesame noodle salad
    chopped cobb salad
    teriyaki chicken on skewers
    skewers of buffalo mozz, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
    trays of olives and nuts
    cheese and crackers
    fruit salad on skewers
    mini cupcakes or cheesecakes
    poundcake with fruit compote or whipped cream

    3 Replies
    1. re: hotoynoodle
      sljones Jun 5, 2007 11:04 AM

      Thanks, these are all great suggestions. Perhaps I'll practice once w/ phyllo over the summer, to see if I can't figure out some nice finger food with that

      1. re: sljones
        chrystaldawn Jun 5, 2007 12:02 PM

        I love to put out marinated asparagus. Blanch asparagus then put in plastic bag with (combine before marinating) balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, crushed garlic, pepper, salt, dijon mustard. Or you may also may also use your favorite vinaigrette dressing. Let marinate for 12-24 hours.

      2. re: hotoynoodle
        carinole Jun 5, 2007 12:07 PM

        What a wonderful list of items. I can only add smoked sausage (or shrimp) wrapped in bacon basted in BBQ sauce and then broiled. First to go at all of our parties.

      3. loisstella Jun 5, 2007 04:20 AM

        You could do mini cupcakes - magnolia bakery style.
        Also am always a fan of cruditees, homemade chips and dips (such as fresh guacamole and tzatziki) and I never go wrong with a nice cheese plate and fresh bread / crackers.
        Spicy chicken wings can be made ahead and doesn't get soggy...
        Nothing fancy but things that are easy and work.

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