Ideas for baby shower/open house
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.
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.
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
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
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.