Baby Shower Menu
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what to serve at a baby shower (or some menus from their own showers). I am in charge of being the hostess for my cousin, and am looking for some ideas. Right now, I know I am going to serve salad (with toasted walnuts, goat cheese, sliced apples, and a raspberry vinegarette) and chocolate dipped strawberries. However, a full meal this does not make :) She does not eat any red meat, but other than that is very open anything. Thank you in advance!
Hi wildfire! I recently participated in two baby showers, one thrown for me & one I threw for a friend. My shower was a sunday noontime event & my friends served salad, quiche, fruit, bread & cheese, cupcakes, coffee & mimosas. The shower I through for my friend was an early evening cocktail party type thing & we had lots of appetizers including, skewered caprese salad, endive spears with pears, gorgonzola & pecans, fruit skewers w/yogurt dip, cheese plate, charcuterie platter &
beer/wine/pomagranite martinis. Another idea, inaddition to your salad (which sounds yummy btw) & fruit is tea sandwiches which are traditional.....smoked salmon & herb cream cheese, cucumber sandwiches etc.
I'm in the same boat. My shower is going to be a Sunday brunch. Right now, I'm thinking:
Bagels/Lox/Cream cheese and accompaniments of red onion, capers, and lemon
Middle eastern platter of hummous, baba, red pepper/feta spread, grape leaves
Something hot like a frittata or quiche
I just went to a shower last weekend where the main part of the feast was an amazing nicoise made with salmon instead of tuna. It consisted of poached salmon fillets surrounded by mixed greens in one pile, delicate slices of hard bolied egg, olives, blanched green beans, and purple and white potatoes sliced and layered in alternating colors in three rows. It was on a huge platter with dressing in a crystal dish on the side, and a bowl of extra greens. It was such an impressive presentation that people were taking pictures of it. It was very well done.
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The first thing I always do when planning a baby shower is to ask the mom to be what foods she is avoiding eating during pregnancy. Women vary widely in what they choose to avoid for food safety / pregnancy reasons, ranging from eating everything to omitting soft and/or unpasteurized cheese, lunch meats, cured meats/fish, raw or rare fish or meats, bean sprouts, unpasteurized juices, or even sugar (gestational diabetes). It's awful to plan a big spread and then find out the mom to be can't eat some of it.
In addition to your salad and strawberries (which sound great), you need drinks (sparkling water, other non-alcoholic drink, coffee or tea depending on time of day and champagne or wine maybe), another dessert (a fabulous cake, or a variety of cookies and bars) and at least one main dish, which is dependent on time of day (at brunch time bagels, lox, cream cheese and accompaniments, or quiches or a beautiful french toast casserole; at lunch time sandwiches or quiches or poached salmon or a couple of hearty salads like a chicken salad and a pasta salad; or in the afternoon a tea with little sandwiches and scones).
It will be lovely!