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Do I have enough food for this baby shower?


I am hosting a baby shower tomorrow for 22 guests.

The menu is buffet style and pretty pedestrian. I'm keeping it simple. Here is the menu:

Chicken Salad on French rolls with a bread and butter pickle
Jamie Oliver's "Best Pasta Salad"
Fresh fruit platter with "French Cream"
Veggie Tray with dip
Cheese Tray with crackers
Potato chips
Pink punch
tea, water, wine

I am thinking I need one more food item. Or do I? Should I make an additional sandwich? An egg salad tea sandwich? Or something warm? Any ideas appreciated on what would go with this menu. Also, if I make 24 sandwiches, will this be enough or should I make more? Thank you.

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  1. Sounds like plenty of food to me. How big are the sandwiches? You might cut them in half. I think your menu is fine and you don't need anything additional.

    1. I agree it is plenty and I second the suggestion of cutting the sandwiches in half so that each is small and easy to pick up and eat with one hand.

      If you really feel the need for more, maybe a platter of deviled eggs? Those always go fast, especially in these low-carb times.

      1. I personally don't like chicken salad, and if the pasta salad were mayo based, I'd be further limited. Could you do something like shaved roast beef on baguette slices, a veggie wrap sandwich or turkey and Gouda turnovers? Otherwise I think your menu sounds darling, it's just my dislike of chicken salad that makes me think another sandwich would be welcome.

        1. I think it looks good. If you have the time and energy, I might do another sandwich option, a sliced meat with cheese (roast beef and swiss?) I also like the suggestion of keeping the sandwiches small, especially if people are not sitting at a table to eat.

          1. As long as the pasta salad is vegetarian, then your bases should be covered. Looks good!

            1. Looks good. I would do goat cheese and tomato sandwiches on a baguette. Or hummus and spinach on lavash. I love the look of of the little round sandwich when the lavash is sliced. Your menu looks great.

              1. Thanks so much for the helpful replies. The sandwiches will be small. The french rolls for the chicken salad are probably 6 inches or so and I'm going to cut in half.

                The pasta salad is not mayo-based. It's made with vinegar and oil.

                Good point about having a meat and cheese sandwich option. Roast beef and swiss sounds delicious. So does the turkey and gouda. OMG! Yum!

                I love deviled eggs and I know they are always a hit. Can I make deviled eggs the night before?

                Thank you again.

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                1. re: Reester

                  You can certainly make deviled eggs the night before if you keep them well covered. I think they'd be a great addition to your menu, but not a necessity. They would be nice if you have any vegetarian guests that wouldn't eat the chicken salad.

                  1. re: Terrie H.

                    Menu sounds good - I would perhaps add some loks and mini bagels - or some shimp and cocktail sauce?

                    As for the deviled eggs

                    I make my deviled eggs before hand and assemble at the last minute keep the stuffing well covered (put plastick wrap directly on the stuffing) then it's very easy to pipe or scoop the filling at the last second garnish etc... so they look fresh.

                  2. re: Reester

                    Other posters echoed my "make another sandwich" option as I don't like chicken salad in a sandwich. Deviled eggs are great!!!

                  3. If you do choose to make another sandwich, can I suggest a vegetarian one? Maybe caprese or a grilled eggplant/zucchini/red pepper sort of thing?

                    I'm not even vegetarian, but this way everyone has an option to load their plate with a sandwich and a side.

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                    1. Instead of doing another sandwich, what about something like mini meatballs or some kind of mini skewer with chicken on it? At my friend's shower I did both chicken skewers with a mustard glaze, and mini turkey meatballs (on toothpicks). Everyone really seemed to enjoy them.

                      1. I think your menu is lovely but would recommend that you make some extra sandwiches. I would not add more labour intensive food you also want to enjoy your day. Why not add some nuts, cashews, or walnuts that would be a compliment to the cheese and might be a good vegetarian option to offer? Olives, pickles might be a good addition as well. You mention devilled eggs which you can make the night before but I think you have plenty on your menu.

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                        1. re: Ruthie789

                          Thanks. The shower is over. It went great and I had plenty of food. I made extra chicken salad sandwiches (probably 30+) and I made ham and swiss party sandwiches. Evidently these are very popular (all over the internet) but I've never made them. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-ham...

                          Thanks again for all of the helpful suggestions and replies. I appreciate it very much!

                          1. re: Reester

                            I`m sure you hosted a wonderful party. You put thought, time and effort into your party. I`m glad it went well. I like the link, thank you for sharing.

                          2. One other option - I love very simply made Edamame - salt EVOO in the oven for 10 15 minutes there nice warm or cold cheap and very addictive.

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                            1. concur with the suggestion to add bowls of nuts.
                              would nix the deviled eggs (to me they give off a yuck smell within an hour of being made--the whole room stinks after they've been out for a while.)