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Baby showers: best baby shower food ideas

By Ella Walsh

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There is more to fun to be had when planning a baby shower other than choosing fun games - such as planning gorgeous baby shower food! Your guests will be expecting delish (and possibly themed) food, drink and nibblies. So while planning the perfect baby shower menu can be a blast - just be careful to not go catering-crazy. Make sure you keep the following in mind before organising your baby shower food:

How many baby shower guests

Obviously, the more people you invite to your baby shower, the more food you need to supply. So, if you want to serve a full meal, it's probably advisable to try to keep the number of guests below 10, but if you're happy to have a morning or afternoon tea for your shower, where guests can help themselves to a buffet of delicious finger food, you can extend the guest list.

Having a large guest list for your baby shower will increase your workload, particularly in the catering department, so if you do want to invite 50 of your closest girlfriends, perhaps consider asking guests to bring a plate, or try roping in some willing helpers.

When are you throwing your baby shower?

The time of day will really dictate the type and quantity of food you'll need for your baby shower. Holding it between mealtimes - morning or afternoon tea - will remove the need to serve really substantial food. But throw a lunch or dinner baby shower, and your guests will arrive, reasonably expecting to be fed properly.

Quick and easy baby shower recipes

Does your baby shower have a theme?

If you're keen on having a baby shower theme, there are lots of ways you can easily tie the food you serve into the theme. Colour themes - pink and blue are popular choices, what a surprise! - can easily be followed through with matching coloured food. And simple motifs such as stars or flowers can be duplicated in icing decorations, and sandwich and biscuit shapes.

More ambitious baby shower themes may lead you into slightly more adventurous catering waters - a Hawaiian theme could have Hawaiian punch, fruit kebabs, and ham and pineapple mini pizzas.

Baby shower tip!

Whatever you choose to serve at your shower, the most important thing about catering for guests is that the food should be safe to eat and look inviting - don't go too wild with the food colouring!

Who are your baby shower guests?

What you choose to serve at your baby shower will be impacted by who you invite:

  • Young children accompanying mum may need kid-friendly snacks to keep them happy
  • Elderly relatives may not be comfortable standing around with a serviette and finger food

How long will it take to prepare the food for your baby shower

Don't be too ambitious - choose a menu for your shower that you know you can accomplish in the timeframe you have. There's no sense in stressing yourself unnecessarily because you chose to tackle a three-tiered fondant-iced cake for your baby shower.

Who will help you cook for your shower?

We all know that many hands make light work, so if you have friends or family who are happy to help you cater your event, put them to work! You can afford to be slightly more ambitious with your menu if you know that you'll have help in the kitchen on the day of the baby shower.

Alternatively, if you know you're not going to get any help, adjust your menu accordingly. Or consider asking friends to bring a plate to lighten your load.

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