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Coming up with baby shower menu ideas can be one of the difficult party planning hurdles. In addition to surprising the expectant mum or to create a memorable experience for her and the guests, as a party planner, you would also want to impress with a memorable food and drinks menu. Baby shower party themes usually include several factors that could be based on the preference of the expectant mum, gender of the baby, budget, location, creative theme, budget, if it’s going to be a gender reveal, or the parents already told everyone the gender. We are just all going to a pink/girl or blue/boy party.
Planning the menu should not be that big of a deal, but it is because there are no special rules, recipes, or menu for what should be served or not served at a baby shower. However, babyshowerideas4u has some interesting ideas for you on what your menu should look like depending on the audience, the time, and the theme.
Considering that you would have several people with different choices, you should always go with variety. Your guests could be women, men, elderly relatives, children, a mix of all of them; your food and drinks menu should always go with the flow of guests, which is why a menu for an all-female guest would be different from a menu with a mix of men, elderly relatives, and children.
Here is a guide to help you mix and match depending on whom you are inviting;
For more fun and kid-friendly shower, you could have bowls of treats like lollipops, cake pops, candy bars, and caramel squares for your guests to munch on while they mingle at the party.
According to Babyshowerideas4u, simple and finger foods such as small triangle sandwiches, mini omelets, muffins, pizza bites, and pigs in a blanket, as well as fresh appetizers are perfect for a girl party. On the other hand, a mixed audience with kids requires a mixed menu, something for everyone in the offering, such as meatballs, mac and cheese bites, baked corn cobs, chicken wings with dip, and Potstickers. Accompany this with punch drinks, lemonades, and other delicious beverages, and your guests would have a treat.
Lunch and Dinnertime Shower
Having the main course for guests to look forward to is always an excellent idea. In addition to the treats and finger foods that guests can grab and munch on, your menu could include a main course. For a lunchtime baby shower, a hearty plate of food. It would be best to choose hearty dishes like spaghetti or pasta with meatballs, skewers, grilled eggplant with tomatoes and cheese. These are quite popular and a favorite for baby showers, for a good reason. However, if you have a dinnertime shower where your main course will be served in the evening or later, you should go for more light-hearted choices like baked, mashed potato, and chicken or potatoes casserole of white cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Just the thought of this is already delicious.
The desert! I mean, what is a baby shower without cake? However, there are much more to desserts than cake; you should try out various options and dessert recipes, e.g., Cupcakes, fruit bowls and fruit platters, cookies, theme colored popcorn, brownies, or even jelly. You could have them all on your menu, and your guests would find it hard to resist.
Drinks to Serve at the Baby Shower
Alcohol or NOT Alcohol
There is always the uncertainty if it is appropriate or insensitive to serve alcohol at the baby shower, seeing as the mum-to-be cannot take some herself. This is purely a thing of preference; it is up to the expectant mum if she wants alcohol served at the shower or not. If there would be, then make available delicious choices for the non-alcohol consuming guests like the mum-to-be to enjoy, such as fruity drinks.
Since the expectant mum will not do not have alcohol, the female guests might partake in alcohol or virgin drinks, depending on individual preference. Have some basic cocktails on the theme with the shower—raspberry cocktails for girl party and blue swimming pool for boy party. White wine and club soda will do too for the ladies.
Very easy. Men love their alcohol. Spoil the men with Vodka, red wine, beer, whisky, or vodka-based cocktails.
Pink grapefruit, strawberry milk, and raspberry lemonade are trendy drinks for kids.
Risky Foods for Mom-to-be
When deciding on the menu, you should always keep in mind that you should serve what the expectant mum can eat. Please keep it safe and avoid foods that could be detrimental to the mum to be. Foods such as blue cheese, partially cooked food, sushi, cured and raw meat, chorizo, salami, etc.
Reference – BabyShowerIdeas4U
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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