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Baby Shower Buffet Table Decorations & Set-up

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My Sister's Baby Shower Buffet Table

My youngest sister and I had a blast planning, executing and hosting my other sister's baby shower. Heather (youngest) was in charge of games, favors, prizes and invitations while I handled the food, drink and buffet table decorations.

After choosing the theme and color scheme, I got busy with my end of the responsibilities.

I thought it might be helpful to some to share the party food ideas we used and how we set-up and decorated the buffet table for the baby shower. Hopefully, it will help you as you plan your own celebration for the mother-to-be.

Need to Know When - Deciding What to Serve

For me, there are a couple of things I need to know before I decide the menu for any party. I need to know how many guests & what time of day the shower will be held.

Both of these elements are very important before you decide on a menu. You don't want to end up with way too much in quantity and blow your food budget. You also don't want to serve a large amount or variety of food if your shower is scheduled for just after a normal mealtime.

We opted for 15 guests and to hold it at 1 PM so it was a luncheon. We even added on the invitation that lunch would be served so guests wouldn't eat right before the shower.

After having decided these two items, I came up with my menu. Sort of a mix of heavy appetizers along with small sandwiches for the main course:

  1. Spinach and Artichoke Dip with crackers
  2. Chicken Salad (in a bowl) with slider rolls in a two Two Tiered Basket
  3. Ham & Cheese Mini Croissants
  4. Turkey Pinwheels
  5. Fruit Basket with dip
  6. Deviled Eggs
  7. Stuffed Mushroom Caps
  8. Triple Condiment Bowl with mustard, mayo & spicy mustard

Keeping the Dip & Mushrooms Hot - on the Shower Buffet Table

Dessert -- Cake or No Cake? - We decided to...

My pregnant sister has a sweet tooth. With this in mind, we decided to forgo the traditional cake and opt for a few of her favorite desserts. That way everyone could have a little bit of everything or a lot of one thing. Complete up to each person!

We served:

  1. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
  2. My Mom's Homemade Banana Pudding
  3. My Sister's Oreo Trifle
  4. Robert Redford Trifle (Recipe Link)

Trifles are a Great Dessert for Buffets - Pretty and Delicious!

Decorations for the Buffet Table - Color Schemes and Themes are Great Inspiration

Baby Shower Buffet Table Decorations

Baby Shower Buffet Table Decorations

We had the green and yellow color scheme and the teddy bear theme (which was what my sister chose for the nursery). So, I made a diaper cake that featured baby rattles and assorted baby "must-haves" as well as a Ty Teddy Bear on top.

I also made a silk flower arrangement for a buffet table focal point. I found an urn that was a drab yellow and had metal ornamentation on it. I used a lot of different flowers in the arrangement including hydrangeas and yellow roses. I gave it to my sister to take home after the shower. She loved it!

I also used silk greenery (small bushes and garland) to trail around the table. On top, I added green and yellow streamers made from curling ribbon. The overall effect was beautiful!

Diaper Cakes as a Centerpiece - for the Baby Shower Buffet Table

baby shower buffet table set up

baby shower buffet table set up

Setting Up the Buffet Table

What Goes Where?

We held the shower at my sister's house. Her dining room opens to the living room and kitchen so it was centrally located. This is where we decided to put the buffet table.

Rather than just shove a table against the wall, we decided to make a "T" design and take up most of the room.

For the table set-up, I wanted a mixture of heights which was achieved by using a 3 tiered stand for the pinwheels, mini croissants and pretzels; a 2 tier plate holder at the bottom of the "T" to hold the plates, the flowers, a tow tiered basket for slider rolls, the 2 chafing dishes and the pedestal trifle serving bowls.

Turned out great!

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I'd love to hear your baby shower buffet ideas! - Leave them for me here!

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on February 21, 2014:

Fantastic lens, great ideas.

DecoratingEvents (author) on February 13, 2014:

@Sylvestermouse: Thank you Miss Mouse! I love when I can help others -- whether with straight up suggestions they can use or just as an inspiration for their own creativity! :D

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 13, 2014:

As always, this is just fabulous!!! I haven't been a part of hosting a baby shower in several years, but I know I will no doubt, be called on again soon. It will be wonderful to have this article to reference. I will admit, I am a little rusty when it comes to planning a baby shower! This is truly an awesome party resource!

DecoratingEvents (author) on February 13, 2014:

@shellys-space: They are one of my favorites for any shower or party because they are so versatile and pretty when displayed!

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on February 13, 2014:

Love the idea of having pinwheel sandwiches for baby shower guests.

DecoratingEvents (author) on February 13, 2014:

@Diana Wenzel: Thank you! We can throw a fabulous one for you, no problem!

DecoratingEvents (author) on February 13, 2014:

@BuckHawkcenter: Me too! It must be time for another party!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on February 13, 2014:

Makes me want to have a baby just so you can throw me a fabulous shower. What an exquisite spread... the table decorations (not my abs). ;-) Love your artistry.

BuckHawkcenter on February 13, 2014:

I know your sister loved her baby shower! But, just reading this made me hungry for lots of great food items on a gorgeous buffet like you did. The tips are so helpful.

DecoratingEvents (author) on February 12, 2014:

@Ruthi: Thanks Ruthi! My sister loved it and that's what was important!

Ruthi on February 12, 2014:

Oh my, how lovely the buffet table was arranged, with color of perfection! You are a grand party planner and a sweet sister!

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