The first thing I think of when someone says “baby shower” is food. And as it’s a time for celebrating, the food is often really good!
As there’s going to be a new person coming into the world, why not make a baby shower a festive event? Most people think about baby shower food as being just desserts or finger foods.
That’s okay because those are two of my favourite types of food too. However, it is true that catering food ideas for baby showers can be tricky.
You are probably looking for something that is not only delicious, but also impressive for your guests.
But with so many different options out there, how do you choose what to serve at your party?
Obviously, if the baby shower is for you, you don’t have to do all the food preparation. Hopefully your friend will step up and treat you. Even so, it’s good to have some suggestions about what you’d like to eat.
So if you’re looking for some really great catering food ideas for baby showers, look no further.
These 20 amazing suggestions will help you plan an awesome menu for any type of baby shower.
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Ask your caterer to prepare some mini cake pops by using cake balls as the base and then by using frosting or sprinkles to decorate them.
They can be filled with anything from candy to fruit salad, so feel free to ask for whatever you fancy.
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Cupcakes On Sticks
Instead of having a traditional dessert table at your party, serve cupcakes on sticks. You can use skewers or toothpicks to hold them together and make it more fun.
Are you a coeliac? Maybe our Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Mousse Recipes will have something for you
Create a cute little cupcake tower with cupcakes baked in individual cups. Ask to each cup different by varying the toppings – chocolate chips, nuts, candy are all popular.
If you’re having a girl, bake up some pink cupcakes and add a few drops of red food coloring to the batter.
Then top them off with white frosting and sprinkle with confetti sprinkles.
Is your baby shower taking the form of a mid-morning gathering? Then maybe our Brunch Catering Food Ideas will inspire you.
Have a cookie bar instead of a regular dessert table. This will allow you to bring out more than just cookies and cakes.
You can choose from brownies, bars and fudge – even ice cream sandwiches.
Looking for the Best Ice Cream in Sydney? We’ve got you covered.
Cookie Mason Jars
If you like the idea of cookies but the cookie bar sounds too much, get cookies in mason jars.
You can fill them with jam, ice cream, or whipped cream and then decorate them with sprinkles or candies.
Cookies And Jam
If you don’t want to set up a cookie bar, just get a batch of cookies filled with all kinds of jam and serve them on a platter along with a bowl of powdered sugar.
Need to cater for people with gluten intolerance? See our Gluten-Free Ginger Cinnamon Cookie Recipes
Caterers love bringing diversity to the table and cheese is a fantastic way to do that.
Ask them to cut up different types of cheeses into bite-sized pieces and place them on a platter. Add crackers, nuts, fruits, and veggies to complete this yummy appetiser.
Do you prefer to follow a plant-based diet? Our piece on Vegan Cheese may interest you.
Our catering food ideas for baby showers aren’t all extragavent.
If you’re on a budget, just serve popcorn at your baby shower.
It’s a simple inexpensive idea that you can upgrade by asking for sweet and salty popcorn, peanut butter-covered popcorn, or popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
Tasty and cheap!
Are you organising the Christmas party this year? Our post on Catering Food Ideas for Christmas Parties has some pointers.
If you get an Italian caterer or someone who specializes in Italian cuisine, then ask them to make you regular or mini pizzas.
You can also see if they can make pizza dough and fill the crust with cream cheese, or add a variety of toppings like pepperoni, sausage, olives, mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.
Searching for a great Pizza in Brisbane? Check our guide.
If you want to go really fancy, try making individual macaroni and cheese bites or ask for a simple mac ’n’ cheese menu with different types of pasta and even cheese.
And if budget is not a problem, why not go all-out and prepare lobster mac ‘n’ cheese?
What you get more healthy fish and seafood into your diet? Try our Easy Seafood Recipes
Baby Shower Cake
Yes, you read that right. You’re probably craving those sweets and cakes, so go ahead and please yourself.
People usually order big cakes for their wedding, but who said that that is the limit? After all, it’s your party and you deserve that big slice.
Get an Italian wedding cake or a red velvet cake and rename it to ‘baby shower cake’. Get a chocolate one or anything else you desire.
No matter what it tastes like, it is a cake we are talking about so it’s really hard to disappoint!
Back to the pasta. If it’s a warm day and you don’t think mac ’n’ cheese will be pleasant to eat, you can ask for a simple pasta salad.
Pasta salads can be served cold and can be made with or without meat. So, if you have friends that are vegetarians or even vegans, this is a great alternative.
On the hunt for an Excellent Vegetarian Restaurant in Melbourne? Take a look at our recommendations
Having quiche at your baby shower is another smart idea. You can order big or mini quiches and, regardless of their size, you know that they are simply mouthwatering.
Again, quiches can be suitable for different diets. If you ask for mini quiches request that they have a variety of regular, vegetarian, and vegan ones to make sure that everyone can eat them.
They are also extremely delicious, so you can always ask for some extra to keep in your fridge for those late-night cravings!
Unsure how much food you’ll need? See our post on Calculating Food Portions For Catering
Mini meatloaf patties, anyone? Well, this is probably not for those vegan friends of yours, but it is an option the rest will very much appreciate.
Your caterer can make fresh beef patties that you can either serve with some sauces or even turn them into burgers with the addition of some buns and sauces.
Chicken Pot Pies
Again, these can either be made in a regular or mini size. Baby chicken pot pies are one of our favourite catering food ideas for baby showers.
Just make sure to add some salad on the side.
Ever find yourself with Leftover Chicken? See our recipes.
Chocolate And Fruit Paradise
One of the best ideas on this list!
Make an edible centerpiece out of strawberries dipped in white chocolate or pick any other fruit you like and accompany it with white, milk, or dark chocolate.
Ideally, choose white chocolate for red-coloured fruits and the milky or dark one for the rest.
Do you adore mango? Check out our Best Mango Desert Recipes
Pot pies and meatloaf patties might call for a lighter dessert, so instead of bringing that Italian wedding cake out, consider a plate of fruit skewers.
Simply have some apples, oranges, bananas, kiwis, grapes, and berries sliced into bite-sized pieces.
Instead of simply putting them on plates and serving them as they are, you can thread them onto toothpicks and dip them into melted white chocolate, and set them on top of a pretty platter covered in fondant icing.
Fresh Fruit Dessert
Alternatively, you can ask for a simple dessert bar filled with fresh fruits.
This can be made, for example, with watermelon, peaches, pears, nectarines, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
Place them in bowls and serve them to your guests!
Take a peak at our Finger Food Platter Ideas for more fun suggestions
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
This is a food idea that will definitely surprise your friends and even you once you realise how easy yet creative it is to make.
If you ask for an ice cream sandwich cake, what you will get is two regular-sized cakes cut into triangles, like an ice cream cone.
Then, your caterer will place a scoop of ice cream between the layers and frost the outside.
A little drizzle of sprinkles on top and your ice cream sandwich cake is ready.
Fruit Kebab Tray
Another fruity idea that is more than just a simple fruit on a plate.
Having a fruit kebab tray at your baby shower is great as it would save people the trouble of carrying around a plate on one hand and eating with the other.
Sliced apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, strawberries, melon balls, pineapple chunks, and other fresh fruits can turn into a, what someone could call, vegan kebab by simply threading them with a big kebab stick.
The best part? These sticks can be easily dipped in chocolate and honey, so add some big bowls for those dips.
Read our article on Keeping Deli Meats & Fruit Cold At A Party to ensure no one gets sick
That was it. 20 great ideas to take your baby shower to a next level and please all your guests.
Choosing some of these foods to add to your table and make sure you have a variety of healthy and ‘sinful’ options is probably the best way to please everyone.
However, as we said, it is your day, and the reason everyone is there is to celebrate you and the imminent arrival of your child.
So don’t lose sleep over choosing the right food.
Just ask your caterer for one of these foods and we are sure that they will do the best they can to make it a great palatal experience for all your guests.