Baby Shower Food Ideas for a Party-Perfect Menu
Pregnancy comes with its fair share of aches and pains (hello, swollen feet and throbbing back), but it also often involves something more festive—a baby shower! Along with those adorable decorations and fun games, most baby showers feature a mouth-watering array of food and desserts. So what kind of baby shower food is best to serve?
One of our favorite baby shower food ideas is to serve a variety of finger foods. That way, guests don’t have to worry about how they’re going to eat and instead focus on mingling, playing games and watching the soon-to-be mama open a bevvy of adorably pint-sized gifts. Need some inspiration? From appetizers to main course finger foods and delectable desserts, we’ve got you covered with tons of yummy, easy baby shower food ideas.
When it comes to baby shower appetizers, simple is best! If you’ll be serving a variety of choices, look for easy recipes that don’t call for tons of prep time. Bonus points if they can be prepared in advance. Here are several of our favorite deceptively simple (and totally scrumptious) baby shower appetizers.
If you’re on the hunt for easy appetizers for a baby shower, look no further. The blogger behind Sarah Out and About keeps it healthy with beautifully presented individual yogurt parfaits. She uses small gold spoons to add a touch of elegance to this simple appetizer.
Caramelized onions and roasted garden-fresh tomatoes combine for a flavor explosion in these pretty little tomato tarts from Jocelyn at Grandbaby Cakes. Proof that creative baby shower appetizers don’t have to be complicated.
Sweet Potato Bites
Give your baby shower appetizers a healthy upgrade with these sweet potato bites, courtesy of Well Plated. Featuring sweet potato rounds topped with avocado and a sprinkle of bacon, these guilt-free appetizers are a fresh spin on the trendy avocado toast.
Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini
Sweet meets savory in these beautifully bright baby shower appetizers from Nicole at Cooking for Keeps. Just be sure to choose a pregnancy-safe (meaning pasteurized) goat cheese for these tasty bites.
Avocado Salsa Verde
This gorgeous green salsa from Peas and Crayons is a great way to kick off a baby shower taco bar, but it’s also perfect with chips as a simple addition to your array of baby shower appetizers. Avocado lends a creamy texture while the jalapeno and onion pack a flavorful punch. A hint of lime keeps this salsa from browning during your event.
It may be bacon on a stick, but we’re of the opinion that this super-simple yet incredibly delicious appetizer from Sarah Out and About belongs on every list of baby shower food ideas. Simply thread bacon onto skewers, cook and serve.
Gluten-Free Guac and Chips
If you’re on the hunt for easy appetizers for a baby shower, you’ll love this unique spin on the classic guacamole and chips. This gluten-free recipe, courtesy of My Gluten-Free Kitchen, features dollops of guacamole centered in scoop-shaped tortilla chips, finished with a cherry tomato.
Cranberry Brie Bites
These cranberry brie bites from Well Plated are among our favorite creative baby shower appetizers. Each bite of warm, fluffy pastry is a yummy combination of cranberry and brie. Even the mom-to-be can enjoy these apps without worry, since the cheese gets hot enough during baking to kill off any possible disease-spreading bacteria.
What better way to celebrate a tiny human than with tiny food? Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite finger foods for a baby shower. They’re adorable, delicious and a cinch to eat without hassle, making them the perfect main course for any baby shower food menu.
Pepperoni Cheese Bombs
What’s a party without pizza? Amy at Sizzling Eats has come up with the perfect way to turn pizza into shower-worthy finger foods with her pepperoni cheese bombs. Delicious, easy and attractive, these are an obvious choice when it comes to baby shower food ideas.
It’s not everyday that you’d combine grape jelly and meat like Stefani at Mommy Musings has done here, but trust us—it works! These meatballs make for perfect baby shower finger foods—just serve with handy toothpicks for easy eating.
Chicken and Waffles
For baby shower food ideas that feel refreshingly unique, you can’t go wrong with these chicken and waffle sliders from Food Folks and Fun. These would be perfect for a brunch baby shower, especially if the mom-to-be loves Southern-style comfort food!
Hawaiian Chicken Bites
These Hawaiian chicken bites from Bee at Rasa Malaysia belong on every baby shower food menu. The bite-sized kabobs combine chicken and pineapple brushed with bar-b-que sauce for a taste of the tropics. These won’t last long!
Stuffed mushrooms are perfect baby shower finger foods. Peas and Crayons brings us this amazing-looking recipe for spinach-stuffed mushrooms oozing with cheese and topped with bread crumbs.
Baby shower food doesn’t get any easier than these individual veggie cups from Sarah Out and About. She brilliantly adds dressing to the bottom of each cup so each party-goer has her own supply on hand. Thinly cut celery and carrots along with a skewer of cherry tomatoes and a piece of broccoli top off each cup.
Crunchy Taco Cups
Go ahead and throw some tacos onto your baby shower food menu—with these crunchy taco cups, you don’t have to worry about a dripping taco mess. They’re packed with bite-sized goodness that guests will go crazy for. Recipe courtesy of Kevin and Amanda.
Shrimp Kabobs with Pineapple
For a refreshing twist on baby shower finger food, try these citrus-marinated shrimp kabobs from Erin at Well Plated. They come together with almost no effort, and the results are stunning—and delicious!
The highlight of every baby shower (aside from cooing over itty-bitty baby shoes)? The desserts! No list of baby shower food ideas is complete without some sweet treats. Here you’ll find recipes you can whip up in a snap, and a few that are a bit more time-intensive. Either way, these are sure to be a hit.
Pink and Blue Muddy Buddies
Celebrate the coming arrival of a baby boy or girl with these clever pink and blue muddy buddies from Kim at Inspiration Made Simple. She adds pink and/or blue chocolate candies to the ever-popular cereal snack. These yummy (and oh-so-easy) baby shower desserts are definite crowd-pleasers.
Watch, how to decorate baby shower cookies:
Rose Sugar Cookies
These elegant rose sugar cookies from Audra at The Baker Chick will add an elegant touch to any baby shower dessert table. She’s used three pastel colors to pipe a perfect rose onto the sugar cookies—you can recreate these or choose colors to match your baby shower decor.
Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake Bites
There are some baby shower desserts that everyone expects (ahem—hopes!) to see at the party, and cheesecake bites are definitely one of them. These gorgeous mini cheesecakes from Cooking Classy have our hearts pounding—a swirl of raspberry stands out against the creamy cheesecake for a taste that’s every bit as good as it looks.
S’Mores Cookie Cups
These cute little S’more cookie cups from Jessica at Together as a Family combine all the elements of the classic campfire dessert in a bite-sized cookie cup. Combine with hot chocolate for a campfire-themed baby shower or simply add them to your baby shower dessert table for a fun, easy-to-grab treat.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
These are definitely among our favorite baby shower desserts. Delectable carrot cake cupcakes frosted with cream cheese icing and topped with delicate piped florals are elegant and oh-so-tasty. Recipe courtesy of Blissfully Delicious.
When brainstorming baby shower desserts, don’t be afraid to have a little fun. That’s exactly what these pink and blue chocolate-dipped Oreos are! Here, Lindsay at Sprinkles for Breakfast adds just a hint of pink or blue chocolate to Golden Oreos for a fun way to round out your baby shower food menu.
Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Cake
If you’re planning to serve a cake at the party, why not make this cute rubber ducky cake the centerpiece of your baby shower dessert table? Courtesy of Lise at Mom Loves Baking, this sweet cake features a real rubber duckie that seemingly floats in bubbly water.
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
It’s always a good idea to include a healthier option amidst your baby shower desserts. Our choice? These yummy strawberry oatmeal bars from Erin at Well Plated. These bars may only clock in at 100 calories each, but trust us—your guests will never know!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Mint Brownies
In addition to a healthy dessert option, it’s also a great idea to have a gluten-free offering as well. For a crowd-pleaser that’ll suit everyone, including any gluten-sensitive guests, we love these gluten-free chocolate mint brownies from My Gluten-Free Kitchen. The fudgy brownies are topped with a layer of mint frosting and a layer of decadent chocolate. Yum!
Cotton Candy Mousse
Our favorite baby shower food ideas are those that are fun and unique, while adding a pretty touch to your table. And these cotton candy mousse cups from Katrina’s Kitchen certainly fit the bill. They’re the perfect whimsical touch, and even lend well to a gender reveal dessert table.
Published July 2019
Plus, more from The Bump: