Baby Shower Party Foods

by Kelly Lynn Marie

Planning food for a baby shower should be fun, not stressful. However, trying to come up with creative and original ideas of food to serve can prove challenging. By having a potluck, assigning a theme and making it into a game, the burden can be lifted, and the fun starts before the shower even begins.

Baby Theme

A fun and creative theme for a potluck style baby shower is to go with the not-so-standard baby-related theme. When sending out guest invites, request that everyone brings one item that has “baby” in the title. Some ideas include babies in a blanket (mini sausages wrapped in crescent rolls), baby spinach salad, baby carrots and dip, baby back ribs, and baby poop (green salsa placed in a diaper) with tortilla chips. After everyone has arrived at the baby shower, the mommy-to-be should choose the most creative dish. That person, then, wins a small prize.

Finger-Food Theme

Finger-food theme is another perfect them for baby showers because so many things for kids are finger foods, or at least the kids will make them that way. Again, have guests bring a dish when they arrive. Ask that they prepare both hot and cold dishes that can be eaten silverware-free. Some ideas include soup drank from cups, baked potato halves that can be picked up, Mexican pizzas, ham and cheese rolls, sandwiches on buns, meat and cheese tray, veggies and dip, and fruits and dip.

After everyone has arrived at the Baby Shower, the mommy-to-be should choose the most creative dish. That person, then, wins a small prize.

Color Theme

Having a color theme adds to the baby shower because it will most likely go with the color theme of the decorations. Again, if having a potluck style shower, the color theme will entice guests to create dishes that are either naturally that color or they have made that color. It's fun to get creative using food coloring to give a different look to your dish.

Some ideas of things that are easy to color include various dips for fruits and veggies, puddings, breads, desserts, and beverages. On top of the dish being a specific color, it can also be served in a bowl or on a plate of the color of choice.

After everyone has arrived at the Baby Shower, the mommy-to-be should choose the most creative dish. That person, then, wins a small prize.

Animal Theme

An animal theme simply means that the food items would have some relation to that particular animal. Whether it is the color, the shape or objects that go along with the animal. For instance, if the animal is an elephant, you may serve a bowl of peanuts. This theme is a little easier than others because you could also serve your food in containers that have the animal painted on them. The options are endless and less constricting if you run an animal theme potluck.

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About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Kelly Lynn Marie has been a freelance writer since 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in theatre and a Master of Arts degree in writing from Northern Michigan University. She has been published in "Lake Superior Magazine" and won a playwriting competition in 2010 in Los Angeles.