No party is complete without something to eat or drink, and as with most aspects of party planning, many options are available. When considering baby shower food and drinks, keep in mind the following:
- A meal should be provided if you schedule the event around breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. But if you pick a time between meals, it’s perfectly acceptable to offer a snack. One particularly fun snack idea is an all-dessert baby shower featuring a lovely cake or a buffet of sweets.
- If you want to serve a sit-down meal, be sure you have enough tables and chairs to seat everyone comfortably.
- If guests will be eating while standing or balancing food on their lap, make sure everything can be eaten easily with fingers, fork, or spoon. Think “small bites.” Messy finger foods or anything that requires a knife is an invitation to spilled food and expensive cleaning bills.
- If you’re planning a casual shower, it’s perfectly acceptable to serve food on paper plates with plastic or compostable forks and paper napkins. Just be sure to spring for sturdy disposables so guests don’t have to worry about food spilling off a droopy plate.
- Baby shower refreshments need not be elaborate. A simple buffet is not only easy to pull off, but with a little forethought, it can be as tasty and enjoyable as any gourmet meal. A buffet will also encourage guests to move around and mingle, which will make the baby shower more fun.
- Choose foods that can be made ahead of time, so you don’t spend every minute in the kitchen. Not big on cooking? Many supermarkets and specialty shops offer an array of ready-made foods, and local restaurants often provide catering services. You might also want to think about hiring a full-scale caterer to prepare your food and drinks. Or consider hosting the baby shower at a restaurant. (For more on this, see “Planning a Restaurant Baby Shower” and “Hiring a Baby Shower Caterer.”)
- Don’t forget to ask the mom-to-be if she has any food allergies or special dietary needs.
- It’s always good to include some vegetarian and low-calorie choices among your food offerings. Consider guests who may have food allergies, as well.
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