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BABY SHOWER FOOD

Baby shower ideas are your first step in planning the baby shower after or during the process of deciding where and when the baby shower will take place. Below we have listed the essentials of baby shower ideas to help make your baby shower a success. We cover the ideas of Baby Shower Themes, Decorations, Food and Beverages to help make the planning of the baby shower a little easier on you.

When choosing the right baby shower foods to serve, also take into consideration the Mommy-to-Be and what she can and should not eat. We have prepared a list for the Pregnant Mom to help out here.

Featured Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake is a beloved Southern Treat, sure to delight everyone at your next party!

Ingredients for the Mud Cake:
1 cup of melted butter (or 1 stick of butter and 1 stick of margarine)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
4 large eggs (lightly beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1 (10.5-ounce) bag miniature marshmallows

Ingredients for the Fudge Frosting:
1 (16 oz) package powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Whisk together melted butter and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Stir in flour and chopped pecans
4. Pour batter into a greased and floured 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan (or use a deep dish cookie sheet)
5. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean
6. Remove from oven; top warm cake evenly with marshmallows
7. Return to oven, and bake 5 minutes
8. For the frosting: Beat all ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth
9. Drizzle chocolate frosting over warm cake
10. Let the cake cool completely before cutting into squares

Here's a tip for those in a hurry: You can also use 2 (19.5-ounce) packages of brownie mix instead of making the brownies from scratch. Find more recipes and tips at www.bakingwithmelissa.com

Baby Shower Finger Foods

The baby shower menu helps make the party memorable. The assortment of food you choose and its presentation shows how much effort you put into planning the baby shower. If you're hosting the baby shower at a restaurant or are catering the baby shower, the restaurant or caterer will help you choose appetizers and entrées appropriate to the baby shower theme and the time of the day that the shower begins. If you're hosting the baby shower at a home, Baby Shower 101 has assembled some helpful tips for easy finger foods and beverages. Click here for finger food recipes.

Baby Shower Idea
Diapers filled with dinner mints or your favorite finger foods (for serving shower guests)
Items needed are pink or blue small baby shower napkins --1 bag small(est) safety pins(gold)-- bags of pastel colored mints or your favorite candy/food. Take a small napkin folding together two of the edged corners so that they are touching. Then bring up the third edged corner of the napkin to meet the two gathered corners. Pinning the three together likening to the shape of a diaper. We thank Mrs. Stilley for a wonderful baby shower food decoration idea. Check out the rest below:

Fresh Fruit
Fruit is an easy food to serve that everyone likes as an appetizer, with the meal or even with desert. Buy and cut your favorite fruits up into squares or you can buy fruit salad from your local grocery store to save you some work. Served cubed in a large bowl or mix fruits on skewers and serve on a platter. Click here for fresh fruit salad and dip recipes.

Vegetables
Vegetables are another easy food to serve as appetizers or with the baby shower meal. As with fruit, you can cut up celery, broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots, and other favorites or you can find vegetable trays at the market. Serve chilled with ranch dressing or make your own dips to impress your guests.

Finger Sandwiches
Cucumber sandwiches are the baby shower #1 favorite sandwich because they're frequently served at showers with an Afternoon Tea theme. You have some flexibility with the type of sandwich you serve; just make sure to cut the sandwiches into dainty portions.

Baby Shower Recipe of the month
Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip
If you are looking for a hot new dish, go with the Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip that will have all your baby shower guests talking. A very easy to make dish and excellent for baby showers.

Ingredients

½ Cup Ranch Dressing
½ Cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
8oz. Cream Cheese
Cheddar Cheese (sprinkled in and covering the top)
3 Cups of Cooked Chicken (white meat)

Instructions: Place the cream cheese in a 9” pie plate and microwave for one minute or less to soften. Whisk in ½ cup of dressing and sauce while folding in the chicken. Bake for 20 minutes at 350. It can be a little messy so make sure to have enough napkins!

Previous Recipes of the Month

Thanks to DJ Chef for his great baby shower food recipes

Other easy finger foods include:

  • Chips and Dips - Serve spinach dip, salsa, guacamole, onion dip, or hot artichoke dip with tortilla chips or pita bread cut into small triangles. Click here for dip recipes.
  • Cheese and Crackers - Serve a variety of crackers along with two or more cheeses.
  • Chicken (Teriyaki or Sate) - Serve on skewers with teriyaki or peanut sauce.
  • Baby Shrimp - Need we say more? Serve with cocktail sauce.
  • Chicken Wings - Especially popular with the men at couples showers, served with ranch dressing!
  • Meat Balls - Another strong performer, especially at couples showers, make sure to serve the small variety.
  • Mini Pizzas - Everyone loves pizza, so when they're small enough to pop in your mouth, they go fast.

Baby Shower Drinks

Although the mommy-to-be cannot drink alcohol, make virgin daquaries as well as "preggnatinis" (martinis without the alcohol). This will let everyone feel like they are celebrating with adult spirits without the physical buzz. Coffee, tea, punch and soda are all great baby shower beverages. If the mommy-to-be doesn't mind, you may also serve wine or other alcoholic drinks. Make sure to have cream, sugar and both the pink and blue sweeteners for the coffee drinkers. You can brew a pot of tea, but hot water and an assortment of tea bags is a nice touch. If you're serving soda, make sure to have regular and diet choices. As far as the punch, there are so many recipes. You can go with a more traditional fruit punch or serve pink lemonade, raspberry-lemonade, or mint julep. Click here for punch recipes - Click here for wine and food pairings.

Using Baby Bottles To Drink From - A neat thing that you can do for glasses that the baby shower guests will drink from is to use baby bottles as glasses. Take out the nipples of the bottles and put fun colorful straws and fun cocktail umbrellas . It would be great to give the bottles with their tops to the mommy to be after the baby shower so she can use them. Our guest Alejandra gave us this idea and stated, "This was a hit with everyone and they have done this at other baby shower parties they have thrown."

Baby Shower Desserts

There is nothing like a little baby shower dessert recipes for accenting the baby shower food. Below we have listed the top baby shower desserts for you to choose from. Just reading them will make your mouth water and the mommy-to-be very happy!

Here are three easy baby shower desserts to make that are fun, easy to make and yummy! Take a look at the second page of baby shower dessert recipes.
 


Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
These cookies taste like candy! They are so good and practically everyone loves them! Best of all, there is no need to mess up your kitchen! This is a one pot, no bake recipe!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of butter (or soy butter)
1/2 cup of milk (or almond milk or soy milk)
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
3 cups of oats
1/2 cup of peanut butter (or almond butter, Nutella etc.)
Parchment Paper

Directions:
1. Add sugar, butter, milk and cocoa powder to pot and bring to a boil for about 3 minutes stirring constantly so it does not burn.
2. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in oats and peanut butter.
4. Mix well
5. Drop by the spoonful onto parchment paper (make them as small or as large as you like).
6. Put in refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
7. Can be served chilled or at room temperature.

Depending on the size you make them will depend on how many this will serve. I usually get about 16 large cookies out of this recipe. For more recipes check out www.bakingwithmelissa.com


Bye Bye Tummy, Hello Mommy Cake

Create a cake in the shape of a mommy-to-be belly and decorate the cake like a dress that the mommy-to-be would wear! Surround the cake with cupcakes for your baby shower guests. Here is a picture sent in by Tabatha who made a great cake like this! Thanks Tabatha for a great baby shower dessert idea!

Baby Shower Candy Haystacks

1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1 (12 oz.) pkg. butterscotch chips (optional)
2 lg. cans chow mien noodles
1 c. peanuts (optional)
1 pkg of sprinkles and/or marshmallows

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together. You can place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and check every 60 seconds so the chips don't burn. Stir every time you check the chocolate until it is smooth. Pour over noodles and peanuts. Use a spoon and scoop up the mix in small amounts, then drop by teaspoon on waxed paper on a tray. Add sprinkles, more chocolate chips and marshmallows (or your favorite toppings). Cool by storing in the refrigerator in air-tight container. They will be ready to eat in less than 10 minutes and a great baby shower candy. You can even add baby blue or baby pink sprinkles to the chocolate!

Highly Addictive Baby Shower Butter Cake!

1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 sticks of butter (separately melted)
4 eggs
1 16oz box of confectioner's sugar
1 8oz pkg. cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat Oven to 350. You will need to bowls to mix two different things (the cake and the topping):
In one bowl, beat the cake mix, 1 stick of melted butter and 2 eggs until well blended. This will be fairly stiff. Press into a 9x13 cake pan.

In another bowl, beat the other stick of melted butter, 2 eggs, sugar, softened cream cheese and vanilla extract until well blended. Pour this mixture over the bottom layer and bake for 40 minutes (or until golden brown top and a little jiggly in the center). Let it cool and place in air tight (or wrap with plastic wrap). You can decorate the top of the cake with frosting but it will be sweet enough! You will have your baby shower guests talking on how good it is :) Thanks to the Leonard's for this baby shower recipe.
 


Baby Shower Dessert: Potty Chair Surprise - For an interesting fun baby shower dessert idea, get a new potty chair, use the bowl part and make either lemon or pineapple Jell-O, let the Jell-O cool but not set completely and put a mini babyruth candy bar in the bottom. Continue to allow to set firm. Present to the mother-to-be during the shower in the assembled chair and don't forget to give her a spoon. This baby shower dessert makes for entertainment and the chair can be used in the future. Click here for more dessert recipes
 


 

 

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