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Baby Shower Food

Traditional

Finger foods are often the fare of choice for baby showers, particularly when the shower takes place at the host’s home. Sandwiches, chips and dip, fruit salad and cut vegetables are staples. Finger foods are easy to prepare in advance and make for better mingling than a sit-down meal. They also tie back to the origins of baby showers where Victorian women hosted tea parties for expecting women. For drinks, punch is a favorite, as well as tea and other non-alcoholic drinks (out of respect for the abstaining guest of honor).

The highlight of baby shower food is frequently dessert. Baking and decorating a cake to look like a diaper, pregnant belly or baby’s bottom is classic.

Modern

Most likely because of its mingling power, finger foods remain popular for baby showers. The type of food served has varied—bruschetta or dumplings make a much trendier option than chips and dip, for instance. Here are some more ideas:

- Wraps instead of sandwiches

- Veggie sushi over veggie plates

- Edible Arrangements (fresh fruit resembling floral arrangements) replacing the fruit salad

Keeping with the finger food-theme, cupcakes have become all the rage for dessert. Perhaps it was when Sarah Jessica Parker bit into one on the successful TV show Sex and the City?

Regardless, decadently-decorated, gourmet cupcakes are a huge hit right now at showers. Here’s a recipe from the Baby Bunch’s home kitchen:

Zingy Strawberry Cupcakes

Ingredients
¼ lb. (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, sliced
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
½ tsp salt

Steps
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Insert cupcake cases into a cupcake pan.
2. In a large bowl mix together the butter and sugar until creamy (an electric mixer makes this process easier on the arms). Then add the eggs one at a time. Beat the mixture well after each addition.
3. In a separate bowl combine the flower, baking powder and salt.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix together for 2-3 minutes. Then gently fold in the vanilla, strawberries and lemon zest to the mixture.
5. Fill the cupcake liners approximately ½ to ¾ full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Leave to cool slightly before serving.

Makes 9-12 cupcakes

If the shower is a themed-party, then serving food to match is a clever idea. For instance, one theme growing in popularity is a “pickles and ice cream” baby shower, a take-off on the fabled cravings of expecting mothers. Several companies are selling pickles and ice cream-themed invitations, napkins, plates and other decorations. To tie the theme in with the food, you could prepare a spread of deli sandwich mixings – breads, meats, cheese and (naturally) pickles! For dessert, you could set up an ice cream bar with toppings and different flavored ice cream.

Modern Baby Shower Food

Gourmet Finger Foods

Cupcakes

Ice Cream Bar

 

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