Opt for a casual, finger food baby shower to keep the mood festive and provide a light meal that pleases. No need to sit down to a formal meal, but instead, create a spread that just begs to be eaten with a wide variety of foods that can be enjoyed while mingling with guests and playing games.
Sandwiches and Alternatives
Bite-size finger sandwiches are simple and tasty and can be made with a number of fillings to suit different guests. Cucumber and cream cheese; bacon, lettuce and tomato; and chicken salad all work well as finger sandwiches that present as well as they taste. Quesadillas are also an option, and can be filled with your favorite cheese and salsa, or made into a sweeter treat with strawberries and goat cheese for a light meal. Cut pita pockets into quarters and fill them with egg salad or a veggie salad to make small and light sandwiches. Open-faced sandwiches are another alternative, and when made with tomato and fresh mozzarella, salmon salad or another mayonnaise-based salad, they are both easy to eat and filling.
Puff pastries are perfect for creating light bites that can be crafted to suit any taste. Fill with crab and mayonnaise, ham and cheese, or tomato sauce and mozzarella for a light and tasty small bite. Homemade or canned biscuits can be dressed up by serving them with crème fraiche and strawberries, or add a slice of prosciutto to each for more substantial fare. Deviled eggs are easy to customize with your favorite herbs and can help fill out a table of small bites. Vegetarian or meat-based mini-egg rolls or pinwheel sandwiches filled with meat, vegetables or both are two more small sides that can be made in a variety of different styles and are a welcome addition to a baby shower menu.
Vegetables, Fruits and More
An antipasto platter is always a welcome addition to a spread of finger foods. Fill a large tray with different types of olives, pickles and cheeses; offer crackers, toasted pieces of bread or pretzels along with this light fare for serving. Vegetables and a dip are a perfect addition to a finger food spread, as is a large tray of cut melons and other seasonal fruits. Finger foods can get messy, so provide toothpicks for picking up juicy cut fruits such as cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, nectarines and plums.
Sweets and Desserts
One way to quench a sweet tooth is to create an area where candies can be assembled into favored treats. Fill several large glass jars with different types of colorful candies for a decorative spread that tastes as good as it looks. Dip store-bought or homemade biscotti in melted chocolate and refrigerate until firm for an easy dessert, or cut a sheet cake into small pieces and cover with a glaze to create bite-size treats. Cupcakes and mini-pies or hand pies also work well to provide individual servings of sweets. Finally, cookies of any sort are always a perfect finger food to round out your dessert table.
References and ResourcesBabyZone: Fabulous Finger Foods for Baby Showers
Today's Parent: 10 Baby Shower Recipes
Country Living: 27 Creative Baby Shower Food and Decorating Ideas