Baby Shower Musts
Baby shower parties are a whole lot of fun and are a great way to catch up with loved ones and friends before you give birth to your new bundle of joy.
They help you to celebrate that you are coming to the end of your pregnancy, and they are a great way for your family and friends to show excitement and support for the new baby.
If you are organizing a baby shower for yourself or for a friend or loved one, there is a lot to think about, such as the guest list, the venue, and the activities. In addition to this, food and drinks are typically served at the party too.
It can be quite stressful when thinking of what food and drinks are suitable to serve at a baby shower.
However, there are some great, and easy-to-make options you can consider. In this article, we will be talking you through these options to help you have a stress-free time organizing the special day.
What is a Baby Shower Party?
A baby shower is a way of celebrating an upcoming pregnancy. The phrase “shower” is used, because typically parents-to-be, will be showered with gifts from loved ones and friends. It also represents the love for the baby too.
When it comes to the gifts that are given, these are to help the new parents and to make their life easier. It is an opportunity for family and friends to help out and buy essentials, and special gifts for the baby.
Interestingly, forms of baby showers can be dated back to Ancient Greece and Egypt, as they would also celebrate the upcoming birth of a child.
While traditions have changed vastly since then, the fundamentals of celebration and gift-giving have remained the same.
Baby showers are usually held around 1-2 months before the birth. Anyone can attend a baby shower, but some parents will choose to have an all-female party.
Drinks to Serve at a Baby Shower Party
Let’s get into the types of drinks you can potentially serve at a baby shower party. Ultimately, this is your decision, and you can choose to include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages depending on your preference.
While you want to appeal to those looking to have a drink or two, you want to cater to the mother-to-be and those who cannot drink too.
Some ideas of drinks you could serve include:
Soda is always a great option to include, as many people enjoy drinking this. If there are children or teenagers attending the baby shower, they will appreciate this too. We would recommend offering a wide variety of different soda flavors to suit different tastes.
Fruit juices are another great idea to consider. They offer a non-carbonated option, and there are many different juices available. If you serve the fruit juices in a champagne flute, it will add a fancy touch to the drink.
You could also pop some grenadine in the juices too.
Mocktails are a popular choice to serve at a baby shower. They are indulgent and tasty, without including alcohol. They will help the mother-to-be feel like she is drinking something different, and it is a nice treat to consider.
When it comes to serving mocktails, there are so many options you can consider. Some popular mocktails include Piña colada, Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Sex on the Beach.
You can tweak the ingredients to suit the preferences of the guests, or you could come up with your own, baby-themed mocktails too.
In the same vein as mocktails, for those that can and want to drink alcohol, you can choose to serve alcoholic cocktails. The same principles apply when you are making these, as they do with the mocktails.
To make things easier, you can choose to serve the same cocktail and mocktail menu, but add the alcohol for those that want it. Alternatively, you could create one alcoholic punch bowl that your guests can drink and enjoy.
By serving the cocktails and mocktails in fancy glasses, possibly with some baby themed decorations, you can make them look fancy and fun.
We would also recommend placing the rim of each glass in water, and then dipping this into sugar before filling up the cup. This makes the drink look more interesting, too.
If the sex of the baby has been reveled, you can add food safe dye to the sugar that is pink or blue too.
Champagne or Mimosas
If you want to toast the parents-to-be you can serve glasses of champagne.
A less expensive alternative is prosecco that is also a great option to consider. For those who are not as keen on the taste of bubbly, orange juice can be added to create a mimosa.
For those who can and want to drink, it is useful to have a selection of different alcohol options.
The alcohol you choose to serve is entirely up to you, and there are no specifics of what is right and wrong. Wine and beer tend to be popular choices to consider.
Food to Serve at a Baby Shower Party
Moving on from the types of drinks you can serve at a baby shower party, there are many great food options to consider too.
Again, these options are just suggestions, and the food you will want to serve will depend on the preferences of the guests.
When it comes to food, typically lighter bites, and “snack” food is served, rather than a sit down meal. However, there is nothing stopping you from serving a whole meal if this is something that suits your party.
The food options you choose can range from basic, packaged items, to homemade, creative ideas. You can also choose to add in some baby themed things too.
When you are organizing a baby shower, many people will choose to have a celebration cake. This can be baby-themed, and also have the name of the baby on the cake if this has been revealed.
Cupcakes are always a great option to consider. They are daily easy to bake, or alternatively, they can be purchased.
You can decorate the cupcakes to have a baby theme, using pink or blue, depending on what the sex of the baby is going to be. Cupcakes are a great food for friends and family to take home with them.
Other Sweet Treats
In addition to cakes and cupcakes, the options really are endless when it comes to sweet treats and desserts you can serve. You can choose to have bowls of candy on the buffet table, or you can bake brownies or cookies.
This really is down to personal preference.
We would recommend serving sweet treats that are easy to eat and can be picked at, rather than those that need bowls and spoons.
While you can choose to serve creams or sauces for the sweet treats, not including them does make the organization and clean up process easier.
There are so many different kinds of snack foods you can choose from when thinking about food for a baby shower. Buffet-style food is the best option to consider, and we would recommend choosing popular items that most people enjoy. Some of these options can include:
- Pizza slices
- Spring rolls
- Chicken satay
- Chicken strips
- Lunch meat
- Pasta Salad
- Potato Salad
Serving a Charcuterie platter is a great option to consider as this contains a wide range of different finger foods, but it feels more “fancy” than a standard buffet. Some of the foods featured on this platter include Italian meats, cheese, nuts, olives, grapes, dips, crackers, and dried fruit.
These are just a handful of food and drink ideas to consider when thinking about what to serve at a baby shower.
While we would recommend sticking to the easy, finger foods, you do not have to do this. If you are looking to serve other dishes and some types of hot food, you can do this too.
You can really allow your creativity to flow when coming up with food and drink ideas. It is always fun to incorporate as many baby themes and colors into the food and drinks as possible to make them more unique and interesting.
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