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37 Crowd-Pleasing Baby Shower Food Ideas

Planning a baby shower is lots of fun, especially when it comes to brainstorming food ideas. Whether you’re looking for food ideas that match your chosen baby shower theme or you’re just looking for quick, easy, and flavorful options that everyone will love, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our 37 baby shower food ideas, including savories, sweets, and thirst-quenching drinks.

9 Tips and Ideas for Planning a Baby Shower Menu

When planning a baby shower, you can be as creative as you like with the food ideas, but it’s also important to consider some practical aspects.

As the host, you’ll have a lot to take care of, including decorating the venue, so it’s good to plan food that is quick to make and easy to serve and eat.

Here are some tips to help you think about the types of food to choose, how to serve it, and more:

Savory Baby Shower Food Ideas

Whether you plan on having only finger foods or an entire menu at the baby shower, here are some ideas for the savory food:

Baby Shower Dessert Table Food Ideas

Besides having a baby shower cake as a centerpiece, you may want to have a dessert table with an assortment of other sweet offerings. Here are some ideas for crowd-pleasing sweets and desserts:


Beyond serving the usual wine spritzer or sparkling wine at the baby shower, consider some alcohol-free drinks, like mocktails, punch, and homemade sodas:

The Bottom Line

You’ll no doubt have lots of fun planning and serving the food for the mom-to-be’s baby shower.

If you’ve decided to prepare most of the food, round up some of the mom-to-be’s friends and family to help. Make it easier on yourself by using some store-bought elements, too. You could also make some of what’s on offer but ask each guest to bring a small plate to share.

Set up food and dessert tables so that guests can serve themselves buffet style, and stick to foods that aren’t too messy to eat while standing up and mingling.

If you have a set theme, you can tie the food into the theme by using colored frosting, or by piping lettering onto foods like “Oh, Baby!” Cookie cutters are your friend! Cut everything from brownies to sandwiches into shapes that match the theme. You can also connect the food and drinks to the theme based on the colors you choose for the straws, napkins, and cupcake liners.

Having a chocolate fondue fountain or a soda bar can create an interactive element that guests will love.

Have fun with it! Your options are endless, and you might find you really get into it once you get started. And, always remember, no matter what food and drinks you serve, your guests — especially the guest of honor — will really appreciate your efforts and thoughtfulness.

While you’re here, check out our baby shower checklist to double-check that you’ve covered everything for the upcoming event.

21 Baby Shower Food Ideas {Brunch and Lunch!}


When you’re planning a baby shower, the most important thing aside from Mommy, the new baby, and the baby shower theme is the food. To keep the guests happy, the food needs to be fantastic. 

So, if yours is an afternoon baby shower (or a lunch hour shower at work), brunch or lunch foods are ideal. Plus, the foods are so much more fun than the typical baby shower fare.

From delicious breakfast items like mini pancakes, scones, and muffins, to easy appetizers like mini quiches, cucumber sandwiches and cheese boards, you’re going to love these easy baby shower food ideas.

Throw the best party ever to welcome a baby with these ideas for brunch and lunch. 




Baby Shower Finger Foods

If you plan on serving a baby shower lunch, you’ll love these appetizers, finger foods, and other main course ideas in the savory recipes category.

1) Mini Quiches

Quiche is a classic brunch item, but when it comes to a baby shower menu, mini quiches are even better. You don’t have to fuss with cutting them because they’re individually-sized.

Make these mini quiches from Dinner at the Zoo ahead of time; they can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature, making them perfect for any gathering.

The ingredients can be adjusted to make several different variations, like Mexican quiche, ham and cheese, or sausage and peppers.


2) Ham and Rosemary Scones

Who says scones have to be sweet? Savory scones are just as delicious. It’s the best thing ever when it’s served warm, just from the oven, but you can easily reheat them if you make them ahead of time.

The ham and rosemary scones by Recipes from a Pantry are flavorful, savory, and full of flavor from the Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and fresh chopped rosemary. 


3) Cucumber Sandwiches

Do you want a food idea that’s elegant enough to serve at any brunch or tea but is crazy simple to make?

Your go-to should be these cucumber sandwiches from Christina’s Cucina. They’re seriously so easy and are a popular choice for showers and tea parties!

PRO TIP: Make sure to cut the crusts off the bread and slice them diagonally or in half to make elegant little sandwiches.

As the post says, don’t reserve these for special occasions. They’re tasty enough — and easy enough — to make anytime. Add variety by using flavored or herbed cream cheeses.


4) Cheese Board

A cheese board is a tasty appetizer and a great way to show off your impressive culinary skills (even if you can’t actually cook). Here’s how you can make one:

  • Start by choosing a variety of cheeses. You can go for soft cheeses, hard cheeses, blue cheese, or any other kind you like.
  • Next, add some cured meats and charcuterie. This will add some flavor and texture to your board.
  • Finally, add some complementary items like fresh fruit, nuts, and breads. This will give your board a nice variety of flavors and textures.

If you’re stumped or want an exact recipe to follow, this cheese board from Dinner at the Zoo is incredible. 


Here’s another SIMPLE version of a meat / cheese / fruit tray that you can make in minutes >> Easy Fruity Charcuterie Board 

You can’t go wrong with simpler ingredients arranged in a pretty way! 


5) Cheese Bites

Cheese bites are easy baby shower appetizers that are great for any gathering. You just can’t go wrong with fried cheese, folks.

They’re super easy to make using string cheese, and you don’t even need a deep fryer for this recipe from Dancing Through the Rain. A skillet works just fine.


6) Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups

For an appetizer with a little more kick, these jalapeno popper wonton cups from Spend with Pennies are just the ticket. They’re the perfect mix of easy, cheesy, spicy, creamy, and crispy!


7) Crock Pot Meatballs

These simple crock pot meatballs pack a little bit of heat and a yummy honey garlic flavor that’s definitely not your typical party meatball.

The great thing about this recipe is that it works with beef, chicken, turkey, or even veggie meatballs. They’re all delicious in this sauce from Persnickety Plates.


8) Veggie Pinwheels

Veggie pinwheels are a popular baby shower food idea that I’ve seen many times. They’re tasty, easy, and require no cooking at all. That’s a win in any hostess’s book!

You can use any combination of veggies you have on hand. This recipe calls for broccoli, carrots, and cheddar cheese, but I’ve also seen them with bell peppers and spinach as well.

It’s always nice to have a vegetarian option or two for those who don’t eat meat or have certain dietary restrictions.


9) Southwest Egg Rolls

Spicy chicken and melty cheese fill these crispy Southwest egg rolls from Baking Beauty. Serve with avocado ranch, queso blanco, or your favorite dips that pair well with Mexican foods. 



Sweet Treats for a Baby Shower Brunch

Feed that sweet tooth with these delicious treats that include both breakfast foods and desserts. 

10) Mini Pancakes

There’s  a recent TikTok trend making pancake cereal, but the truth is, mini pancakes have been around for quite a while. Moms have made them for picky toddlers for ages!

But nevertheless, mini pancakes (or pancake cereal) is a great option for a baby shower brunch.  

They can be served on kabobs with fruit, dusted with powdered sugar, or served with syrup or jam. 


11) Blueberry Breakfast Bread

Is there anything better than a thick slice of blueberry bread with a cup of coffee? It’s all the flavor of blueberry muffins but in a sliceable bread form.

Of course, you can just do muffins, if you prefer, but this bread from Mommy Musings is perfect for adding a pat of butter or a drizzle of syrup to.



12) French Toast

This raspberry peach baked French toast is a great choice and can be prepared the night before so that all you have to do before the baby shower is pop it in the oven to bake.

The recipe from Powered by Mom is full of crusty French bread and delicious fruit. It’s perfect for summertime when peaches are at their most delicious.


13) Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

How about some moist banana muffins full of chocolate chips to add to the food table?

These gorgeous golden brown muffins from Spicy Southern Kitchen are not only totally YUM, but they’re quick, easy, and can be made ahead of time.



14) Lemon Blueberry Hand Pies

Lemon blueberry hand pies are a delightful, quick dessert that is perfect for spring and summer.

These hand pies have a puff pastry crust and an easy-to-make filling made from blueberries, fresh lemon juice, and sugar. These yummy treats can be found at Amanda’s Cookin’. 


15) Fruit Kabobs with Cream Cheese Dip

For an easy, healthy, and always delicious option, try these fresh fruit kabobs with cream cheese dip from Marathons & Motivation. 

Combine your favorite fruits (like strawberries and blueberries) with cubes of cheese and a delightful dip that brings out the sweetness of the fruit even further.

If you prefer not to do kabobs, this chocolate cream cheese dip will also be great on a fruit platter.


16) Strawberry Scones

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked scones, especially when they’re made with strawberries! They’re crumbly, sweet, bursting with strawberry flavor, and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee.

Try this recipe from Little Sunny Kitchen for the flakiest scones and sweet vanilla glaze. It’s the perfect food for a lovely brunch with the expectant mom.


17) Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

These Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies from Practically Kidding are a snap to make and are the perfect sweet treat for a baby girl shower.

Even better, you can easily customize the flavor to make blueberry for a boy!



18) Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Use store-bought cinnamon rolls to make this super easy breakfast or dessert option. Monkey bread, also known as pull-apart bread or breakfast bread, is so easy to make.

You’re going to dress up those store-bought cinnamon rolls with extra brown sugar and cinnamon, and of course, you get bonus points if you make extra homemade glaze to pour over the top.



Baby Shower Brunch Drink Ideas

Of course, you can’t have a celebration without some delicious drinks to wash down all that yummy food. Your baby shower guests will love these punches.

19) Party Punch

This colorful party punch by The Typical Mom is made with Sprite, orange juice, and rainbow sorbet.

It’s the perfect drink when you don’t know the baby’s gender or if it’s just a very colorful baby shower theme.


20) Non-Alcoholic Sangria Punch

Keep it classy and sophisticated with this gorgeous non-alcoholic sangria punch from Somewhat Simple.

Cranberry juice, orange juice, lime juice, pink lemonade mix, and lemon lime soda are mixed with fresh fruits for a tasty, sweet drink everyone will enjoy.


21) Raspberry Sherbet Punch

Isn’t this raspberry punch the most gorgeous pink color you’ve ever seen?

It’s just perfect for a little girls baby shower, but you can easily swap out the raspberry sherbet for lime to make a green punch for a boy baby shower. 

We hope you’ve found plenty of yummy food ideas for your upcoming baby shower food menu. If you enjoyed this post, here are a few more you may like below!


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7 favorite dishes for the children's menu. Cooking articles and life hacks

Sometimes creating a children's menu is more difficult than preparing an exquisite culinary masterpiece. After all, you need to think not only about the benefits, but also about the fact that the child takes all the dishes without objection. AFG National products will help to cope with this task, from which you can cook whatever your child's heart desires.

Fancy millet

Millet porridge is a good dish for a children's menu. But cereals for him need to choose the highest quality and most useful, such as calibrated and polished millet "National". We wash 300 g of cereals under contrast water. Bring to a boil 600 ml of water, salt to taste and lay the millet. When it boils for 20 minutes, drain the water and pour in 200 ml of hot milk. Add 2 tsp. sugar with a pinch of vanilla and cook porridge under the lid for 30 minutes. At the end, put a slice of butter and wrap the pan with a towel. Decorate a plate with millet with banana mugs, berries - the child will appreciate such a tempting dish.

Pea fad

As practice shows, children like chickpeas with vegetables very much. Chickpeas "National" will give this combination delicious nutty notes and fill it with limitless benefits. Soak 100 g of peas in cold water overnight, then cook for 1 hour. Saute a small onion in olive oil. Add to it slices of tomato and yellow sweet pepper, grated carrots and simmer until tender. At the end we put 2 tbsp. l. tomato paste with a generous handful of fresh herbs. It remains to combine the vegetable platter with ready-made chickpeas and serve, decorating with parsley sprigs. Such a colorful dish will certainly interest children.

Buckwheat with a secret

National buckwheat is easy to turn into an extraordinary casserole. Thanks to careful calibration and deep cleaning, it will turn out delicious and incredibly healthy. Mix 200 g of cottage cheese with 2 grated apples. We punch 400 g of boiled buckwheat in a blender and, together with 50 g of butter, mix it into cottage cheese with apples. Separately beat 2 eggs, 3 tbsp. l. sour cream, 3 tsp. lemon juice and 1 tsp. vanilla sugar. We introduce this mixture into the buckwheat mass, pour out 70 g of steamed prunes, knead the dough. After placing it in an oiled form, put 5-6 slices of butter on top and bake for 30 minutes at 200 ° C. Little gourmets will be intrigued!

Barley tenderness

Soup is an indispensable dish in a child's diet. With the "Dutch" pearl barley "National" it will become truly useful, because it contains elements important for the child's body. Cook barley for 20 minutes. Next, put 2 potatoes in cubes in a saucepan, salt and cook until softened. Meanwhile, fry 2 onions in butter and also add to the soup. Next, put the processed cheese in cubes and simmer for another 10 minutes. If desired, you can add slices of boiled chicken fillet. Even the incorrigible fussy will not refuse such a soup.

Semolina surprise

If a child stubbornly ignores semolina, try to pave the way to his heart through semolina. With National semolina, this is much easier to do. Pour 300 ml of kefir into a bowl and gradually add 200 g of semolina, stirring with a whisk. Leave the cereal for at least half an hour. Beat 100 g of sugar with 2 eggs, a pinch of salt and 10 g of baking powder. We introduce the mixture into the swollen semolina and knead the dough. We fill it with an oiled form and put it in the oven for 45 minutes at 180 ° C. Children will eat such mannik more willingly if served with jam or condensed milk.

Rice Delight

Pudding is a dish most children welcome. Take "Krasnodar" rice "National" as a basis, and you will get the most delicate treat for an afternoon snack. First of all, we will cook 4 tbsp. l. rice in 100 ml of water. At the end, add 200 ml of hot milk, 1 tsp. sugar and a pinch of salt. In the cooled porridge, mix in the raw yolk, pounded with 2 tsp. sugar, as well as 1 tsp. butter, grated apple. We also introduce the protein whipped into a lush foam and knead the dough. Now put it in an oiled form, sprinkled with ground breadcrumbs, and bake for 25 minutes at 180 ° C. Is it possible to resist such an airy pudding with a ruddy crust?

Oatmeal fun

Oatmeal cookies are rightfully considered one of the healthiest treats for children. Especially if you bake it from National Hercules. Grind 400 g of dry oatmeal into flour, add 3 tbsp. l. plain flour and a pinch of vanilla. Separately, mix into a homogeneous mass 100 g of butter, 3 tbsp. l. sugar, 2 tbsp. l. sour cream, egg and 1 tsp. slaked soda. In several steps, add flour and knead the dough. We make cookies, put an almond or walnut kernel in the center of each, place on an oiled baking sheet and put in the oven at 180 ° C for 15 minutes. Children will not leave such cookies unattended!

This is not the whole list of dishes that can be prepared for children. The assortment of the trade mark "National" includes many other irreplaceable products. And on the portal "Eat at Home" there is a gallery of recipes with their participation. Let's fantasize together and delight children with interesting culinary creations!

How to organize a children's birthday: animators, decor, food, music, entertainment

Our expert - Elena Moiseeva, an event organizer with many years of experience, co-founder of the London agency Chaika Events - has organized more than five hundred children's parties in her life. Especially for Workingmama, Elena prepared a checklist of the most important items for self-preparation of a children's holiday.

We all love to look at beautiful pictures on the pages of professional eventers and decorators. They have breathtaking scenery, expensive themed accessories, luxurious costumes, gourmet dishes. As holiday planners, we love coming up with exciting design concepts, but the truth is, it's more for parents, grown-ups. Children are interested in something else. The key point in organizing a children's holiday, 80% of success is a professional animator.

Professional animator

A good entertainer is the cornerstone of your party. This is the only thing you can't skimp on. If you have beautiful decorations, a complex candy bar with cake pops and macaroons, but at the same time the children scatter in the corners and sit buried in their smartphones, everything will crumble to pieces, and no decorations and expensive balloons will help. And if an experienced animator works at the holiday, who is able to get and keep the attention of children, then you can get by with a couple of pizzas with a cake: everyone will still remember how fun it was.

Finding a professional and really talented animator is a little easier than finding a unicorn. But it's worth the effort.

Start looking now, even if your next children's birthday is only a year away. Where to looking for? Gather contacts at other children's parties, at restaurants where there is a children's corner, at festivals where a children's area is organized. If you see that children are running after someone with burning eyes, run after him too and write down the phone.

You can search for animators on the websites of the organizers of children's parties, on Instagram. Watch the video, read the reviews. Keep in mind that an hour of the animator's work costs more if you call him for just an hour. Because he still needs to travel, take props with him, think over the program. It is best to invite an animator for the entire holiday. Otherwise, the rest of the time, before the arrival or after the departure of the animator, the children are provided - and this usually means real chaos.

There is nothing worse than a five-in-one animator. When the same person and face painting does, and dogs from balloons, and shows from soap bubbles. Because while one child is being painted, the other 25 have fled in all directions. Additional skills are good, but, as a rule, they cannot be combined. An experienced animator should rally everyone, involve all children in various activities. And parents at this time should rest and drink champagne.

Where to look for animators:







In today's frantic pace, when children have five circles and an active social life, it is necessary to invite guests to a children's birthday party as early as possible. It is not shameful to send Save The Date (an invitation asking you to stake out the date) and two months in advance. This is important if you want exactly the people whom he would like to see come to your child for the holiday. If you delay the invitation, you can end up in a situation where all your friends have already been invited to another party.

You can order invitations on the international website Etsy.com. There you will find a huge selection of beautiful templates for any topic. For a few dollars you will receive personalized email invitations - you just need to send your text.

Electronic invitations can be sent by email or WhatsApp, or you can use the convenient PaperlessPost program, which will immediately give you statistics: how many people accepted the invitation, who will not be able to come, who will come with brothers and sisters, etc.


If you are not ready to spend a children's party at home (and we understand you perfectly), then look for a spacious place. This is the main criterion. Children need to move, they need a lot of space to play. A cafe or a game center can convince you that the room is designed for 50 people, but you can safely divide it by two: usually the capacity is calculated based on the fact that people are calmly standing in buffet mode, and not playing hide and seek and catch up.

Optimal: indoor/outdoor combination. There you can move, hold all sorts of sports games.

Perfect for a garden or square. The more space the better. Yes, and try to see the site in advance, do not focus only on photos or descriptions. Start your search with a review of "30 places in Moscow where you can celebrate a holiday" on Workingmama.ru.


News: children eat almost nothing on their birthdays. Therefore, there is no point in excelling in haute cuisine. Food that goes well at parties has a funny name: finger food. That is, everything that can be taken by hand. And second: almost everything should be with the prefix "mini". Mini pizzas, mini burgers, mini rolls, mini hot dogs. There is practically no chance that a child in the excitement of the game will finish the adult portion - most likely, he will take a bite and immediately quit. Miniature portions will reduce the amount of undereating.

Are you in favor of wholesome food? Cut the celery and carrots into strips. Children, of course, will not eat this - but your soul will be calmer.

If you want to surprise your guests, and you have a small budget for it, install a mini version of the chocolate fountain. Such a design can be purchased for quite reasonable money. It is very easy to assemble. You will also need special chocolate, which is heated directly in the bag in the microwave or steamed, and poured into the fountain. Put strawberries, marshmallows, skewers nearby - voila! – on the sweet table it will be the highlight of the program!

Where to order food:

m-catering. ru/catering/detskiy-prazdnik/



For children aged 3 to 7 years, the optimal duration of the holiday is 2-2.5 hours. Longer is already physically difficult for both children and adults. Children cannot keep their attention on something for a long time, so activities should alternate every 15-20 minutes, breaks are required.

It is better to start the holiday with active games, and at the end, by all means, make a disco.

Because after eating a cake, children necessarily release energy, which urgently needs to be channeled in the right direction. If you also pick up all sorts of bright accessories in a Fix Price store: colored wigs, bright glasses, bracelet beads, the disco will become a hit that will take at least half an hour and will be remembered by everyone.


Music should sound at the festival all the time, from beginning to end. Well, except for some special activities. Music sets the mood, sets the tone for the whole party. Now almost everyone has smartphones and tablets. One of your friends will probably have a portable speaker, ask to borrow it for a few hours. Feel free to upload the playlist to Spotify or YouTube. By the way, one more news: it is naive to believe that children love children's songs. In fact, they've been in love with Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars since the age of three. So they don’t need to put on “A smile will make everyone brighter”, dancing to modern pop music will be much more interesting for them.


In Russia now you can find almost any scenery. True, to achieve a picture like from the page of a professional event decorator, you will have to spend a lot of money. So, fashionable paper decor (flowers, garlands, etc.) will cost a pretty penny, because you need a lot of it so that the room does not look dull.

If your budget is tight, use balloons. They can put the name of the child and the number indicating the age. Meter balls-numbers look very cool. Brilliant figures of impressive size look great in the photo and you can immediately see how old the child is. You can also buy regular latex balloons. Individually, they look lonely, and in bouquets of 5-7 pieces, excellent compositions are already obtained.

A small note: decorating an event with helium balloons is not the most budget option. There is a shortage of helium on the market now, and this gas has become very expensive. So if you buy a bunch of inexpensive balloons, remember that you will have to spend a lot on helium tanks.

Decorations can be made by yourself. On the mentioned site Etsy.com, ready-made "soup sets" on various topics are sold: "Frozen", "Cars", "Spiderman", "Paw Patrol", etc.

You buy a ready-made package with files that will need to be printed, cut, pasted. There will be stickers on bottles of lemonade, and garlands, and banners.

Where else to look:








Children under 8 love to search for treasures: solve riddles, find clues and clues. Treasure hunting can be done in a variety of subjects, and you don’t need a lot of money for this. Children will be absolutely happy if the found treasure is chocolate "coins". The possibilities are limited by nothing but your imagination. The search for clues is a team work that unites very much. In addition, treasure hunting is very motivating for children to behave well, to complete tasks - they are interested in it.

If the budget is limited, and there is no money for some special effects and shows (soap bubbles, chemical experiments, etc. ) - do-it-yourself activities are great.

There are websites that offer great DIY kits to create all sorts of things in 15 minutes, from superhero masks to fairy wings. Children love to cut, glue, paint, decorate everything with all sorts of colorful stickers. You just need to give them simple blanks, help a little along the way, they will create a craft that they will gladly take home with them. Such activities easily and naturally adapt to the theme of the party. For example, if you're having a space party, you could all paint a large cardboard rocket together.


Gifts are usually given at the very beginning. Make sure there is a special table for this. By the end of the holiday, the table is gradually filled with gifts, and at the end of the holiday you just take them with you. There is no need to open gifts in public. In order not to offend anyone, you will need to immediately read all the postcards - there is no time for this. Let the child be busy with his holiday, enjoy the moment. Gifts are a pleasant continuation of a birthday, a separate joy that you already experience at home.


If you want to get a good photo report from your holiday - do not rely on yourself and your phone. Most likely, you will not be at all up to filming. Good children's photographers/videographers tend to be expensive and charge by the hour. However, you can get acquainted on the forums with budding talents who need photos and videos for a portfolio - then the cost can be purely symbolic, but you must be ready to give permission to use your photos for promotional purposes.

Alternatively, ask one adult guest to be responsible for this particular part.

End of the holiday

Do not delay the end of the party. After the cake has been served, children need to be entertained with a disco or sports games so that they “let off steam” - and we remind you that until the last minute the little guests should be under the control of an experienced animator.

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