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Baby Shower Q&A: Food


What are the best foods to serve at a baby shower?  The worst?

I think the best foods to serve at a baby shower are finger foods that are easy to prepare and easy to clean up. You can also offer a wide variety of food that will allow people a choice and a way to snack during the entire party.  I don’t think there really is a worse but you may want to avoid messy food like ribs or foods that cause indigestion.

Should you serve alcohol?

This is completely up to each person, however I personally tend to lean towards the 'no' when it comes to serving alcohol since the mother-to-be can’t drink. 

Having said that though, there is a notable exception. If you are throwing a Couples Shower where men are attending, and you know that those particular guests generally like to share a bottle of wine or a few beers at a get together, then you might consider having that available as an option, but also be sure to have plenty of other non-alcoholic beverages to choose from.


Should I be worried about allergies when it comes to food?

Allergies seem to be on the rise these days or maybe it is our awareness about allergies, so I really feel that you should be concerned about allergies.  If you are having a small shower where you know everyone very well and know there are no allergies, don’t worry and use whatever ingredients you want.  If you don’t, you could either have a place on the RSVP where people mark if they have a severe anaphylactic allergy to something.  If you have guests that are allergic to peanuts or anything else, you can avoid it in your menu.  If you don’t want to pry, treat it like everyone has an allergy and just avoid the high risk food like peanuts, and shellfish.  If a person has an allergy, they know how to avoid many of the high risk foods and they will ask you if they are unsure what is in a dish.


Is it okay to ask people to bring a food dish?

Yes, it is perfectly fine to have a potluck shower and many guests will be more than happy to bring a special dish.  My only advice on this is to list what you need and make sure that people RSVP what dish they are bringing.  This way you can add dishes where you need it or phone people to choose something different so you don’t end up with a table full of desserts (not that that would be too terrible).


I would like to throw a very elegant baby shower with a sit down meal.  My only concern is that many people may not like the food that I am ordering from the caterer.  What should I do to ensure that everyone will like the meal?

Coming from the perspective of a very picky person (which I am), I would suggest ordering two different meals from the caterer and to list them on the invitation.  Ask guests to RSVP with their desired dinner choice and give the caterer the numbers when you are closer to the party date.  Make sure you have a meal that everyone is sure to enjoy and one that caters to the more adventurous (which I am not when it comes to food) guests.  Chicken is often a good choice but your caterer will be able to give you more advice than I am capable of giving.


My friend is having a boy and we do not know what food to serve.

Thank you for contacting with your question.  In regards to a menu, you can serve just about anything that you want.  Basically, you will need beverages, appetizers, a main dish and a dessert.  Most baby showers use a buffet style meal but you don't need to go with a buffet if you would prefer a sit down meal.

For more about meals, I would recommend reading Creating a Perfect Menu and you can find meal ideas on all of our theme pages.  Lastly, we have some excellent recipes on our recipe section so check there for some ideas. If you are looking for items using the color blue, try the fancy sandwiches and sherbet soda.


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