The Delicious Baby Shower Menu: Choosing The Food For The Party
Since your best friend is having a baby, the least you can do to congratulate her is hold a baby shower in her honor. It’s a fun celebration that allows the mom-to-be to have fun with her closest kin and friends, as well as receive gifts for her infant. With the help of your other friends, you set out to plan the perfect party for her. You’ve taken care of the venue, the invitations, the decorations and the program. There’s still one very important detail you have to attend to: the menu. You can’t have a baby shower without delicious food and drinks!
Choosing the food is one of the most important considerations a good baby shower planner has to attend to. Every host wants to impress and satisfy the guests, and providing delicious food is the best way to do that. Whether it’s simple finger foods and appetizers or a full meal, people will certainly look forward to the dishes you’ll serve. You don’t necessarily have to prepare a whole banquet; just make sure you have adequate treats for everyone. (Why not try indulging to coconut shrimp, learn how to make a coconut shrimp)
Although it seems pretty basic, you might find that planning the menu is not very easy. Here are several considerations you have to remember when choosing the food for the baby shower.
The number of guests - If you’re having an intimate gathering with less than ten guests, an entire meal (complete with a delicious main course, dessert and coffee) would be all right, since you won’t need to do a lot of preparation. On the other hand, if you’re having more than ten people, appetizers and finger foods are more practical choices, since they’re easier to make and serve.
The venue - When the baby shower is held at home, the host or planner usually decides to either take care of the planning and cooking or hires a caterer. If there’s a particular venue rented for the event, such as a hotel or restaurant, the establishment takes care of the food. All the planner has to do is choose the specific dishes.
The time of the shower - What time of the day will the shower be held? If it’s during the morning, a breakfast menu is more sensible. If the party’s in the afternoon, tea time snacks are more appropriate, such as pastries served with coffee. Evening baby shower parties usually require you to serve elegant finger foods.
The baby shower theme - It’s a cute and fun idea to use the baby shower theme when choosing the food for the shower. It’s not only impressive, but also adds an extra touch to the theme and the party atmosphere. For example, if the party has a ducky theme, cupcakes with yellow ducky frosting and refreshing blue punch are great choices.
The type of people who are going to attend - Since baby showers are intimate and you know many of the people who’ll be attending, you probably know their tastes. Do they prefer classy food or junk food? Would barbecued meat and salad work, or will you need to prepare shrimp and vegetable wraps? You should also take note if there are men at the shower. Men have large appetites, so if there are male guests, you need to choose food items that are not only tasty, but also filling.
What the mom-to-be wants - Serving good food is worthless if the mom-to-be doesn’t like it. After all, the party is held for her. Unless the party’s a surprise, you should ask for her recommendations and what food she prefers. You can be assured she’ll be satisfied with what you serve during the shower.
Choosing and preparing the baby shower food is not always easy, but with these simple reminders, you’ll be able to deal with this task easier. Also, don’t forget to ask for help from others! It’ll make things a lot easier for you. So go ahead, and start planning the scrumptious baby shower food! For more information regarding planning this kind of party, read how to organize a surprise party.