Popular Baby Shower Food Ideas You’ll Love
Baby showers aren’t as simple as they used to be. Some people spend just as much time planning their baby shower as they do their wedding! But it doesn’t have to be that complicated. This list of over 50 creative baby shower food ideas will give you a head start on throwing a memorable party to celebrate a soon-to-arrive bundle of joy for a friend, family member, or even yourself.
What Kind of Food Do You Serve at a Baby Shower?
Creating a baby shower menu might feel a little intimidating at first, especially if you’ve never thrown one before. But no worries. Keep these few things in mind when figuring out what to serve and it will make it much easier.
A lot of baby showers include games, unwrapping presents, and just generally socializing. It’s not usually the type of party where you have a sit-down meal. So plan on serving mostly finger foods and appetizers that guests can grab and easily walk around with while eating.
You’ll also want to make sure you offer a variety of dishes. That doesn’t mean you need to have a massive buffet of options, but choose a handful of dishes that will likely give everyone something they’ll enjoy.
For example, will some of the guests be vegan or vegetarian? Or have food allergies or sensitivities? I would make sure at least one, if not more than that, of your dishes are something that caters to people who might be more judicious with their choices of food, but will still appeal to most other people.
There are a few ideas on this list that are vegan or allergy-friendly, but sound mouthwatering!
You’ll also want to choose some type of dessert. The dessert usually follows the theme of the party and adds to the decor in some way. Having an outdoor summertime baby shower? Then the strawberry shortcake cups would be perfect! Or maybe a classy shower for a baby girl? Try the pink ombre cake! The dessert is really a chance to have fun and set the tone.
You may even want to have a dessert table of cookies, candies, or other treats. Rather than a more traditional sheet cake. It offers guests more variety. And can really add to your baby shower.
How Many Baby Shower Foods Should I Serve?
As far as variety, 4-6 different options should suffice, and for the amount of food, I love this simple breakdown I found on Vibrant Table:
2-4 hors d’oeuvres per person, if the party is 30-60 minutes before dinner or at a cocktail hour
5-6 hors d’oeuvres per person for a 1.5-2 hour event that precedes dinner time
8-10 hors d’oeuvres per person for a longer 2-4 hour event. And serve heavier hors d’oeuvres
12-15 hors d’oeuvres per person for events lasting 4+ hours. This should be considered a dinner replacement for guests. And holy cow, that would be a long baby shower.
A baby shower typically lasts between 2 to 3 hours. If you use the table above, you would allow 8 to 10 hors d’oeuvres per person. But remember to factor in your dessert. Which will take the place of some of those hors d’oeuvres. Especially if your baby shower is between typical meal times.
I think planning for 8 to 10 pieces of food per person is more than enough to keep from sending guests home hungry. And you can probably get away with slightly less if you’re resources are stretched thin.
And remember to some extent you can also go with your gut or just you own preferences. Throw out all the charts! Want to have three desserts? Go for it! Maybe you want to do all vegan because the mom-to-be is vegan, that’s awesome! There’s not a ton of hard and fast rules as long as people are fed and happy.
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25 Easy Baby Shower Appetizers
In a word, Instagrammable. These canapés look like little works of art.
But don’t be intimidated by the fancy appearance. Creating these masterpieces is easier than it looks. These canapés come together in just over a half hour. Plus the recipe has detailed instructions on how to pull it off.
And just think how wowed your guests are going to be when they see these beautiful canapes on the table.
Bruschetta is my husband’s absolute favorite appetizer, and this recipe is a great reminder of how easy it is to make.
The key really is using the fresh basil. I can smell the delicious fragrance of it just thinking about it!
These little phyllo-filled cups look really appetizing but take only 5 minutes to throw together.
The recipe calls for shredded chicken and suggests you can use canned chicken. But one trick I like to do is do some crockpot shredded chicken every so often and freeze to pull out when needed. It’s so delicious and requires almost no hands-on time.
Are you air-fryer-obsessed? Then you need to try these gluten-free and vegetarian stuffed mushrooms.
Most of the ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry waiting for you. And the results are delicious. A perfect baby shower appetizer!
They had me at Nutella. And your guests will feel the same way!
These bite-size faux sushi rolls look so delicious and could double as an appetizer or dessert. There are only a few ingredients and it just takes some simple assembly to whip up a bunch of them quickly.
Cocktail wieners have been a staple of the hors d’oeuvre table for… ever? And there is a good reason for that.
Lil’ Smokies are delicious, filling, and super easy to make.
This recipe is a little twist on the classic by adding some Hawaiian flavor with some crushed pineapple and a cute plating idea!
OMG. These are my all-time favorite foods. I could eat the entire tray all by myself.
Sweet, salty, creamy, and that tart earthy flavor of goat cheese is just beyond delicious.
This recipe from Pinch of Yum is really simple. It’s basically just assembling more than really cooking. It is a little tedious, but just throw on your favorite podcast and zen out while you stuff those dates. As a mom, that’s almost like a mini-vacation.
If you have a food allergy or gluten intolerance, you know how hard it is to feel safe eating at a party! The struggle is real. But you can save your baby shower guests that anxiety!
Vegans and people with gluten allergies (like me!) are always on the hunt for delicious comfort food that won’t make them sick. These gluten-free vegan mac ‘n cheese bites are calling my name! And your special diet friends will feel the same way.
The recipe includes a few different suggestions for allergy-friendly macaroni and egg replacements to simplify for you. And they are easy to make.
I suggest using a sticky note or small card to label this dish as gluten-free and vegan to let your special diet guests know you have them covered. And they can safely grab a plate.
Puff pastry? Who doesn’t love it!
And these breakfast cups look so good they could really work any time of day, but especially for a baby shower brunch food idea. Throw in a mimosa with a plate of these and guests will think they’re in heaven.
(PS – did you know gluten-free puff pastry is a thing? Substitute it in this recipe if you need gluten-free!)
Edible flowers take this recipe from just delicious to delicious and gorgeous! They look like something you’d see on the Food Network. And they are the perfect summer baby shower food idea!
Plus, if you can’t get your hands on any edible flowers (because you’re not actually an Iron Chef) they link to a tutorial for prosciutto roses.
Yes I said prosciutto roses. (I love the things I find on the internet!)
Mmmm… another gluten-free baby shower appetizer idea that will please all palates.
This is basically a Caprese salad on a stick, and doesn’t skewering something just make it more fun?
Love the colorful eggs in this deviled egg recipe. The perfect baby shower food ideas! You can dye them to match the decor! And deviled eggs are always a party favorite.
I could even see doing them in pink and blue for a gender reveal.
Put your instant pot to work with these cranberry-stuffed cornbread bites. You can even make them ahead of time and freeze them if you don’t have time to cook right before your baby shower!
Or if you have any leftovers freeze them for Thanksgiving.
The cocoa cream cheese dip that accompanies these fruit kabobs looks so good. It reminds me of a dip my mom used to make when I was a kid that I would eat by the spoonful (until she caught me).
You can mix and match whatever fruit and cheeses on the kabobs you’d like to accompany the dipping sauce, and you’ll have a beautiful and delicious baby shower appetizer ASAP.
The quintessential tea time accompaniments. A tea party would be such a cute baby shower idea. And if you throw one, you’ve got to have the traditional English tea finger sandwiches to go with it!
Another colorful deviled egg recipe, but instead of the egg being dyed, the filling gets a pink makeover in this one!
The pipes filling with a tiny bit of baby’s breath garnish and sprouts make it look a lot more aesthetic than your typical deviled eggs too.
A perfect baby shower food idea when you need something quick but cute too.
A summer baby shower NEEDS these oh so fresh and satisfying watermelon feta skewers.
They’re so quick to wash and assemble. And the recipe has extra suggestions to pack more into the skewers, like prosciutto. Delish.
For a hearty and satisfying bite-sized snack, these sausage balls are perfection. Simple to make, but a great addition to your baby shower food table.
I love these for a shower where you want heavier appetizers that are more filling.
I am going to be craving these for brunch every day until I make them. They look so scrumptious. Exactly what you should serve at a baby shower brunch!
The recipe is really quick and easy for these phyllo cups packed with breakfast essentials, just 20 minutes to make.
Sneak some satisfying veggies in with some drool-worthy zucchini bites. This is a great appetizer for a summer baby shower. And a great way to use excess zuchinis from the garden for your party.
Besides the zucchini, the other items are kitchen staples, and it whips up in around 20-30 minutes.
An appetizer you can make in 5 minutes? Totally possible with this simple but yummy recipe. Healthy and attractive. Which makes it a great finger food for your baby shower.
It’s kind of a more sanitary version of a veggie and dip tray, which is perfect for a baby shower food table.
This may be the recipe that finally pushed me into buying an air fryer! Crispy air-fried ravioli in 15 minutes. You can’t beat that for an easy baby shower lunch.
This recipe is simple, and it will fly off the plates at any shower.
This is another recipe that is basically assembly more than really cooking, but will look impressive (not to mention taste amaaazing) at your baby shower.
Just top the crackers of your choice with Brie and broil before finishing off with some corn salsa.
Sweet and savory. The mix of those two is a home run, and this recipe is such a great blend of flavors!
This recipe only takes 25 minutes to prep, but has a very upscale and grown-up feel. Fancy but tasty. Exactly what you need for baby shower finger foods!
I love a good twist on a classic! And so will your baby shower guests.
This strawberry and goat cheese swap freshens up bruschetta. Tasty and surprising.
Another great recipe from Pinch of Yum, this one stands out from a few of the other brunch cups for baby shower brunches because the eggs are not scrambled.
Instead, you get the gorgeous runny yolk in the center to impress your guests and their taste buds.
Fun Baby Shower Dessert Ideas
These will be the sweetest thing on your baby shower dessert table! And I’m not just talking about the taste. Baby shower food doesn’t get much cuter than this.
Basically, you can use your favorite recipe for roll out sugar cookie dough. And then follow the steps in the post to create the cutest baby shower cookies anyone has ever seen.
Cake pops are so cute (and tasty). These pink velvet cake pops could probably be turned into a different color with a different food coloring or watercolor. If say, you wanted to make the blue for a boy shower. Or have different colors.
They also don’t require a ton of gadgets, which surprised me! Super simple. And yet, impressive. Just think how beautiful they’ll look on your baby shower dessert table.
Not only pretty but also it can be made gluten free and with no added sugar! You’re guests will love seeing this pretty and refreshing dessert at your baby shower.
But don’t worry. These look plenty sweet and satisfying with the use of dates and honey as sweeteners.
They’re a kid favorite, but not gonna lie… I love Rice Krispie treats too. And these ones make a super cute baby shower dessert idea!
This recipe fancy-fies the humble Rice Krispie treat with some pretty pink decorations, but you could easily swap the color of your choice.
Chocolate and caramel. Enough said.
Just kidding… I have more to say about this decadent treat that also happens to be easy peasy. It makes a great baby shower treat for guests. And you don’t be too intimidated by the whole caramel making process. This recipe lays it out simply. You can do it! Just make sure you have a thermometer handy.
Aw. Teddy bear cupcakes are so sweet for a baby shower dessert. I can especially see pairing these with some of the rustic woodland themes that have been über popular.
The decoration is done easily with a piping bag and some googly eyes. And the result looks like something you might see on Sesame Street. Or Nailed It.
I can’t resist heart-shaped desserts. These mini heart cakes look really unique with their chocolate and coconut coating, and they are deceptively easy to make.
Perfect for your baby shower food plan. And something to keep in mind for Valentine’s Day as well.
Adorable. These ice cream sugar cookies have the sweetest designs, but with a good piping bag, not too hard to copy.
I also love how they include chocolate in them too, because well… chocolate.
If the presentation is an important part of your search for baby shower food ideas, you’re going to want to add these to your list of desserts.
Impress your guests with less work. This recipe uses a pre-made dough to create the sugar cookie cups. So there is very little hands on work to do for this baby shower dessert.
I also love the fruit paired with a sugar cookie dough because the fruit will turn it from just sweet to refreshing.
Did I mention there’s also a marshmallow and cream cheese filling?
A vegan treat for your baby shower dessert table! Yay!
This doesn’t skimp on decadence even though it’s dairy-free. I mean come on…it’s salted caramel after all.
Turn your baby shower dessert into a centerpiece with this cupcake tower.
They look delicious and stylish with decorations that are just enough. Tres chic cupcakes. And feel free to swap the pink for whatever color you like.
I love the rainbow sprinkles on some of these chocolate truffles. They’re so bright and eye-catching. They would really make a baby shower dessert spread sparkle.
I’m pretty sure if you’re having a twin baby shower these two peas in a pod cupcakes are required to be there by law, right?
I mean, could there be a cuter theme for twins than this? And if you can use playdoh, you can make the fondant pea pods.
I didn’t think it got better than Rice Krispie treats, until I saw these Rice Krispie treat sandwiches!
They somehow make the plain old Rice Krispie treat look as fashionable (and delish) as a macaron. And a too pretty dessert for a baby shower.
These are a nice twist on strawberry shortcake, the summertime staple. I’m imagining picking fresh strawberries at a local farm and then tossing together these perfect little cups to fill with them.
The recipe is basic with all your typical pantry ingredients, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t mouth-watering.
A perfect easy baby shower dessert for summer!
Where were these when I had my baby shower? With it’s Winnie the pooh theme, these adorable bee cookies would have fit in perfectly!
Your guests will be buzzing about these precious and delectable cookies. (Pun intended. I had to.)
What’s really cool about this recipe is that there really isn’t any baking or cooking needed. So if that’s not your thing, this one’s for you. Just melting chocolate and decorating fun!
Another variation of the ubiquitous Rice Krispie treat. Who knew there were so many ways to dress up a classic treat?
This one has a light pink hue, is shaped like a heart, and on a stick! It’s a pretty simple styling, but really effective. I want to grab one right out of the picture and chomp on it.
Jam packed with magical goodness, these bars are over the top. The decoration is bright and bubbly, and the inside is packed with marshmallows, chocolate chips, coconut, AND sprinkles. Totally unicorn worthy.
And a really fun dessert idea for a girl baby shower. Or a mom-to-be who loves unicorns or girly pink.
Donuts were so trendy for a while, and in my book they still are. Besides the fact that they are so tasty, they are just cute, whimsical, and don’t take themselves too seriously.
Plus, they make such a unique baby shower dessert idea! No one will expect it. And everyone will love it! Let’s hear it for the donut!
Classic. Beautiful. With a bit of a twist. A dream baby shower cake.
This cake is traditional but gorgeous. The ombre effect on the cake gives it an extra punch of pizzazz so it isn’t boring.
The perfect dessert for your Winnie the Pooh themed shower (which is exactly what I had!). If only I had known about these then! And just like the bee cookies above, there’s no baking needed! You’re just decorating pre-made cookies.
If you love donuts, but want to be a little more sophisticated, then you have to try a zeppole. They’re basically the Italian version of a donut, which automatically makes them cooler and more romantic, right?
And telling people that’s what they are will make you sound like a gourmet! Donut holes, no way! These are zeppole!
Ok. Yes, please. I love this idea. It’s a s’more without the mess, but all the scrumptiousness. These would work so well with a picnic or outdoorsy themed baby shower.
It’s a fun summer baby shower dessert idea! And unique too.
I thought I had found all the best Rice Krispie treat recipes and then this one popped in my feed. I mean, it’s got peanut butter. You basically replace the marshmallow with peanut butter, which sounds so yum, but also helps you get in a little protein. Very filling.
And a tasty surprise to add to your baby shower food spread.
Other Cute Baby Shower Food Ideas
Rubber duckies… floating in your punch. Sounds whacky for nearly every occasion, but a baby shower? Perfection! And the blue is a fun idea for a baby boy shower.
The color of this punch is the showstopper. It’s just sooo pink in all the best ways possible. And I love a good sherbert punch.
I have the fondest memories of my grandma at every family party standing over the punch bowl with juices and sodas and sherbert making a crazy but delicious witch’s brew. She’d love this.
Fruit trays are awesome. A simple, healthy, and beautiful baby shower food idea. But adding an amazing dip takes them to the next level. This one is worth taking the extra 10 minutes to pull together.
Don’t buy the premade chip dip. This easy sour cream dip is going to taste so much better! And is the perfect savory dip for an easy veggie tray at your baby shower food table.
The cutest allergy-friendly and gluten-free recipe ever. I love the idea of these cute little bears for a baby shower treat, and your friends with allergies will too!
Adorable Baby Shower Food Ideas for a Beautiful Spread
With so many beautiful and scrumptious recipes and ideas for baby shower food, it’s easy to go overboard. I mean, all of these recipes look absolutely delicious not to mention easy to put together for a baby shower food table.
But there’s really one person (besides the one doing the cooking) who must be pleased with the food, and that’s the mom-to-be. So, find out her most recent cravings and preferences to help you create the perfect menu from these more than 50 options for awesome baby shower food.