Beyond the normal guest list prep, theme setting, invitation sending and house cleaning, you have to concern yourself with the menu for the baby shower you’re throwing, right? 

Since all of my college buddies have participated in the New Baby Game over the past few years (some of us more than once), I consider myself an expert at the pros and cons of good Baby Shower Food.  Yes, it is the ultimate coup to have a caterer, but we’re all trying to cut expenses right now.  Cooking up your own menu seems to be the best way to keep costs manageable.

You can do “Cookies and Punch”, but it’s just as easy to put that energy into something a bit more creative – something that will delight your guests and leave ’em talking for Eons about your Fabulous Hostessing Abilities!

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Rule #1 in Baby Shower Menu Planning – Something Sweet and Something Savorya.

Rule #2 is Make it Simple Sweetheart (the MISS rule)

Rule #3 is Presentation is Key (which also applies to Christmas Gifts, birthday party favors, first dates and a whole host of other occasions)

So now I present my Number One Favorite Baby Shower Menu for Maximum Memories and, of course, I have suggestions for the Cutest Favors EVER!

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(Egg-zactly manageable for a small shower of about 10ish by yourself, or you’ll need some extra hands for help if you’re planning on more people)

Cute, no?  It’s an egg cup that hides the absolutely most precious little Chick Whisk! 

You’ll need:

  • A mini omelet pan (or two if it’s a larger crowd)
  • A large, 24 count mini muffin pan
  • Eggs (plan on two per guest – since you’re making mini omelets)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Green onions (finely chopped)
  • Tiny cubed ham (find it in the meat section already cubed)
  • Tiny cubed chicken (buy the pre-cooked fajita chicken in the frozen foods section, and cube)
  • 2 kinds of cheese (mild yellow cheddar and mozzarella or Havarti – all shredded)
  • Grape tomatoes, split in half lengthwise
  • Sliced black olives
  • Baby spinach (stems removed)
  • Bacon – cooked and crumbled
  • Duncan Hines Blueberry Streusel Mix
  • Green and red grapes for edible garnish
  • Lemon curd tarts (eau so simple and eau so tasty)
  • A Lemonade and Mimosa Station (more on that shortly)

Don’t let that long list scare you, because you’re going to be preparing most of this stuff in advance – easy-easy!

About to Hatch Egg Timer – now how clever (and practical) is that? 

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Four Days In Advance

Grocery shop – here’s your list (unless you already have some of this on hand – be sure to check!)

  • Medium Eggs (count on two per person invited)
  • 1 block yellow and 1 block white cheese  of choice (buy it by the block – not pre-shredded – it’s cheaper and tastes better)
  • Green onions (plan on about 1 heaping tbsp.,  finely chopped per person)
  • Cubed ham (a scant 1/4 per person)
  • Sliced, prepared fajita chicken strips (same amount as cubed ham)
  • 2 rashers of bacon
  • Sliced black olives (3 of the small cans or 1 large can)
  • 1 carton grape tomatoes (if they don’t look good – then buy the cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 pkg of good baby spinach (you know – the kind where ALL the leaves are small and tender)
  • 2 Duncan Hines Blueberry Streusel Mix
  • Red and green grapes – nice, thick clumps of ’em
  • How ever many packages of Pepperidge Farm Pastry Shells (plan on 2 shells per invitee)
  • Lemon curd
  • Aerosol whipped cream
  • Fresh Blueberries (if in season) or raspberries (if in season)
  • Orange juice
  • Champagne
  • 2 large cans Pink Lemonade (concentrate)
  • 2 large bottles ginger ale
  • 1 can/bottle Pineapple juice
  • 1 bottle almond extract

Whew!  Looks like a lot now, but it will be just the perfect amount for the shower.

Oh these are beYOND adorable!  Set a few around for seasoning (salt goes in the chick – pepper in the egg bottom) and give the rest as favors! 

Three Days Before

Grease up your mini-muffin pans and make those blueberry mini-muffins!  Allow to cool completely, then wrap carefully in plastic wrap, wrap again with aluminum foil – and freeze until the big day.

Two Days Before

  • Crisp-fry the bacon, drain on lots of absorbent paper towels, crumble and store in the fridge in zip lock bags or air-tight containers.
  • Defrost (if necessary) the chicken strips, cube, place in zip lock bag in fridge
  • Grate cheeses separately and store in zip lock bags in fridge
  • Mix Pink Lemonade Concentrate, Pineapple Juice and 3 tsp of almond flavoring.  Store in fridge in air tight container
  • Thoroughly wash green onions and chop.  Store in zip lock bags in fridge.
  • Rinse, drain and gently but thoroughly pat dry spinach, remove stems and store in air tight contained in fridge.
  • Dig out all of your serving pieces and your cooking implements and arrange them on a counter somewhere.  It’s best to take inventory while there’s still time for an emergency shopping run!

The Night Before

  • Halve tomatoes and arrange in bowl for omelet cooking station.  Seal with plastic wrap and store in fridge.
  • Arrange bacon crumbles, green onions, cheeses, black olives, ham, chicken and spinach into bowls for cooking stations.  Seal with plastic wrap and store in fridge.
  • Wash grapes and separate into clusters for edible garnish, store in airtight container in fridge.
  • Bake the pastry shells according to package directions.  Allow to cool completely, remove little tops, and store on counter in sealed container.

The Morning Of

  • Scramble all of your eggs in advance using a blender, adding salt and pepper to taste.  Store in pitchers or large glass bowls, covered, in the fridge until 30 minutes before showtime
  • Set mini-muffins out on counter to reach room temp
  • Fill the pastry shells with a dollop of Lemon Curd.  Cover and set aside until serving time.

Just Before

  • Add gingerale to punch mixture and set out in decorative container (punch bowl, whatever) to serve
  • Set out Orange Juice in decorative container and champagne for mimosas
  • Arrange all omelet filling choices around your cooking station.  Have pans greased and ready to go!
  • Set out mini-muffins for snacking while everyone enjoys punch and mimosas, and watching you chef up those delicious omelets!

The point of this party is to keep it fluid, and keep everyone talking and laughing.  They snack on muffins and enjoy drinks while all arrive and assemble, then everyone gathers around while you chef up those mini omelets – custom-tailored to their taste and garnished with a green and a red grape cluster.  Last, top the Lemon Curd tarts off with a Ready Whip Aerosol twist with a succulent little blueberry or raspberry crown, and serve as a little dessert Pop.

Celebrating Egg-zactly what you were looking for today (tee-he)!

Please remember to Celebrate Something Everyday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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