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Baby Shower Food and Drink
It's not a party without food! And here's what to keep in mind as you plan snacks, refreshments, and, of course, the cake for the shower.
Keep the time of day in mind:
- For a Brunch Party… Serve traditional breakfast foods like pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice, and coffee.
- For a Lunch Party… Consider serving sandwiches, crudités, and cold salads, such as potato or macaroni salad.
- For a Mid-Afternoon Party… Serve lighter fare, such as hors d'oeuvres, mini desserts and drinks.
For a Dinner Party… You'll need to serve more substantial fare, such as steaks, baked or mashed potatoes, and green beans; lasagna, tossed salad and breadsticks; or, for a more casual party, hamburgers or hotdogs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and baked beans.
Think of any dietary restrictions. If you don't know for sure if any of your guests don't or can't eat anything, plan to serve an assortment of vegetarian-friendly foods in addition to meat-based fare. You should also have diet drinks and at least one sugar-free dessert on hand in addition to beverages and treats containing sugar.
Go for assortments. If you plan to only serve hors d'oeuvres and other snack-type foods, consider creating or purchasing an assortment of platters. Good ideas include
- Cheese Cubes, a Cheese Ball and/or Cheese Spread with Assorted Crackers.
- Crudités (i.e. cut veggies) and Ranch or Blue Cheese Dip
- Cheddar Cheese Fondue with Bread Chunks and Apple Slices
- Tossed Salad (Note: As an alternative to traditional salad, try mixing romaine lettuce, frisse, grape tomatoes, dried cherries, candied pecans, and raspberry vinaigrette)
- Pigs in a Blanket
- Chicken Satay
- Mini Vegetable Rolls and/or Egg Rolls
- Mini Quiches
- Tortilla Chips and Salsa
- Potato Chips and French Onion Dip
- Fruit Salad or Cut Fruit (e.g. sliced melon, cubed pineapple, strawberries, grapes, etc.)
- Finger Sandwiches
- Pita Bread Pockets Filled with Hummus
- Tortilla Wraps Filled with Cold Cuts, Lettuce, Tomato Slices, Cheese, etc.
Mini Desserts (e.g. tiny tarts, cheesecake squares, cookies, petits fours, etc.)
As for drinks, a bowl of fruit punch or sherbet punch (i.e. 1 tub of sherbet mixed with 1 2-liter bottle of ginger ale) is perfect. Additionally, consider supplying an assortment of sodas, bottled water, and/or juice. At your discretion, you can also serve alcoholic beverages such as Mimosas or frozen daiquiris.
- Don't forget the baby shower cake! Consider baking a cake in the shape of a duck ... or a stork ... or a baby carriage. Serve them on cake plates with adorable baby candles .... all available from Birthday in a Box.
Baby Shower Games
You have to keep your guests busy at the shower! Here are some fun and creative baby shower games and activities...
Discovery Game - Create a list of 10 to 15 things that a person might like, might do, might have, or might have done. Examples include, "Someone who has traveled to France," "Someone who loves Italian food," or "Someone who is wearing blue." Make sure you have at least one statement per guest, and preferably more in case there are some that no one matches. Type up the list, and print out a copy for each of your guests.
At the party, give everyone a copy of the list and a pen or pencil. Tell the players that they have 3 minutes to find a guest who matches each statement on the list. In those 3 minutes, all of your guests will learn at least one thing about everyone else at the party! Award a prize to the person who finds the most matches.
"Who am I?" - Write the names of famous moms, cartoon characters, inanimate objects, or anything else (preferably within a theme) on index cards. Tape an index card to each guest's back upon their arrival. Explain that the card has a name on it, and they are not allowed to take the card off, look at it, or have another person read the name to them until the end of the game. Likewise, they may not tell any other guests the names taped to their backs.
The object of the game is for each guest to figure out what person, character or object they've been assigned by asking other guests questions like, "Am I an actress," or "Do I have blonde hair?" If desired, you may award a small prize to every guest who correctly guesses the name printed on their card.
Door Prize Games
Dirty Diaper Door Prize - Fold white paper napkins into small diapers (one for each guest). Make 1 - 3 (depending on the size of your guest list) "dirty diapers" by marking the inside of each with a brown marker or lipstick. Alternatively, you can hide a small item, such as a raisin, in a couple of the diapers.
As your guests arrive, give each a randomly-picked diaper with a safety pin so they can pin on the diaper. Then, at the end of the party, have your guests check their diapers. Award a door prize to each guest who has a dirty diaper.
Scratch & Win Cards - Cut several index cards in half lengthwise to create two long strips per card; cut enough so that you have at least one strip for each guest. Draw 3 pictures on each card using a different combination of pictures each time. For example, draw a baby bottle, a diaper, and a pacifier on one card, two pacifiers and a bottle on another card, and so on. Depending on the number of guests you've invited, choose 1 - 3 cards to be winning cards. On those cards, draw 3 of the same picture (e.g. 3 baby bottles or 3 pacifiers). When you are done drawing all of the pictures, color over each card with a silver crayon.
As your guests arrive at the party, give each a scratch card. Award a prize to whoever gets a card with 3 of the same picture.
Other Fun Shower Games
Draw a Baby - This game is fun, easy, and always hilarious. Hand each guest a sheet of paper, something hard to write on (e.g. a piece of cardboard, a magazine, etc.), and a pen, pencil, or marker. Have everyone put their sheet of paper on top of their magazine/cardboard/etc., and then hold it on their head with one hand while trying to draw a baby with the other. Take turns revealing each "masterpiece" for a good laugh. Award a prize to whoever draws the best- and worst-looking babies.
"Who Know's Mommy Best?" - Come up with a list of 10 - 20 interesting facts about the mom-to-be. This list might include things like where she's travelled, her favorite food, her middle name, or anything else about her. Write each item in the form of a question (e.g. "What has Jane collected since she was 6 years old?").
At the party, gather your guests in a circle, and begin asking them the questions you've prepared. The first person to "buzz in" and answer correctly gets a point. Optionally, you can include the mom-to-be in this game by awarding her a point for every question that goes unanswered by her guests. (After all, she's so interesting and diverse that even her friends don't know everything about her!) Award a prize to whoever has the most points at the end of the game.
A-Z Baby Name Game - Give each guest a piece of lined paper and a pen or pencil. Have everyone write the letters A through Z down the left sides of their papers, skipping every other line. Set a timer for 2 minutes. When you start the timer, each player must try to write down one baby name for every letter of the alphabet. You may limit it to girl or boy names only, if desired. All players must stop when the timer buzzes.
Go through the lists as a group, letter by letter, comparing everyone's answers. Players get one point for every unique name they write down. For example, if more than one person puts down "Jessica" for the letter "J," nobody gets a point for the name "Jessica." However, anyone who wrote down a different "J" name, like "Jill," gets a point if they were the only player to write down that name. Award a prize to the player or players who tally up the most points.
Baby Bottle Drink-Off - Fill 4-ounce baby bottles with juice, water, milk, or another beverage of your choice. Give a bottle to each participating guest. When you say, "Go!" the players race to see who can drink the contents of their bottle first. This a hilarious game to observe as it's a lot harder to drink from a baby bottle than most people realize. (Note: If you're planning a co-ed party, make this a men-only competition for a real laugh!)
Pass The Gift - Place a small gift (e.g. a miniature picture frame, a candle, or a gift card) in a box, and wrap the package with wrapping paper. Then, add several more layers of wrapping paper overtop of the first layer until you have covered the box with a minimum of 5 (but no more than 15) layers.
At the party, have your guests sit in a circle. Play a CD or tape, stopping the music randomly as you would in musical chairs. Have your guests pass the gift around the circle while the music plays. Whoever has the gift when the music stops gets to take off a layer of wrapping paper. Continue playing until someone takes off the last layer and reveals the gift. That guest may keep the gift.
Photo Activity - Ask each of your guests to bring one good picture of themselves with their children, the mom-to-be, or a group of the expecting mom's friends. Purchase a large frame that will accommodate one picture per guest, as well as a paper or poster board backing that will fit inside the frame.
At the party, ask your guests to hold on to their pictures until it's time to do this activity. When you're ready, get everybody in a circle and explain to the guest of honor that everyone has brought a photo to help inspire her as a mother. Go around the circle, revealing one photo at a time and letting each guest explain why they chose to bring that particular photo. Once the mom-to-be has seen all of the photos, bring out the frame. You can choose to open up the frame and glue the pictures to the poster board at the party, or offer to help with the project after the party.