Baby Shower Menu Ideas

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You have a baby shower coming up, and you want some exciting food ideas. Don’t worry一Duvall event catering in Charleston has you covered. Below, you’ll find traditional and modern baby shower food ideas from our catering experts that will satisfy every mom-to-be. Plus, we offer additional advice based on the time of your baby shower and how to find the best baby shower caterer in Charleston. 


Baby Shower Food Planning Tips

No matter the style of your baby shower or the types of food you serve, there are a few baby shower food planning tips to follow to host a perfect event.

  1. You’ll want a variety of food options for your guests to choose from so everyone can find something to eat that they like. 
  2. Set up multiple tables with food on each so it’s easy for your guests to access the food.  
  3. For easy mingling, we recommend mess-free foods that are simple to eat.  
  4. Use labels on your food platters so your guests don’t have to guess, and also for those with food allergies.  
  5. Most importantly, make sure you have enough food prepared. A group of 10-12 guests will need about five appetizers. A group of 25 guests will need around nine appetizers. A group of 50 or more will need about 13 appetizers ready. 
  6. The best place to start your food planning is with the mother-to-be. What types of foods does she like? How does she envision the tone of the event? Remember that a baby shower is all about the mother-to-be, so consider her expectations and what she might want to enjoy.

Baby Shower Catering Menu Ideas

If you are just beginning to plan, here are ideas for appetizers, desserts, finger foods, and drinks that are sure to delight your guests. 

Baby Shower Appetizer Ideas

Appetizers are the heart of just about every event. A healthy variety of fun and delectable appetizers will keep your guests happy and talking. Everyone loves to talk while sharing a meal, and a baby shower full of mingling is a successful gathering. Here are some tantalizing appetizers your guests will enjoy.

  • Mini sausage quiches, filled with savory Swiss and a little bit of spice for heat 
  • Mini White Cheddar Pimento Cheese Tartlets
  • Cheesy bruschetta spread for tiny but bold bites
  • Toasted Ravioli, delicately seasoned, served with a side of hearty marinara
  • Mushrooms stuffed with spinach-artichoke for vegetarian bliss 
  • Fried prosciutto tortellini to melt in your mouth after a bit of crunch
  • Cheesy flatbread, seasoned with garlic for added zest 
  • Decadent mac and cheese balls, deep-fried for a crispy outer layer
  • Deviled eggs, decorated with roasted garlic for added sweetness 

Baby Shower Dessert Ideas

Baby showers are a celebration of life, and there’s no better way to enjoy life than with a bit of sweetness. It’s a safe bet that more than one of your guests has a sweet tooth, so you’ll undoubtedly want some desserts to go with your food. Here are some devilish desserts for you and your guests to sink your teeth into.

  • Chocolate dipped strawberries, striped with pink or blue depending on the reveal
  • Pink or blue French macaroons, sugared to perfection
  • Dessert pies filled with strawberry-honey 
  • Crunchy and sweet caramel corn parcels 
  • Pink or blue chocolate-dipped Oreos for a creamy bite with a lot of crunch
  • An assortment of mini cheesecake parfaits 
  • A classic candy table for a variety of sweets, chews, sours, and more 

Baby Shower Finger Food Ideas

Finger foods are an excellent choice for mingling. You don’t need to rely on silverware to have a quick bite, so guests can mix and mingle with each other. If you want a fun, vibrant atmosphere at your baby shower, you will want some exciting and interesting finger foods. Here are several that will be sure to please.

  • Fresh asparagus, delicately wrapped in flaky pastry 
  • Chicken Salad Finger sandwiches, dressed in a dollop of basil mayonnaise  
  • Ham and cheese stacks deliver a fun, satisfying bite
  • Individual Shrimp Cocktail Cups with Spicy Sauce
  • Crescent rolls filled with bacon and cream cheese 
  • Mini empanadas, filled with chicken and fresh vegetables, vibrantly seasoned
  • Toast dressed in goat cheese and pesto for a sharp, alluring tang
  • Smoked pimento cheese crostini, dressed with hot sauce for a snack that bites back 

Baby Shower Drink Ideas

Every baby shower worth remembering needs a healthy abundance of drinks to keep guests hydrated and refreshed. That goes double for baby showers that you expect to be replete with mingling. And, it’s always fun to have a signature cocktail for your event! Here are a number of drink ideas to keep your shower stocked up.

  • Rainbow spritzers for a healthy and fruity refreshment 
  • Cotton candy champagne cocktails, decorated with sides of pink or blue cotton candy
  • Blueberry mojitos for the adults 
  • Mixed berry sangria to cool off in the hot sun
  • Orange dream mimosas for a zesty but creamy finish 
  • Classic sweet tea, iced, and served with a lemon wedge for a little zest 
  • Cucumber-mint water, dressed in mint sprigs 
  • Lime fizz, served with crushed ice and chilled club soda for a bubbly delight
  • Lavender lemonade, for a delicate drink packed with lemon zest

What Do You Serve at a 2 p.m. Baby Shower?

As it happens, two o’clock is one of the most common times for baby showers. That presents a challenge. What do you prepare for a group of guests who have probably already had lunch? In this case, you’re going to want something light and snacky. 

A good early afternoon baby shower might include:

  • Fruit salad
  • An assortment of appetizers (e.g., deviled eggs, veggie sushi, etc.)
  • A variety of tea sandwiches
  • Cake or dessert 

Many people tend to get tired in the early afternoon, especially post-lunch. So, avoid super filling and greasy foods at this party. Instead, keep things light!

What Do You Serve at a Baby Shower Luncheon?

If the baby shower you’re throwing is set for lunchtime, you’re in luck. You have an opportunity to get a little more excited with your food variety, and because you’re starting at mealtime, you can go a little heavier with the food. We’re talking about a lunch buffet!

A self-serve luncheon baby shower might include:

  • Finger sandwiches
  • Composed Salads
  • Savory Soups
  • Sliced Fruit Platters
  • Fresh Crudite with Dip
  • Fluffy and Decorated Cupcakes 

Buffets are a great option when you have a group of friends and family with different tastes. They’re an affordable way to please everyone! 

What Do You Serve at a Baby Shower Brunch?

If your baby shower is closer toward the morning, say around 10 a.m., it’s time to think of breakfast with a side of lunch:

  • Cheddar Cheese or Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Assorted Muffins
  • Fresh Bagels and Cream Cheese 
  • Mini Quiches or Frittatas 
  • Seasonal Fruit Salad
  • Freshly squeezed Juices 

You can go with these classics or get creative with fun ideas like fried chicken and waffles or brunch burgers. There are so many artful and tasty food combinations to make for a half-breakfast, half-lunch meal!

Baby Shower Catering Ideas for a Girl

Pink is the color of the day. If the mother-to-be is expecting a girl, there’s a good chance you’ll be putting up pink decorations everywhere. Why not get pink food, too? Here are a few ideas: 

  • Bagels with strawberry cream cheese
  • Cherry limeade
  • Grapefruit yogurt cakes
  • Strawberry-lime bars 
  • Pink candy (e.g., M&Ms, chocolate, rock candy, etc.)

Baby Shower Catering Ideas for a Boy

It can be a little more challenging to find obviously boy-themed foods since there aren’t many edible blue options. However, when you can’t go blue, you can go savory. Prepare some:

  • Loaded purple baked potato rounds
  • Baked ham and brie pastries
  • Deviled eggs
  • Blueberry pie

What to Look for in a Baby Shower Caterer

Whether you’re planning a baby shower for yourself or someone else, planning the food alone can be a big task. In addition to the planning, you have to do the cooking, presentation, serving, and clean up too. 

Another option is to hire a baby shower caterer. But which baby shower caterer do you pick? Here are some qualities to look for when selecting a dependable baby shower caterer.

Excellent Food

The right catering service needs to provide truly outstanding food for the service to be worth the expense. 


A caterer also needs to be able to adapt to the needs of each of your guests. Duvall, for example, can make a custom menu based on your desired preferences. If certain guests have dietary restrictions, a worthy caterer will be able to change the plan accordingly (and sometimes even at the last moment.).

Full-Service Catering 

Not all catering services are created equal. If you order drop-off catering, you’re still responsible for the food presentation, service, and clean-up. With a full-service baby shower caterer like Duvall, everything is taken care of for you. In addition to food, Duvall can also handle décor and drinks, allowing you time to focus on activity planning and enjoying the party. 

Experience That Shows

The best and most reliable factor to consider when choosing a catering service is experience. An experienced caterer will know exactly what they need to bring to the table to meet and exceed expectations. If you want a professional catering service to ensure your baby shower succeeds, choose Duvall Catering & Events. Duvall’s history in Charleston dates to the late 70s, every year filled with impeccable service tailor-made to make the best of every event. 

Work With the Best Baby Shower Catering in Charleston 

Duvall Catering & Events knows Charleston inside and out and can bring your baby shower the best this city offers. If you want the best in professional baby shower catering service, you can depend on Duvall’s decades of experience to deliver on your event. Call us or contact us with details about your event, and we can make your vision come to life.