Baby Shower Finger Foods
Baby Shower Finger Foods are the way to go! They are simple and easy, create less mess, and are easy to prepare. Plus, if you want to prepare more than one, you can serve them buffet style and your guests will have many different options. All of these recipes can be prepared ahead of time and a few of them, even frozen. This makes your food so much easier. Many of the recipes have alternate ideas giving you more options. If you can get everything done a day or two in advance, you only have to get your food out of the refrigerator or freezer and serve!
1 lb block cheese
1 jar baby pickles (sweet or dill)
1 15 oz can olives (black or green)
Cut your cheese into small cubes. It's nice to have a few different varieties, such as cheddar, pepper jack, swiss. Use one or all three. Slide a cube of cheese onto the toothpick, followed by an olive and then a baby pickle onto your toothpick. Repeat. Serves approximately 15.
Chicken Salad With Croissants
(This baby shower finger food can be prepared a day or two ahead of time and refrigerated until the shower)
2 cups diced chicken (Canned Chicken also works great)
1/2 cup grapes, cut in half
1/2 cup cayonaise
1 green onion, Chopped
1 stalk celery, choped (optional)
Combine all ingredients throughly. (Refrigerate if preparing a day or two in advance.) Serve on Croissants. You can also use normal bread. Cut the crusts off your bread, make the sandwich and cut it into fourths. You can also put sandwich toothpicks in each little sandwich. Makes for a beautiful presentation and is delicious at the same time. Serves 8
1 package flour tortillas
1 8 oz block cream cheese
1 package thin sliced ham (lunch meat)
Spread Cream cheese on flour tortillas. Add a few slices of sliced ham. Roll up tortilla and cut into slices. Make sure you spread with cream cheese all the way to the outer edges of the tortilla, it is what will hold your wrap together. Delicious and simple. These can be frozen in advance. The day of the baby shower, simply pull out of the freezer and thaw. Serves Approximately 25.
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2/3 crushed saltine or ritz crackers
1/3 cup minced onion (Can also use dried minced onion)
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bottle barbecue sauce
Combine all ingredients except oil and barbecue sauce in a large mixing bowl. Shape into small balls. Cook in a large skillet with oil until no longer pink. Drain excess fat. These can be prepared in advance and frozen or the day of. Once you have them prepared, put in slow cooker with 1 bottle of barbecue sauce. This will keep your meatballs warm and is also very easy! You can also put your meatballs in your slow cooker 6-8 hours in advance instead of cooking in a skillet. Serves 4-6
Alternate idea: Have you ever seen those packages of frozen meatballs at the grocery store? These work great with this recipe! Just throw them in the slow cooker with the barbecue sauce and you have just made your food preparation even easier! Or cook them in a skillet if you don't have a slow cooker.
Veggies & Dip
Fresh Vegetables are always a hit at a baby shower. They are healthy, delicious, and always provide a beautiful presentation with the colors. Some vegetable ideas for your tray: Carrots, sliced cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, and celery.
8 oz sour cream
8 oz mayonaise
1 tbsp parsley (dried or fresh)
1 tbsp minced onion (dried or fresh)
1 tsp dill weed (dried works great)
1 tbsp seasoned salt
Combine all and refrigerate overnight. Another great recipe that you can make in advance. Dip Serves 15-20.
Alternate Idea: You can buy pre made veggie dips, usually in the produce section. You can also use Ranch dressing as your dip.
Like vegetables, you can never go wrong with fruit trays. Use fruits that are in season to help with your food costs. Fruit ideas: Watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, bananas, pineapple.
Fruity Cream Cheese Dip
2 (8 oz) packages strawberry cream cheese
2 jars (7 oz) marshmallow cream
1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip
Soften Cream cheese. Mix with marshmallow cream and cool whip. Chill 4 hours or overnight. Serves appx 15-20
Alternate Idea: Instead of the cream cheese dip, use flavored yogurt for your dip. It has lots of flavor, is delicious to eat with fresh fruit, and is so simple. You don't have to prepare a dip, just open your yogurt and serve!
Barbecued Little Smokies
1 package (1 lb) little smokies
1 bottle barbecue sauce
Add both to slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours. This is an extremely delicious and simple baby shower finger food!
Other Finger Food Tips
The reason I love finger foods is because they are easy to prepare and you can serve a variety without spending too much.
An idea for serving: You can use small disposable plates and instead of cutlery, try using the sandwich toothpicks for guests to eat their food with. Put out a few different plates around your table with the toothpicks on them. Guests will use the toothpicks to serve themselves foods like meatballs, little smokies, and tortilla wraps. You would still need a serving spoon for your chicken salad or dips.
When it comes to finger foods, don't be afraid to get creative! Look at recipe books you may already have and get ideas from baby showers that you attend.
I also mentioned slow cookers in a few of these recipes. Slow cookers are an extremely easy way to prepare food without much hassle. If you don't have one, look to see if you can borrow one.
I hope these baby shower finger foods have given you some ideas of what you can serve at your party. Happy Eating!
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