Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Baby Shower Foods Ideas

By Edie Mindell

Ideally, the best baby shower foods require proper planning and quite large portion of the allocated budget for the entire event. Most foods served in a baby shower are nutritious, appealing, and unique. These must also be according to the preferences of the mom-to-be. There are actually a lot of foods to choose from. As a baby shower planner, you must learn to select the foods that match with the baby shower theme. You should also focus on how the foods are to be presented.

An example of ideal baby shower foods is the fresh herb chicken or seafood salad. It basically requires either some chicken, cooked crabmeat, or grilled fish. Added to any of these are special herbs and flavoring ingredients that include a teaspoon of wine vinegar, ground pepper, sea salt, and extra virgin olive oil. Herbs can be fresh mint, chives, parsley, and tarragon. For the best results, you must make sure to use fresh ingredients.

Another perfect baby shower food is the chicken asparagus sandwich. Main ingredients for this yummy recipe include bread with crusts stripped out, cooked asparagus, and chicken, as the name of the food implies. You may also use cheese as a substitute to chicken. Some additional ingredients can be cream cheese and mustard.

When it comes to a more vegetarian baby shower, a great recipe to be included in the menu is the baby potato salad. Small and boiled potatoes are typically used along with thickened vegetable stock or broth, several basil leaves, some cloves of crushed garlic, freshly ground pepper, a few salt, and lemon juice. In addition, you can have mayonnaise, cream, or yogurt for the dressing. However, you should not include the lemon juice if you are using yogurt.

You can also have the conventional cucumber sandwich which is ideal for an afternoon baby shower. This sandwich is composed of finely chopped and medium sized cucumbers, margarine, cream cheese, and bread. Some of the suggested types of bread are brown, rye, or pita bread with crusts off. Mixing the cream cheese and margarine properly before spreading it into the bread will give the best taste. This sandwich is actually a good supplement to any type of baby shower foods.

It is also a good idea to have a combination of these foods for a certain baby shower. It only takes proper presentation and serving of these foods in order to make it suitable for the chosen baby shower theme. For example, if the baby shower has a fairy tale theme, you should arrange the foods and decorate the food table as if in the royal ball in a castle. Some common decorations for the food table are flowers, ribbons, rainbow cardboards, and several fairy tale toys.

If you prefer to order a buffet of baby shower foods, it is best to contact several restaurants or caterers ahead of time. As long as you have enough time, you can have more options not only for the menu list but also for the provider of the food. In this way, you have the opportunity to minimize the expenses.

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