Delicious Baby Shower Appetizers

Serving baby shower appetizers is the most common and convenient way to feed your guests.

Before we get started with all of the tasty recipes for baby shower appetizers, I thought I'd share with you some free printable food labels / table tents that you can customize and place by each dish you serve!

All you have to do is print these little guys out onto card stock, place them on the baby shower appetizer table,  and then all of your guests will know exactly what each tasty appetizer is all about!

Click on the picture to easily download and print.

FREE Printable Food Labels ~ Table Tents

baby shower appetizers Food Labels Picture

Here are 10 popular baby shower appetizer ideas:

  1. Fruit platter
  2. Veggie platter with dip
  3. Bruschetta
  4. Mini quiches
  5. Baked Brie with crackers
  6. Deviled eggs
  7. Meatballs
  8. Shrimp cocktail
  9. Spinach and artichoke dip
  10. Stuffed mushrooms

These appetizers can be served cold or hot, and can be customized to suit the tastes of the guests or the theme of the baby shower.

Hot Appetizers For A baby shower

jalapeno popper dip - baby shower appetizer

This Jalapeño Popper Dip is by far the most popular and delicious baby shower appetizer (or for any social event) you will make.

Guests love it and it is always gone by the end of the shower - and people will ask you for the recipe. I always have a copy of the recipe in my phone's pictures, and text it to them :)

Trust me, this easy appetizer will become your new go-to party dish! So quick and easy to make.

There are tons of possibilities when choosing which hors d'oeuvres to offer. Sweet, salty, cheesy, hot, cold - all kinds of options! And, guests love choices, so offer 4-6 different kinds of appetizers.

For "do-it-yourself" shower appetizers, we have developed a list of delicious and simple baby shower recipes:

  • Have some tasty snacks around the room. Jazz them up by placing them in festive appetizer bowls.

  • You can also fill baby bowls up with snacks - and then give them to the mother-to-be at the end of the baby shower to use for when the baby arrives.

  • Easy and affordable baby shower snack ideas are: chex mix, nuts, mints, candy (baby themed candy such as Sugar Babies, Pastel M&M's, Jelly Bellies)

Set Up A Baby Shower Appetizer Food Bar

This is a popular trend at celebrity baby showers! 

  • Burger Bar ~ set up the cutest burger station by having all of the fixings and condiments in cute pails. Include a pile of buns and burgers and you're all set! You can also use mini buns and burgers to make sliders!

  • Taco bar ~ have a variety of taco shells available such as soft and hard flour & corn tortillas, and taco salad bowls. Offer some scrumptious fillings such as chicken, beef, cheese, olives, salsa, refried beans, rice, jalapenos, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, hot sauce and whatever else comes to mind! Serve with a huge bowl of tortilla chips.
  • Mashed potato bar ~ serve mashed potatoes in martini glasses and have a huge selection of toppings layed out for guests to choose from. Grated cheese, olives, green onions, bacon bits, sour cream and butter! Yum!

  • Baked potato bar ~ same as above but may be a little bit easier since all you have to do is bake a big batch of potatoes and let your guests pile on the toppings!

  • Ice cream sundae station ~ most expecting moms have a major sweet tooth during their pregnancy, so why not set up an ice cream station full of all the sweet fixins'! Sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel, chopped nuts, cherries, whipped cream, babanas - and maybe even dill pickles to top it off!

Cold Appetizers For A Baby Shower: Personal 7-Layers Dip Appetizers

These perfect baby shower appetizers are so easy to make!

Simply set up an assembly line of plastic cups and go down the line adding your layers.

Start with bean dip, add some guacamole, a bit of sour cream that has been mixed with taco seasoning, some fresh salsa, grated cheese, and some fresh tomatoes and olives to top it off!

Have a big bowl of crispy tortilla chips next to them.

{you can also do this with vegetables and dip - place a tablespoon of dip in the bottom of a clear plastic cup and add carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber wedges, and colorful bell peppers (sticking vertically out of the cup) - when guests pull the veggies out of the cup, they will each have the perfect amount of dip on the end of each one!}

Delicious Caramel Fruit Dip Your Guests Will Love - Great For Fall Appetizers For A Baby Shower 

8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1 c. sour cream
2 t. vanilla
2 t. lemon juice
1 c. milk
3.4 oz vanilla instant pudding mix

Blend cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients. Blend well. Pour into a serving dish and chill for at least one hour. Makes 3-1/2 cups.

Serve with assorted fruits such as apples, bananas and pears.

Mini Chicken Salad Croissants

1 1/2 c. cooked chicken breast, minced
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. minced celery
1/4 c. cashews, broken into bits
sliced grapes, dried cranberries or raisins (optional)

Combine ingredients and scoop onto mini croissants.
Also delicious on baguette slices, crackers or mini pitas!

World Famous Taco Dip - A Warm Appetizer Recipe

1st Layer:
1 lb. browned hamburger
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
Combine above ingredients and place into a 9x13" baking dish.

2nd Layer:
Mix 1 1/2 c. sour cream and 1/2 bottle of green taco sauce.
Spread over hamburger mixture. Top with grated cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips. This is a great low-carb dish - substitute celery sticks for the tortilla chips.

more great baby shower appetizers:

Mexican Tomato Salad With A Kick! (perfect for expecting moms who are craving spicy foods!)

2 large ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4" thick
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 Serrano or jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
1 T. chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 c. queso blanco cheese, crumbled
1 t. Mexican oregano
1 t. minced garlic
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. white wine vinegar
salt & pepper

Arrange tomatoes, onions, and chilies on a platter. Sprinkle cilantro and queso blanco over the top. Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad.

Cute Baby Shower Appetizer: Mini "Baby" Bagel Sandwiches {From Jennifer}

Different lunch meats cut to fit the bagels (ham, turkey, roast beef)
Different cheeses cut to fit bagels or in shapes (bottle, rattle)
Different fillings-tuna, chicken salad
Vegetables (lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc)

Lay out the bagels, lunch meats, cheeses, fillings and vegetables. Allow the guests to make their own sandwiches to their liking.

Baby Shower Appetizers - The Best Meatball Recipe

by Tomeka H 
(Charlotte NC )

1 Large bag of Meatballs (Costco/Sams Club size)

1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 small jar red pepper jelly

1 large bottle of bbq sauce of your choice

Mix all ingredients in a large crock pot and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Stir the ingredients every 30 minutes so that the jelly does not stick until its cooked down into the sauce.

These are perfect baby shower meatballs and I always have success with these!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

by Megan 
(West Monroe, LA)

For these baby shower appetizers, you will need:

1 bag of home style meatballs (usually found at grocery stores in the frozen section, it's the red, white, and green bag.)

2 - 1 lb jars of grape jelly

1 bottle of bbq sauce (any kind usually works fine)

Put everything in crock-pot and simmer on medium until everything melts together and mixes well. 

I had these served at my baby shower, and I think the entire guest list took home the recipe.

How To Make Fancy & Cute baby shower Appetizers

How To Make Fancy Appetizers

Learn how to make simple baby shower appetizers in cute cups - that will have guests raving about your food!

Delicious Baby Shower Beans {By Dominque}

1 Large Can of baked beans
1 whole small onion chopped
squirt of mustard
5 dashes of brown sugar
1 medium size pack of hamburger
1/2 pack of bacon

Cook bacon and hamburger and combine all ingredients.

Pink Pinwheels Baby Shower Appetizers

by Jessica Schwarzott 
(Honolulu, HI)

All you need is a package of 8 burrito shells (tortillas) and a container of strawberry cream cheese.

Spread the cream cheese onto the tortillas and roll up. Cut into 1 inch sections, and enjoy! Perfect for a "pretty in pink" baby shower. and they are DELICIOUS!

BLT Dip Recipe  {From Lisa}

1 medium tomato chopped
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
S&P to taste
4oz sour cream
4oz mayo
1 loaf of bread

Mix sour cream and mayo together, then add chopped tomato, crumbled bacon, S&P. Chill a few hours in the frig. Right before serving toast 1 loaf of bread and cut into 4 triangles each. It's so delicious. Tastes just like a BLT sandwich!

More great baby shower appetizer ideas:

Turkey and Cream Cheese Pitawiches

by Charity 
(Kodiak, AK)

Turkey and Cream Cheese Pitawiches

1 package whole wheat pitas

1 tub chive and onion cream cheese

1 package thin cut turkey slices

Cut pitas into fourths to create mini pockets

Spread a little cream cheese in each mini pocket

Put a slice of turkey in the mini pocket - 

Tadaaaaaaa! People go nuts over this easy cheap snack!

Crispy Bruschetta with Fresh Avocado and Basil

1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
1/2 lb. Roma tomatoes, sliced lengthwise and diced
1/4 c. diced red onion
2 T. olive oil
2 T. chopped parsley
1 T. chopped fresh basil leaves
1-2 medium cloves garlic, minced
freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste
1 sourdough baguette cut into 1/2" slices and lightly toasted

In a medium bowl, lightly combine the avocado, tomatoes, onion, olive oil, parsley, basil garlic, pepper and salt. Top each slice of toasted bread with about 1 heaping tablespoon of the tomato-avocado mixture.

Garnish each with a small leaf of basil. Must serve right away so the avocado does not brown - drizzle a bit of lemon juice over the avocado to help avoid browning. Makes 20.

Watch out! These baby shower appetizers will fly right off of the table!

Cream Cheese Baby Shower Appetizers

Cream Cheese Ham Roll-Ups Baby Shower Appetizer

by Sandra 
(Seattle, WA) 

I just had these at a Christmas party last night and thought they would be perfect for a baby shower appetizer too!

All you do is take some thin lunch meat ham slices and spread cream cheese on one side. Place a sliced dill pickle (length wise) down the middle and roll up. You can also add chopped green onions or use pickled asparagus instead of pickles.

 These are delicious and people ate them right up!

Variations to this recipe that readers sent in:

Pickle Roll Ups
by: diane

I love this baby shower recipe! I take wheat or white bread, cut the crust off, and flatten with small rolling pin. Then add creme cheese mixed with ranch dry dressing and spread on bread.

Add a dill pickle (dry it off a little)

Roll starting at the small end.

Let sit in refrigerator for an hour and cut in 1/4 or 1/2 inch rounds - they are so great! 

Cream Cheese, Ham Slices And Green Olives
by: Twotam

There seems to be many variations for "frosting" a ham slice with cream cheese.

I put a row of green olives across the short side of the ham slice , (olives are stuffed with pimentos) and roll it up and stick a toothpick through each olive (they make a hump easy to see).

Then I slice between each olive and serve on a platter. It is neat because your fingers stay clean using your own serving toothpick.

Yummy Cream Cheese Baby Shower Appetizers
by: D.Hall

We make these for every holiday - but not w/ pickles. we used green onions. and its best if the cream cheese is room temperature, so it spreads easy and doesn't tear the ham. (herbed cream cheese is delish too!)

Sherri's Poppers Baby Shower Recipe

by Sherri B 
(Port Orchard, WA) 

12 jalapeños - seeded and sliced in half

24 little smokies

12 pieces of bacon, halved

1 box cream cheese

Half and seed the jalapeños. Fill with cream cheese even to the edge (a little excess if you like). Stuff a smoky in the middle and wrap with a half piece of bacon. Insert toothpick to hold. 

Bake at 375 for about 1 hour or until bacon done.

Veggie Pizza Baby Shower Appetizers

by Alice R 
(Amherst, OH. United States)

2 refrigerated cans of crescent rolls

1 pkg cream cheese (room temp)

1 Tbsp mayo

1 pkg hidden valley ranch dip mix (dry mix)

shredded carrots



shredded colby jack cheese

heat oven according to pkg directions on rolls.

Open rolls and evenly spread them over the bottom of cookie sheet. (should cover completely) bake according to directions or until golden brown. Let cool completely.

while cooling, cut broccoli and cauliflower into bite sized pieces or smaller, set aside for later. 

once cooled, take room temp cream cheese, place in medium size bowl and add mayo and hidden valley ranch dip mix.

Mix together well. Spread over cooled crust evenly. top with broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, then top with cheese.

cut into 3 x3 inch pieces or bigger depending on preference and serve.

I usually have to make 3 to 4 cookie sheets of these for any function or get together, including the holidays.

Everyone just goes crazy for them. My daughter whom is expecting in March, has already informed me of her want for this at her shower in January.

Sun Dried Tomato Dip

by Lisa 
(Metairie, LA, USA)

1 tub (8 oz.) Cream Cheese Spread (I prefer to use Philadelphia)

1/2 cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Dressing

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained, chopped (you can use the dried tomatoes in a plastic container found in the produce section)

2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives

1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp.

Freshly ground black pepper

1 Finely chopped Jalapeno Pepper (optional)

MIX all ingredients until well blended.
SERVE with crackers and cut-up fresh vegetables, if desired.

This dip can be made up to 24 hours in advance. The longer you leave this dip in the refrigerator, the better the flavor.

Baby Shower Appetizer Recipe - Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
by Cara 

These are delicious and people always want the recipe!


36 cherry tomatoes

1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon dry Italian salad dressing mix

2 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Place tomatoes stem-side down on a large platter.

Cut a small x in the top of each tomato. 

Spread carefully to open the wedges without breaking. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, dressing mix, and milk. 

Place mixture into a zip-lock bag and cut a hole in the bottom corner. 

 Squeeze cheese mixture into each tomato. Enjoy!

Cheese Ball {From Charlene}
6 blocks cream cheese 
1 1/2 packs ranch dressing 
1 1/2 packs real bacon bits 

Mix all of the ingredients together and eat out of bowl or mold into ball. Taste great with wheat thins crackers, Ritz crackers, and pretzel sticks.

Cream of Shrimp Dip {From Dee}
8oz block of cream cheese
2 Jars of cocktail sauce
2 Cans of baby shrimp
Corn Chips or Crackers

Place the cream cheese on a plate. Mix baby shrimp with cocktail sauce and pour over cream cheese. Use corn chips and/or crackers to eat.

Heavenly Artichoke Dip

1 can water-packed artichoke hearts, drained
1 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 c. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Cut up artichoke hearts and and put in bottom of dish. Mix all ingredients and put over artichokes. Bake at 350 degrees until brown and bubbly.

The following cute baby shower appetizers and ideas were submitted by one of our readers, Andrea:

Fancy Rice Krispy Treat Rattles: Make the usual recipe on box, but when melting the marshmallows and butter, add 2 tablespoons of white corn syrup (this makes the treats stay more pliable when forming them).

After the treats are made, form a tennis ball sized ball, and a golf ball sized ball, put on waxed paper.

When you have formed all the balls, stick a long candy sucker stick through one end of the large ball and one end in the smaller ball.

To finish off, I use one of the pre-made bows that you can adjust to size on things for the middle, or you can simply tie some ribbon around the middle.

Baby Themed Cheeses: (these make the cutest baby shower appetizers!)

I use miniature-sized cookie cutters in the theme of the shower (teddy bears, bottles, rattles, etc.) to cut out different cheeses.

Simply slice the cheese no thicker than the cutter, and press cutter down, instant cuteness! Arrange on a platter for added elegance.

Colorful Watermelon Carriage:

Make a cut on your watermelon from the middle of the top, down to the middle of the watermelon, then stop.

Make second cut from the middle of the side of melon, to the middle of the melon, remove this piece.

Hollow out watermelon carefully as you'll want to be able to still serve the pieces.

Fill the watermelon with the in-season fruits. Add wheels to your carriage with slices of oranges and pins that have the pearl on the end, such as you use for pinning on corsages.

For the expert carvers, before adding the fruit, you can take a small knife and carve scallops to the edges of your carriage.

Add a ribbon bow on top for the final touch and you have a very cute centerpiece!


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