7 best baby shower lunch food ideas


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If you are searching for the best baby shower lunch food ideas, we've got you covered! The most important tip to keep in mind is to keep it simple.

Prep everything ahead of time so you aren't working and cooking during the actual baby shower.

Baby shower lunch buffet menus and food bars are by far the easiest to set up. All of the work is done ahead of time and then you just have to occasionally restock any items that are getting low.

Below are some wonderful baby shower lunch menu recipes and ideas!

best baby shower lunch food ideas

1. Taco Bar

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Tacos, tacos, tacos! Who doesn't love them? Perfect for a baby shower lunch menu!

There are so many fun combinations and options when it comes to assembling a taco bar.

  • corn tortillas
  • flour tortillas
  • hard shells
  • tortilla bowls
  • chicken
  • ground beef
  • carne asada
  • shredded pork
  • refried beans
  • rice
  • limes
  • onions
  • lettuce
  • cheese
  • salsa
  • tomatoes
  • guacamole
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream
  • black olives
  • jalapeños
  • tortilla chips
  • cilantro 
  • shredded cabbage

So delicious! Serve ingredients in cute bowls and on pretty platters.

2. Chicken Salad Croissant sandwiches

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An easy recipe for making chicken salad is to:

  • take a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and shred it. You can also use canned chicken.
  • add mayonnaise (approx 2/3 cup, depending on amount of chicken)
  • add any of the following - sliced grapes, onions, celery, walnuts, almonds
  • serve with rolls, croissants and lettuce leaves

3. Charcuterie Boards

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you could have a few varieties if you want to: (use different sizes of bowls and plates, also elevate some to give it depth)

  • meat, cheese, crackers, rolls, dips and spreads
  • fruit and nuts
  • vegetables, pickles, olives
  • chocolates and cookies

Place ingredients on a large cutting board, platter, or even a sheet of butcher paper.

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Make a candy/dessert board - you can also use this as a baby shower favor board! Have candy scoops and cellophane favor bags for guests to scoop candy into and take home as favors!

{ You can also alter your candy board to match any color or theme. Fall themed could have, brown, orange and red toned cookies and candy. Christmas could be red and green themed, a boy baby shower could be blue and green, etc. }

A charcuterie board can be a great option for a baby shower as it allows guests to mix and match a variety of flavors and textures. Here are some different themes you can consider for your baby shower charcuterie board:

  1. Rustic theme - include a variety of cured meats, such as salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni, as well as cheeses, crackers, olives, pickles, and mustards.
  2. Garden-themed board - include an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and grapes, as well as hummus, crackers, and cheese.
  3. Sweet and savory theme - mix and match sweet and savory items, such as cured meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit, nuts, and spreads like honey, Nutella or peanut butter.
  4. Seafood theme - include a variety of seafood options, such as smoked salmon, crab meat, shrimp cocktail, and oysters, as well as crackers, lemon wedges, and cocktail sauce.
  5. Mediterranean theme - include a selection of cured meats, cheeses, olives, hummus, pita bread, and fresh vegetables like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers.
  6. Brunch theme - include breakfast items such as bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, fruit, and mini quiches.
  7. Gourmet cheese theme - focus on a variety of gourmet cheeses, such as brie, goat cheese, blue cheese, and cheddar, and serve with crackers, fruit, and nuts.
  8. Regional theme - choose a specific region, such as Italy or France, and include a variety of cheeses, cured meats, and accompaniments that are typical of that region.
  9. Vegan theme - include a variety of vegan options, such as tofu, hummus, crackers, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
  10. Baby-themed board - include items shaped like babies, such as baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and mini sandwiches, as well as cheese and crackers.

These are just a few themes to get you started, and you can always customize your charcuterie board to suit the preferences and tastes of your guests.

4. Baked Potato Bar


Individually wrap washed potatoes in foil. Bake at 400 degrees for one hour - or until fork tender.

Have cute bowls set up with ingredients such as:

  • sour cream
  • chives/onions
  • cheese
  • butter
  • bacon bits

5. Chili Bar

Make up a huge batch of chili. If you need a popular and yummy chili recipe, here is my favorite one:

  • brown 2 lbs hamburger meat, drain
  • add 2 cans of kidney beans, 16 oz. (include juice from can)
  • add 2 cans of pinto beans, 16 oz. (include juice from can)
  • add 2 cans of stewed tomatoes, 16 oz. (puree in blender)
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • simmer in a large pot for a minimum of 1 hour

Serves 5-6 people.

Serve with:

  • sour cream
  • onions
  • crackers
  • hot sauce
  • cornbread
  • cheese

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6. easy, make-ahead Appetizers & salads

  • meatballs
  • lil smokies/pineapple
  • fruit skewers
  • mini quiches
  • pasta salad
  • stuffed mushrooms
  • bacon wrapped little smokies
  • jalapeño poppers
  • artichoke dip and french bread slices
  • shrimp and cocktail sauce
  • bruschetta
  • hummus & pita bread slices

7. pasta bar

Have a few different hot pastas and a few sauces on the side so guests can pick what kind they want.

  • spaghetti noodles
  • penne pasta
  • fettucine
  • rotini noodles
  • marinara sauce
  • alfredo sauce
  • meat sauce

You could have sides & toppings available such as:

  • parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt / pepper
  • bacon
  • meatballs, sausage crumbles
  • garlic bread

We hope all of these baby shower lunch food ideas have inspired you!