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

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

baby shower lunch ideas

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.

candy charcuterie boardimg src: Pinterest

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. }

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

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! 

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