From the editor: Thinking of hosting an outdoor barbecue for an upcoming baby shower? Check out this silly baby themed menu sure to create lots of smiles and laughter.
Your guests will delight in this baby shower menu that’s delicious and extra-easy!
Beer and wine
Swaddled Baby Hot Dogs (pigs-in-a-blanket)
Baby Carrots and Dip
Baby Swiss Cheese and Crackers
Baby Spinach OR “Bib” Lettuce Salad
Barbecued Baby Back Ribs
Roasted Baby Potatoes
Buns in the Oven
Rubber Duckie Cake
Make up a batch of a special punch or signature cocktail and call it “formula.” Provide a couple varieties of “pop” (if you can find “Dad’s Root Beer,” so much the better) and a selection of wine and beer. Set up a self-serve drink table with baby bottles (sans nipples) with straws in them as drink ware. The bottles can be later washed and given as a gift to the expectant parents.
You can find frozen pigs-in-a-blanket appetizers in many grocery stores. Just heat per package directions and serve with a variety of mustard like jalapeno and honey mustard. Make up a platter of baby carrots served with your favorite ranch dip or hummus. Serve a block of baby Swiss cheese with a variety of crackers. Add a bunch of grapes for color.
Baby Spinach OR “Bib” Lettuce Salad – You may already have a favorite spinach or Bibb lettuce salad recipe. If not, this one is always a hit for me. I eyeball all the ingredients and toss with the dressing just before serving.
- Baby spinach leaves (I buy pre-washed in the bag. One 7 oz bag is good for about four servings)
- Slivered red onion
- Dried cranberries
- Crumbled Gorgonzola or goat cheese
- Chopped walnuts, pecans or candied pecans
- Raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Baby Back Ribs -Use your favorite recipe for baby back ribs or follow mine. Mine is to find the precooked variety in the supermarket, remove and hide the packaging in the trash, cut the ribs into serving portions of three-four ribs, place them in a large casserole dish and heat per package directions just before time to serve. This “recipe” has never failed me. Plan on at least four baby back ribs per guest.
Knocked-Up Wurst -Simply cook knockwurst on your grill. Get a man to take over this task. Whether it’s true or not, each and every man seems to believe that when it comes to operating a grill, he is to cooking what Mozart is to music. Let him have at it. It’s one less thing you’ll have to do! Plan on at least one knockwurst per guest.
Baby Roasted Potatoes - If you don’t already have a favorite recipe for roasted potatoes, you can find lots online or follow my recipe: Buy a bunch of baby potatoes (most grocery stores carry them these days – you can get yellow, red or a mix of yellow, red and blue) making sure you have a good handful (5-6 mini potatoes) per number of servings you need. After washing and drying them, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If your potatoes vary greatly in size, cut the larger ones in half so they’re a uniform size. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, freshly-ground sea salt and pepper, minced garlic and chopped fresh rosemary until they are well coated. Then, spread them in single layers on lightly oiled cookie sheets and roast for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Check the potatoes frequently after about 20 minutes. Place in a serving bowl or platter and serve immediately. Check out this recipe from Savory Sweet Life.
Buns in the Oven – Simply serve your favorite buns for Knocked-Up Wurst or dinner rolls warm from the oven!
Rubber Duckie Cake – Your guests will love this adorable cake! Simply bake the mom-to-be’s favorite cake flavor as your choice of a sheet or round layer cake. Frost with white icing tinted blue. (Wilton food dye sold in craft stores provides really vibrant color, but the blue food dye sold in the baking aisle of the supermarket works well, too.) Leave some of the icing white to pipe on “bubbles” or you can cut both large and small marshmallows to use as bubbles. Just use small dabs of white icing as “bubble glue.” I think it would be especially cute to top it with two “adult” duckies and one baby duckie. You can find rubber duckies of all types and sizes at online stores like amazon.com or Oriental Trading. Stores like Party City carry them as well, including really tiny ones to use throughout your decor.
Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on throwing a poolside baby shower!