Baby Shower Food Ideas on a Budget

Are you searching for yummy and delicious baby shower food ideas on a budget? Serve foods that will keep your wallet from getting stretched too far. Read the following article to find out how...
AptParenting Staff
Last Updated: May 31, 2018
There are many things that can go wrong while planning a baby shower. The most important thing to remember is to make it as much fun as possible. And when it's all women in the party, the fun factor is never ending. Aside from including games, decorations, and presents, planning a shower also has an essential component - baby shower food. To surprise the mother-to-be, you have taken the task of making all the arrangements and organizing the best party she will remember. Including the mother-to-be, the guests will also be expecting to munch on some delicious food. And to keep the party rolling and want the guests to be satisfied, there has to be something to gorge down. But if you are keeping this event to a minimal expense, giving up on the tasty treats doesn't seem right. There are various ideas that you can follow. All you have to do is read ahead.
Budget Food Ideas 
Since you are still in the planning mode for the shower, there still is some time till everything needs to be finalized. There are various elements put together that make the entire occasion perfect, but the food served at the event does take a while. And when the party itself is on a tight leash, going over the food budget can mean leaving out yummy foods. Well, not really. You can totally get amazing food for the party. Take a look at the table mentioned below to get all the information you're searching for.
Menu Beverages Finger Foods Salads Desserts
1 Frozen Lemonade Deviled Eggs Baby Spinach Salad Soft Caramel Popcorn
2 Orange Sorbet Cheese and Fruit Trays Potato and Celery Salad Peach Cobbler
3 Ginger Ale Mini Sandwiches Baby Lettuce Salad w/Green Beans Soft Cream Puffs
4 Virgin Mai Tai Cheese/Chicken Quesadillas Baby Artichoke Salad Banana Split Cake
5 Pineapple Juice Chicken Strips and JalapeƱo Poppers Thai Noodle and Baby Cucumber Salad Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
6 Orange Ice Cream Meat and Cheese Trays Banana Nut Salad Fruit Parfait
7 Lime Sorbet 7 Layer Bean Dip Taco Salad Cinnamon Apple Crisps
8 Apple Juice Guacamole or Salsa Dip w/Chips Broccoli Salad Cinnamon Muffins
9 Lemon Lime Soda Mini Sausage Balls Coleslaw Bread Pudding
10 Cranberry Juice Pickle and Olive Trays Macaroni Salad Upside Down Pineapple Cake

I'm sure that after you've read the choice of menus you can have for the shower, you must be tempted to get them all. Well, there's only one menu you can go with but the choices in beverages, finger foods, salads, and desserts can be combined. Depending on what the mother-to-be likes and the majority of guests will prefer, you can set the menu accordingly. You can also try your hand at making some food items yourself to keep the budget in check. If you want, you can even coordinate with someone else, like a family member or close friend of the mother-to-be, and go ahead with the planning.
How to Go About Planning the Menu for the Shower 
Of course, there are various ways to approach this task and many people will give you tons of suggestions and ideas as well. However, with too many suggestions comes the hassle of actually picking one plan and seeing it through. Which is why, we have put together a step-by-step plan for you to follow so that you can decide on the menu efficiently.
  1. Make a list of guests that will attend the shower.
  2. Narrow down the choices on venue; select one which is convenient to all.
  3. Send out the invites along with request for RSVP.
  4. Plan the overall budget for the shower.
  5. Pick a theme for the menu:
    • Barbeque theme
    • Mexican food theme
    • Finger food theme
    • Asian food theme
    • Italian food theme
    • Tea party theme
  6. Decide which food items you will prepare and which to have catered.
  7. Enjoy the party!
A shower, or any other party for that matter, doesn't necessarily have to have an elaborate setting, decoration, food items, etc.; you can easily gather everything together with very minute details. Instead of serving fancy gourmet food and using expensive decorations, you can easily substitute them with homemade items. Also, a great way to keep your baby shower food ideas on a budget is to ask the guests to bring one dish which they can make on their own. It could be a new theme for your party and you won't have to spend a lot on food as well. To make this plan a success, you can go over some recipes, to get things rolling.
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