If you’re searching for baby shower recipes, we have plenty of ideas for you! From savory apps to sweet treats, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite food ideas for a baby shower.

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Hosting a baby shower is an exciting event for a mom-to-be, but let’s be honest: for the host, it can be pretty stressful! As a former event planner, I get it.

The pressure’s on to put together the perfect party, but with these easy baby shower recipes, you can’t fail. Be sure to pin this blog post so you can refer back to it as you plan the celebration!

The Best Baby Shower Recipes

Whether you’re planning a traditional baby shower or something more modern, food should be at the center of it. After all, what better way to celebrate than with delicious treats? 


  • Think about the location of your party when planning your menu. Having it at a venue? Make sure all your dishes are easily transportable. Hosting an outdoor baby shower? You’ll want to serve foods that won’t spoil in the sun or heat.
  • Choose a combination of make-ahead recipes and recipes you can put together the day of the baby shower. This spreads out your work to keep your stress levels low.

  • Remember that the mom-to-be is your guest of honor. Be sure to plan a menu she’ll enjoy. (Bonus points if you serve some foods that satisfy her pregnancy cravings!)

Savory Snack Recipes for a Baby Shower

When planning snacks, keep in mind any food aversions the mom-to-be is experiencing. You’ll also want to be aware of any foods she might be avoiding during pregnancy, like sushi or cold cuts.

Incredible Cheddar Cheese Tarts

These cheddar cheese tarts are a delicious savory appetizer that will be a hit at any party! The tarts have a buttery, flaky pastry crust and they’re filled with sharp cheddar cheese. They can be served warm or at room temperature, making them a fuss-free addition to your baby shower spread.

A single mini cheese tart on a marble countertop.


This is such a beautiful, affordable way to entertain guests for brunch. Perfect for baby shower and beyond!

A quiche lorraine baked into a white tart pan, resting on a marble surface.

Watermelon Salsa

This watermelon salsa recipe is a refreshing, unique twist on traditional salsas and the pretty pink hue makes it especially fitting for a shower welcoming a baby girl! Serve it up with crunchy tortilla chips for a baby shower appetizer that’s practically effortless to put together.

A marble countertop with tortilla chips scattered across, topped with fresh watermelon salsa. Bowl of watermelon salsa in the corner.

Mozzarella Bruschetta

This mozzarella bruschetta is a quick and easy handheld appetizer that incorporates classic caprese salad ingredients. Even though they look like something you’d find at a high-end Italian restaurant, they come together in minutes!

Bruschetta with mozzarella on crostini, on a white platter

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Raw shrimp isn’t recommended during pregnancy, but this modern twist on the classic shrimp cocktail roasts the shrimp first so it’s the perfect recipe for a baby shower! For a sophisticated look, you can serve the shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce in individual glasses.

A platter of shot glasses filled with individual shrimp cocktails

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a staple for open houses and other parties where guests dine on finger food—and that includes baby showers! This is my very favorite deviled eggs recipe, and I’ve tried a lot of them.

Deviled eggs in the shape of baby chicks in a guide to the best baby shower recipes.

Peach Crostinis

Peach crostinis somehow manage to be sophisticated and rustic at the same time, and they’re absolutely delicious when fresh peaches are in season. The contrasting textures and flavors make this baby shower recipe a mouth-watering treat.

peach crostini on a glass plate with a wooden box.

Irresistible Veggie Dip

No party is complete without a crudité platter! I recommend cutting your own vegetables, because the store-bought ones sometimes aren’t as fresh and crisp as we’d like. Then, pair them with this creamy, easy veggie dip recipe.

Veggie dip inside a bowl made of purple cabbage

Cheese and Crackers

Elevate the classic cheese and cracker combo into a sophisticated appetizer fit for a baby shower. Thinly sliced apple, fresh herbs, and a drizzle of honey are all it takes to bring simple cheese and crackers to the next level.

Cheese and crackers displayed on a white platter with slices of apples on top.

Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms

Tender, earthy mushrooms are stuffed with Boursin, a creamy cheese that has an irresistible garlic and herb flavor. You can prep these in advance, too, which makes this a perfect recipe for a baby shower!

A white platter serving Boursin stuffed mushrooms.

Sweet Treat Recipes for a Baby Shower

Whether you’re looking for handheld dessert options or you’re planning on serving a single cake, I’ve got plenty of ideas.

Fruit Plate

A fruit platter is a great way to add a healthy food option to any baby shower, and it also adds a pop of color to table. Get creative and use the fruit to create an animal or shape related to the party theme, or just arrange it on a platter and serve it up with fruit dip.

Cinnamon Pound Cake

This cinnamon pound cake is a moist, buttery cake infused with the subtle warmth of cinnamon. It tastes amazing, but it’s easy enough that even novice bakers can pull it off!

a cinnamon pound cake on a white cake pedestal.

Frosted Lemon Cookies

These pretty little cookies are light, airy, and deliciously lemony. Tint the citrusy frosting pastel pink for a girl’s baby shower, or just leave it as-is and it works for boys or girls.

Frosted lemon shortbread cookies in a bird shape.

Amish Melt in Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

For another easy cookie option for a baby shower, try this melt in your mouth cookie recipe. Add colored sprinkles that match your party’s theme and arrange them on a platter with other cookies and handheld treats.

A melt in your mouth sugar cookie frosted with sprinkles on a marble surface.

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a classic dessert recipe that’s easy to make for baby showers. Just layer the cakes, whipped cream, and strawberries in small mason jars to create individual servings.

strawberry shortcake on a white plate

Strawberry Muffins

If you’re throwing a baby shower brunch party, you can’t go wrong with muffins! These strawberry muffins are sweet and moist, and you can make them in a mini muffin tin for a bite-sized version. Make a few other muffin recipes to give your guests plenty of options!

strawberry muffins with sugar on top

Donut Cake

This donut cake is a fun dessert perfect for brunch parties—it’s a breakfast favorite in dessert form! It’s also an easy cake to make when a fancy bakery isn’t in your budget.

pink glazed donut cake with sprinkles on a white cake stand

Pots de Creme

Pots de creme is a French dessert similar to pudding, but much more rich and indulgent. It’s best served in individual cups or ramekins, making it ideal for a baby shower.

Three small heart shaped ceramic containers of chocolate pots de creme

Honey Lemon Cake

Moist, sweet, and delightfully tart, these honey lemon cakes make a pretty presentation for a party—especially if you bake them up in a beehive cake pan!

honey lemon cake with lemon glaze refreshing summer dessert recipe

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

This is the best recipe for Pink Champagne Cupcakes with bubbly sweet champagne flavor, perfect for special occasions.

pink champagne cupcakes with glaze and icing

Drink Recipes for a Baby Shower

No party is complete without some signature drinks! Even though cocktails aren’t an option for the mom-to-be, you can serve some non-alcoholic drinks and others that can be easily made as mocktails.

Mimosa Bar

It doesn’t get more celebratory than this! Find all our mimosa recipes in this incredible guide.

mimosa bar ideas with white tulips and fresh juices in glass bottles


It’s not a Bellini, it’s a Belly-Ni! Sparkling grape juice is the perfect substitute for sparkling wine in this pregnancy-friendly mocktail recipe for a baby shower.

Peach Champagne Punch

This is another recipe that’s easy to make as a mocktail! Sparkling white grape juice can be substituted for the champagne, and the end result is just as fizzy and refreshing.

A peach champagne cocktail with fruit floating in the glass

Fruit-Infused Water

Give your water an upgrade by adding fresh fruit and herbs! I like to put together a few different fruit-infused options for parties rather than offering guests water bottles.

how to infuse water

Virgin Mojito

Finally, consider mojitos! My virgin mojito recipe is a refreshing mocktail option for a baby shower with the taste of a classic mojito, without the alcohol. For a special touch, you can add some colorful fruit slices to your mojito—pineapple, strawberries, and blueberries are delicious and pretty.

A clear glass full of a non alcoholic mojito recipe on a marble surface.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of food do you serve at a baby shower?

It depends on the type of event you’re hosting. If it’s a traditional shower, you might want to go with simple finger foods such as deviled eggs and crudité platters. For something more modern, try serving up creative dishes caramelized onion tartlets.
Typically, foods served at baby showers include handheld appetizers and desserts—things you can “graze” as you socialize. It’s rare for baby showers to include formal sit-down meals unless they’re held during mealtimes.

How many food items should you have at a baby shower?

Try to serve at least 5 or 6 different food items, and provide enough food for each guest to eat 2 to 3 pieces of each item you make. 

Who pays for food at a baby shower?

The host usually pays for all of the food served at a baby shower, but co-hosting with another friend or family member of the mom-to-be can help you keep your costs under control. You’ll also be glad to know that many of the baby shower recipe ideas above are budget-friendly!

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