40 Easy Appetizers Perfect for a Southern Baby Shower
As any Southern hostess knows, putting together a baby shower goes way beyond decorating your home in shades of pink, blue, or yellow (shh, it’s a secret!). Often a brunch or luncheon, a baby shower is only as good as its menu—and finger food is the name of the game. Serving a snackable spread of baby shower food not only keeps the atmosphere fun and casual, but it makes sure everyone has plenty of time to talk to the expecting mama. Not to mention, it’s totally fitting. As we’re passing around newly opened tiny onesies, we’re passing around bite-sized nibbles and snackable dips, too. From our easy-to-make bites, like deviled eggs and tomato tea sandwiches, to our miniature brunch recipes for goat cheese quiche and grits casserole, these baby shower food ideas will make hosting this memorable day easy and fuss-free. Check out these 40 best-ever recipes for baby shower food—and get to prepping!
You're three ingredients away from your new favorite appetizer.
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches
Everyone gets their very own, which will keep things easy and breezy. Make these mini quiches up to two days ahead.
Cheddar Shortbread Crackers
Recipe: Cheddar Shortbread Crackers
These crisp, buttery crackers are a slightly fancier version of traditional cheese straws.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
Think of these mini sandwiches as a party-ready take on the classic BLT.
Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
We love to incorporate favorite Southern ingredients in new and different ways. This hummus recipe uses black-eyed peas instead of chickpeas.
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Recipe: Egg Salad Sandwiches
Ah, a Southern shower staple: egg salad. This recipe is made with the usual suspects—celery, pickle relish, and mayonnaise—but has a few unexpected additions, too. Grated onion, dried salad seasoning (the kind that comes in a packet), and Dijon mustard give it a flavorful twist.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
Recipe: Creamy Feta and Herb Dip
This rich, tangy homemade dip will spice up any spread of sliced veggies and water crackers.
Fried Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Fried Deviled Eggs
Wow the crowd with this interesting take on the traditional Southern deviled egg hors d’oeuvre. A mixture of panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese creates its fried crispy coating.
Romaine with Creamy Olive Dressing
If you want to add just a slight nibble and palate cleanser to the baby shower menu, look no further than this salad recipe.
Buttery Chive-and-Mustard Drop Biscuits
Give your buttermilk biscuits a special makeover with whole-grain mustard, fresh chives, and Parmesan cheese.
Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Recipe: Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
These mini grits casseroles add a festive touch on any spread. Make-ahead tip: Prepare the grits the night prior to serving, and then bake the casseroles before everyone arrives.
Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Pairing salty bacon with buttery crackers is about as fail-safe as it gets. They're a match made in hosting heaven.
Cured Salmon with Dill-Horseradish Cream
These bite-sized appetizers are dressed up for the occasion, but no one will know that they require only 15 minutes of hands-on prep time and a few ingredients.
Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
You won't find a salad that tastes more fresh, fun, and delicious than this summer-ready recipe.
Goat Cheese and Gouda Pimiento Cheese
This ain't your mama's pimiento cheese—but she'd still approve. We turned our classic recipe up a notch with goat cheese and Gouda.
West Indies Crab Salad
Recipe: West Indies Crab Salad
This little-known Southern salad—it is believed to have originated in Mobile, Alabama—will be a winner at any baby shower, coastal or otherwise.
Roasted Beet-and-Citrus Salad with Honey-Orange Vinaigrette
Not only does this citrus salad look pretty, but it tastes light and fresh. It's a hostess' dream.
Mini Mushroom-and-Goat Cheese Pot Pies
Filled with mushrooms, goat cheese, and a little dry sherry, these mini savory pot pies make a great fit for a baby shower brunch.
Garlic Butter-Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
Toss that ever-expected shrimp cocktail recipe to the curb. This warmed-up version of a shrimp cocktail is comprised of roasted shrimp cooked in a lemon-garlic butter.
Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Recipe: Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
You’ve never had quiche quite like this one. Made with a grits “crust,” it makes for a hearty addition to a brunch spread.
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
This classic dip gets a Southern twist with sweet onions and country ham. If hosting the event, you'll be happy to hear this dip can be made in advance and reheated.
Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus
Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus
This hummus is a crowd favorite, especially in the fall. Serve it with your favorite pita chips and crudités.
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Recipe: Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
By using a mix of multicolored cherry tomatoes and small fresh mozzarella balls, this simple salad becomes super easy to serve at a luncheon or shower.
French Onion Puff Pastry Bites
Recipe: French Onion Puff Pastry Bites
From the Gruyére cheese to the caramelized onions to the Dijon mustard, these bites feel fancy enough to be a star on the shower spread. And they're easy to make, thanks to store-bought puff pastry.
Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers
These tiny peppers pack a flavorful punch. Imagine a perfect hot-and-sweet, crunchy-and-creamy appetizer wrapped up into a single bite. That's this recipe.
Potato Puffs with Toppings
Recipe: Potato Puffs with Toppings
Consider these poppable hors d’oeuvres an adult version of tater tots—but way tastier.
Citrus Salad with Granola
Recipe: Citrus Salad with Granola
These homemade parfaits are a welcome sight at any brunch. You can prepare the coconut-and-pecan granola up to three days ahead.
Cheddar-Caramelized Onion Bread
Recipe: Cheddar-Caramelized Onion Bread
This bread makes a much more fun alternative to your frozen rolls, trust us.
Queso-Filled Mini Peppers
Recipe: Queso-Filled Mini Peppers
Forget about serving your guests basic tortilla chips. These mini sweet peppers are a great bite-sized vessel for cheese dip.
DIY Deviled Egg Bar
Recipe: DIY Deviled Egg Bar
An edible activity? Yes, please! Let your shower guests pick and choose how they’d like to top their deviled eggs.
Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles
Recipe: Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles
Dress up this funky Southern classic for a fancy occasion.
Crustless Ham and Spinach Quiche
Recipe: Crustless Ham and Spinach Quiche
Consider this crustless quiche your baby shower savior. It feels fancy and tastes amazing—but is so easy to make. A bag of frozen chopped collard greens eliminates prep time.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
Every brunch or shower needs the quintessential fruit bowl, and this recipe goes above and beyond with a dressing of orange juice, honey, and fresh mint.
Pickled Shrimp and Vegetables
Recipe: Pickled Shrimp and Vegetables
If you're hosting a spring or summer shower, look no further than this cool pickled shrimp. Tip: Keep the shrimp cold on the spread by nestling the serving bowl inside a larger bowl of crushed ice.
Clementine-and-Collard Greens Salad
Add this sunny salad to your baby shower menu. Sweet clementines, a favorite citrus in the South, pop in a mix of chicken, collard greens, pecans, and crumbled goat cheese.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites
If you've ever wondered what your favorite party dip would taste like wrapped up in a buttery crescent roll, here's your answer. Delicious.
Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Bacon
Shaved Cucumber Salad with Pickled Blackberries
A homemade tangy-sweet blackberry vinaigrette brings simple ingredients to life. Serve on the side to give zing to any plate.
Tomato Tea Sandwiches
Recipe: Tomato Tea Sandwiches
The Southern hostesses that came before us would approve. This classic tomato sandwich only requires a few ingredients, but that's all it needs.