Make-Ahead Recipes for the Spring Baby Shower You're Hosting
Spring is a beautiful time of year for a baby shower. The promise of warm weather, the profusion of flowers, and the impending arrival of a new baby will cause a seasoned hostess to pull out her best punch recipe and plan a baby shower, complete with a sideboard of cute baby shower food. In order to relax and enjoy the day of the shower, choose make ahead recipes that can be baked, filled, and chilled ahead of the big day. Choose from this selection of easy baby shower food ideas and you will even have time to make your own floral centerpieces.
Recipe: Vanilla-Buttermilk Tarts
Plan ahead and make the filling up to two days in advance. Using pre-made tart shells makes your prep work even easier.
Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
No need to bake and fuss over petit fours. These luscious little gems can be finished with your favorite berry or preserve. The cheesecakes can be made and frozen up to a month in advance.
Easy Cheesecake Bars
Recipe: Easy Cheesecake Bars
Add a personal touch to these cheesecake bars. Use frosting, a piping bag, or a plastic sandwich bag, and draw a cute baby rattle or family monogram.
Pound Cake Cupcakes
Recipe: Pound Cake Cupcakes
Make the pretty hydrangea blossoms a week or two ahead, and store at room temperature in an airtight container away from sunlight.
Country Ham and Biscuits
Vanilla Champagne Soaked Fruit
Recipe: Vanilla Champagne Soaked Fruit
The fruit needs to soak in the warm vanilla-flavored syrup, so you can make this dish up to 2 days ahead of your party.
Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
Wow guests with southern pizzazz. The two components of this dip team up with cornbread crackers for a tasty treat.
Blue Cheese-Walnut Finger Sandwiches
Stack two cake platters for a pretty presentation of these sandwiches, and top the display with a vase of fresh herbs. The filling mixture is also delicious served with preserves and crackers.
Rolled Olive Sandwiches
Recipe: Rolled Olive Sandwiches
For a complete throwback recipe that is still delicious today, try these bite-size sandwiches that will impress young and old.
Cha-Cha Chicken Salad
Recipe: Cha-Cha Chicken Salad
Serve this delicious chicken salad with tea biscuits, crackers, or crostini.
Brown Sugar Fruit Dip
Recipe: Brown Sugar Fruit Dip
This quick and easy dip is perfect accompaniment for the season’s fresh fruits.
Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip
Recipe: Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip
Toasted walnuts add another layer of flavor to this rich and creamy dip.