Make-Ahead Recipes for the Spring Baby Shower You're Hosting

Pound Cake Cupcakes
Photo: Jennifer Davick

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.

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Vanilla-Buttermilk Tarts

Vanilla-Buttermilk Tarts Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick

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.

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Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Easy Cheesecake Bars

Easy Monogrammed Cheesecake Bars
Charles Walton IV

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.

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Pound Cake Cupcakes

Pound Cake Cupcakes
Jennifer Davick

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.

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Country Ham and Biscuits

Country Ham and Biscuits
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Country Ham and Biscuits

Slather your ham biscuits with this easy Blackberry Mustard or tasty Lemon-Herb Butter.

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Vanilla Champagne Soaked Fruit

Vanilla Champagne Soaked Fruit
Jennifer Davick

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.

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Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip

Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
Beth Dreiling

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.

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Blue Cheese-Walnut Finger Sandwiches

Blue Cheese-Walnut Finger Sandwiches
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: 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.

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Rolled Olive Sandwiches

Rolled Olive Sandwiches
Jennifer R. Davick

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.

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Cha-Cha Chicken Salad

Cha-Cha Chicken Salad
Southern Living

Recipe: Cha-Cha Chicken Salad

Serve this delicious chicken salad with tea biscuits, crackers, or crostini.

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Brown Sugar Fruit Dip

Brown Sugar Fruit Dip
Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: Brown Sugar Fruit Dip

This quick and easy dip is perfect accompaniment for the season's fresh fruits.

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Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip

Christmas Recipes: Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip Recipes
Beau Gustafson

Recipe: Blue Cheese-Bacon Dip

Toasted walnuts add another layer of flavor to this rich and creamy dip.

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