A party isn’t a party without some great food or treats. When planning a baby shower, the meal and dessert can be a huge expense, especially if the guest list is long. If you’re watching your costs, check out these three inexpensive but delicious budget baby shower food ideas that are sure to please every guest as well as the mom-to-be.
Quiche, a versatile and savory dish, has been the star of many baby shower buffet tables. Caterers and restaurants serve it, and any home cook can make quiche and stick to a budget. A basic quiche is simply a custard made from eggs and milk and then poured into a pie crust. Because eggs and milk are a fantastic blank canvas, you can create a variety of flavor combinations that include cheddar, tomato and bacon, mushroom and asparagus, or even a rainbow quiche filled with colorful, nutritious vegetables.
Budget-friendly quiche requires only a few ingredients and a bottom-layer crust. If you’re a master of the homemade pastry crust, make your own or save time by purchasing refrigerated crusts. Tubes of crescent roll dough can be rolled flat and used as crust for quiche as well.
Bake the quiche(s) the day before and warm before serving. Instead of eight larger slices, cut each quiche into 16 slim slices and serve on a beautiful crystal cut tray for a gorgeous presentation.
Strawberry angel cake kabobs
It’s nice to offer an alternative to the decorated baby shower cake. A simple dessert kabob is easy to make, budget-friendly and tastes amazing when it features fresh strawberries and chunks of angel food. Simply slice strawberries lengthwise in half and alternate on a bamboo skewer with 1.5- to 2-inch pieces of the cake. Serve with individual cups of chocolate and/or vanilla dipping sauce.
Petite hummus sandwiches
Recipes that offer versatility also allow for more budget-conscious ingredient selection. You can serve spectacular food at a baby shower and not bust the budget. Petite, crustless sandwiches look elegant when arranged on a silver tray covered with a pretty white paper doily.
Create the petite sandwiches by removing the crusts from slices of bread and cutting each piece into halves, lengthwise. Spread a thin layer of roasted red pepper hummus on each bread piece and top with fresh spinach leaves and thinly sliced cucumber. Place the piece of bread (already spread with hummus) on top of the cucumber to create a petite sandwich bursting with fresh flavor.
Baby shower food ideas on a budget can be as simple as a stunning vegetable platter display. The bright, colorful vegetables are healthy, delicious and look fabulous on any food table. To save money, skip pre-made trays from the grocery store and make your own by buying bulk veggies and arranging them on pretty serving trays.