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Menu Ideas for a - Baby shower

KW's picture

Hi,


I'm having a baby shower for myself in a week and trying to come up with an elegant but appropriate menu for guests! I don't want it too y y but i don't want burgers and beer either!   Any ideas? Help!

evelyn's picture

(post #32493, reply #1 of 103)

can you tell us a bit more? For instance, is it going to be plated (sit down) or buffet-style. Do you want to concentrate on finger food or casseroles? Etc.

 

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Gretchen's picture

(post #32493, reply #2 of 103)

Or desserts?

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KW's picture

(post #32493, reply #4 of 103)

It's going to be outdoors weather permiting and buffet style i think. I want to serve a full meal though, some hot and cold dishes and a dessert.

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(post #32493, reply #3 of 103)

Let me get this straight--you're giving yourself a baby shower????



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KW's picture

(post #32493, reply #5 of 103)

Well, me and my cousin's wife are doing it. I just moved to their neighborhood and don't really know anybody that well, but she thinks it would be a great way to get acquainted. I love to cook so I insisted I be a part of that aspect!    I'm from down south so I considered doing a southern type menu with a gournet twist-i saw something similar in an Instyle magazine. The menu was fried chicken , 4 cheese macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler and some sort of salad with  baby greens and french viniagrette, ice tea and lemonade.  I thought this might apeal to guys and s alike. (and kids too!)

chiquiNO's picture

(post #32493, reply #6 of 103)

Sure would appeal to me!!LOL

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MadMom's picture

(post #32493, reply #7 of 103)

I can understand your desire to meet people, but where I come from, the idea of someone giving themselves a shower is rather frowned on.  Are you sure this is a good idea?



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(post #32493, reply #8 of 103)

I stayed out long enough. Can't believe it.

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Edited 5/1/2006 10:08 pm ET by Gretchen

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #32493, reply #10 of 103)

Actually, among women my age, getting involved in their showers, both bridal and baby, is pretty common.

Someone else "hosts" it, usually the mom or an aunt (also not classic etiqutte), but the showeree gets involved in the planning (food, games, etc.).

I think part of it is b/c families are so spread out these days, and in many cases, there just no one that knows you well enough to throw you a shower.

I know for my friend, Angie, if she hadn't been involved in planning her shower for her wedding, no one would have known to invite half the people she wanted there (and they WOULD have invited people she didn't want to be there).

I think it may just be a "the times are a changin'" thing; I know I'm not put out when invited to a shower by the showeree.

Now, going all out on a shower for the third wedding, THAT is modern etiquette I don't like, lol!

 


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madnoodle's picture

(post #32493, reply #11 of 103)

I see a big difference between being asked for input on the guest list and hosting your own shower.  My mother would fall over if she heard of such a thing.

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #32493, reply #12 of 103)

Yeah, there's definitely two minds on it; I've never had a shower of any kind, so I'm not sure what I'd do, but thinking about it - I'd want to take over and plan everything, lol. I'm sooo not good at trusting people to not screw stuff up!

Seems the original poster isn't actually throwing herself the shower, though; just wants to do the food as food is her "thing" and she wants to share her love with her good friends.

 


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TracyK's picture

(post #32493, reply #15 of 103)

Amy, we're of the same generation, but I'm going to have to disagree with you here. A woman being involved in her shower planning is common and pretty obvious, I don't think anyone is saying that's wrong.


But -- the sole purpose of a shower is to amass a bunch of stuff for yourself. And since it appears that the bulk of the folks on the invite list are complete strangers, that just seems weird and uncomfortable. 


Having a "get to know you" cookout would be a wonderful idea... why bring the "shower" aspect into it at all? Why not just throw a party, so nobody feels obligated to bring a gift?


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Edited 5/2/2006 9:21 am ET by TracyK

madnoodle's picture

(post #32493, reply #16 of 103)

Exactly.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #32493, reply #18 of 103)

Yup. I wasn't going to say anything when it first came up, but maybe PARticularly in the South, this isn't the way to do it. 

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KW's picture

(post #32493, reply #26 of 103)

I did not want to have this shower in the first place- like I said my cousin's wife is really behind it all and is doing all the inviting, i just want to help cooking! I have met all the people who are being invited at least once at other functions so I am not a total stranger and the invitations will  definitely say " gift Optional". 

Biscuit's picture

(post #32493, reply #29 of 103)

What part of the south are you from?  I'm from Alabama myself.  PERSONALLY - I think it would be so much more in keeping with Southern hospitality to simply have a housewarming party.  Treat your new neighbors to your hospitality and leave the whole baby-gift thing a non-issue.


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Regality's picture

(post #32493, reply #30 of 103)

Excellent suggestion!  Even more excellent would be not to call it a housewarming, because  that term has a bit of "gift" associated with it.  Just invite the neighbors over for a "getting to know them" affair.



 


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Edited 5/2/2006 10:53 am by Regality

KW's picture

(post #32493, reply #32 of 103)

I'm from Atlanta and moved to Cincinnati. Also the party was being hosted at my cousin's-as we don't have the space at our apartment!

Gretchen's picture

(post #32493, reply #33 of 103)

I have the feeling that the bannetons from TJ's may really be European "window boxes"--I think they came from eastern Europe--Czech or Hungarian. They also showed up at our big flea market last year. They were slightly different from the bannetons I found--but could have also been used as bannetons

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Adele's picture

(post #32493, reply #34 of 103)

I've seen deviled eggs cut in baby carraige shapes, cut a wedge out, leaving partial top.  You could find some baby themed cookie cutters and make/decorate sugar cookies.  (Bottles, booties, bibs)


Sandwiches, Gretchen has a tea sandwich that would be good, you can do cucumber/cream cheese sandwiches- cut off the crusts.  


Tracy did a beautiful cake, that might be an idea too.


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

TracyK's picture

(post #32493, reply #43 of 103)

I threw a baby shower for one of my best friends and we did quiches, spanakopita, a veggie tray, some other nibblies, and a cake... but we were just the girls! If you're going to have families and husbands there, something more hearty would probably be a better option.


Does your cousin have a grill? You could do chicken and grilled vegetables, with a nice vinaigrette for drizzling... and burgers & hotdogs for the kids. A nice pasta salad, or tossed green salad, lemonade, and big fat chocolate chip cookies would be nice.


 


Why is it so cold on this beach? And what's taking the bartender so long?

Biscuit's picture

(post #32493, reply #31 of 103)

Yeah, there's definitely two minds on it


Maybe.  The right mind, and the wrong mind. 


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KW's picture

(post #32493, reply #27 of 103)

 No, i'm not sure it is a good idea and i told my cousin's wife that but she insists and is handling most of the details. ( i just want to do some cooking if we go through with this thing because that's what i know how to do!) -See my response to tracy K.

Lword's picture

(post #32493, reply #9 of 103)

That sounds good to me - what do you think is missing? Maybe a tray of olives? Ask your cousin's friend to address the invitations and "formally" be the one that's giving the party. I think it's lovely you want to give back to the guests by making and serving them food.

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ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #32493, reply #14 of 103)

Many of us were ruled by our Mothers, Emily Post, and Miss Manners.  Times have changed and over the years I have learned to appreciate less formality.


With everyone living far away from their friends and family, ignoring traditional rules is just fine by me.  For a new comer to a neighborhood, it is a nice way to introduce yourself to people that will be your friends and neighbors.  I think that it is great that you are participating in such a big way!  Something tells me that you will make some new friends. 


Your menu sounds very nice and would be totally appropriate around here in NC. 


Coincidentally, I am helping a friend with a baby shower for my neighbor's daughter.  I am a new friend, the other lady has known her since birth.   I made the roasted vegetable lasagnas for 20-30 guests.  We are still in the planning stage and we will cement final touches as the shower date approaches. 


Let us know how everything goes and don't forget to enjoy yourself!

Ballottine's picture

(post #32493, reply #20 of 103)

At my workplace a young lady  (27) decided to throw herself a farewell party, she was changing jobs. She made a poster asking for $25 contributions for food and gift for herself.   Guess how many people contributed!  Two - her supervisors, who were happy to see her go, and  they did not give her money, they took her to lunch.   This, of course,  was a very different situation, everyone knew her and she did not plan to cook or bring food from home,  she was going to feed us pizza and use the money to  pay for her vacation...Bal  

 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.

evelyn's picture

(post #32493, reply #21 of 103)

well, I'm speechless!

 

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Ballottine's picture

(post #32493, reply #24 of 103)

We all were. LOL.   Never heard from her again.  bal

 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.

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(post #32493, reply #22 of 103)

She made a poster asking for $25 contributions for food and gift for herself. 


WOW!!!!


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Ballottine's picture

(post #32493, reply #23 of 103)

Yap!   She plastered the whole building with them.  Bal

 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.