The timing of the baby shower determines the types of snacks that are served. To avoid serving a full meal, plan the shower between meal times. A brunch, between breakfast and lunch, can include light breakfast food and pastries. A tea, between lunch and dinner, can offer sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. A dessert shower can include any imaginable sweets and after-dinner drinks.
Ideas for brunch shower snacks include bite-sized quiches made with cheese and vegetables, baked cinnamon French toast, fruit salad, muffins, bacon or sausage, baked apples filled with oats and brown sugar, and sticky buns. Most of these options can be prepared the day before and either served straight from the refrigerator, or placed in the oven on the morning of the shower. Drinks such as coffee, juice, sparkling water or champagne go well with this menu.
For a mid-afternoon shower, some traditional choices are finger sandwiches, sliced vegetables with dip, "pigs in blankets" and deviled eggs. To liven up simple finger sandwiches, try making them with different fillings such as BLT salad, sliced pears with cheese, or chicken salad with fruit chutney. Crab or salmon cakes, stuffed baked olives, and egg rolls are some other, more modern, choices. Decorated cake or cupcakes are shower food staples. Fruit punch, lemonade, iced tea, champagne or mixed drinks are good drink choices for the afternoon.
An after-dinner shower could include an array of desserts such as homemade ice cream or ice cream sandwiches, cookie sandwiches, petit fours, truffles, and different flavors of cake. Make the shower more special by making a cake using a recipe handed down through the family of the mother-to-be. Candy buffets can serve as both decoration and dessert, with many colorful candy options arranged in clear jars of varying sizes. Drinks might include coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, mixed drinks, champagne or dessert wine.