Hosting a Baby Shower Buffet
First celebrated during the 17th century, Mother’s Day is a day designed to honour mothers, both paternal and otherwise, to celebrate motherhood and the influence of mothers in today’s society.
The day itself is often celebrated with kind and thoughtful actions, such as receiving breakfast in bed, a gift and a day off to spend with their family. But, in favour of this year’s Mother’s Day, we thought we’d focus on the mothers whose pregnancy journey has only just begun: the expectant mothers. And what better way to celebrate the beginning of life than with a baby shower!
Whether you’re planning your own or planning one for a friend, the process of organising a baby shower can be a little overwhelming, especially when you have to cater to everyone. But we’ve got our top tips for making the process easier so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the time with your loved ones.
Where To Host A Baby Shower
The venue you choose for a baby shower will depend upon a variety of factors, such as your budget, guestlist and atmosphere to name a few. Many people choose to opt for a cafe or restaurant but it can feel more personal to host a baby shower at home.
What Food To Serve At A Baby Shower
When celebrating a baby shower, you’ll want to ensure that the dishes you serve are relatively simple so that you can spend more time celebrating with your loved ones, than in the kitchen preparing. One of the best ways to do this is by preparing food that you don’t have to actively manage and can prepare beforehand and leave until you’re ready to serve. Examples of these types of food include:
Dishes can include bowls of leafy greens, chargrilled vegetables, rice salads or the classic Caprese salad.
A refreshing and healthy option, fruit makes for a great addition to any buffet table. Watermelon, pineapple, grapes, strawberries and mango are all examples of fruits which can be prepared beforehand as they don’t immediately brown after cutting.
Serving an array of cold cut meats (such as salami, pepperoni, ham, prosciutto or bresaola) together with an assortment of soft and hard cheeses (such as brie, gouda, cheddar, parmesan, goats cheese and blue cheese) together with jams and chutneys, is a sure-fire way to keep taste buds satisfied!
Dips and Chips
The perfect snack. For this you’ll want to serve an assortment of potato chips or nachos, to dip into things such as guacamole, salsa, sour cream and onion, hummus and/or spinach and artichoke dip.
For this, you could include pizza or whip something up in the slow-cooker for a more hands-off approach. There are a variety of slow cooker recipes that you can choose from, such as Chilli Con Carne, Curry, Beef Bourguignon and Stew to name a few which can all be served alongside rice or baked potatoes.
By choosing to serve a mixture of hot and cold dishes you’ll be able to cater to different tastes and allergies, whilst minimising the amount of time spent in the kitchen preparing the food on the day. Another time-saving tip is to utilise your Corelle dinnerware by planning and preparing your menu in advance. Due to the materials which Corelle is created with, the dinnerware can be used in the fridge, freezer, oven and microwave—meaning that you can place your food items straight onto the dishes you’ll be serving them on, saving you heaps of time—and washing up!
Setting Up The Buffet Table
When setting up your serving station you’ll need to make sure that the items are not only placed in an aesthetically pleasing way, but in a way that is functional too. You can do this by ensuring that the table allows people to flow from all sides so you don’t end up with a huge queue.
When it comes to your guests eating, using durable dinnerware is a much better option than serving food to be eaten on disposable plates. Not just because beautiful dinnerware can add texture and colour to your buffet display, but because it’s better for the environment and discourages single-use wastage. Plus you don’t have to worry about breakages either, thanks to Corelle’s chip and break-resistant material!
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