Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Baby Shower - Part One - The Menu

The baby shower for Lindsey (and Lily) was titled "Sugar & Spice" and I will share in another post how I used the title for fun games and other details. And, all of the decorating details will be coming soon too. Today I wanted to start with the food - yummy! I came up with an idea to have almost everything be "stuffed" - a fun take on being pregnant.

The Menu

Stuffed Mushrooms, Stuffed Baby Tomatoes with Egg Salad, Bread Bowl Stuffed with Dip

1/2 Avocado stuffed with Chicken Salad, Tabbouleh (or both) on a bed of Mixed Spring Greens 
lightly dressed with Balsamic Vinaigrette,  Red Grapes,  Croissant with Herb Butter

 "Hostess" style Cream-Filled Cupcakes, Lemon Sorbet in Lemon Cups, 
Strawberries stuffed with a Cheesecake Filling.

Lemon-Lime-Ade, Iced Tea with Simple Syrup, 
Mocha Fraps, Coffee

My husband hand-selected the nicest avocados from our trees for the luncheon and I babied them for the time it took to ripen them to perfection. We opened about 15 avocados and each was beautiful inside!

We made all the food from scratch except for the croissants, bread bowl, and balsamic dressing. 
I will gather the recipes and add to the post soon.

Appetizer table with baby basket stuffed with fresh herbs for a centerpiece
I like using some of my basket collection for serving food and I always line the basket with plastic wrap before adding lettuce leaves.

Now, I will share with you how to rescue something when it goes wrong . . . originally the hard-boiled eggs were to be stuffed, but the shells would not come off nicely and left rather unattractive eggs. No problem, we turned them into egg salad and stuffed the little tomatoes that originally were going to hold Taboulleh. They looked and tasted amazing!
Stuffed Baby Tomatoes with Egg Salad

Stuffed Mushrooms have been in my rotation for years and years and are always popular

Lunch Plate - there is an avocado under those salads!
Used bamboo plates and flatware with vintage linens for a nice mix of old and new
"Hostess" style Cream-Filled Cupcakes with an L on top for Lily (Paz Kinnaman Photography)

Lemon Sorbet in Lemon Cups with Mint Sprig (Paz Kinnaman Photography)
Cream-Cheese (Cheesecake Style) Filled Strawberries (Paz Kinnaman Photography)

Three Desserts on Plate

We emptied and washed Starbucks Mocha Frap bottles to use for drinks
and later served the Mochas in punch cups with dessert. (Paz Kinnaman Photography)
Dessert and Drink Bars (Paz Kinnaman Photograpy)

Punch Cups for Mocha Fraps with Dessert
Dessert Bar

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