Last Saturday, April 16, was a BIG day for me!
About eight months ago, my best friend Aimee called me to announce that she and her husband were pregnant with their first child. The very next week, I had put together a document with some baby shower ideas including menu, decorations, etc. During Aimee’s pregnancy, she of course learned the gender (GIRL!) and chose a nursery theme (MONKEYS!)
I couldn’t wait to incorporate lots of pink, and lots of monkeys, into Aimee’s baby shower. I spent months planning an elaborate menu, only to change the entire thing about six days out. While I had originally planned on a full display of lunch items (cold cut sandwiches, salads, hot appetizers, etc.,) it dawned on me that simpler is better. If I could choose a few key, cold appetizers to set out and forget about – I would be happier, Aimee’s thirty (!) guests would be less-hassled, and each menu item itself would receive more of my creative attention.
My final baby shower menu was:
Water, soda, iced tea with lemon
Champagne with raspberries
Cucumber dill crackers
Sweet smoked sausage
Layered fruit salad
White chocolate oreo truffles
I was so happy with my final “menu” choices because the bright colors, flavors and textures added to the very light, happy feel of Aimee’s spring shower. I spent several hours the night before doing prep work – chopping fruit for the fruit salad, cubing cheese for the antipasti skewers and slicing sausage links. On the day of the shower, I (thankfully!) had several people helping me with other items – slicing tomatoes, spreading cream cheese on crackers, and my friend Morgan very graciously brought a double batch of the oreo truffles. Without so much help, I would have needed much more than one glass of champagne before the party started!
Aimee’s shower went perfectly and the food received rave compliments. Here are the recipes for your next get-to-gether!
1 package salami
1 package pepperoni
1 can black olives
1 can green olives
1 block white cheese
1 block cheddar cheese
1 package refrigerated tortellini
1/2 C greek salad dressing
Prepare tortellini as directed. Drain, cool, and place in plastic bag with greek dressing. Shake bag to mix well and refrigerate overnight.
Cut salami slices in half. Place all items in front of you, ready to go. Thread your skewers: piece of salami, cube of white cheese, black olive, tortellini, green olive, cube of cheddar cheese, pepperoni.
Refrigerate skewers until needed.
2-3 large, ripe tomatoes
1 cylinder of fresh mozzarella (check the specialty cheese aisle)
sprinkle of salt, pepper
fresh basil leaves
drizzle of olive oil
Slice tomatoes and mozzarella thinly, layering them on a large plate. Scatter basil leaves on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil immediately before serving.
8 oz block cream cheese
several TBS chopped fresh dill
Soften cream cheese for several hours. Mix with fresh dill. Slice cucumbers. Spread cream cheese thinly over Triscuit and top with cucumber slice.