The baby shower we recently hosted for some close friends was a huge success, largely because of the menu. Since this was an outdoor, couples shower, a menu featuring the grill was a must for the manly factor and for the easy cleanup. If you’re hosting an outdoor event soon, but want something fancier than hamburgers and hotdogs, this is the menu for you!
Grilled Barbecue Chicken
The grilled barbecue chicken was the star of the show. I was able to start off the barbecue sauce inside about 20 minutes before the shower. Picture me running around trying to get dressed and stir barbecue sauce at the same time. Luckily, Travis took the sauce outside to finish it off on the grill. I used this recipe, and I highly recommend it. While it’s incredibly easy to assemble, you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of time. The chicken has to marinate for several hours; we did this in coolers since our fridge was full up with shower food. Then, you drain the marinade and use it in the barbecue sauce recipe.
This recipe calls for whole, cut-up chicken, which is what we used. It just seemed more appropriate for this event. I called our local grocery store to order the chicken. While I was on the phone, I was sure to ask about the price. Since I was ordering in bulk, they knocked the price down! I ordered six chickens, but ended up using about four or five. The rest went to the freezer for next time.
Vidalia Onion Cole Slaw
Normally, I don’t love cole slaw. However, I have found the secret for easy and delicious cole slaw: Virginia Brand Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette. All you do, is mix two parts of cole slaw mix with one part of the vinaigrette. I purchased the vinaigrette from Sam’s Club, but I also found it on Amazon.
Fruit and Vegetable Trays
Normally, I’m not one for shortcuts. I had big plans of making a fruit salad complete with balled melon bites with an accompanying vegetable appetizer, but I decided to take the easy way out and purchase trays already assembled from the grocery store. You know what happened? Everyone loved them. Note to self: stop making everything so difficult when it doesn’t have to be.
Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Slices
Raise your hand if you love the girls over at Our Best Bites as much as I do! I found this recipe awhile ago and pinned it. When I was menu planning, I went through all of my food pins searching for recipes for the shower. If something looked promising, I moved it over to my baby shower pin board. I toyed around with different side dishes for awhile, but this one ultimately made the cut because I trust the recipes from Our Best Bites. I made the sweet and spicy cucumber slices the night before the shower and was really pleased with how well they turned out.
Herb Potato Salad
The herb potato salad was alright, but I think it would have been better if it had been served warm. Due to time constraints, I prepared this dish the night before and served it chilled. Honestly, I probably won’t be giving this recipe a second chance.
Cake and Cupcakes
Who doesn’t love a good cake?
The cake was strawberry, and the cupcakes were vanilla purchased from a local bakery. I asked for turquoise frosting that was more green than blue. In person, the color wasn’t quite so green as it’s reading in the above photos. It was a little too green for my liking, but still absolutely gorgeous! You may remember that I chose this cake design long ago.
Rice Krispie Pops
I never expected party guests to enjoy the Rice Krispies pops as much as they did. I simply used the original Rice Krispies treats recipe, cut them into flowers, added an M&M to the middle with some candy melts, shoved a cake pop stick in them, and wrapped each one in plastic wrap. It was time intensive, but the guests absolutely raved about these little treats!
I offered up quite a few beverage choices for shower guests:
- Water bottles, wrapped in duct tape to hide the ugly labels
- Beer bottles
- Soda bottles: root beer, blue cream soda, cherry limeade, black cherry soda
- Homemade sweet tea
Most beverages were housed in a drink stand, but the overflow went into a cooler. Since the shower was outside, we knew having plenty of drinks on hand would be appreciated!
The Full Spread
Above is a photo of the whole spread (excluding the chicken). The chicken went down next to the cole slaw as soon as it came off of the grill. You’ll notice I used some of my Wilton Armatele serving pieces again for this shower. I used a couple of these adorable melamine platters from Target for the chicken. One was used for serving and the other was used for chicken coming straight off the grill.
This menu is totally different from the drop-in baby shower menu I hosted earlier this year, but it was perfect for this event. It appealed to both genders and was a complete meal, which was necessary since this shower was at 6 p.m. All in all, this was the perfect menu for this baby shower, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!
p.s. It’s a girl!! We just found out!
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