We've created an easy menu for your next baby shower or wedding shower. The real cause for celebration? Nothing takes more than 30 minutes.
Throwing a shower should be about celebrating with family and friends. The best way to kickoff and enjoy the festivities is to keep the planning and preparation simple, and these shower ideas do just that. Whether you are planning for a bridal shower, a wedding shower, or a baby shower, these shower recipes will keep you out of the kitchen and in the heart of the action. From our Fruit Salad with Yogurt, or the Gouda Grits, to the Iced Sugar Cookies, none of these shower ideas take more than thirty minutes to prepare. So host the shower you know you can, make the shower recipes you love, and enjoy the bridal, wedding, or baby shower of your dreams.
Quick and Easy Shower Menu
Don't be overwhelmed when planning the menu for your baby shower or wedding shower. Our menu features items that take less than 30 minutes to make. From the cocktails to desserts, we've got you covered.
- Fruit Salad with Yogurt
- Gouda Grits
- Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
- Quick Buttermilk Biscuits with Lemon-Herb, Blackberry, or Walnut-Honey Butter
- Sparkling Ginger-Orange Cocktails
- Iced Sugar Cookies
Fruit Salad with Yogurt
A fruit salad is always a fresh item to have at a shower. Toss together pineapple, strawberries, grapes, mangoes, and raspberries, and serve with a sweetened yogurt mixture.
- Recipe: Fruit Salad with Yogurt
Instead of mashed potatoes or even cheddar cheese grits, try this recipe for Gouda grits. It's easy, but still an elegant side for your shower menu.
- Recipe: Gouda Grits
Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
These mini frittatas are perfect for a shower. Give them a restaurant finish by topping them with mixed baby greens tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
Quick Buttermilk Biscuits with Flavored Butter
You can fill these buttermilk biscuits with thinly sliced ham for an added touch. If you really want to simplify, bake up a bag of Mary B's frozen tea biscuits and serve with our special butters.
Sparkling Ginger-Orange Cocktails
Iced Sugar Cookies
Pick up a cookie assortment from a local bakery, or order them online. Icing on the Cookie, in Homewood, Alabama, specializes in custom occasion cookies; 205/871-9852.
Mix and match vintage plates, cups, and saucers for a carefree and whimsical feel for your shower. Borrow from Grandma, or look for them at garage sales and flea markets.
Shower Planning Guide
Test Kitchen Director Rebecca Kracke Gordon is the staff's go-to source for party shortcuts. Use her shower planning guide to pull off your pretty party with ease.
3 Days Before
Prepare biscuits and freeze according to recipe instructions. Set up party table and assess serving pieces.
2 Days Before
Prepare flavored butters and press linens.
1 Day Before
Toss together fruit in a serving bowl; cover, and refrigerate. Prep and measure ingredients for frittatas, and refrigerate.
30 Minutes Before Guests Arrive
Start grits. Assemble and bake frittatas. Bake biscuits after frittatas have been removed from the oven.
Just Before Guests Arrive
Stir together beverage, and prepare yogurt as directed for fruit.