Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ideas for an inexpensive baby shower menu

Do you need some affordable food ideas for a baby shower, but you're strapped for cash? You want the food to be tasty and well presented, but you don't want to spend a lot of money. Let's say you're expecting 20+ people. Here’s my suggestion for an inexpensive baby shower menu:

For the appetizer, a cheese and cracker tray will do. Instead of going with just one kind of each, spice up the tray by offering at least 2 different cracker flavors and maybe 3 different cheeses. Crackers come in all flavors nowadays, such as butter, garlic, herb, veggie, etc. For the cheeses, choose a mild cheddar, Swiss, and Monterrey jack. Buy a disposable cookie tray and arrange the items in a circle interchangeably. And that’s that!

For your main course, always start with a garden salad because the ingredients are both cheap and filling. Also offer at least 2 kinds of dressing. In my experience, store brand dressing is just as good as the name brand stuff.

The heart of your menu will be whatever meat and side dishes you serve. These are my favorite affordable choices:

*Spaghetti
*Chicken Parmesan
*Meatloaf
*Sandwich bar (offer different kinds of lunch meat, along with white, wheat and rye bread)
For the side dishes, go with your favorite potato dish, fresh steamed veggies or rice. But make sure it goes well with your meat. If you're serving spaghetti, there's no need for mashed potatoes too.

I like these main course choices because all of them require only a few ingredients and they can feed a houseful of people.

Now, on to dessert. If you’re having an edible cake, well there you have it! Just buy some ice cream to go along with it. Here are a few more cheap dessert options:

*Cookies (chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin)- Get the pre-prepared dough so all you’ll have to do is spoon it out and put it in the oven. Baking from scratch will require more money for ingredients.
*Brownies- Buy the Betty Crocker mix (my favorite), and all you’ll have to add is eggs, butter and water.
*Ice cream sundaes- Buy lots of vanilla ice cream, and offer your guests their choice of chocolate, strawberry and caramel toppings.

So that’s it! Consider these tips and you’ll be able to satisfy everyone’s appetite and still have some change left over!!

1 comment:

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