Consider the location, time of day and theme of your shower when making your menu and choosing food to serve. Use some common sense, if the shower is at 9:00 people will typically have eaten breakfast so some snacks such as mini muffins, quiche, or fresh fruit should do just fine. If your shower is closer to lunch let’s say 1:00, “Lunch will be served” is nice to include on your invitation so there’s no questions, if not, assume people haven’t eaten (it will take them time to get to the shower), so you’ll need to have more food available than an “in between meal time”. The easiest way to serve food at a shower is to set up a buffet or a bunch of small plates, sandwiches and bowls of appetizers, vegetables and dip, or cookies and sweets around the room in which the shower’s being held.
All of the showers I have attend at people’s homes have been buffets. It’s nice if you have the room to set up tables with individual place settings (typically you have a place mat and utensils out and the plates are near the buffet) so everyone has a place to sit. If it’s not possible to set up individual pace settings, then be sure there are enough chairs for everyone to sit and eat.
When making your menu, consider your theme, if you have a rubber ducky theme, then make some blue jello in clear plastic cups and put a rubber ducky on top. For a fish themed, maybe some fish themed cookies, etc… Some suggestions are as follows:
Food for Morning Shower: Mini-muffins, quiche (mini or not), bagel station (capers, lox, cream cheese), mom-to-be favorite
Food for Afternoon (lunch/brunch) Shower: Tea Sandwiches (you can get a cookie cutter and cut some of the sandwiches into themed shapes), Salad, quiche (mini or not), Macaroni and Cheese (you can make them in individual ramekins as well), meatballs, fruit salad, mom-to-be favorite
Drinks: I always have a specialty cocktail, and the corresponding mock-tail. The specialty cocktail really is dependent on the mom-to-be, the theme and time of day. If it’s a morning shower, you might want to have a mimosa bar with a few juices to choose from. You can definitely have some fun with it and name your drink whatever you like to fit your theme (be sure you have a card printed which lists the ingredients). I’ve also had a “make your own Mojito” bar. It turned out great and those that were pregnant just didn’t add the booze. It’s always nice to have at least one bottle of champagne and a few bottles of wine on hand as well as an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages (in addition to the mock-tail).