Planning a baby shower can be a lot of work, but it’s also super fun.
And luckily, these 35 baby shower appetizers should help streamline the process.
The great thing about appetizers is that you can’t really go wrong.
So, whether you serve something salty, spicy, or wonderfully meaty, I’m sure the mom-to-be will be thrilled to chow down with her besties.
Of course, the key to amazing appetizers is convenience – you want something that looks great and is tasty, flavorful, and portable!
And guess what? These 35 baby shower appetizers have you covered.
Let’s get to it!
These are cool, refreshing, and totally adorable. And because there’s no cooking involved, you can whip up three dozen in just 15 minutes.
Start with a cucumber slice, add smoked salmon and top it with the zesty lemon dill cream cheese.
It’s a creamy, smoky, garden-fresh treat that everyone will enjoy.
Anything with choux pastry makes a great appetizer.
It’s flaky, mild, super tasty, and even better when you stuff it with a herby, cheesy chicken filling.
You can pop the whole thing in your mouth in a single bite. Then, you can pop another, and another, and another, and another…
They’re tiny and light! They can’t be that bad for you, right?!
These miniature treats are colorful and lovely. Luckily, they taste as good as they look.
They take less than an hour to make and are crunchy and delicious.
Each one is like a bite-sized salad but with more crunch. They’re tangy and bright and will look great on your appetizer table.
These tart and tangy crostinis combine some seemingly strange ingredients. Somehow, though, they taste superb together.
Blueberries and lemon juice always pair nicely, of course. But adding thyme, garlic, and goat cheese may seem a bit stranger.
Even so, these are insanely good. They have a rich depth of flavor that’s impossible not to love.
These 10-minute snacks are almost impossibly easy to make, but they taste fantastic.
Each cracker features robust, herby cream cheese and a chunk of fresh cucumber.
They’re fresh, light, and won’t fill you up before the main dish.
Plus, you can’t beat them for simplicity. So if you need a flavorful appetizer in a hurry, these are the way to go.
These crispy cheese straws are flaky, herby, and awesome. Oh, and you can make them with fewer than ten ingredients!
They taste so much better than their store-bought cousins and have a terrific texture.
Super fun and easy to make, they’re always a big hit with the kids.
Tortillas and guacamole are regular appetizer options. However, they aren’t the most convenient ones.
They slow down the food line and aren’t always hygienic. (I’m looking at you, double-dippers!)
The good news is you can solve all those problems with a bag of Tostitos Scoops.
Pre-fill them with guacamole, and they become convenient and easy to eat. They’re not messy at all!
Like chips and guacamole, pizza is messy and not always a practical appetizer. But, of course, that doesn’t stop people from loving pizza.
So, use this recipe to make single-serve pizza bombs instead of whole slices. They’re cheesy, herby, and feature buttery crescent roll crusts.
The recipe calls for pepperoni. However, you can leave that out to make it vegetarian-friendly if you prefer.
Or, go ahead and throw in some chicken or sausage. You can’t go wrong!
If you prefer to work with biscuit dough, use this pizza bomb recipe instead.
The appetizers taste essentially the same, but the recipes are somewhat different.
And, of course, you can make your own biscuits if you’re feeling adventurous.
Here’s a great option if you enjoy sweet and savory appetizers.
Each one features a thick, juicy piece of Polish sausage topped with a slice of sweet and tangy pineapple.
The sticky sauce and crunchy sesame seeds add more rich flavor and a fun texture.
You’ll love these if you’re a ‘pineapple on pizza’ kind of person. Heck, you’ll probably love them even if you aren’t.
These crostinis combine basil’s freshness with the sweetness of peaches and honey.
There’s also dreamy ricotta cheese and a crusty baguette for good measure.
They’re light, sweet, and tangy treats that will wow the crowd.
The old stereotype of pregnant women loving pickles isn’t always accurate.
But just in case, you should probably whip up some of these tangy roll-ups.
They’re like classic ham and cheese pinwheels, except each has a pickle at its center.
The sour saltiness of the dill pickle adds just the right amount of pizzazz.
I’m not sure there’s a stuffed mushroom recipe that I don’t love. They’re the perfect appetizer in every way.
They’re small and convenient to eat, but they’re also packed with flavor.
As well as cheesy, garlicky, and surprisingly filling, they’re also low-carb and keto-friendly.
These fancy appetizers almost look too elegant to eat. Don’t let that stop you from making them, though, because everyone will love them.
The crunchy toasted baguette makes a fabulous base, while the cremini mushrooms and Gruyere give them an earthy, somewhat nutty flavor.
They’re buttery, rich, and take just 20 minutes to make.
15. Mini Veggie Cups
These may not be the most unique option on the list. But, on the other hand, they are a great last-minute appetizer.
There’s no cooking involved, and you can pull them together in minutes.
Just add some dressing to a cup, then wash and cut your veggies and arrange them on top.
They’re fresh, tasty, and healthy!
These small wraps are always a hit, whether you call them roll-ups or pinwheels.
This one is like an Italian sub, featuring pepperoni, salami, cheese, and lots of veggies.
The Italian seasoning in the cream cheese makes them super flavorful, too.
They’re a simple, refreshing snack perfect for spring and summer baby showers.
17. Wonton Taco Cups
What if I told you that you could serve taco salad as an appetizer?
You’d probably have all kinds of arguments against it, right?
“It’s too messy! It slows down the line! It’s a lot of work!”
None of that is true of these bite-sized taco cups.
Instead, you’ll stick an entire taco salad into a crunchy wonton. They’re beefy, cheesy, and full of flavor.
You can also add whatever taco toppings you like best. So despite their small size, they’re entirely customizable.
These fiery appetizers have everything you love about jalapeño poppers. The only difference is that it’s all stuffed into a crispy wonton wrapper.
They’re spicy, cheesy, garlicky, and thanks to the bacon, they also have a delightfully salty taste.
Basically, they’re a fun new way to whip up a familiar classic.
Of course, some people would rather have OG jalapeño poppers – which I totally get! After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Don’t worry; I have a recipe for that, too. Bacon, cheese, garlic…it’s all there.
Plus, it takes only 30 minutes to make them. Win-win.
Is there anything more refreshing than a Caprese salad?
Harness that flavor in a smaller, easier-to-eat package with these salad skewers.
Each one features fresh basil leaves, mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes. You’ll drizzle it all in a zesty balsamic glaze.
Doing so gives you an invigorating appetizer that everyone will enjoy.
Their garden-fresh flavor and bright colors make them a fast favorite at any event. Plus, you don’t have to do any cooking to make them.
These mini chicken and waffles are more than a mouthful. In fact, you’ll need to assemble them on skewers to keep them from toppling over.
The crunchy fried chicken tastes excellent against the sweetness of the syrupy waffles.
They’re sticky and messy, but they’re also incredibly delectable.
Sweet-n-savory lil’ smokies are a sure-fire crowd-pleaser at any party. They’re meaty, salty, and loaded with smoky sweetness.
You’ll cook these babies on skewers to keep the bacon in place. Just be sure to leave room between each, so they crisp up on all sides!
As much as I love these snacks, I find them ill-named. For one thing, they don’t use pretzel dough but pizza dough.
So, these are not the soft pretzel bites you’re used to eating. Instead, they’re more like pigs-in-a-blanket.
That said, they’re totally delicious. The salty, buttery crust is undeniably scrumptious with the juicy sausages.
I don’t have many sweet appetizers here, but the few I do have are amazing. And this one is no exception.
It’s a delightful layered kabob treat you’ll want to make again and again.
There are warm, golden-brown biscuits, fresh strawberries, and creamy Cool Whip.
Whether you like strawberry shortcakes or not, you’re sure to enjoy these.
It’s hard to beat coconut shrimp. But once you add pineapple chunks to them, they’re out of this world.
These appetizers taste like something you’d get at your favorite tropical restaurant. Luckily, you don’t have to fly to Hawaii to enjoy them.
With fewer than ten ingredients, you can make them yourself at home.
Cheesy, tangy buffalo chicken dip always tastes fantastic, no matter the occasion.
So, whip some up with only a handful of ingredients and five minutes of prep time.
The slow cooker does all the rest of the work for you!
Serve it with chips, crackers, or even celery stalks! It’s always a crowd-pleaser.
While not the healthiest side dish, mac & cheese is warm and comforting.
Most people fall in love with it during childhood and never grow out of that love. And, to be honest, it’s hard to find a way to improve on such a classic.
Well…other than these incredible fried mac & cheese balls!
These are supremely cheesy and entirely comforting. They’re also crispy on the outside and delightfully creamy on the inside.
You can down the whole thing in just one or two bites – so you’ll want to make extra!
28. Mini Sandwiches
If cooking isn’t your forte, then don’t! No one said tasty appetizers had to be cooked.
Whip up some mini sandwiches instead. Anyone can assemble bread, cheese, and deli meats, right?
Add some lettuce and mustard, and spread a little cream cheese on the bread. People will love them, and you’ll love how easy they are to make.
Sweet-n-salty, brown sugar-coated bacon wrapped around tender, juicy chicken? Where do I sign up?!
These are phenomenal, and I didn’t even mention all the spices yet!
There’s chili powder, thyme, garlic, and more. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of seasonings!
These things may be small and straightforward, but they contain a lot of flavor.
Tomato tarts are like teeny-tiny pizzas, only much fresher.
You’ll start with buttery puff pastry dough. To that, you’ll add onions, tomatoes, cheese, parsley, and herbs.
Each one is fresh, warm, and a little bit addictive. The caramelized onions alone will have you coming back for more.
31. Fruit Kabobs
Coming up with the ideal baby shower appetizer doesn’t have to be a lot of work.
It could be as simple as cutting fruit and sticking it on skewers.
That’s all you’ll do for this one, and I guarantee you that no one will complain.
If you want to add something extra, whip up some homemade fruit dip for serving.
Here’s an even more elaborate option that’s just as simple to pull together. Combine your favorite fruits and veggies with cheeses, crackers, and meats.
It’s still 100% cooking-free and shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to prepare.
And the truly great part about it? It looks like something elaborate and expensive and will impress all your guests.
These are the same silky smooth, tangy deviled eggs you know and love, only there’s an extra bit of oomph thanks to the bacon and garlic.
They’re smoky and insanely good. And you can make two dozen in less than an hour.
These deviled eggs are also delightful, but they have more going on.
You’ll add bacon and roasted garlic to them, too, as well as asparagus and so much more.
In fact, these might be the most well-seasoned deviled eggs you’ll ever try. They’re also prettier than traditional deviled eggs. (At least, I think so.)
If you’re an avid deviled eggs eater, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.
These cool, juicy skewers are sweet, tangy, and fresh. They’re like a sweeter, more refreshing version of the Caprese salad skewers above.
Fortunately, they’re just as easy to pull together.
Simply arrange the watermelon, feta, and mint leaves on skewers, then drizzle them with balsamic vinegar.
They’re a decadent, delicious treat.
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