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How To Host a Healthy Baby Shower Brunch: Tips & Make-Ahead Recipes for an Effortless Gathering

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Hosting a healthy baby shower brunch doesn't have to be difficult or stressful. Today I'm sharing tips and make-ahead recipes for an effortless gathering to celebrate the mama-to-be. And if you're looking to host a healthy brunch; whether it's for a wedding shower, or a simple celebration with friends, these tips and recipes are for you, too. Cheers!

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

It seems to always be the season of showers. Over the years I've had the honor of hosting dozens of showers and each one has given me the opportunity to establish a few tried and true strategies and recipes for planning and executing an amazing event. Most recently I had the chance to celebrate my best friend with a casual baby shower brunch. We filled the house with her friends and loved ones and celebrated with an easy, healthy, make-ahead buffet. To help you host your own special event, today I'm thrilled to share some of my favorite baby shower tips and recipes with you. 

P.S. You may (or may not) notice that the entire menu for this healthy brunch is gluten-free and dairy-free. Most of your guests probably won't notice anything missing, they'll simply notice the gorgeous, delicious spread. Any guest who is sensitive to gluten or dairy, however, will appreciate the options and everyone will leave feeling fabulous. 

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

The Tips

  • Discuss the overall vibe with the mama-to-be. Does she want an elegant affair or something more casual. Would she like to invite close family, friends, coworkers, or a mix? Will the gathering be a coed affair, or ladies only? Will kids be welcome? Understanding her preferences will help you plan shower she will remember for years to come.
  • What time of day and day of the week works best for her. Does a casual brunch make sense, or would afternoon tea work better? Make sure you're on the same page before moving forward with planning.
  • Divide and conquer. Chances are if you are hosting the shower other friends and family will offer to help. Graciously accept those offers! If you're comfortable in the kitchen ask others to take charge of the decorations and invitations. 
  • Prep ahead. Make a list of the food you'll be making or purchasing, then make a list of everything that can be prepared or picked up ahead of time.
  • Coordinate day-of responsibilities. Sketch out an itinerary for the day of the shower outlining what needs to be done and by whom. Make sure everyone has a copy and knows what he or she needs to do to help make sure the shower is a success. 
Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

The Menu

Bagels & Gluten-Free Rolls or Bagels

Cream Cheese, Hummus, and Toppings Platter

Watermelon

Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

Zucchini, Corn, and Sweet Onion Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Maple Oat Mixed Berry Crisp

Iced Coffee & Iced Tea

Lemon Water, Sparkling Water & Cherry Lemonaide

Prosecco, Orange Juice & Cherry Lemonaide Mimosa Bar 

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

Toppings Platter

Along with freshly sliced bagels and gluten-free rolls, offer cream cheese and hummus. Then serve a generous toppings platter, including sliced red and sweet onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon, smoked salmon and capers.  

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

Build a welcoming Buffet

Serve the bagels, rolls and toppings buffet style and allow everyone to serve themselves. Guests will be able to create their ideal plate and you can enjoy the party along with them.

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

A vibrant Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad adds color and texture to the brunch table. Make the dressing up to 2 days ahead and slice the tomatoes the morning of the party. Cut the avocados, assemble the salad, and drizzle with the dressing just prior to serving. The final results are simple, delicious and stunning.

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

Zucchini, Corn and Sweet Onion Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Adding a second salad to the buffet allows guest to fill their plate with gorgeous, colorful veggies. This Zucchini, Corn and Sweet Onion Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette combines fresh produce with a zippy lemon dressing. Slice the zucchini, onion, and corn up to two days ahead and store in an airtight container. The dressing can also be made up to three days ahead. When ready to serve layer the veggies and mint on a large platter and drizzle with the lemon vinaigrette. A sprinkle of feta is also a yummy addition.

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

Simple sliced watermelon

Keep things ultra streamlined with a simple platter of sliced watermelon. Slice the melon up to one day ahead and arrange decoratively on a large plater. A hit with kids and adults alike!

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

mimosa bar

Set out several bottles of chilled prosecco, orange juice, and cherry lemonade and allow guests to make their own custom mimosas. 

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

Maple Oat Mixed Berry Crisp 

When it comes to dessert look no further than Maple Oat Mixed Berry Crisp. Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free it's a healthy dessert everyone will enjoy. The not-to-sweet crisp topping allows the natural berries to shine through and will have your guest coming back for seconds.

Tips and recipes for hosting a healthy baby shower brunch. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly!

Drink Bar

In addition to the mimosa bar designate an area for non-alcoholic drinks. Water, cherry or regular lemonade, sparkling water, iced tea, and iced coffee are all welcome options for the mama-to-be, children, and guests who prefer to skip the mimosas.

What are your healthy baby shower tips?

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