Today I'm sharing everything you need to know to throw a beautiful, casual real food baby shower brunch!
To make it easy, I'm breaking everything down: the simple menu, recipes, details on creating the quintessential DIY prosecco and soda water bar, the make-ahead game plan, and perfect gift basket for the mama-to-be.
Read on for all the details!
My sister is having a baby! I can't even explain how beyond thrilled we all are to welcome a new little one into our family. And what's more, the baby is a girl, adding to the all-girl tradition on our side of the family (I have two sisters, and a daughter, so we joke that having boys is patently unfeasible on the Conley side of the family).
The baby, Ayla, (don't you love her name?) is due in May, so a spring shower seemed like just the thing. My sister and her husband requested the shower be coed, as well as casual and relaxed.
Given those requests, an easy-going brunch with simple, delicious food was the perfect way to go. The addition of a DIY prosecco and sparkling water bar made the casual brunch extra special.
I'm sharing menu details below, along with the recipes and game plan for make-ahead preparations. Remember, though, you don't need to do everything yourself! Delegate as much as possible.
Consider hosting the brunch at one person's house, assigning decorations to a second, and menu planning to a third. And don't be afraid to divide and conquer when it comes to cooking.
Overall, you want a festive, celebratory morning to shower the mama-to-be with love and encouragement. I hope you'll find inspiration to host your own real food brunch soon. Cheers!
1 | 5-Ingredient Sweet Potato & Asparagus Egg Bake (gf, df, p, v)
2 | Crunchy Curry Quinoa Salad (gf, df, v, vg)
3 | Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad (gf, df, p, v, vg)
4 | Strawberry Raspberry Almond Crisp (gf, df, p, v, vg)
5 | Fresh Fruit Platter
6| Ham, White Cheddar, Chutney, and Rolls
7 | DIY Bellini and Sparkling Water Bar
vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo
Homemade Bellini Syrups
1 | Honey Peach Syrup
Combine 2 cups fresh or defrosted frozen peaches in a blender with 2 tablespoons raw honey. Blend until very smooth, then store in a glass jar for up to 3 days.
2 | Cherry Vanilla Bean Syrup
Combine 2 cups pitted, fresh or defrosted frozen cherries in a blender with 2 tablespoons raw, organic sugar, and the seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Blend until very smooth, then store in a glass jar for up to 3 days.
3 | Strawberry Lemon Syrup
Combine 2 cups fresh or defrosted frozen strawberries in a blender with 2 tablespoons raw, organic sugar, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Blend until very smooth, then store in a glass jar for up to 3 days.
DIY Bellini and Sparkling Water Bar
1 | Set out jars or cups so guests can serve themselves. I like to use mason jars, since they are inexpensive and lend a casual feel to the gathering.
2 | Provide sparkling water and prosecco, chilled on ice.
3 | Offer the Honey Peach, Cherry Vanilla, and Strawberry Lemon syrups in pourable glass jars, encouraging guests to create their own soda or bellini.
4 | Provide extra ice and straws to round out the bar.
Make-Ahead Game Plan
1 | Up to three days ahead
- Shop for food
- Make the syrups
- Chill the soda water and prosecco
2 | The day before
- Roast the veggies and whisk the eggs for the egg bake
- Slice and arrange the fruit
- Make the quinoa
- Slice the cheese
- Prepare the crisp filling and topping (store separately)
3 | The morning of
- Bake the ham
- Assemble the rolls, chutney, mustard, and cheese
- Make the quinoa salad
- Bake the egg bake
- Assemble and bake the crisp
- Prepare the tomato and avocado salad
Baby Bath Gift Basket
Selecting a gift for the baby and mama-to-be is one of my favorite parts of any shower. I put together this baby gift basket for my sister with some of my favorites, and cannot wait for her put everything to use when Ayla arrives!
2 | Bath Kneeler
3 | Grippy Dots
4 | Shampoo Rinser
5 | Hatch Bath Toy
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