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Baby Shower Buffet Table Decorations & Set-up

Updated on February 13, 2014

My Sister's Baby Shower Buffet Table

My youngest sister and I had a blast planning, executing and hosting my other sister's baby shower. Heather (youngest) was in charge of games, favors, prizes and invitations while I handled the food, drink and buffet table decorations.

After choosing the theme and color scheme, I got busy with my end of the responsibilities.

I thought it might be helpful to some to share the party food ideas we used and how we set-up and decorated the buffet table for the baby shower. Hopefully, it will help you as you plan your own celebration for the mother-to-be.

Details for the Baby Shower

Theme: Teddy Bears

Colors: Yellow & Green

Need to Know When - Deciding What to Serve

For me, there are a couple of things I need to know before I decide the menu for any party. I need to know how many guests & what time of day the shower will be held.

Both of these elements are very important before you decide on a menu. You don't want to end up with way too much in quantity and blow your food budget. You also don't want to serve a large amount or variety of food if your shower is scheduled for just after a normal mealtime.

We opted for 15 guests and to hold it at 1 PM so it was a luncheon. We even added on the invitation that lunch would be served so guests wouldn't eat right before the shower.

After having decided these two items, I came up with my menu. Sort of a mix of heavy appetizers along with small sandwiches for the main course:

  1. Spinach and Artichoke Dip with crackers
  2. Chicken Salad (in a bowl) with slider rolls in a two Two Tiered Basket
  3. Ham & Cheese Mini Croissants
  4. Turkey Pinwheels
  5. Fruit Basket with dip
  6. Deviled Eggs
  7. Stuffed Mushroom Caps
  8. Triple Condiment Bowl with mustard, mayo & spicy mustard

Keeping the Dip & Mushrooms Hot - on the Shower Buffet Table

Excelsteel 4-Quart Heavy Duty Professional Stainless Chafing Dish
Excelsteel 4-Quart Heavy Duty Professional Stainless Chafing Dish

I have 2 of these round chafing dishes and use them constantly. They hold 4 quarts and are perfect for all parties as well as holiday meals. I have definitely got my moneys worth from these affordable chafing dishes!

 

Dessert -- Cake or No Cake? - We decided to...

My pregnant sister has a sweet tooth. With this in mind, we decided to forgo the traditional cake and opt for a few of her favorite desserts. That way everyone could have a little bit of everything or a lot of one thing. Complete up to each person!

We served:

  1. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
  2. My Mom's Homemade Banana Pudding
  3. My Sister's Oreo Trifle
  4. Robert Redford Trifle (Recipe Link)

Trifles are a Great Dessert for Buffets - Pretty and Delicious!

Luigi Bormioli Gallerie 8-1/4-Inch Footed Serving Bowl
Luigi Bormioli Gallerie 8-1/4-Inch Footed Serving Bowl

Again, I have a couple of these trifle bowls and don't know what I would do without them come party time!

They hold a pudding or layered type of dessert so beautifully! I think every household should have at least one.

 

“Some­times”, said Pooh, “the small­est things take up the most room in your heart.”

~ A.A, Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh

Decorations for the Buffet Table - Color Schemes and Themes are Great Inspiration

Baby Shower Buffet Table Decorations
Baby Shower Buffet Table Decorations

We had the green and yellow color scheme and the teddy bear theme (which was what my sister chose for the nursery). So, I made a diaper cake that featured baby rattles and assorted baby "must-haves" as well as a Ty Teddy Bear on top.

I also made a silk flower arrangement for a buffet table focal point. I found an urn that was a drab yellow and had metal ornamentation on it. I used a lot of different flowers in the arrangement including hydrangeas and yellow roses. I gave it to my sister to take home after the shower. She loved it!

I also used silk greenery (small bushes and garland) to trail around the table. On top, I added green and yellow streamers made from curling ribbon. The overall effect was beautiful!

Diaper Cakes as a Centerpiece - for the Baby Shower Buffet Table

Sweet Baby Diaper Cake Gift Tower with Teddy Bear, Boy Blue
Sweet Baby Diaper Cake Gift Tower with Teddy Bear, Boy Blue

A Diaper Cake is a wonderful centerpiece for your Baby Shower Buffet Table.

We made ours but you can find kits or ready made diaper cakes -- whichever you choose.

 
baby shower buffet table set up
baby shower buffet table set up

Setting Up the Buffet Table

What Goes Where?

We held the shower at my sister's house. Her dining room opens to the living room and kitchen so it was centrally located. This is where we decided to put the buffet table.

Rather than just shove a table against the wall, we decided to make a "T" design and take up most of the room.

For the table set-up, I wanted a mixture of heights which was achieved by using a 3 tiered stand for the pinwheels, mini croissants and pretzels; a 2 tier plate holder at the bottom of the "T" to hold the plates, the flowers, a tow tiered basket for slider rolls, the 2 chafing dishes and the pedestal trifle serving bowls.

Turned out great!

Baby Shower Buffet Table Photos

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Close up view of the bottom "T" of the buffet table.Left side of the "T" with the Fruit Basket.Overall view of the table
Close up view of the bottom "T" of the buffet table.
Close up view of the bottom "T" of the buffet table.
Left side of the "T" with the Fruit Basket.
Left side of the "T" with the Fruit Basket.
Overall view of the table
Overall view of the table

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I'd love to hear your baby shower buffet ideas! - Leave them for me here!

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    • AnonymousC831 profile image

      AnonymousC831 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Fantastic lens, great ideas.

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR

      DecoratingEvents 

      4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you Miss Mouse! I love when I can help others -- whether with straight up suggestions they can use or just as an inspiration for their own creativity! :D

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      As always, this is just fabulous!!! I haven't been a part of hosting a baby shower in several years, but I know I will no doubt, be called on again soon. It will be wonderful to have this article to reference. I will admit, I am a little rusty when it comes to planning a baby shower! This is truly an awesome party resource!

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR

      DecoratingEvents 

      4 years ago

      @shellys-space: They are one of my favorites for any shower or party because they are so versatile and pretty when displayed!

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      Shelly Sellers 

      4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Love the idea of having pinwheel sandwiches for baby shower guests.

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR

      DecoratingEvents 

      4 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you! We can throw a fabulous one for you, no problem!

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR

      DecoratingEvents 

      4 years ago

      @BuckHawkcenter: Me too! It must be time for another party!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Makes me want to have a baby just so you can throw me a fabulous shower. What an exquisite spread... the table decorations (not my abs). ;-) Love your artistry.

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      BuckHawkcenter 

      4 years ago

      I know your sister loved her baby shower! But, just reading this made me hungry for lots of great food items on a gorgeous buffet like you did. The tips are so helpful.

    • DecoratingEvents profile imageAUTHOR

      DecoratingEvents 

      4 years ago

      @Ruthi: Thanks Ruthi! My sister loved it and that's what was important!

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      Oh my, how lovely the buffet table was arranged, with color of perfection! You are a grand party planner and a sweet sister!

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