My Baby Shower Menu

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Even though the mama-to-be doesn’t traditionally do a lot of baby shower prep, I really wanted to have my hand in the shower menu planning. It is me, after all. How could I resist? I love feeding people! Plus, it’s really hard to find good vegan catering out there.

My goal was to come up with a few freezer-friendly recipes I could make the week in advance and then do additional recipe prep the day before and the morning of the shower with my mom and sister. We supplemented my menu with a few catering items from Whole Foods courtesy of my mom. The cupcakes + cake were generously donated by Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe – an award-winning gluten-free and vegan bakery in Burlington, Ontario. I contacted them to place my order about a month ago and they said they are huge fans of the blog and cookbook and wanted to donate the cupcakes as a baby shower gift! If that wasn’t enough, they surprised me Sunday morning with extra goodies – a pink 3-layer cake, a lovely note, and a Kelly’s Bake Shoppe tee. I screamed when I opened the extra box and saw the stunning pink rosette cake. Thank you to Kelly, Erinn, and the entire team at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe for making my day extra special. You really went above and beyond!

So as you can see, the spread of food that we all enjoyed was a group effort and I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support! We had so many nice comments about the food from guests, so it really made the day extra special for me.

I’d like to share the menu in case you are looking for ideas for your own vegan event. The hardest part for me is always the menu planning stage, so hopefully this sparks a few ideas and saves you some time. It probably goes without saying, but the recipes below would be great for all kinds of summer events, not just baby showers.

Here’s how my planning process began…

A few months ago, I created a Google document called “shower menu” that I used to keep track of my menu ideas. I’m all about the Google docs and I have tons of folders and documents created in there to keep me organized (such as a nursery to-do list and many other business/blog docs).

When the week before the shower approached, I added a day-by-day breakdown of things I needed to prepare each day and groceries I needed to buy. I had to cut a few menu items because I ran out of time, but we still had more than enough food so it all worked out. As I completed tasks, I would strike-though the item in my Google doc so I knew it was taken care of. This worked really well and kept me sane (well, relatively speaking)!

Side note – I wish I snapped more pictures of the food to share with you in this post, but I totally ran out of time and was busy chatting up guests! My original plan was to have pretty pictures of each dish, but that didn’t quite happen. Oh well!

Appetizers + main dishes:

Veggies + crackers hummus platter

We made this the morning of the shower so the veggies were nice and fresh. It consisted of sliced bell peppers, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, carrot sticks, Mary’s Crackers, and hummus. Always a crowd pleaser!

The Best Shredded Kale Salad

People go crazy over this kale salad! We made a double batch and there was only a tiny amount leftover at the end of the shower. I had several comments from people saying they never knew kale could taste so good. Check out the feedback on the original recipe post too – it’s probably the most praised salad on the blog over the years. Tip: The dressing is a bit garlic-y so you might want to cut it down by half for social events. I mixed the kale with the dressing about 1 hour before the shower began so it had a bit of time to marinate.

Cheesy Pesto Zucchini Noodles

I hope to post this easy summer recipe to my blog this summer because it was such a hit at the shower! And it’s no-bake too which is perfect for our kitchen reno! There wasn’t a noodle left in the bowl at the end of the shower and I think it was one of my best pestos yet. Pesto freezes well, so I made a double batch a week before the shower and froze it. I thawed it in the fridge a day before the shower. Then on the day of the shower all I had to do was spiralize around 4 zucchini (using this spiralizer) and mix it all up. I will link to the recipe here when it’s posted!

Crowd-Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole

This recipe is one of my favourite entrees from The Oh She Glows Cookbook (see page 149). It freezes well, so I knew it would help save time. I made it the week before the shower and froze it in an extra large oven/freezer-safe glass dish with a layer of tin foil pressed tightly on top of the casserole to prevent freezer burn. Notes: I skipped the oven cooking because I knew I would be cooking it the day of the shower. I let the skillet mixture cool (mostly) before adding it into the container. I also waited to add the corn chips until the day of the shower so they didn’t get soggy. A day or so before the shower I thawed the casserole in the fridge. It was still a bit frozen when I took it out to cook it so I would also suggest thawing it on the counter for an hour as well. When the shower began I removed the tin foil, added the crumbled corn chips on top, and popped it in the oven at 350F for about 30 minutes. Easy! Serve it with sliced avocado, cashew sour cream, sliced green onion, salsa, etc. It’s always a hit! This casserole would also be great if some of you are looking for freezer-friendly meals. I plan on making a couple batches before the baby arrives.

Samosas with mango chutney (catering from Whole foods)

Seasonal fruit platter (catering from Whole Foods)

Vegetarian Mediterranean platter (catering from Whole foods)

A couple guests offered to contribute vegan grain salads, so we had those salad options too!

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Dessert:

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

[shown in photo above] These are one of my favourite cookies from the blog and they have a pink/red filling to boot so I knew they would fit in well with the pink colour scheme. For this batch, I used my raspberry chia seed jam (you can easily modify this recipe to make it with raspberries). I made one batch – 20 cookies – but next time I would double the recipe as they went FAST and we ran out! I baked the cookies about 5 days before the event and cooled + froze the cookies in zip baggies which were then sealed in freezer bags to ensure freshness. I thawed them the morning of the event on the counter. No fuss the day of at all!

Chocolate hostess cupcakes with my homemade pink frosting

As I mentioned, these were a gift from Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe. I ordered 2 dozen of their vegan + GF hostess cupcakes (without the ganache topping) and then I piped on my own homemade pink frosting just before the shower.

3-layer chocolate cake

A surprise cake from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe! See photos – it’s a show stopper!

Dark chocolate covered strawberries

Another easy treat that always goes fast. To make these, I simply dipped fresh strawberries in melted dark chocolate and chilled them in the fridge. I did this the day before the event. once the chocolate firmed up, I wrapped the plate with wrap and took them out of the fridge just before the party.

Vegan Key Lime Pie

A family member contributed this tasty dessert! So yummy.

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Drinks:

Homemade pink lemonade

I didn’t use an exact recipe so I’m afraid I don’t have one to share, but I used a mix of fresh lemon juice (juiced around 20 lemons – thanks Kristi!), a homemade sugar syrup, 100% cranberry juice, and Pellegrino/water to make about 5 litres of lemonade.

Pellegrino

White wine

Rosé wine

Non-alcoholic all-natural sparkling pink cocktail for the pregnant ladies (Les Mouts de Pomme brand from Whole Foods)

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The Shower Favours:

Ultimate Nutty granola Clusters

Last but not least, my homemade baby shower favours! I made my favourite granola (the Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters from the cookbook, see page 31) a week in advance and froze it in freezer bags. I made a triple batch which made enough for around 22 small mason jars (I think they were no more than 250ml). A special thanks to my mom for writing all the tags and to my mom and sister Kristi for helping me package them up! Everyone went crazy for these favours and I really loved how they turned out. I think this favour idea is a great option if you want to make something in advance and not have to worry about it in the days leading up to the shower! Heck, it would even make a great wedding shower favour or other event favour. I bought the fabric from Fabricland and cut out the circles a week before so everything was ready to assemble a few days before the shower. The white circle tags are from Michaels and the mason jars are from Canadian Tire.

Well, that’s the menu in a nutshell!

I hope this menu helps inspire your own event or just gives you a few more recipe ideas to incorporate into your summer plans.

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Vicky July 23, 2014

Aw everything looks so pretty and the food sounds amazing!

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Anna Lee July 23, 2014

That was so nice of Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe to donate so much. It definitely takes away some stress with one less thing to worry about. Especially when the cake is so pink and so tasty looking! Everything at your shower sounded so delicious too! My mouth was watering by the time I finished the post. Haha. Now to whip up some of your thumbprints cookies! ;)

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Alina July 23, 2014

Everything looks wonderful! I hope you had a great time and that you felt loved by all your friends and family as you truly deserve it!

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Michelle July 23, 2014

Freezing is a great idea. I actually had no idea that you could freeze things like cookies or pesto! As for the cookies you freezed finished cookies or the actual dough ?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 23, 2014

Oh good question! I baked the cookies first, cooled them, and then froze :) I’ll clarify that in the post.

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Michelle July 23, 2014

Froze with the jam and everything on them right ?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 23, 2014

You got it! :) Made them as usual. I guess that means chia seed jam freezes well too…still havent tried freezing a big batch but I think it would be fine!

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Michelle July 23, 2014

Awesome, thanks! Good idea to freeze some so you are not “forced” to eat a whole batch :D You can just take out 2-3 cookies and instead of 20. Sometimes I just like making cookies for me and my husband but i dont really want to eat 20 cookies because in 2 days they will go dry…

And those raspberry ones are next on my list :)

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Stephanie July 25, 2014

Whenever I make a batch of your chia seed jam (it’s the only kind we eat now) I divide it into to fourths and freeze as soon as it sets. It thaws and spreads beautifully, just a bit thicker.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2014

great idea!

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Carly July 23, 2014

This all looks so lovely! Vegan event planning is always so hard, because you really want to impress those non-vegans!

Glad you had a nice baby shower:)

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Annaliese July 23, 2014

The mason jars with granola are so cute-what a great idea! The cake looked pretty impressive too…and really, what is better than free cake?!

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Angela July 23, 2014

im drawing a blank! hah

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Rachael July 24, 2014

Happy baby shower! Love the food ideas and ohmygoodness, what cute favours! You obviously put a lot of planning and effort into your shower and it really shows. Where did you get those awesome straws?

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan July 24, 2014

Ahhh I love all these tips! That cake is gorgeous, what a great surprise!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh July 24, 2014

What a great surprise from the bakery! Awesome!

Wonderful menu items and such pretty favors! Love it all!

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Jan July 24, 2014

Looks like a wonderful, yummy shower. I would love the zucchini noodle recipe. I will watch for it. Thanks for sharing.
Jan

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Michelle July 24, 2014

Oh my gosh I’m such a dummies! I check this site every day and just realized you had s baby section. I’ve been wondering how your pregnancy was going. Now I can catch up. Lol

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2014

hah well I only mentioned it once on the blog way back so it was easy to miss I guess! Just didn’t want to shove it down people’s throats.

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lauren July 24, 2014

What a fun baby shower! That is without a doubt the prettiest cake I have ever seen. How generous of the bakery to donate so much!

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Vanessa July 24, 2014

Mind blown! You can freeze granola? It isn’t soggy when it thaws? Or did you have to recrisp it in the oven

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Susie July 24, 2014

Hi there,
So lovely! Congrats! I was wondering would you mind sharing the recipe for your pink frosting that you piped on the cake? Many thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2014

Hi Susie,
The cake was piped by the bakery actually – for the cupcakes I made my own frosting, but I’m afraid I don’t have a recipe. I always just eyeball my frostings! I used a natural food colouring, icing sugar, vegan butter, almond milk, and vanilla though.

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Julie Boyer July 27, 2014

Angela looks like it was such a special day! Love that Kelly’s Bake Shoppe donated cupcakes and a beautiful cake for you as well to compliment everything else you did for your guests. Congratulations! Sending lots of love to you, Eric and baby girl :-)

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Sam July 28, 2014

Everything looks delicious. The cake is gorgeous. So nice of them to do that for you.

Congratulations again. I credit daily “Green Monsters” for my relatively easy pregnancy. I hope for all the best for yours as well. My daughter is the absolute joy of my life.

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Erin @ Erin's Inside Job July 28, 2014

You’re right about your shredded kale salad! I have made it a number of times for work and social events and I’m actually going to make it this Thursday for a work luncheon. I was actually TOLD to make it since everyone loved it so much the last time. So thank you!!

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Luci August 2, 2014

wow, how amazing! there is no better excuse to eat party food to your heart’s content than being pregnant!

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PinaColada August 3, 2014

Do you mind sharing where you got those adorable polka-dot straws and the little tags on your gift jars – they’re lovely! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 4, 2014

Sure :) the tags are from Michaels and the polkadot straws are from a party supply store (I’m sorry I don’t know the name)

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Ethana August 6, 2014

Cheesy Pesto Zucchini Noodles recipe… please??? My sister’s baby shower is in a couple of months, and I’d love to follow your menu as much as possible. It all looks sooo yummy!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2014

Hi there,

I didn’t write down the exact pesto recipe, but I think it was similar to this: (Made in food processor)

1 small garlic clove
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to taste
1/4-1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste
Zucchini, spiralized

This makes a heaping 1/2 cup of pesto, so you might need to double it depending on how many you are serving. I also highly recommend not mixing the pesto with the noodles until just before serving because the noodles tend to release water. Also once I mix it up, I add a bit more olive oil, Herbamare, and pepper all to taste. Hope this helps!

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Wendy August 11, 2014

Where have I benn I had no idea you are expecting a little girl. Congratulations!

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Shannon J. Perkins September 12, 2014

This is such a pretty baby shower! How I wish to have this kind of shower, but I believe that it’s better to be unique, am I right? It’s really nice and everything seems so lovely. The cake looks great and oh, it’s so yummy. Perfect!

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Kelly September 12, 2014

Wow – that cake is so pretty!!!!! Do you have a blog with photos from the baby room? So curious what your chosen decor will be.

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Julie September 18, 2014

It must have been an amazing baby shower!

My mom planned mine and I was disappointed that she wanted to do in a seafood restaurant where I could eat nothing on the menu except a green salad (!) and a giant Costco non vegan cake that I wouldn’t be able to eat.

After talking with her, we finally agreed to a different location. I also found someone to bake a beautiful vegan cake.

I know it’s supposed to be a surprise and I shouldn’t take part in the prep, but I’m glad I did. A baby shower should at least respect the mother-to-be beliefs (in this case veganism).

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