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Today on the Backyard Baby-Q Bash breakdown, I’m detailing all the food and drink. With 60 people at the shower there was quite a bit of both! If you missed any of the previous posts breaking down this party into the littlest detail, you can check them out here {invitations}, {party overview}, {decor + favors + games}. I had four different “stations” set up with food and beverages. There was a main table with all fall hors d’oeuvres, a beverage table, dessert table and a gourmet burger station. There were also two large cocktail tables with hummus and pita chips.




I made these utensil bags for the hors d’oeuvres table that guests could easily grab, and also had plenty of napkins placed around the other tables.



The name of the shower set the tone for the menu…a barbeque. And given the shower was thrown in October, I chose a very fall-inspired menu. The main food for the shower was the Gourmet Burger Station. There were three burger options for guests: Father’s Office Burger (homage to a famously delcious LA burger joint), a BLTA and a Turkey Spinach Pesto burger. The burgers were made from scratch, and even had custom hamburger buns made by the fabulous Carrie of Bite Sized by Carrie to fit my “baby” burgers which were smaller than regular hamburger but bigger than a slider. And I must say this Burger Station would not have happened with out the amazingly talented caterer, Sarah. She made and grilled-to-order the most delicious burgers for our guests, serving them in kraft paper boxes with kettle chips.




The hors d’oeuvres table had lots of fall foods sized for individual servings. We had Spaghetti Squash with JalapeƱo Cream and Jack Cheese; Macaroni and Cheese; a Cheese Platter with Figs and Marcona Almonds; a Persimmon Salad with Goat Cheese, Pomegranate Seeds and Toasted Hazelnuts; and the very popular Pigs-in-a-Blanket.





There was also Butternut Squash Soup Shooters served with Grilled Sourdough topped with Gruyere and Fig, that Sarah plated and hand-passed these to the guests.



There was plenty to drink at the self-serve beverage station, including: an Autumn Sangria with figs and pears, Red and White Wine, Beer, and vintage “Pop Shoppe” bottles filled with soda and stripey straws. I hung an antique wire tiered fruit basket from the tree and filled it with custom-wrapped water bottles. I made three different water bottle labels with fun little notes about the baby’s due date: “diaper duty starts 11.11.11″, “rocking our world starting 11.11.11″ and “baby makes three 11.11.11″.






The dessert table was filled with bite-sized treats…well, except for the caramel apples that were more than a bite! We had brownie bites, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin pie bites and the not-so-mini caramel apples. There was also a coffee station with kahlua and special-sized rock candy sugar stirrers.







All the signage from the party and utensil bags will be available on my Etsy shop later this week and can be customized to fit your menu and theme. Another special thanks to both Sarah and Carrie (visit her website and follow on twitter @CarrieAbbott) who made the burger station happen, and Sarah who was able to come in and seamlessly pick up where I left off on the food preparation!

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Comments (7)

  1. J Nichole Phillips: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    I can’t believe this was my baby shower! Jake and I are so thankful!!

  2. kero: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    what a fantastic and well put together party! love all the decos, games, food & drinks, everything! =)

  3. Cristina: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Thanks Kero!

  4. Jill: Monday, April 2, 2012

    Can you tell me where you found the kraft paper burger boxes?
    Everywhere I’ve found them sells them bulk.

  5. Cristina: Friday, April 27, 2012

    Hi Jill, I purchased them in bulk as well. I have 500 of them though, so send me an email if you would to purchase a smaller amount! hello{at}lepartiesugar{dot}com

  6. Summer: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    What a lovely party! I found you on Pinterest (I’m currently planning a BBQ baby shower myself) and am amazed at how beautiful your party turned out!

  7. Cristina: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Wow, thanks for the sweet words! Best of luck with your shower!

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