Kim shares her passion for crafting, baking and fun party ideas here on Snackpicks with the hope of inspiring you for your next celebration or gathering no matter how big or small. Kim lives in Ohio with her husband and two boys and is also the creative director and owner of The Celebration Shoppe.
I’m a southern girl (living in Ohio now) and when I host a baby shower or bridal shower, I start running through the list of all the fabulous southern dessert recipes I had growing up. One of my favorites is the traditional banana pudding my sweet grandmother made almost every Sunday. This is not quite her recipe, but it was completely inspired by all the things she loved: coconut, chocolate and, of course, banana pudding!
To prepare, simply layer: pudding, cookie, chocolate chips, coconut, ending with pudding on top and then drizzling a bit of coconut as garnish.
If I host a baby or wedding shower with multiple desserts, I like to serve mini portions so that guests can enjoy more than one. For my Dark Chocolate Coconut Banana Pudding recipe, I chose to prepare them in tasting glasses (found at most kitchen supply stores). I also like to provide the appropriate utensil for the dish in an easy to reach location. For this dessert, I chose to tie the mini spoon to the glass with coordinating ribbon. It’s cute and brings more color to your dessert!
Proportions to Make Banana Pudding Bites
I assure you these banana pudding bites are completely delicious. I had to test them to make sure I had the right layering combination so that each bite had a bit of all the ingredients and let me tell you… I didn’t really have to eat three of them… but I did!
For this next wedding or baby shower dessert, I chose Keebler Vanilla Wafers because I wanted to stay with my southern theme (they are the traditional cookie found in banana pudding) and because they could easily be embellished to work with my shower’s color palette.
Directions for Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Wafers
I’ll leave you with a tip, something I do with every gathering I host. When possible, I serve specific recipes that complement each other visually. If the food itself doesn’t “match,” that’s okay, I just serve it in a dish that helps the entire table coordinate. As you can see here, I like white and clear dishes. I just used some craft paper to create an attractive color scheme. A few small touches can bring the entire table together!
Just remember, above all, baby and wedding showers are all about the mom-to-be or the bride-to-be. Make them feel special and happy hosting!
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