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Thank You Favors – Baby Shower

baby-shower-favorsIf you have been following my last few posts, you already know about the baby shower I organized for my daughter, last spring.   Like any other special event, baby showers also end with a thank you and a keepsake, also referred to as “favor”.  I have prepared my favors from a pink votive candle in a glass jar, wrapped in pink tulle, tied with a dainty pink ribbon, plus a special Thank You note from the baby, text of which I am including in this post.

I thank you for coming
I wish I were there,
But I’m still quite busy
With growing my hair.

My cheeks are now rosy,
I’m anxious to see,
‘cause I want Mommy and Daddy
To be so proud of me.

I’ll use all the gifts,
And all the clothes nicely pressed
Since when I meet Mommy
I won’t yet be dressed.

My little message,
Comes straight from the heart,
Thank you for giving me
Such a beautiful start!

Be sure to come see me.
I know that you will.
When Mommy and Daddy take me home,
It will be such a thrill

Love,
“Baby Girl” (insert baby’s last name)

Baby Shower Games

baby shower cake

Creative Commons License photo credit: alicegop

Showers are lots of fun, since you get to see so many interesting gifts, chat with some of your old friends, and meet new ones, snack on variety of tasty foods, play fun games, and even win prizes… if you’re lucky.
I will share a few of the games we played at my daughter’s baby shower.

Guess the flavor of the baby food:

  1. I purchased 6 jars of baby food (carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, pears, peas, green beans).
  2. Peeled off the labels, and taped them on a sheet of paper and numbered each label with the same number as the jar it came off of  (later on I used the sheet as an answer key).
  3. I placed a sufficient number of pencils and scrap paper in a basket next to the jars.
  4. The interested players had to write down the food flavor in each jar, by just looking at the unopened jars (I thought it was more fun this way, rather than tasting it, and guessing the flavor).
  5. The player with the highest number of correct answers was the winner.

Gift Bingo:

  1. I purchased a pack of round multi-color stickers.
  2. Numbered the stickers from 1-50, since I had 50 guests at the shower.
  3. Each gift box brought to the shower was labeled with a numbered sticker.
  4. I printed out 50 blank bingo cards, and each guest received one card and a pencil.
  5. Each player had to fill in their Bingo cards with numbers between 1-50.
  6. As the gifts were being opened, the sticker was removed, and its number called out.
  7. Everyone who had that number on their Bingo card, would circle it.
  8. As soon as someone had a row of numbers circled for Bingo, they would call “BINGO”.
  9. Gifts were given out to each winner, until the last gift was opened.   (You can buy lots of prizes, so you do not run out, or stop playing the game once all the prizes are given away)

Guess the number of  jelly beans in a baby bottle:

  1. I purchased a baby bottle and a bag of jelly beans.
  2. Filled the bottle with enough jelly beans all the way into the tip of the nipple.
  3. Counted the jelly beans as I was filling up the bottle.
  4. Wrote the number of jelly beans on a small piece of paper , folded it into a small square, and taped it to the bottom of the bottle (of course, on one knew it was there).
  5. Each player had to write down their name on a sheet of paper placed by the bottle, and enter their guess of the  number of jelly beans in the bottle.
  6. The person closest to the actual number of jelly beans in this bottle was the winner of the bottle and the jelly beans.  (I kept the bottle in its original wrapping,  so it was known that it was brand new).

There are many different games to play at showers, but you are the best judge of how many you want to select, so the shower does not run for too long, especially if it is taking place away from home, and your available time is limited.

Pink Punch – Recipe

pink-punch-1Punch is one of those drinks that looks elegant, and tastes great, no matter what the occasion for celebration.  I have posted a Baby Blue Punch for blue theme baby shower, so to be fair, I am posting a recipe for a Pink Punch, for the pink theme baby shower.
This punch has a very refreshing taste, and an appealing rosy color.  Very simple to prepare, and one recipe serves 40.

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounce bottle of apple juice, chilled
  • 12 ounce can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 ½ liters ginger ale
  • 1 apple – sliced horizontally into ¼ inch thick slices (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine apple juice, cranberry juice concentrate, and orange juice.
  2. Stir until dissolved.
  3. Slowly pour in ginger ale.
  4. Float apple slices on top of punch.

Tip: I used a cookie cutter, and cut out little hearts in the middle of the apple slices, which at the same time removed the core.

Baby Blue Punch – Recipe

baby-blue-punchThis punch makes a very interesting addition to a blue theme for a baby shower.
The baby blue color of the punch resembles the sky, and the melting ice cream scoops, resemble frothy white clouds.
It is non-alcoholic, thus very inviting for the mother-to-be.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (.13 ounce package of blue, berry flavored unsweetened drink mix)
  • 2 liter bottle lemon-lime soda
  • 64 oz. white cranberry juice
  • 8 scoops vanilla ice cream

Directions:

  1. In a large punch bowl, stir together the drink mix, lemon-lime soda, and white cranberry juice.
  2. Float scoops of ice cram on top

Tip: If you like this punch to be sweeter, you may add 1 cup of sugar.  I like this recipe without the additional sugar.

Diaper Cake – Centerpiece For Baby Shower

diaper-cake-1“April showers bring May flowers” (a very familiar phrase), but spring also brings lots of baby and wedding showers.

Last spring when I was planning a baby shower for my daughter, I searched for different themes and decorating ideas.  I came upon this wonderful idea for a centerpiece….a Diaper Cake.  I was so impressed by it, that I decided to make one on my own.

There are many selections of diaper cakes you can purchase (they range in price from $29.95 – $220, depending on the size of the cake, and additional decorations), but I liked the challenge of creating one of  my own.  After all, I had nothing to lose, even if the project failed, the diapers would still be usable.  I would like to share  my technique of creating a Diaper Cake Centerpiece.

Supplies:

  • Box of size 1 diapers (at least 90 pieces)
  • Cake platter
  • 100 rubber bands (assorted sizes)
  • Roll of paper towels
  • 3 yards of ribbon
  • Your choice of decorations (small baby toys and small baby items)

Instructions:

  1. Roll up one diaper at a time, starting at the top and tightly rolling down to the bottom.
  2. Wrap around twice with a rubber band.
  3. Set aside until you have enough for one layer.
  4. The base layer will require at least 30 rolled up diapers.
  5. Layer two – at least 25 rolled up diapers.
  6. Layer three – at least 19 rolled up diapers.
  7. Top layer – at least 10 rolled up diapers.
  8. These numbers might vary slightly, depending on how tight you roll them, and how large is your middle stabilizer.
  9. Remove at least half of the paper towels from the roll, to slim it down, since you will use it for the middle stabilizer.
  10. Start arranging rolled diapers around the bottom of the stabilizer, at least two layers side by side, so your base layer is at least 12 inches in diameter.
  11. Secure layer with a large rubber band.
  12. Repeat same process for second layer and third.
  13. If your middle stabilizer is too short, you can extend it by inserting bottle washers in the middle, or some thin, long toy, or rattles, etc.
  14. Measure enough ribbon to go around each layer plus extra to tie a bow (you may chose not to have a bow, especially if the shower is for a baby boy).
  15. You can strategically tuck into the ribbon around the cake, some small toys or baby items, as additional decoration.
  16. Select your favorite topper for your cake.

Voila….you are done, and your  project is a success!!!

Tips: You can decorate the layers with additional baby items like rattles, pacifiers, wash cloths, socks, bibs, small toys, etc.

Stay tuned….additional baby shower posts are coming up!

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