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Planning a baby shower? Check out these great ideas submitted to us by other readers like you!

 

 

Stella - Florida

I am not too much on match theme baby showers

I am not too much on match theme baby showers. I will take a mother's idea and interchange it with my own. I am currently working on two different baby showers, Footprints and Hello Kitty. So I picked up the Footprints in the plates and the colors came from the colors in the plate. Same with the Hello Kitty which for a Baby Shower Theme was hard for me to do, I picked up the Hello Kitty Plates and coordinated the colors from the plates. I am always thinking out of the box for the centerpiece and table decorations to hold the gifts. The cake table is its own decoration setting it with solid color table ware. I love doing parties and I have hosted parties from Baby, Wedding Showers to Weddings and Receptions and Birthdays to Retirements.

Debbie - Miami, Florida

Vintage Toys

Small radio flyer wagons filled with "old style" toys, including teddy bears, striped rubber ball, sailboats, wooden blocks. These wagaons served as the centerpieces down the long tables and this theme was carried throughout. The colors were primarily red and white with touches of blue. The long tables had runners down the middle with the three colors in a striped old fashioned pattern. Along with the menu of full salad bar with shrimp chicken and many other items, a large galvanized tub was featured brimming with small old fashioned bottles of cocacola and other drinks and waters. Favors were re-wrapped candy bars once again in a vintage style of scrapbook paper, and the computer generated label read, little boys are so much fun, Scott and Dee are having one! Other decor included the old baby blocks stacked together to form the words baby, love, mom, dad etc. As a game/craft., each guest was asked to bring a recent photo of herself. A separate table was provided outside with scrapbook supplies and each person (at their own lesisure during the shower) made a page welcoming the new baby using the picture of themseleves and various scrapbooking supplies left out on the table. The completed pages were hung up on a clothes line for all to admire. After the shower, the pages were put together in a book as a rememberance to Mom and Baby of just how much they were/are loved!

 

Ruth D - Tehachapi, California

"Through-the-Mail" Baby Shower

We realize that travel is difficult for extended relatives and friends with our economy the way it is, so we came up with a way to have a "shower of gifts" to welcome a baby into the world...even if the guests could not attend in person. We sent out email, myspace, facebook, "snail mail", and even phone call invitations. We explained how this kind of shower works: invitees can send home-made or purchased gifts, send gift cards, or go online and buy gifts to be shipped, etc. We included the usual: Mother's name, baby's due date, list of needs, address to send gifts to, contact phone number(s) in case they have questions. People responded very well. It was a virtually "paperless" way to provide for the things needed for the baby-to-be. It was less expensive: no cake, decorations, mass quantities of invitations and postage, RSVP's, games and prizes...although those are very fun parts of a "real" baby shower. The mother plans on sending "Thank you" notes for the gifts just as she would any other shower. Just because people live far away does not mean they cannot participate in a baby shower! I encourage others to try this for long-distance relatives and friends!

 

Melissa R - Gilroy, California

Alice in Wonderland

I want my baby shower to be magical. Alice in wonderland themed baby shower with a mad hatter cake and an amazing tea party. I want it to be a day to remember. This is my first baby and I want this to be elegant and special.

 

Livia S - Schenectady, New York

Baby w/ Lil Bunny

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I made this cake for my sister in law who loves strawberry cake and blue color.

Bake strawberry cake froze and carve with a knife in shape of pillows cover with a fin layer of icing and marshmallow fondant. Put dowels in the first pillow cake and stack the second on top. The topper baby with bunny on the moon was hand made from gum paste. Little stars cut with a cookie cutter and glue to the cake.

 

Kristine F - Hamburg, New York

Baby Sports

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I made this cake to go along with a Baby Bear Sports theme. I used fondant to make a onesie, and painted small fondant circles with silver luster dustfor the snaps. I also cropped a picture of the nightlight on the registry and added the words "I Love Mommy" to print an edible image to add to the onesie. I made baby sneakers using a template and I rolled the fondant out under a tea towel to add texture. The baby bottle is made of white chocolate, and is a life size 4oz bottle. The cake was really fun to make, and I think it fit the theme well.

 

Jennifer M - Tyler, Texas

Bears and Blocks

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We had little baby booties we made, we had bear and block decor. The cake was all edible. It had formed blocks, and bears on it.


Danny P - Waco, Texas

Guess the Goo in the Diaper game. Take several diapers and several different types of candy bars. Melt part of each candy bar into seperate diapers. Number the diapers and pass out paper for each person to write on. Each player must smell the goo in the diaper and guess what candy bar it is. It's hilarious fun.

 

Stephanie G - Mobile, Alabama

Duck

This was for a friends shower, the theme was rubber duckies, I thought what better than a washtub of duckies!

 

Susie S - Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Baby's Nursery Room

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I baked a cake in a 12x15 in pan. Cut the cake in half and stack the two pieces on top of each other. Your cake should now be 6 inches wide and 15 inches long. Cut 5 inches off the end. The small piece can be used for the dresser. Cover the large piece in buttercream and then fondant. Roll out a long strip of fondant and wrap it around the bottom of the cake for the dust ruffle. You can adhere it to the mattress by using a paint brush and a little bit of water. Slightly gather it at the top to make it wavy. For the comforter, roll out a large piece of fondant. You can use an impression matt to create a pattern. Place on the bed. I rolled out a small piece of white fondant and attached it to the top of the comforter to look like sheets that were folded over. The headboard needs to be made a few days in advance so it has time to dry. Roll out your fondant and cut to the desired shape. I used a flower cutter for the cut outs. For the edge of the headboard, I rolled a thin snake with a ball on top and attached it with water. Since I live in Hawaii, I made a little flower lei and hung it around one of the posts. When the headboard is dry, attach it to the bed with some royal icing. You can use any leftover fondant to model various baby toys and accessories.

 

Holly S - Oak Ridge, New Jersey

Whimsical/Elegant

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A little goes a long way. I printed the invitations on vellum paper from a kit that inlcuded silver baby shoe charms attached to the top of the invitation with pink ribbon. Behind the vellum paper was pink checkered thick paper. I also hot glued plastic baby bottles and pink bows to the place cards for each place setting at the venue. I purchased and decorated my own wishing well. These types of money saving tips alows you to splurge on other things like the cake, or a nicer venue. I decorated the venue with simple yet elegant decorations of pink and silver, along with floating candles to set the ambiance in the room, and a couple of banners. The key to choosing the venue is to pick a place that is clean and on the nicer side. That way you save on decorations and it allows you to sit back and enjoy the shower rather than running the shower.

 

Michelle H - Bloomington, Illinois

Baby Kangaroo

A friend and I threw the party at the mother-to-be's favorite buffet resturant. After eating and chatting, we played a couple of baby shower games, watched the mother open the gifts, and then enjoyed some cake. I think you can have a nice, enjoyable babyshower that everyone will like without having to go over the top. Plus, I think it depends on the mother-to-be as well.

 

Rebecca S - Huntsville, Texas

As always, good food and a great cake are a necessity! Invite your closest friends and family. Make sure You have plenty of games. Some great games are: Guess Mom's Tummy Size, The Rice and Diaper Pins Game, The Cotton Ball Game, The Guess the Baby Game, Never say "Baby", Pass the Dirty Diaper. Register at your favorite stores so everyone will know what you need.

 

George J - Egg Harbor Twp, New Jersey

Margaritaville!

Lots of virgin margaritas, jimmy buffett playing on the stereo, an inflatable kiddie pool where gifts are placed.. leis, and hula skirts everywhere

 

Ruth H - Miami, Florida

AFTER the baby is born

My tip would be to have the baby shower AFTER the child is born. It is bad luck to throw a party for the unborn. I dont understand why so many people do it.

 

T Kelley - Omaha, Nebraska

Duckies and Bunnies!

I knew i was having a girl, so they decorated in pink and yellow, it was so cute with wedding mints and sparkling cider and juice, nuts and little pink bunny peeps and yellow chic peeps! instead of a cake, they made me a cupcake tower with little mini peeps sitting on top of the frosted yummies!

 

Denise R - San Miguel, California

Pink Care Bears

Surprise the person with the best the most of everything thay need for the baby and theirself so they feel special in every way

 

 

 

 


 

 

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