Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baby Showers - Time to get Creative

A couple of years ago my cousin was having her baby shower at my house. So I made her these cupcake babies and a diaper cake (pictured below).

The Cupcake babies were not hard to make, but it did take a day to complete. A more experienced fancy cupcake maker may have been able to do pull it off in a couple of hours. I had had never made any type of fancy cupcakes before and I had to spend time figuring out exactly what I needed to make all of the little parts. Then cutting out the little bibs and making all of the parts and finally putting the babies together, did take me a whole day.

I used regular size cupcakes for the bodies and mini cupcakes for the heads. I cut mini marshmallows in half and used them as the bonnets around their faces. Their bibs were cut out of fruit roll ups, and the bottles were little chocolate candies stuck onto mini marshmallows. I used a tiny bit of icing to stick everything together. The pacifiers were made out of fruit loops and a tiny piece of candy. Putting them all together was a little like doing a jig saw puzzle and I like puzzles, so it was right up my alley.  Once I had them all finished and all tucked into the fridge for the night I was afraid they were going to all fall apart.  I thought for sure I would get up the next morning only to find cupcake baby parts all over the inside of my fridge.  Like a worried parent I got up and checked on them that night.  Luck was on my side that weekend. No cupcake baby parts in my fridge. Like most of the projects I start, this one was a bit bigger than I had original thought it would be. Before I started I thought a couple hours max to get it all done. Not to my surprise it was longer.  But like I said I always start projects thinking it won't take any time at all and before I know it two weeks have gone by and I still not done. It was a fun project and I would do it again.  I think it would probably be a really fun project to do with a group of friends.

The diaper cake only took me a couple of hours to make.  The only part of this project that I planned was that I was going to make a diaper cake and it would be for a boy.  Other than that I winged it.  I think these are great gifts and you don't have to spend all the money businesses want to charge you for them, you can make them yourself while your watching your favorite TV show at home.  The only advice I would give is to make a spending limit and stick to it.  For me anyways it is really easy to go out and blow a large amount of money on baby things.  Other than the diapers, and baby things you will also need some sort of plate to build the cake on, ribbons, and elastic bands.  The rest is up to you.  You can go super big or small and simple. 

This was a lot of fun to make as well.  No only did I get to shop for loads of baby things, I got to open it all up and present it in a unique way.  It actually added to the decorations of the party.

These are just two of the thousands of unique ideas you can use at a baby shower.  I hope I helped spark your creative candle.  Let me know if you try out either idea and how it worked for you.

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