Sunday, November 23, 2008

Winter Themed Baby Shower Ideas

Winter is a beautiful time of year to plan a baby shower. Besides the obvious theme of Christmas there are so many other great ideas you can use for a winter themed baby shower. Even if you live in a warm climate you can still plan a baby shower with a winter theme.

One of my favorites is the winter wonderland theme. Some of the things you can decorate with are snowflakes, icicles, sleighs, ice skates, and snowmen. The main colors used are white, blue, and silver. Play soft music in the background such as Let it Snow and Chestnuts Roasting on a Open Fire. Serve hot cocoa, sparkling white grape juice, and white-chocolate covered pretzels to snack on. For the main course serve a white chili or white lasagna, this great winter white salad (you can find the recipe on Epicurious.com), and a white cheese and cracker platter.

If you are planning a baby shower during Christmas then you can use a Ho, Ho, Ho baby shower theme. Decorate with green and red colors, miniature Christmas trees, Santa Claus', reindeer, elves, candy canes, garland, strands of Christmas lights, and Christmas stockings. Since it is the holiday season it should be easy to find invitations and paper products with this theme.

For appetizers, get a green Styrofoam cone (this can be found in craft stores) and a mixture of vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower florets, cherry tomatoes, olives, red, green, and yellow peppers, and zucchini. Apply vegetables to cone with toothpicks to form a decorated Christmas tree. Another great appetizer idea is to make a snowman out of cheese balls. Get 2 cheese balls, one large and one small. Use black olives for the eyes, mouth, and buttons on his chest,and baby carrots for the arms and nose. Cut a strip from a lettuce leaf to use as a scarf. A hat can be made using zucchini sliced into 1 large circle and 3 smaller slices, or you can also use crackers - again using 1 large one for the base of the hat and 3 smaller ones. Use a little bit of butter to help stick them together.

Other ideas for winter baby showers are a Nutcracker theme, a winter sports theme, and a jingle bells theme. Any of these ideas will make for a memorable winter baby shower.

If you are looking for a cute baby gift to give the new parents a baby Santa suit or a Santa's little helper gift set makes a great baby shower gift.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Choosing Favors for your Baby Shower

If you're planning a baby shower you don't want to forget to purchase favors for your guests. It is customary to offer a small token of your appreciation to your guests for their generosity.

When choosing favors keep in mind that you want to get something the guests can actually use and enjoy. Why give something like a wash cloth lollipop (a baby wash cloth rolled up to look like a lollipop) or an item with your initials monogrammed on it? These items are cute but more than likely it will be thrown out or given to someone that can use it.

It is not necessary to spend a fortune on baby shower favors. Edible items are always a hit. If you are handy in the kitchen you can make cookies using baby shaped cookie cutters,decorate them with icing, and wrap in cellophane tied with a ribbon. You can get cookie cutters shaped like baby carriages, ducks, diapers, etc. There are also a lot of bakeries and online sites that sell ready-made cookie favors.

Don't want to bake or you don't have the time? Purchase candy or mints and wrap in decorative favor bags or tulle rounds tied with a ribbon. There are so many cute favor bags and boxes available and they are very inexpensive. There are also baby shower favor kits available that include everything except the candy.

Bath confetti is another popular favor. Get small tins, fill with confetti and tie with decorative ribbon. Favor bags can also be filled with small fragrant soaps or candles.

Add a special touch to your favors with personalized tags and labels. These are very inexpensive and can be added to just about any favor. You can personalize with the mommy's name and baby shower date or just about any message you want.


When choosing baby shower favors ask yourself this question - "Is this something I would enjoy or will it sit on a shelf collecting dust?" Just keep it simple and you won't go wrong.