Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Baby Shower Food Ideas

If you are planning a baby shower and are stumped for food ideas, here are a few recipes that are quick & easy to prepare.

If you are looking to stay on the light side, try this no-mayo chicken salad. It's quick to make and goes well with salad greens or small rolls.

No-Mayo Roasted Chicken Salad

  • 1 Roasted chicken - pick up a ready-made one at your neighborhood grocers deli

  • 14 - 16 red seedless grapes, quartered

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 cup toasted sliced almonds

  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Shred or dice chicken meat. Place in a large mixing bowl and add all ingredients. Mix well & chill until ready to serve. Makes 4 servings.

Pasta salad is an easy dish to make that goes a long way. This pasta salad can be made with your choice of veggies.

Pasta Salad with Feta Dressing

  • 1-16 oz. box pasta, any shape.

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard

  • Chopped Italian parsley, about a handful

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • 1 packaged feta cheese, crumbled

  • Vegetables of your choice, thinly sliced (julienne cut) - I like to use zucchini, yellow squash, green & red bell peppers, and carrots - about 1-2 of each depending on size.

  • Cherry, grape, or sun dried tomatoes - quartered.

  • 1 small can sliced black olives

Cook pasta, drain, and let cool slightly. Whisk together next 5 ingredients, then mix in feta cheese. Mix dressing and veggies into pasta. Chill until ready to serve. Makes about 8 servings.

One of my husband's co-workers brought this dessert to work and everyone loved it. The great thing about it is you can insert your own name and call it your creation!

(Insert your name) Incredible Dessert Cheese Ball

  • 1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature

  • 1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

  • 2 drops of vanilla

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • Chopped pecans

  • Mini chocolate chips (mini only!)

  • 1 box chocolate wafers

Using an electric mixer, mix butter & cream cheese until well combined. Add vanilla. Mix in brown sugar & powdered sugar until combined. The mixture will be very soft and will need to chill for about 2 hours. Once it has chilled you can then form into a ball. Spread pecans & mini chocolate chips on a plate. Roll dessert ball in mixture until coated. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Serve with chocolate wafers. Your guests will definitely want the recipe!

Happy cooking & baby shower planning!

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Good luck & thanks to everyone that has participated!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Baby Shower Favor Ideas for a Spring Shower

Finally, the weather is starting to warm up, here in Florida anyway. It's time to start planning those Spring baby showers. Here are a few ideas for baby shower favors and table decorations, such as this beautiful butterfly display from marthstewart.com, that are perfect for a Spring themed baby shower.

Spring is my favorite season of the year and what better time to plan for the arrival of your new bundle of joy! There are several themes that can be used for a Spring time baby shower:

  • Garden Party

  • Pea in the Pod or Sweet Pea

  • Baby Animals - lambs, chicks, bunnies, etc.

  • Butterflies

  • Sailboats

  • Cherry Blossoms

  • Honey Bees

  • Decorate with pastel colors & seasonal flowers such as tulips

These adorable favors make great baby shower gift as well as a cute decorations for the tables.
Flower Bottle Stopper

Sailboat Place Card Holders

Honey Bee Pot

Nest Egg Soap

About to Hatch Chick Whisk

Sweet Pea Lip Balm

If you want to make homemade baby shower favors try some of these items:

Flower Tin Favor Box Kit

Butterfly Favor Boxes

Ducky Favor Tags

Sailboat Favor Tags

Flower Favor Tags

Favor boxes can be filled with sweet treats for your guests and tied with a coordinated favor tag. With Easter coming up, this is a great time to find all that great pastel colored candy, such as M&M's.

For a unique baby shower centerpiece, our Spring Blooms Diaper Cake, is the perfect addition!

There are an endless amount of ideas that can be used for a Spring baby shower. For more ideas check out my baby shower themes article.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tummy Tub Free Giveaway Baby Bath Tub

Okay, when I first saw the TummyTub, I thought that looks totally uncomfortable and an inconvenient way to bath your baby! But after watching all the videos and hearing all the great testomonials about this unique baby bath tub, I am convinced it is the only way to give your baby, especially a newborn, a bath.

This unique European style baby bath tub is sized and shaped to resemble a mother's womb. It makes baby's bath experience a comfortable and enjoyable experience because it feels like a familar, safe place.

Here are some great facts about the Tummy Tub:

  • Baby feels warm, safe, and relaxed within soft boundaries

  • Eases indigestion, gas, and colic while calming baby

  • Stimulates cognitive and physical development

  • Ultra light weight, easy on your back

  • Meets the most stringent safety regulations worldwide

  • Phthalate, BPA, lead free

  • Uses less water, energy, and space than traditional baby tubs

  • The optional stand raises baby to a comfortable sitting position and doubles as a stool, with clever design for storage inside

Find more detailed TummyTub facts here.

Now here's the exciting news - I love this baby bath tub so much I am doing a free giveaway for the TummyTub of your choice! The giveaway starts today, March 16, 2010 and ends on March 31, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You can have your name entered multiple times depending on how many different places you promote the giveaway or our website.

Here's how you can enter to win:

  1. Visit our site's baby bath tubs then come back here & post a comment telling us which one you like best. Your name will be entered into the drawing for our giveaway.

  2. Get one additional entry for each of the following:

  3. Promote the Tummy Tub giveaway on your website or blog with a link to "Alexander's Playroom"
    (a href="http://www.alexandersplayroom.com/"). Then add a comment on this post with a link to your promotion.

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  6. Follow Alexander's Playroom on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (you can tweet daily) - Copy & paste:
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  7. Promote the giveaway on Stumble Upon or Digg with a link to this post. Then add a comment on this post with your Stumble or Digg name and / or URL.

This giveaway is for the TummyTub only and does not include the base. You will be entered for each promotion of our contest. So if you visit our site & post a comment here for your favorite TummyTub, plus promote it on Twitter & Facebook you will be entered three times.

This contest is opened to United States entrants only. We will be announcing the winner on April 1, 2010 on our blog, Facebook, & Twitter. Good luck!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Unique Baby Shower Invitations

One of the most important parts of planning your party is choosing the right
baby shower invitations. The invitation sets the theme for your baby shower.

I just added some adorable new personalized baby shower invites to the site that offer many popular themes and a few unique ones as well.

My favorite is the camouflage baby girl invitation. It's designed with a clothesline that has an adorable camouflage dress & other hanging clothing. Too cute! This would be a perfect invitation for a couples baby shower for parents that are in the military.

Some other popular themes include jungle safari, cherry blossoms, butterflies, twins, and teddy bears, of course.

Jungle themes are big for baby showers this year and these invitations offer many different safari themed designs.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cool Mommy Blog

I just found this great mommy blog - Momma in Flip Flops 2. You can find great reviews on new unique products for babies, older children, and yourself. There are some awesome giveaways & contests, as well as coupon codes to help save some money on these great deals!

My favorite of her newest reviews is the Chalkboard Tee. Your child can make a design on this tee with chalk and then wipe it off to start all over again. The best part about the tee is the chalk only wipes off with a damp cloth.

This is such a great idea and it will keep your little artist busy! There's a giveaway going on right now so visit this cool mommy blog for a chance to win.