Diaper Cakes are the hottest new baby shower idea! They are so versatile, and can be customized in many ways that are only limited by your imagination. Different colors can be used, and cloth diapers can even be dyed to match any theme. The basic diaper cake is so simple to make, all you need are diapers, rubber bands, and dowels.
Take a diaper open end up, then begin to roll it up. Put a rubber band around the rolled diaper, and this diaper will become the centerpiece of the entire cake, or use 2 or 3 diapers to make a bigger bottom layer securing them with rubber bands. Next roll up more diapers and secure them with rubber bands just as you did the first one. Then place these diapers around the centerpiece diaper or diapers, and wrap a rubber band around all of them to hold them secure. Do this again to make another round if you want a cake this big. This will be the lower layer of your diaper cake.
Make the second layer of diapers exactly the same as the first, just don’t use as many so it will be smaller. That way when it sits on top of the other layer, it will be the smaller layer. Keep doing this same process of rolling diapers, securing them with rubber bands until you have enough to make the second layer a bit smaller.
Do this again to make your third diaper layer, making it just a little bit smaller than the second layer of diapers, so it will fit nicely on the top of the second layer of your diaper cake. Use dowels to secure each layer together, pushing them down through all the layers. Cut a piece of cardboard the size of the bottom layer to set the bottom layer on to stabilize the cake.
To finish off your unique diaper cake there are many choices of baby shower ideas to choose from.
Ribbons of any color, shapes and sizes can be used to adorn your diaper cake. Take 2 different ribbons, put them together then twist them so you can have multi-color bows and decorations.
Use little pacifiers in an assortment of colors, and tie them up with the ribbons. You can also use strings of feathers in different colors, along with so many other things to decorate your diaper cake. Remember to put the first letter of your bundle of joy on your creation.
Lollipops sticks, are another great idea. You can even use little animals to set on and around the layers of the cake, with some peaking out from within the diapers. You can take out a few diapers from the middle and put baby items in their place, like bottles, lotions, pacifiers, baby clothes, baby shoes, baby blankets, and just about anything you can think of.
To transport your diaper cake, wrap it in a plastic bag, and pull tight with a ribbon to keep it secure. Check out these top baby shower favors you can use to customize, and personalize your diaper cake. These diaper cakes make great gifts for any baby shower, so decorate your storage bag also with some of these unique baby shower ideas for the next baby shower you attend.
Check out these great pre-made diaper cakes from HerBabyShower.com
Hi, its me again, Hatifa. Our last post about my baby shower was all about the theme (Goodnight, Sleep Tight Baby!), the food (midnight snacks, nighttime feedings, sleep potions, sweet dreams and night caps) and the decorations (baby mobiles, stars and moons galore, tulle cloud puffs - all tied in with a simple color theme). Its been a long time coming, but I was (finally!!) able to finish up writing about my own baby shower. Here we’ll cover the games, prizes and baby shower party favors! Sorry it took so long, but being a mom has been keeping me quite busy ;-)
Baby Shower Games
Baby shower games should be fun, easy to play in groups and most importantly get the guests excited and interacting with each other. Without games, a baby shower might just feel like any old lunch party. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on games to make them fun and personalized.
We started out our afternoon with a simple game that tied in with the theme: “Count the Sheep”. We filled a small plastic jar with sheep animal crackers, tied a ribbon and a tag around it with instructions and passed it around the room. As guests ate appetizers aka “midnight snacks” they tried to guess how many sheep crackers filled the jar. The person who guessed the closest to the number without going over won the prize.
The only supplies you need are an empty plastic jar, some ribbon to jazz it up, and a large bucket of animal crackers (the hardest part was digging through and finding the sheep shaped ones to put into our jar).
The second game we played was Baby-themed Taboo (coming soon to our store!). It’s the baby shower version of the classic game where a player tries to get her team members try to guess the word on her card by describing it. She can’t use the word itself or a small list of “taboo” words. The team (we split into groups of three) who got the most guesses right in the allotted time won prizes.
To personalize this game, we printed the taboo cards on lavendar metallic cardstock and printed the back of each card with the mom-to-be’s name and baby shower date. Again, all you need for this game is a pdf file of the cards, a few pieces of cardstock and a printer.
Of course it wouldn’t be a baby shower without some more traditional games. We chose the super simple game “Guess the size of mom-to-be’s tummy”. We passed around a ball of yarn and a pair of scissors to the guests, asking them to cut a length of yarn that would fit mom’s tummy. The person whose piece of yarn fit the mom’s tummy best, won the prize. This game is perfect because it can be played while guests are eating lunch or dessert. You always get laughs when inevitably a guest with no sense of estimation misses the mark by about a foot or two.
Our grand finale was the Baby Jeopardy game (also coming soon to our store!). This was inexpensive but took a little planning. We made a large jeopardy board from oversized poster paper. We used blue metallic paper to make each question-and-answer card in six different categories (baby and goodnight theme related of course). As guests chose different categories, we pulled off the cards from the poster board. Whoever correctly answered the question first, held onto the card with the dollar value. This was an easy way to keep score. At the end guests could count how many points/dollars they earned. Our categories included lullabies, baby animals, parents in the Bible, and Guinness world baby records.
Baby Shower Game Prizes
We wanted to give prizes that were useful and tied into the theme. For two of the games, we gave out gift baskets full of “Moonlight Path” scented items from Bath and Body Works.
Because Baby Taboo was a team game, we gave out three $5 gift certificates to “Enjoy a Nightcap” at STARbucks to the team that won.
And our grand prize went to the winner of Baby Jeopardy, two tickets to “See the Stars” – movie passes to a local theater.
Baby Shower Favors
To bring the whole goodnight theme together and to give our guests a small token to remember the shower and say thank you for coming, we handed out candles with little sleeping bunnies on them. We tied personalized tags to the candles. Check out these adorable candles in our store now!
That’s about it! I LOVED my baby shower and want to thank my sister-in-law and cousin for hosting! I had a lot of fun at mine, and hope you love yours just as much. If you have any questions, please let me know. I’d love to hear your comments as well. Thanks!
This is a guest post by Lisa Norton.
When you find out you’re pregnant there are certain things that most women look forward to, and start daydreaming about. Feeling your baby kick for the very first time, glimpsing at your baby’s face when you have a scan at your doctor’s office, and seeing all your friends and family gathered together at your baby shower. The baby shower is a rite of passage for first time moms, and the first of many celebrations you will share with your baby throughout their life. So why should you have a baby shower? And why are your friends and family getting so excited about throwing your baby shower party for you?
The Social Importance of Baby Showers
Your baby shower is a great way for you and your family to bond with your baby before he is even born, whether you choose to have a small shower or a huge one. Baby showers have a key social importance, as they provide a great way for all of the women in your community, whether they’re you family, friends, work colleagues or members of your church group, to come together and to celebrate a brand new life and the new arrival to your family. Becoming a mom is a new social position for a woman, and your shower is a way for the women in your life to welcome and accept you into this community of moms and give you any support and encouragement you need on the way; after all, from changing dirty diapers to helping with that first science homework assignment, motherhood is a series of endless challenges!
Baby showers also have a great financial importance for moms-to-be too: After all, at a baby shower you are literally showered with gifts. So the baby shower is when moms-to-be will receive all of the things they need to provide for their new arrival: From their diapers to a bassinet and activity center. Your baby shower will provide you with a great morale boost too: baby showers usually come towards the end of your pregnancy when your ankles are swollen, your bump is heavy, and you’re ready for your pregnancy to end. So the timing of your shower is perfect for giving you a lift and reminding you that your pregnancy will soon be over and you’ll soon have a baby to put in your new crib and dress up in those adorable onesies!
Baby Shower Etiquette
You don’t need a lot of money to throw a great baby shower: you’re baby shower can cost as much or as little as you like, from a beautiful budget event to a flamboyant and extravagant party. Tradition dictates that you will only have a baby shower once, as you only receive a baby shower for your first baby: but in recent times, women have found they are also thrown a shower for their second and even third baby. Until the mid-twentieth century, baby celebrations were held after the birth of the baby. The baby shower as we know it now, a party held prior to a baby’s arrival, is a relatively modern phenomenon. Nonetheless, there are a series of loose rules and etiquettes that surround the throwing of a baby shower.
Firstly, baby showers are considered to be female-only events. Although some people do invite husbands and other men from their community to celebrate at the shower, generally men are considered off the guest list. This, no doubt, goes some way to explain why so many showers have such feminine themes: eating frosting laden cupcakes, taking part in bump measuring competitions or games and nibbling on dainty sandwiches are all very girly activities.
Secondly, the mom-to-be can’t throw a baby shower for herself. The shower is traditionally thrown by a close female friend or family member. In part, this is because if you throw the shower for yourself it is considered poor taste to be asking for gifts for yourself. Besides, if you have someone else throw your shower for you then the theme and decorations will all be a wonderful surprise when the big day finally arrives.
Finally, don’t forget to buy a hostess gift for the host who throws your shower for you. A hostess gift is not a necessity, but it is certainly a very kind gesture: it’s the perfect way to say thank you for organizing such a wonderful event, and will let your hostess know that their hard work is appreciated.
This is a guest post by Lisa Norton.
Many people think of the baby shower as a thoroughly modern concept and something only developed and introduced in the 21st century. Actually, a baby shower is more likely a modernized form of welcoming a new baby into the world, while at the same celebrating the worth and power of the mother who is carrying the child. Baby showers are simply a great excuse for a party! You can devise any kind of theme relating to the interests of the parents to be, or have fun with baby decor and fun trinkets. You can incorporate special food, themed drinks and desserts, and generally turn your baby shower venue into a magical place of fun and happiness. People might think that baby showers are expensive to organize. They don’t have to be. You can easily organize a baby shower on a budget, by finding trinkets and accessories hidden around your home, and creating inexpensive meals and snacks for your guests. You can even find all-in-one party kits at very reasonable prices.
Of course, a central element to your baby shower is the ritual of giving gifts to the mother, both for herself and for her baby. Fathers are always welcome to be involved in the baby shower too, but generally the trend seems to be for a women only affair, and a chance for girlfriends to get together and share their experiences of motherhood. Some people prefer to offer gifts purely for the babies, and some give to the mothers. Other people might combine something such as baby clothes and a trinket for the mother, for example. If you are looking for something a little bit different, and your mother-to-be is a busy office executive or business owner, why not find her the perfect personalized gift that she can use at work? Or maybe a gourmet gift basket? This is a great idea if you have been invited to a baby shower in the workplace, and you are not especially close to your pregnant colleague on a personal level. You can find a lovely, useful gift at a very reasonable price.
Giving gifts for the baby is still going to be the favored option for guests at a baby shower. There are so many wonderful and unique items to be found and shared. One fairly new concept that lends itself perfectly to the theme of the baby shower is a diaper cake. If you are not familiar with these, a diaper cake is a pile of diapers (usually disposable ones), artfully arranged in tiers to look like a wedding cake. They are then decorated with flowers and ribbons, which can be matched to the color or theme of the baby shower party. There are some beautiful examples to be seen, and you can get lots of ideas of how to create your own unique diaper cake, if you choose to give one as a gift. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for the party table, and the photographs and memories it invokes will last a lifetime. If you enjoy hobby crafts, then a diaper cake might just be the perfect new project for you to try out.
The Meaning of the Baby Shower
Moving on from the gifts, a baby shower is a time for gathering. Throughout history humans have celebrated and recognized important times in their lives, including rites of passage, marriage ceremonies, funeral ceremonies and christenings. The baby shower is a modern concept derived from a historical ritual. It used to be purely for women, when they would gather together in the pregnant mother’s bedchamber or private rooms, and prepare for the birth of the child. Men were largely excluded, mainly because they had no understanding of pregnancy and childbirth, unless they were medical doctors, and so they would leave the women to their own work. The modern baby shower is far more accepting of male guests, and you can decide for yourself whether you want it to be a women only event, or something for the whole family and friendship circle.
While many people might claim that a baby shower is simply another excuse for commercial interests and forcing people to buy gifts that they don’t really need, there are many more who appreciate the event for its origins. A baby shower does not have to be about spending money. You can find plenty of accessories around the home that can be adapted for decorations, and you can easily put together delicious snacks and drinks that look very effective but don’t cost the earth. In addition, you can always find amazing items on sale or inexpensive items that look super cute, including baby shower gifts, party supplies, or baby shower party favors. As for the actual giving of gifts to the pregnant mother, well that is an individual choice. Nobody expects anything, and we all appreciate that times are tough. You can just as easily make a pretty gift from remnants and trinkets you find at home, and these will be welcomed and treasured by the new parents. Or, you can find very affordable and unique gifts to suit all budgets and personal interests.
When you’ve got a baby on the way, you want to remember every moment. Documenting your pregnancy is the perfect way to commemorate your child’s path in the world, and will mean you’ll have lots of special memories to share with that child as he or she gets older:
1. Keep a Pregnancy Album
Take a picture of yourself every week, or even every day, to document your baby’s growth. You can get a friend or loved one to take the pictures. The final picture will be of you holding your new little one. You can use that final photo to make copies and send them out in thank you cards to guests that attended your baby shower. You can add a fun twist to this idea by wearing a T-shirt for each picture saying how many weeks pregnant you are or how many weeks you have left.
Dig out your old CD player (or just use your computer) and take some time to chat with baby. Talk to your child about all the things you plan to do together, what you plan to teach him, everyone he will soon meet — whatever comes to mind, really. When your child is older, you can listen to the recordings together, and he will know just how loved he was from the very beginning.
3. Make a Pregnancy Scrapbook
This is something you can do digitally or by hand. If you opt to go digital, many companies like Shutterfly.com will print your scrapbook into a hardcover book. But, if you want to make it by hand, you have the added fun of heading to the craft store to pick out details pieces like 3-D stickers and pretty ribbons. However you choose to do it, making a scrapbook is a great way to document your nine months. It’s the perfect way to keep track of everything from ultrasounds to baby shower photos.
For something more tangible than recordings, write your baby a letter. Whenever you have something you want to say to him or her, just jot it down in a note. When your child is old enough, you can stick together and reread the notes. You could even have them bound into a special book to keep on the family shelf.
Remember making masks of your own face using plaster of Paris in high school art class — that wasn’t just me, was it? Well, you can remember your pregnancy by creating a belly cast. You can even buy special kits to make the process easy. It’s the perfect fun project for you and a loved one to do together.
6. Keep a Pregnancy Journal
Throughout your pregnancy, keep a journal just for documenting your thoughts, feelings and ideas. Record your reaction to seeing a positive sign on your pregnancy test or how you felt when you used a due date calculator to determine when you’d likely give birth. Documenting your thoughts will help you think about the changes in your life, and it will make a beautiful keepsake to reread for years to come.
If you want to keep a more public record of your pregnancy, and maybe even connect with other moms-to-be, consider starting a pregnancy blog. In addition to documenting everything pertaining to yourself, it’s a great way to share updates with friends and family, and get advice and insight from others.
Every week, answer a series of questions about your pregnancy — how are you feeling, do you have any cravings, and so on. Later, you’ll be able to look back and see how your answers changed week to week! It’s a great way to chart the process of your pregnancy.
It’s Hatifa Jukaku (founder of HerBabyShower) here, debuting my very own baby shower (posting a two part series)! I was beyond thrilled to learn that we were expecting a precious, little baby girl. The execution of a classy, and timeless baby shower was all perfectly captured by my family and closest friends. Here is their take on organizing my very own baby shower.
The Goodnight themed books were the very foundation of inspiration in this baby shower. Star and moon lanterns were made and printed using Photoshop, then wrapped around jars with double-sided tape. We then added a purple satin ribbon around the bottom and as a handle. We placed a tea light candle inside and voila: a hand-held lantern to add soft lighting around the room were used as centerpieces. We cut out stars and moon from thick metallic card stock paper and tied them together with sheer ribbon to use as hanging decorations. We also went a little “Goodnight” crazy and placed goodnight themed books to fully round out and capture the theme (Goodnight Moon, Pajama Time, Lullaby Moon). Cloud puffs were made using white and purple toule which were strung together and spread out around the center table to add the “dreamy effect”. And last, but not least, the floral arrangements were made using cream roses with purple accents to add life and color to the room. My absolute favorite part of the decor were the edible passifiers; concocted using two Lifesaver mints “glued” together with royal icing, and a yellow jelly bean on top. We added a purple ribbon so guest could wear them during the party. The rest were used as decoration on the dessert table.
I am all about the delicious details:
Appetizers (“Midnight snacks”)
Artichoke Cheese Dip: served with bite size crackers and blue tortilla chips
Chole: a chickpea and potato salad served with sweet tamarind sauce, cilantro chutney and yogurt, topped with pita chips. Quick tip: we served these already prepared in mini-dessert cups so guests wouldn’t have the hassle of assembling all the sauces and chips (it also makes for deliciously good looking photos!)
Caprese Salad Kabob Sticks: fresh mozzarella, basil and cherry tomatoes splashed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Fruit Medley: since we knew our mother-to-be was a big fan of fruit, we served a medley of fruits in a “pram” fruit carving made out of a mini watermelon. We filled the pram with the cut watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and honeydew melon
Warm brie: a classic Martha Stewart recipe using a wheel of warm brie with a maple-syrup/brown sugar sauce, topped with pecans and served with water crackers. Elegant, simple, and tasty
Main Menu (“Nighttime feeding”)
Shayyo Biryani: a signature dish from our hometown in India which is chicken biryani with noodles instead of rice
Fattoush: a bright colorful salad with a variety of finely chopped vegetables and a lemony sumac dressing topped with crispy pita chips
Borani: we wanted to add Afghan flair to the menu in honor of the mother-to-be so we asked Hatifa’s mom to make this fried eggplant dish, served over a garlicky yogurt sauce
Afghan style flat bread: to soak up all the borani sauce
Dessert (“Sweet dreams”)
Because the room had a perfect stand for displaying desserts, we had to make sure the dessert station looked nothing short of amazing
Cake: after days upon days of brainstorming (aka Pinteresting), the final cake product was an amalgam of different creative ideas. A domed cake with a 3D crescent moon, decorated with stars. To ensure the entire cake was made from edible parts (because what fun is a cake if you can’t eat every last bit), the 3D moon was made from a thick biscotti dough so it would stand up. The stars were made from melted purple jolly ranchers that were cut into shape with cookie cutters, and the cake was a chocolate fresh-raspberry angel cake baked in a bundt pan with a buttercream frosting
Moon Pies: we wanted at least one item to be chocolate so we made chocolate cake-like cookies, piled on fluffy whipped cream frosting and sandwiched them together. To add elegance and match the color scheme, we coated the middle of the filling with Wilton’s sugar pearl sprinkles in pale yellow
Star Cookies: soft sugar cookies ordered from a bakery with a lavendar frosting and crytallized sugar coating
Chocolate Spoons: purple spoons dipped in chocolate and decorated with the sugar pearl sprinkles. Perfect for mixing coffee
Fruit tarts: mini fruit tartlets with a pale yellow lemony filling and decorated with a single blueberry
Moonshine: San Pellegrino Arranciata flavored sparkling water with handmade crescent moon moonshine tags. We punched two holes in the top and bottom of the crescent and stuck a striped paper straw through the holes so guests had a straw handy
Sleep potion: orange and cranberry punch with 7-Up added a beautiful purple color
Night Cap: coffee and tea station where we used a star-shaped bowl for the sugar and added handmade tags to the tea bags
I hope you guys enjoyed the details of my very own baby shower! Stay tuned for the next post which will include games and prizes and favors, oh my!