Easy and Inexpensive: Ask guests to bring an unwrapped book and place them as centerpieces on the tables (the board books stand up really well, look adorable). Or you could go to a thrift store and buy baby caps/hats and or baby booties (they usually sell for around 25-50 cents each & are in good condition because they are rarely washed or worn for long periods of time) in brights or pastels, or some color theme and then stuff them with tissue paper so they "stand-up." Good Luck! (01/12/2005)
At my Baby Shower pretty little note pads were passed around (you can either buy some cute notepads, or my cousin has a cute Mary Engelbrite Day Calendar and she cut some of the cute little messages out and glued them to the front of some generic notepads - very cute!) and all the guests put some little notes and advice for the new mom! (01/12/2005)
This is the perfect opportunity to have an "April Showers" theme baby shower! Gather up some kids' rai nboots and/or hats and rubber duckies, for table centerpieces. Float the duckies in dollar-store basins filled with water. Use a small piece of green outdoor carpet as a mat under the centerpiece. Find some large, colorful umbrellas, open them up and stand them in the corners of the room and on the gift table. The color scheme, naturally, could be cheery yellow and green. Then, shower her with gifts! (01/13/2005)
I would decorate with something that she could use later (thrifty). I attended a shower where everyone was asked to bring 3 jars of baby food which was used to fill a pretty basket as a centerpiece on the food table. You could also decorate with bibs, qtips, bottles, etc - I think I've seen these things used to make a sit-down 'scarecrow' to decorate an entry hall table. For example, use a pack of diapers or books as the body which you could even dress in an outfit. The head could be a round tub of wipes. Top off with a cute hat. Bottles could be the arms and legs. (01/13/2005)
For a center piece try making a "diaper cake". You purchase several packages of small baby diapers, remove from the packaging and arrange into a circle (an old hat box or deep cake pan helps with this part) and tie together with a wide ribbon all around and make a nice bow (I use wired ribbon for nice fluffy loops). Make a second layer slightly smaller and a third even smaller. Use different colors of ribbon or all the same if you want. For the "Cake Topper" you can use either a cute "baby doll" or small stuffed elephant (or toy to fit with chosen nursery theme).
To make the cake even more useful and special, tuck full or travel size bottles/tubes of baby products (shampoo, lotion, rash cream, rattles, pacifiers, etc.) into the tops of the layers like flowers on a layered cake. You can even twist socks and bibs into little "rossettes".
Even when not as a decoration, most "new mommies" like to receive this cake and all of its useful goodies. No calories and lots of surprises! (01/13/2005)
Here is a cute idea for a gift or centerpiece for a shower. NO Calories too. It is just a matter of folding various blankets and towels and rolling them many items for baby. Roses are little booties and mittens, and lace is added to resemble the icing on the cake. Stuffed toy is on top. Lots of bows give this cake a nice festive look.
I always attach a "Cake Ingredient" listing since the mom to be never wants to take this apart. It is held together with corsage pins.
Here is a listing of all items in this cake
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