Baby Shower Dessert Table
Dessert tables are becoming more common for baby showers, weddings, and birthday parties. It’s a simple party idea that can spruce up your decorations and can also be affordable. A set of various sized candy jars is a great investment for any Host or Hostess. You can find inexpensive sets at discount stores, or buy unique pieces at thrift shops. Hosting a party can be stressful and a dessert table adds triple duty as décor, food, and entertainment.
This particular dessert table is one I did for an Asian themed baby shower. The guest of honor is having a baby boy, so I chose hues of blue and green. To fit the party theme, I used an Asian style font for the labels, served almond cookies, wafers, and chocolate dipped fortune cookies. I also made blue and green Chinese take-out boxes stuffed with useful goodies for the baby and mommy to be. Each box was embellished with ribbon, a charm, and wooden chopsticks. I printed a Chinese character on the front that stood for “family”, “baby boy”, “happiness”, etc.
To make the labels and “sweets” banner, I used coordinating scrapbook paper, cut slits on both sides, and inserted a matching ribbon. The candy I chose also coordinated with the theme and colors. The candies included were chocolate, coconut, almond blue M&M’s, assorted blue and green lollipops, blue vanilla Tootsie Rolls, and blue cookies and cream Kisses.
To create height, I used boxes covered in wrapping paper and matted the top with black scrapbook paper cut to size. I used photo holders and frames for some of the labels and made sure to put out napkins, tongs and scoops for the guests to use.
Accordion Flowers How To
Accordion flowers are a very inexpensive do it yourself party decoration that adds a little whimsy to your theme and decor. Perfect for a spring, summer, or garden tea party, these accordion flowers are very simple to make. They would also look great mixed with paper pinwheels.
This particular tutorial is for an accordion flower about ten inches in diameter, however play with different sizes to achieve the desired look.
- Paper (desired size)
- Wooden Dowels or BBQ Skewers
- Double Sided Tape
Step one: Fold two pieces of paper like an accordion (approximately a one inch in width) and fold in half. If you are making a smaller sized accordion flower, then shorten the width size.
Step two: Use scissors to cut a scalloped edge, or use craft scissors.
Step three: Adhere both pieces together with double stick tape.
Step four: Glue to a wooden dowel and add a center embellishment if desired. I found that a glue gun works well for this size and the wooden dowel and glue remains hidden. Consider using a craft punch and decorative paper or a button for your center embellishment for both the front and back. Another option is to use string or ribbon to hang each accordion flower.
Tip: To make smaller ornament sized flowers, cut one inch strips of paper, fold like an accordion, adhere the end, lay flat and fasten the center with an embellishment. Hang each paper flower by a string on branches to create a cute centerpiece perfect for a wedding or bridal shower or baby shower. Make several color variations and sizes to complete your party look.
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I made these blue and green candy dipped fortune cookies for my cousin’s baby shower. I had never done this before and found it quite easy. Here is what I did.
- Candy Melts
- Fortune Cookies
- Double broiler or Saucepan and glass bowl
- Vegetable Oil (optional)
- Wax Paper or Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
I didn’t have a double broiler so I used a small saucepan, glass bowl, and strainer. Add enough water to simmer over medium heat, but make sure the water does not touch the glass bowl. Another option is to melt the candy in the microwave. Heat and stir the candy at thirty second intervals at half the power.
When the water is simmering, add the candy melts. Make sure the water does not boil. Gradually and gently stir with a rubber spatula as the candy melts. If desired, add vegetable oil a teaspoon at a time to achieve the desired consistency. Adding vegetable oil will thin out the candy, make it easier to dip, and will not alter the taste. Another option is to use chocolate squares.
Dip each cookie one by one and gently rest them on a wax paper covered baking sheet. Allow the candy to set by placing the baking sheets in the refrigerator.
After the candy hardens, place each cookie in a 4” by 8” treat bag and tie with a ribbon. I added a personalized tag using colored card stock, my computer, and a heart shaped punch. These candy dipped fortune cookies made perfect favors for each guest to enjoy immediately or take home for later.
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DIY Gifts: Baby Sushi Gift
One of the greatest inspirations in my life is my big brother. He has been a Designer for about eight years, but to me he has been designing since he left the womb. For example, when I was in elementary school, my brother would make my Halloween costumes. These were not just any Halloween Costumes; they were amazingly creative and elaborate and made me an instant hit during the playground parades. One year he made be a giant TV out of a cardboard box and my head was the picture. It was complete with a table, table cloth, remote control, and TV Guide. Everyone else was wearing those plastic costumes and a backless mask with a piece of elastic holding it on your face. Remember those? Keep in mind that this was years before the internet and before all these reality how-to shows… oh and did I mention he was about ten years old at the time?
The best way to describe my brother is that he is a cross between Macgyver and Martha Stewart. He made me this gift when he first found out he was going to be an Uncle, and I HAD to share it. I think the pictures speak for themselves. Besides the old sushi container and the chopsticks, he made everything else…the life like sushi design, the label, and the onesie (there were actually two onesies but one of them is packed in a box for future baby). He’s a genius!
P.S. Please check out his portfolio here.
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My family and I are throwing an Asian Themed Baby Shower for my beautiful cousin, Maria. Because she was having a boy, I suggested doing the party in hues of blues and greens instead of the traditional red, black, and gold colors typically associated with an Asian theme.
Here are the centerpieces I came up with. I used Chinese take-out boxes in blue and green, and embellished them with coordinating ribbon, beads, and charms. I printed out Chinese characters for “mother”, “father”, “baby boy”, “family”, and “happiness” and glued each one to the front.
I filled them with goodies for the mother-to-be to take home and added a set of chopsticks that I happened to find in my junk drawer from Chinese take out a few weeks ago!
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