How to throw an Asian Themed Baby Shower for a Boy including Centerpieces, Candy Dipped Fortune Cookies, and a DIY Gift Idea
My family and I threw 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. I included some affiliate links with some recommended products for your reference!
DIY Chinese Take Out Box Centerpieces
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 layered the characters in black scrapbook paper.
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!
Here are some baby shower gifts that will fit nicely into these takeout boxes:
- Baby socks
- Newborn onesies
- Bath Rags
- Small Stuffed Animals
- Travel sized baby toiletries
- Small books
- Baby Bottles
- Small Toys
These were so fun and easy to make. Maria and her husband loved them and thought the creativeness was a nice touch.
The 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.
My cousin 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 boxesstuffed 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.
How to Make Candy Dipped Fortune Cookies
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.
Baby Sushi Gift Idea
One of the greatest inspirations in my life is my big brother. He has been a Designer for over ten 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!
I hope you enjoyed these ideas for an Asian themed baby shower!
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