Baby showers

While this blog is primarily devoted to soap-making, I do enjoy all things DIY/baking/crafting and party planning. Back in August, I threw a baby shower for my best friend. They wanted a gender-neutral, ocean themed shower to match their nursery motif. I made a diaper cake using sand dollars and pencil starfish, with faux-flowers (hydrangeas) held in the center. Diaper cakes are super easy to make and there are some very helpful tutorials on YouTube! Basically, I used 2 bottles in the center, and some postal-sized elastic bands to hold the rows of rolled up diapers in place around the base. I filled the bottles with the hydrangeas at the center, and hot-glued some jute/burlap around the center of each tier. Then I affixed the starfish and shells to the outside. Voila! Diaper cake!Image

For favors, I also baked these shortbread starfish cookies and decorated with royal icing. I wrapped each cookie individually in cellophane and tied with raffia ribbon. The cookies went fast!

Starfish cookie favors

Starfish cookie favors

Red velvet cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with graham cracker crumb "sand" and a white chocolate sand dollar.

Red velvet cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting, topped with graham cracker crumb “sand” and a white chocolate sand dollar.

Making colorful rainbow fruit skewers!

Making colorful rainbow fruit skewers!

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