A baby shower is a party thrown for a mom-to-be by a close friend, coworker or family member to provide her with gifts and necessities for the new baby. Decorations and centerpieces are an important part of the party and can be bought nearly anywhere. Instead of buying premade, generic decorations, it is simple and rewarding for the hostess and her helpers to make them instead. Some popular centerpieces include a diaper cake, individual containers of dinner mints, baby bottles filled with jelly beans and floating rubber ducks.
A diaper cake is a tiered stack of diapers that looks remarkably like a cake. This is a cute and original way to give the mom-to-be a supply of diapers without gifting them in their original packaging. You will need a package of newborn diapers, a package of size 1 diapers, a large bottle of baby wash, large rubber bands, gender-appropriate curling ribbon and 3 pieces of ¾-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon. Once assembled, this creation will look beautiful on the gift table or at the table where the mom-to-be is seated.
Individual Containers of After-Dinner Mints
After-dinner mints are a popular baby shower snack because they are quick-dissolving, pastel-colored and low in calories. Fill a paper cup with mints and place one at each chair. Your guests will appreciate the thoughtful snack that they can enjoy before the buffet line is open and after the food is finished.
Baby Bottles Filled With Jelly Beans
Baby bottles are common and inexpensive and look adorable when filled with brightly colored jelly beans. You will need 5 to10 baby bottles and 2 to 4 bags of jelly beans, depending on how many tables you need to decorate. Fill the bottles to the top with the jelly beans and tie a yellow or green bow around the middle. Place 2 to 3 on each table for your guests to admire -- and enjoy.
Floating Rubber Ducks
Rubber ducks floating in blue water will impress your mom of honor as well as her guests. You will need a clear glass bowl or baking dish for each table, 2 to 3 rubber ducks per bowl, water and blue food coloring. Fill each bowl halfway with water and add 3 to 4 drops of blue food coloring. Add the toys and it will look like sweet baby ducks are floating on a pond. The ducks can be saved for the new baby to play with later in the bathtub.
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