It’s just me and my sister as far as kids in my family so we are very close. My sister is my best friend so I wanted to throw her the best baby shower I could. Being a teacher, I knew there were a lot of fun things to do with children’s books. After hours of searching the internet for ideas I was ready to throw the party.
I started off with sending out these caterpillar invitations. They fold up into a small circle, but when the guests opened them up they turned into caterpillars. I received a lot of compliments on these adorable things. My sister found a cute poem on pinterest about asking for books instead of cards so I included that poem on the invitation. There are two different poems that I saw online for this.
“One small request that won’t be hard, please bring a book instead of a card. Whether Cat in the Hat or Old Mother Hubbard, you can sign the book with your thoughts in the cover. Your book will be cherished, well aged or brand new, but please don’t feel obliged, we will leave it up to you.”
“One small request that won’t be too hard, please bring a book instead of a card. Whether Cat in the Hat or Winnie the Pooh, You can sign the book with a note from you. Baby Smith will become very smart indeed, if we start early, he will soon learn to read!”
I then started working on the decorations. I love the look of the pennant banners so I knew I wanted to use those. I bought a couple of Dr. Suess books from the goodwill and used the pages for the pennants. I cut out the triangles and then glued them on to some ribbon. On the longer banner I used my cricut machine to cut out scalloped circles and the letters for “Baby Smith” I put one banner on the fireplace mantle and one on the windows behind the drink table. You can’t see the one banner very well due to the sun, but it has Baby Smith on it.
I also gathered up some of the books we read as kids and set them on top of the mantle for color.
The last decoration I made was a wreath for the front door. I again bought a book from the goodwill, tore out the pages, rolled them up and hot glued them together. I then used my cricut machine to glue on the sign “Baby Shower” and finished it off with some yellow ribbon to hang on the door.
The next step was to pick out all the food I was going to make. Since it was a story book shower I wanted all the food to be based off of books. I made labels for all the food, saved them as images, printed them off at Walgreens as pictures and then glued them on some colored cardstock. These were great little decorations for by the food. I’ll post the picture of the food, the label, and the recipe if I used a recipe.
The Grouchy Ladybug Crackers (The Grouchy Ladybug)
Ladybug Appetizers Recipe
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons Daisy Brand Sour Cream
Black paste food coloring
1/2 teaspoon minced chives
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
36 butter-flavored crackers
18 cherry tomatoes, quartered
18 large pitted ripe olives
72 fresh chive pieces (about 1-1/2 inches long)
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Remove 1 tablespoon to a small bowl and tint black. Place tinted cream cheese mixture in a small plastic bag; set aside.
Add the chives, garlic salt and parsley to the remaining cream cheese mixture. Spread over crackers. Arrange two tomato quarters on each for the ladybug wings.
For heads, halve the olives width wise; place one half on each cracker. Insert two chives into olives for antennae. Use tinted cream cheese mixture to pipe spots onto wings. Yield: 3 dozen.
Three Little Pigs in a Blanket (The Three Little Pigs)
Mini Crescent Dogs
2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
48 cocktail-size smoked link sausages or hot dogs (from two 14-oz packages)
Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll both cans of the dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles.
Place sausage on shortest side of each triangle. Roll up each, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point; place point side down on 2 ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, switching position of cookie sheets halfway through baking. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.
Mouse’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
2 cups rolled oats
8 tablespoons butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup powdered sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp. vanilla
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, oats, together with a fork.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar together until blended. Beat in the egg. With mixer on high, drizzle in the maple syrup and vanilla. Gradually add the oats and chips. Bake for 9 minutes.
Green Deviled Eggs (Green Eggs and Ham)
I just made basic deviled eggs with mayo, dijon mustard and a little bit of sugar. I put green food coloring in the yolk mixture to make the “green eggs” and sprinkled baco bits on top for the “ham.”
Swedish Fish (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish)
Thing One and Two Cupcakes (The Cat in the Hat)
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Original recipe makes 30 cupcakes
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 (1 ounce) bottle McCormick® Red Food Color
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1 (16 ounce) box confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
Beat cream cheese, softened, butter, sour cream and McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
The Hungry Caterpillars (The Hungry Caterpillar)
I just took green grapes and stuck them on screwers. Then I put a dab of frosting on a couple mini chocolate chips to make the eyes.
Hop on Popcorn (Hop on Pop)
I bought a bag of already popped popcorn. Since this shower took place the day before Easter then grocery store had cute pastel colored popcorn.
The Ugly Duckling Blue Drink (The Ugly Duckling)
So in my rush to get all the supplies from the grocery store I grabbed the only blue koolaid packet there was. When I started making the punch I realized the flavor was tropical punch making the color red. Ugh! My sister decided to put blue food coloring in it, making it a dark purple color. To top it off, my ducks didn’t stay up in the liquid and instead plopped over on their side. The flavor was delicious though!
Ducky Bath Baby Shower Punch
Yield: 24 small servings
Summary: Adorable Ducky Bath Punch – The blue Kool-Aid makes it look like bath water and the sherbet mixed with the ginger ale gives it “bath bubbles”.
- 1 packet blue, unsweetened Kool-Aid (Look for Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade or Berry Blue flavors)
- 1 (2 liter) bottle Ginger Ale
- 1 (64 oz) bottle White Grape Juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 scoops pineapple sherbet
- 2-3 Rubber Duckies (make sure they float – bathtub toys)
- maraschino cherries (optional for garnish)
- orange slices (optional for garnish)
- Chill ginger ale and grape juice over night
- Remove sherbet from freezer about 1/2 hour before serving punch to soften
- In a large bowl, combine Kool-Aid packet, sugar and chilled juice. Stir to blend.
- Slowly add chilled ginger ale.
- Float 8 scoops of softened sherbet on top
- Add Rubber Duckies (don’t forget to wash before using)
- garnish cups with cherries and orange slices
If you can’t find Blue KoolAid then you can replace the kool aid and sugar with Berry Blue Typhoon Hawaiian Punch. DO NOT ADD 1 CUP of sugar if you do this! The Hawaiian Punch already has sugar in it.