Throw a sophisticated shower around this everyday baby essential.
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Moms of babe #2 or 3 don't really need most of the baby gear you'd usually see at a first-timer's shower -- but one thing every mom needs is diapers. We love how this idea incorporates a chic all-white palette into a theme that's both gorgeous and useful!
Personalize this custom invitation by clicking on the text to edit the name of the mom-to-be and party details. Then print on a color printer using 5x7 photo paper and mail in A7 size envelopes.
Here's an extra touch the guest of honor will thank you for later: This invitation includes a note asking guests to bring a package of diapers for mom-to-be to help her stock up (they might not be as fun to shop for, but there's no question this is one gift she'll use!).
Maybe you've heard about diaper cakes at baby showers even if you haven't seen one in person yet. They are a tiered, showpiece "cake" made out of rolled baby diapers. And they're becoming popular for good reason. Diaper cakes make spectacular (and truly functional) centerpieces, and they pull double duty as both party décor and a gift for the mom-to-be. Diaper cakes are incredibly easy to make, and you can customize them to match your colors.
Create themed place cards by fastening diaper pins to the top of simple white place cards, then writing each guest's name below.
Take it one step further with a special diaper-shaped napkin fold.
Step 1: Start with white cloth napkins.
Step 2: Fold your napkin in half so it makes a triangle. Place it fold side up.
Step 3: Fold the bottom point up so it reaches the top of the napkin. Folder the other corners so all three points meet in the middle.
Step 4: Fasten all three points with a diaper pin.
Go with the party palette by creating an all-white buffet. Keep it easy by serving a white lasagna, which you can make a few days before and freeze.
White Vegetable Lasagna
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes
For dessert, offer guests slices of dreamy, homemade coconut cake.
Paula Carson's Coconut Cake
Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Bake: 25 minutes
Fill clear jars and glass canisters with an assortment of all-white candies -- jelly beans, gum drops, butter mints, Jordan almonds, meringues, yogurt-covered pretzels -- whatever the mom-to-be's faves are. Candies with a foil wrapper -- like Hershey's Kisses -- also look elegant mixed in with the white. Set out scoops and give your guests white bags to fill with candy as a sweet send-off favor.
Diaper Bag Gift
Your guest of honor's first-time-around diaper bag is probably ready for an upgrade, so why not pitch in on a group gift and get her a really swank style? Since this is a bit of a splurge, unless you can get this info covertly, go ahead and ask the guest of honor which one she's got her eye on. We love this wear-with-anything metallic number (and so does Heidi Klum -- she owns it). For a thoughtful finishing touch, fill the bag with some of the staples like rash cream, baby lotion, wipes, and -- of course -- diapers.
Jennifer Sbranti is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of HostessWithTheMostess.com, and author of the HWTM Daily Blog.
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