Posts Tagged ‘ Baby Shower Ideas ’

Star Wars Baby Shower: May the Force Be With Jaime King!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Baby Shower CakeMay the force be with Hart of Dixie star Jaime King when she goes into labor this fall! The pregnant actress and George Lucas fanatic, was feted by friends (including super-stylish celeb pals Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson and Selma Blair) at her Star Wars-themed baby shower on Saturday at the Soho House in West Hollywood.

The centerpiece of the baby shower was an elaborate cake featuring Jaime as Princess Leah, and her husband Kyle in full Jedi gear, surrounded by Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, and their baby on a planet (most likely in a galaxy far, far away). Since the couple doesn’t know the sex of their baby—and plan to be surprised on his or her birthday—the cake read: “May the force be with baby Newman.”

Why the Sci-fi theme? The space adventure holds a special place in Jaime and her husband’s hearts. Aside from both of them being obsessed with all things Star Wars, Kyle directed Jaime in the 2009 movie Fanboys—about buddies who take a cross-country trip to Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace before its released—and Jaime voiced several characters on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series from 2009 to 2012.

While I’m not as R2D2- and C3P0-obsessed as Jaime and Kyle, I love that they (and her friends throwing the shower) went outside the box with the baby shower theme. It’s a tip for everyone to learn from. Your (or your friend’s shower) should focus on the mom-to-be’s likes and interests and really be personal to her. Love books? A nursery rhyme, Alice in Wonderland, or Dr. Seuss-themed party is perfect. Can’t get enough of animals? A circus, jungle or petting zoo-themed shower could be for you. Have a special interest, like football, music or even knitting? They can all be incorporated into a baby shower tailored just for you, making your day extra-special.

For your own Star Wars-themed baby bash, check out these awesome recipes and craft projects. You can even take your love of the movies one step further by naming your baby after the epic series with these cool baby name suggestions. Star Wars not your bag? Get inspired by these other fun baby shower themes.

TELL US: What was/will be your baby shower theme?

Image of Jaime’s baby shower cake via Ashley Madekwe’s Webstagram.

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Sweetest Baby Shower Activity Ever

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

baby shower activityWho here loves a baby shower? Who here’s looking forward to her own baby shower? If you fall into either camp, read on for the most heartfelt baby shower activity (at least according to me!).

I admit I’m a sentimental softie and that’s why I love it when baby showers incorporate personal touches. So I was really excited to see that Heather Morris’ friends designed onesies for the Glee star’s upcoming bundle of joy during her summer shower.

It lets your pals get creative and you and your little one get a one-of-a-kind gift. When Heather’s friends were done designing their mini masterpieces, they were hung from a clothing line by cute clothespins, adding to the party’s decor (gossipy sidenote: since there are blue, pink and yellow clothespins, I’m guessing Heather’s waiting till she gives birth to find out the sex of her baby!).

For my shower, my friends did something similar, and everyone designed bibs using waterproof markers, so they’re safe to wash without erasing the doodles. I received tons of amazing gifts at my baby shower, but the handmade bibs are what I will forever cherish (scroll down to see some of them).

I highly recommend adding a creative baby shower activity to your day, or urging a friend to get one going for you. Other great ideas include making decorations for the nursery together in whatever color or theme you’ve selected (this could be customized picture frames, wall hangings, or pillows), each guest writing a hand-written note to the baby on what the baby means to them and what they hope s/he will achieve in life, and for super-crafty types knitting a small square of fabric that can be put together to make a customized blankie for the baby. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some of my favorite bib designs from my shower:

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Bib making party

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Montauk bib

For more fab baby shower ideas, go here.

TELL US: What are some of the creative personal touches you’ve incorporated into your shower? What are your favorite baby shower activities?

Image of onesie via Instagram.

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DROP DEAD DIVA Star Dishes on Her On and Off-screen Pregnancy Secrets

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Drop Dead Diva PregnancyKate Levering plays the tough-as-nails, succeed-at-all-costs attorney Kim Kaswell on Drop Dead Diva, who found out at the end of last season that she’s—gasp!—pregnant. While Kim is always impeccably dressed, she’s not always the nicest. So I was relieved to find that Kate is the exact opposite of her TV alter ego. Though equally ambitious, Kate’s not at all bitchy—even when she’s allowed to be, because she’s just weeks away from giving birth (she’s due in August) and she’s filming in Hotlanta. In summertime, people!

More like a chatty best friend than someone on a hit TV show, Kate was happy to talk about all things pregnancy—including the fact that she’s due with a boy, had a fun “safari chic” baby shower, and is now in full-on nesting mode, but can’t do much about it because she’s filming in Atlanta, while her husband, Reza, and unfinished nursery are in LA!

Read on to find out how Kate’s off-screen pregnancy has influenced her on-screen one, what she thinks of everyone bashing former guest star Kim Kardashian for her pregnancy weight gain, and why she’s warding off an epidural. Yes, really!

Is it true your character, Kim, got pregnant before you did?
Yes! It’s life imitating art, but I like to say I’m just that good of an actress that the writers wrote it, and I made it happen in real life!

So you didn’t have to wear a fake belly like most actresses playing a pregnant woman?
No, in fact because our filming schedule was pushed back from February to May, I showed up way more pregnant than my character was supposed to be so I spent the first few episodes holding a lot of folders in front of my belly and sitting behind desks. I even had one emotional scene where I just sort of hugged a pillow the whole time. We had to get creative!

How is Kim pregnant: extra bitchy or has pregnancy softened her?
A little bit of both. She’s really been thrown a curve ball and she’s in denial that she’s pregnant. She’s such a workaholic and she’s not very maternal, and at times we see her about to crack, which is nice because we’ve never seen that side of her character before. So there is some vulnerability revealed as well as she gets extra bitchy to people. It’s kind of like a regular pregnancy, where you’re just all over the place!

Did being pregnant make it easy playing a future mom?
Yes, I didn’t have to try hard because I already had the waddle down and was subconsciously rubbing my belly, so it was perfect.

How has it been working such long days when being pregnant is already exhausting?
Well, I’m only doing eight episodes instead of the full 13, and the crew has tried really hard to keep me hydrated, make sure I’m not on my feet too much, or wearing heels for too long. Someone is always right there with a chair in between takes. So I can’t complain. I’ve actually had a really enjoyable, carefree pregnancy. I keep joking with my friends that I should have been way more high maintenance because now my husband thinks being pregnant is a breeze. I should have milked it!

Women take to pregnancy differently. Some feel confident and feminine. Others can’t help being self-conscious and moody thanks to the hormones. How have you been so far?
Watching my body change has made me feel the most feminine, confident and sexy I’ve ever felt. Although, now I’m getting down to the end where you can’t tie your shoes or shave your bikini line so then you start to feel not-so-sexy. But I’ve loved being pregnant. Now I’m worried that I’m going to become one of those women who’s always knocked up!

So much has been made about pregnant women in the news: Kim Kardashian was criticized for “getting too heavy,” Kate Middleton was said to be “too small.” What do you make of all the talk?
I think it’s really sad that women are being made to feel bad during what should be the most special time in their lives. I worked with Kim Kardashian on the show and she is the tiniest thing with these great curves. She didn’t look anything like Kate Middleton to begin with, so why should their pregnancies be compared? When you’re pregnant, you have no control over what happens to your body and where the weight goes, so why make women feel bad about themselves? I think that’s awful. Pregnancy should be celebrated!

What’s been the best part of expecting?
Feeling my baby kick for the first time was the most incredible emotion I’ve ever felt. Even feeling my baby kick now—all the time—that excitement never goes away.

What’s been the most surprising?
That people aren’t more willing to help you when they see that you’re pregnant. I was flying and my belly was huge, but no one offered  to put my carry-on in the overhead compartment. So next time you see a pregnant woman, if you’re not pregnant yourself, offer to help her!

Now for the big question: Epidural or no epidural?
I probably shouldn’t say this in case it doesn’t go as planned, but I’m not planning on having an epidural. I have a midwife, and I’ve read Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth. I think our culture has scared women to death when it comes to childbirth, which is something so natural and beautiful that we shouldn’t be frightened of it. But talk to me after I give birth!

Tune in Sunday, 6/23, to see Kate in all her pregnant glory (no stunt belly required!) for the fifth season premiere of Drop Dead Diva at 9 pm ET on Lifetime.

TELL US: Are you excited to see Kate’s character pregnant on Drop Dead Diva? What real-life pregnancy symptoms do you hope are played out on TV?

Image of Kate Levering courtesy of Paul Smith.

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Cute Baby Shower Idea: Dr. Seuss-Themed Blue Mocktail Recipe

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Virgin Blue Hawaiian Recipe Now that I have a blog called “Everything Pregnancy,” people think I must know, well, everything about pregnancy—including throwing an awesome baby shower. I’ve always loved a good theme party (from tequila and mezcal tastings for Cinco de Mayo to Mad Men-style ’60s costume and cocktails), so when a friend recently wanted baby shower ideas for her sister’s fete, I told her two words: Dr. Seuss!

Whether you are—or someone you’re giving a baby shower for is— having a boy or a girl, a Dr. Seuss-themed party is always a big hit. Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? Not only are favorites like The Lorax and Green Eggs and Ham gender-neutral, but some Dr. Seuss characters are perfect for twins too, like Cat in the Hat‘s Thing One and Thing Two and the red and blue fish from One Fish, Two Fish.

IMHO every party should have a signature drink. So here is a Blue Hawaiian mocktail recipe I like to call Thing One for a Dr. Seuss-themed party (but this could also be used for any baby shower for a boy).

Serving size: 1 drink. To make large batches, multiply recipe by double the amount of guests you expect.

  • 5 oz. blue fruit punch drink (like Kool Aid or Hawaiian Punch)
  • 1 oz. coconut milk
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. ginger ale

Mix all ingredients and pour into a plastic glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

For the non-preggo ladies at the bash, add 3/4 oz. vodka and 3/4 oz. rum to each drink to create Thing Two. Make sure each is clearly labeled “Thing One Mocktail” and “Thing Two Cocktail” so there’s no confusion for your guests.

TELL US: What drinks will you be serving at your baby shower? Share ideas with us on the Everything Pregnancy page on Facebook.

Image of blue mocktail courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Fun Baby Shower Trend: Gender Reveal Cakes

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

hot baby shower trend: gender reveal cakeTwo of my favorite things in the world are cake and surprises, and those two things collide in one heaping serving of fun in the latest trend in baby showers: gender reveal cakes. That’s where the guests don’t know whether the mom-to-be is having a boy or a girl until the big news is revealed (hence the name), when the dessert is cut into and there is either pink or blue icing, or sometimes the yellow cake is dyed in the appropriate girl or boy hue.

Mini gender reveal cakes are in demand too. “Biting into a cupcake to find pink or blue buttercream is a very dramatic—and sweet—way to share the news of your baby’s sex with family and friends!” say Katherine Kallinis Berman  and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, co-owners of Georgetown Cupcake, authors of “Sweet Celebrations,” and stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes.

Sprinkles Cupcakes founder and a judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Candace Nelson, agrees. “Gender reveal baby showers are an exciting way to announce if your baby-to-be is a boy or girl.” But her bakery takes it a step further. “If you want to be surprised too, simply have your doctor write ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ inside an envelope and bring it to us. We’ll keep your secret—even from you—until the big reveal!”

So if you’ve been wondering how to make your baby shower stand out, especially since you’ll be following a few of your friends’ fetes, get on trend with a gender reveal cake. I’m obsessed! Here are my picks for some of the best designs from bakeries across the country.

.Gender Reveal Cakes from Faithfully Cakes Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
“What the Duck Is It?” Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Faithfully Cakes Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Game On: Pink vs Blue. Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Faithfully Cakes Pittsburg Pennsylvania

Nursery Rhymes. Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Rose Bakes Meadville Mississippi

“What Will They Bee?” Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Rose Bakes Cake Pops Meadville Mississippi

Question Mark Cake Pops. Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Rose Bakes Present Meadville Mississippi

A Pretty Package. Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Georgetown Cupcake Washington DC

Rubber Ducky cupcakes. Designed by Katherine Kallinis Berman  and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne at Georgetown Cupcake.

Gender Reveal Cakes Cake Alchemy New York City

Pregnant Belly. Designed by Lauri Ditunno at Cake Alchemy.

Gender Reveal Cakes Cake Alchemy Baby New York City

A Spring Arrival. Designed by Lauri Ditunno at Cake Alchemy.

Gender Reveal Cakes Sprinkles Cupcakes Los Angeles California

All Things Baby. Designed by Candace Nelson at Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Batter and Buttercream Richmond Kentucky

He? She? Open & See. Designed by Pam Hembree at Batter and Buttercream Custom Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Magnolia Bakery New York City Baby Shower

Swirls. Designed by Magnolia Bakery.

Gender Reveal Cakes Love At First Bite West Palm Beach Floria Baby Shower Cakes

“It’s a ?” Designed by Kim Claisse Tolson at Love At First Bite Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes McGreevy Cakes Akron New York

Back to Nature. Designed by Shawna McGreevy at McGreevy Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Bow Baby McGreevy Cakes Akron New York

Precious Present. Designed by Shawna McGreevy at McGreevy Cakes.

Tell us: Are you planning on having a gender reveal cake at your shower? Could you keep your baby’s sex a secret that long without blowing the news? Leave your comments below.

Image of bears and bibs courtesy of Shutterstock.
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