Sugar and spice and everything nice.... If that's what little girls are made of, then it seems only right that a soiree to welcome a baby girl should be made of them too. This ultra-fem baby shower features a pretty pink and chocolate color palette, a DIY spice rack centerpiece, and spicy-sweet treats.
Personalize this custom invitation -- just click on the name of the mama-to-be and party details text to edit. Then print on a color printer using 5x7 photo paper and mail in A7 size envelopes.
Purchase a bunch of plain plastic spice bottles. Fill them with any spices you choose from the bulk containers at your local health food or grocery store (or simply transfer the spice already in your kitchen).
Create your own custom labels for each of the bottles, featuring baby- or spice-related words like "sugar," "sweet," "dream", "spice," and so on. Arrange the customized spice bottles around the edges of a cake stand so that the label sides face out. Fill the empty space in the center with a small "bouquet" of pink and clear rock candy sticks, displayed in a glass jar or vase filled partway with brown sugar.
Invite guests to their seats with sweet personalized table cards. Download our template and click on the name of the guest to edit. Then print on a color printer using 8-1/2-x-11 photo paper. Trim using a paper cutter or an X-Acto knife.
To match the cards, use crisp white dishes against a pale pink tablecloth, or if you're going with plastic tableware, get plates and cutlery in various shades of pink and set them off against a crisp white tablecloth.
Decorating for this shower is so easy when you focus on every girl's favorite color, pink!
Spicy or sweet? Guests can decide for themselves with two gourmet salsa options. Mango salsa covers the sweet (leave out the jalapeno if you want the mango to really stand out), and roasted tomato salsa takes care of the spicy. Just make sure you label which is which with signs on the table. Invite guests to spoon salsa over grilled chicken breasts for the meal.
Makes: 7 cups
Prep: 15 minutes
Chill: 1 hour Roasted Tomato Salsa
Makes: 1 1/2 cups
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Broil: 3 minutes
What's sweeter than cupcakes? We love that these have a hint of cinnamon in them.
Makes: 18 cupcakes
Prep: 20 minutes
Guess the Spice (for guests)
After the meal has been served, take the spice jars from your DIY table centerpiece and use them for a "Guess the Spice" game. Hand out pads of paper, then pass the spices around and see who can guess the most correctly in order to win a prize. Make sure to have a few difficult spices included in the mix and be ready to give a few hints for some of the harder ones if the entire crowd seems stuck.
Guess the Sugar (for mom)
This game is especially fun if mom-to-be has pg-cravings for sweets. Blindfold the guest of honor, then bring out several different types of candies and candy bars, one at a time, and see if she can guess what each of them is simply by smelling them. Have a timer on hand, and only give her 20 seconds to guess each type of candy.
Send guests home with an out-of-the-ordinary treat that's a little bit spice and a little bit sweet. Mucho Mayan Spice Ganache from Chalmers is a decadently thick, silky chocolate spread infused with cinnamon and smoky chipotle chilies that you can spread, melt, or pour over ice cream.
The packaging is adorable on its own, so there's no need to spend time wrapping it. Just embellish with simple bands of ribbon, then line them up in neat rows.
Mini glass jam jars are another fun, simple favor idea. Fill them with spiced gumdrop candies, then personalize the jars with a custom label and pretty ribbon.
Jennifer Sbranti is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of HostessWithTheMostess.com, and author of the HWTM Daily Blog.Copyright © 2008 Meredith Corporation.
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