Post by Lyndsay Jenkinson
April showers bring May Flowers…or is it something else?
Are you or someone you know entertaining the idea of celebrating something new and wonderful…something small, cute and so full of love…something precious…a new addition? Yes that’s right. I am talking about a baby.
Babies bring so much to our lives and their arrival should be celebrated. Babies also bring a lot of things into our lives such as tiny clothes, toys, miniature linens, bottles and… diapers (we’ll get back to the diapers later). Often it is customary to celebrate this new beginning with a party, or rather, a baby shower.
Last year I was in a position to host such a celebration for my nephew and his wife to celebrate the newest addition to our family, Baby Isabelle. As it was a busy time of year for me, I opted to keep it simple and casual with minimal clean-up. Keeping things simple, however, does not mean you have to skimp on style.
Start with a colour scheme and work from there. Choose bright colours rather than pastels. A brighter palette is more playful and lends itself well to a casual gathering. You can use paper plates and plastic cutlery, but with a little flare. Tying mini pink pacifiers with ribbons around the wrapped cutlery adds a nice touch.
Don’t have wine glass charms to help guests keep track of their drinks? Why not use small gift tags, in the same colour palette as the rest of the décor, with guests’ names written on them.
Keeping your celebration environmentally green is another thing to consider. Aside from using recyclable cutlery, and biodegradable paper plates, I chose to make a reusable centre piece – A Diaper Cake.
This cake was very easy to make, will not go to waste, or to your waist, for that matter.
Here’s what you need:
- Cake board
- One box of diapers (one size up from newborn)
- One wine bottle
- Decorative floral picks
- Teething toy
- Place the wine bottle in the center of the cake board. While you may use an empty wine bottle why not select a nice wine to use as the centre. It will be a nice surprise for the new parents when they “consume” they cake to find a wee bit of relaxation in the middle!
- Take a stack of diapers and fanning them out, wrap them around the base of the bottle. Continue to add more stacked, fanned diapers around the bottle until you have one complete tier. Secure the tier by tying a string at mid-height around the diapers.
- Using fewer diapers than on the first layer, repeat the procedure for the second layer. Using fewer diapers ensures a smaller tier.
- For the top layer take 6 or 7 diapers and individually roll them up securing each roll with string. Next place the rolled diapers around the neck of the bottle to form the last tier. Secure the rolls around the bottle using string as in the other layers.
- Using wide ribbon, cut three lengths (one for each tier of the cake) and tie the ribbon around the layers of the cake hiding the securing string.
- Next gently place floral picks on the cake, inserting the stems between the diapers.
- Top the cake of with an appropriate cake topper – a teething toy.
If you wish to bring a diaper cake to a celebration simply wrap in clear cellophane for easy transportation both to and from the party.
This simple, but statement making cake can be made days in advance and is guaranteed to stay fresh. You can also bet there will be no leftovers.
Photos by Lyndsay Jenkinson