May 13, 2011

Fun and Games - Baby Shower Style

Last weekend, amongst Mother's Day and our anniversary, I hosted my sister's baby shower. It was a blast! When I plan something, I like to keep it slightly out of the box. So I found a few games I hadn't seen before and put a spin on a few classics. I love entertaining and love making sure everyone has a great time - so this was to be a baby shower unique to my sister.
Our theme, because all good parties have a theme, was cute animals and neon - and truly, that sums up my sister! She's a sucker for all things cute and cuddly and as a child of the 80's she has not been able to give up her love of neon!
We played the classic "Guess Her Age" game, done up on a bright neon orange board. It was too funny - especially the fact that my sister did not win!
There was, of course, the "Don't say the word 'baby' " game, except we did not use clothes pins, but neon hair clips! Just look how great they are, especially on her friend Jessyka - needless to say, she won!


Well I'm sad to say that we played this hilarious game and I completely forgot to take any pictures of it!! I'm soooo sad, it was super funny and I would have loved to have shared it with all of you!!! Let's just say it involved melted chocolate and diapers.....


At least I have one more game to share with you and I have pictures of it, including process shots. It's a cute game, one that you leave set up and people can play as they mingle and munch - good ice breaker/social kind of game.

What you do is, using the letters from BABY SHOWER, you find an item (baby related) that the first letter of the item matches with the letters in baby shower. So, a bib for B, apple sauce for A, bottle for the second B, etc. (Those are just some ideas, not ones I actually used.... I had to be much more creative then that! ;) Oh and by the way...have fun finding something baby related that starts with Y!!!)
Next, backing on neon paper, I printed the letters to spell BABY SHOWER. Then I adhered each letter to a paper bag. Using a hole punch I punched a hole through both side of the bag at the top. I then stuffed in the items. Some I took out of the packaging, some I did not. I then added some tissue paper to deter peekers and threaded ribbon through the holes and tide it in a pretty bow. (I love attention to detail...though sometimes this is not a positive!)

Anyways, then you line them up and people can touch, feel, squish and squash the bags, just no looking into them, to try and guess what is inside. Once everyone had a chance to guess what was inside, my sister got to open each bag and reveal the contents. The nice thing is she also got to keep what was inside so it's like a gift and game in one! And it was surprisingly harder then I thought it would be but it was also very enjoyable!



So there was good fun and lots of nice gifts for her baby boy....who is due in about a month now!


 


After presents and games was CAKE TIME!!! ;) I bought a couple of cheese cakes because my sis does not care for regular cake. Using homemade marshmallow fondant and some creative energy, I created some darling creatures to top it off with!





Seriously - it was fairly easy. Once you make the fondant it's just like working with play d'oh!! And making the fondant is not hard! I'll post the recipe at the end of the post - but you really should give it a try, it makes anyone look like a professional! ;)


 


Anyways, I'm pretty sure my sister had a good time - I think everyone did. And once again I'm sorry I didn't get pictures of the "Guess the Chocolate" game - the one with melted chocolate and diapers...but I'm sure you can use your imagination...oh too much fun!




I'm so excited for her and can't wait to meet my nephew!!! SO excited!!!!



Well have a great weekend and get creative, I'd love to hear and see what you come up with!!!







Marshmallow Fondant - So easy, I could do it! ;)



Ingredients:
•8 ounces miniature marshmallows (4 cups not packed, or half of a 16-ounce bag)
•1 pound powdered sugar (4 cups), plus extra for dusting
•2 tbsp water

•Food coloring or flavored extracts, optional


Preparation:
1. Dust your counter or a large cutting board with powdered sugar. Place the marshmallows and the water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, until the marshmallows are puffy and expanded.
2. Stir the marshmallows with a rubber spatula until they are melted and smooth. If some unmelted marshmallow pieces remain, return to the microwave for 30-45 seconds, until the marshmallow mixture is entirely smooth and free of lumps. If you want colored or flavored fondant, you can add several drops of food coloring or extracts at this point and stir until incorporated. If you want to create multiple colors or flavors from one batch of fondant, do not add the colors or flavors now. Instead, refer to step 6 below for instructions.
3. Add the powdered sugar and begin to stir with the spatula. Stir until the sugar begins to incorporate and it becomes impossible to stir anymore.
4. Scrape the marshmallow-sugar mixture out onto the prepared work surface. It will be sticky and lumpy, with lots of sugar that has not been incorporated yet--this is normal. Dust your hands with powdered sugar, and begin to knead the fondant mixture like bread dough, working the sugar into the marshmallow with your hands.
5. Continue to knead the fondant until it smoothes out and loses its stickiness. Add more sugar if necessary, but stop adding sugar once it is smooth--too much sugar will make it stiff and difficult to work with. Once the fondant is a smooth ball, it is ready to be used. You can now roll it out, shape it, or wrap it in cling wrap to use later. Well-wrapped fondant can be stored in a cool room or in the refrigerator, and needs to be kneaded until supple before later use.
6. If you want to add coloring or flavoring to your fondant, flatten it into a round disc. You might want to wear gloves to avoid getting food coloring on your hands during this step. Add your desired amount of coloring or flavoring to the center of the disc, and fold the disc over on itself so that the color or flavor is enclosed in the center of the fondant ball.
7. Begin to knead the ball of fondant just like you did before. As you work it, you will begin to see streaks of color coming through from the center. Continue to knead until the streaks are gone and the fondant is a uniform color. Your fondant is now ready to be used or stored as outlined above.





ENJOY!









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3 comments:

  1. WOW! WOW! Kaitlin, you are amazing!! That cake looks incredible! You are so creative!!

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  2. that cake was super impressive. i haven't been to a baby shower in so long. looked like lots of fun!

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