My beautiful sister-in-law had her baby shower this past weekend and I can’t even begin to tell you about all the wonderful things that everyone put together. My mother-in-law made absolutely adorable little onesie and washcloth cupcakes, the father-to-be’s mom had delicious treats for us and a house that hosted it, and the mommy-to-be’s bff pulled together a ton of games and other decorations. All in all the party was gorgeous, the company – one of my favorites, and the glowing Penelope was showered with gifts.
Peanut and I joined the party (as did Jon for a little while since he made the drive with us), ate an insane amount of delicious food, and watched as the mommy-to-be opened all the adorable little baby gifts.
Along with our gifts, Peanut and I brought over a Diaper cake. In case you’ve never heard of it – it’s a “cake” made up of diapers and other baby things. I love being able to give the new mommy some diapers and handing her a box of them just isn’t my style. Instead, I go for a cake. It’s simple to make (takes less than an hour, total) and looks great (or at least better than a box of diapers).
- Pull all your items together. You’ll need diapers, a base (I use a cardboard box, cut out into a circle), tape, a hot glue gun and some glue dots, some ribbon and accessories to decorate. I like to use Size 1 diapers because you can usually switch to them within the first couple of weeks and they seem to last a month or two so you never have too many.
- Cut out your base – I used a tray to outline the circle, then cut it out.
- Begin rolling diapers. You want to roll them so any image is on the inside. Then wrap an elastic around it, getting it close to the middle.
- When you have enough for it to make a little pile, I like to tie them out with some ribbon I will throw out later. It helps me keep my sanity as I add more and more diapers. Then you can either hide it, or cut it. Keep going until the bottom matches the base.
- Start on the next layer – same thing: roll diapers, pull them together, keep adding until it looks a little smaller than the bottom.
- Repeat for the third and however other additional layers you want.
- Use tape or glue dots to keep the layers on the base and on top of each other.
- Tie each layer with some pretty ribbon
- Decorate with whatever you want – I used some socks (using some cardboard inserts to keep them on the cake), flower headband I made, Pacifiers, bows, toys and some washcloths. Anything will work – I’ve heard of others using bottles, lotions, etc.
That’s it! (I fixed the ribbon before the party, don’t worry).
I like to use the glue dots to keep the diaper layers together and a hot glue gun to keep the ribbon tight (so it doesn’t fall apart by the time the party comes rolling around).