Takes the Cake: Decorating cupcakes as a fun baby shower activity
The shower honored both parents-to-be, and both men and women, aunts, uncles and kids were invited.
Erin made some plain cupcakes for the shower. She also brought tubs and piping bags of frosting that matched the cake, Oreos (regular and vanilla), M&Ms and extra fondant leaves she made a couple days prior.
"I printed a sign on paper in the same font as the invitation that said, 'Decorate A Cupcake', (with) an explanation that it was a contest and the parents-to-be would be picking their top two favorite creations," Erin said.
She framed the sign and put it next to the Oreos, which were displayed on a nice plate with a bowl of M&Ms in the middle.
Two submissions won: the crazy face you see in the middle in the photo on the left, and the one that looks like a Santa in the top right corner of the photo below.
"To make the winning face, my brother-in-law peeled the cream out of two Oreos and overlapped them for eyes," Erin said. "He placed M&Ms off-center in each for pupils to give it a crossed-eyed look. And he used the fondant leaves I had created prior to the party to use on the cake as a nose, teeth and ears."
For the Santa, Erin's cousin-in-law used a red fondant leaf and white piped frosting for the hat.
"She then broke a red fondant leaf and used the pieces for the rosy cheeks," Erin said. "She piped white frosting in little puffs around the cupcake for a beard and placed half an Oreo in the center as the mouth."
Erin said those who participated used the provided materials creatively.
"No one used the leaves as leaves. They created teeth, ears, legs and flower petals with them. They used Oreos as eyes, mouths and hats," she said. "I could never have anticipated how fun and unique these cupcakes would turn out. This was a fun activity that everyone could participate in."
Even kids were able to decorate cupcakes, she said, "and the best part was getting to eat your project after the judging."
For prizes, Erin gave out small packages of Starbucks coffee and a Ghirardelli chocolate bar.
"This would make a great baby shower activity for a group of people who don't really get into all the cutesy games," Erin said.
Her husband also organized a beer-tasting for the shower, "for all the of-age and non-pregnant attendees."
"He brought shot glasses and had spent weeks collecting different types of craft beer to share," Erin said. "The beer was pre-chilled in a cooler prior to the shower and bottles were brought out one at a time to share with the guests. This went over really well, too."
The beer tasting was tailored to the father-to-be's interests, she said, because it's a passion of his.
Cake and beer? That's a baby shower I would love to attend.