Mar 202010

cookies, baby shower, favorThese cookies were unreal and tasted as good as they looked. Although, the star cookies veered away from the Hawaiian theme; I loved them anyways.

My good friend, Beth, graciously offered to make cookies for each Baby Shower guest using the cookie cutters, I’d ordered online.  The presentation  of these cookies was out of this world.  Each guest received a cookie cutter and a package of homemade cookies. When I look at the pictures, I’m still amazed at the job she did.

If you’re interested in making something similar you’ll need:

Sugar Cookies

The secret is in chilling the dough which results in a cutout cookie with defined edges.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt (omit if you are using salted butter)
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  3. Mix in vanilla and milk.
  4. Stir in flour, mixing just until flour is incorporated.
  5. Form dough into two disks.
  6. Roll each disk between two sheets of parchment paper to approximate desired thickness (usually 1/4 inch).
  7. Place rolled dough on flat sheet and refrigerate at least 2 hours, until thoroughly chilled.
  8. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F.
  9. Line cookie trays with parchment paper.
  10. Carefully place dough on cutting surface, and peel off top layer of parchment.
  11. Smooth dough with rolling pin if required.
  12. Cut using cookie cutters, placing on the parchment lined sheet, with at least an inch of space separating each cookie.
  13. Return cut cookies to refrigerator to ensure dough is chilled (about 10 minutes).
  14. Bake cookies approximately 7 minutes, until bottom edge is barely brown.
  15. Cool completely before decorating.
  16. Store cookies in airtight container up to one week.

Royal Icing

4 egg whites
4 cups sifted icing sugar
1 tsp lemon extract

  1. Beat egg whites in large glass or metal bowl at high speed until foamy.
  2. Gradually add sugar and extract.
  3. Beat until thickened.
Baby Shower Cookies, FavorsThanks again, Beth, those cookies were super yummy. I could use one about now, it’s 12:34 am and all I have is a stink’n granola bar.
Mar 192010


baby shower carriage cakeKaren, brought this fabulous cake to my baby shower. It was AWESOME. I am a fan of white cakes, so I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

In my very pregnant state, I easily justified eating most of the leftovers by myself. It was just so damn good. In an effort to save myself from this cake, I threw it in the freezer. What a useless gesture that turned out to be. I simply threw frozen pieces in the microwave for 8 seconds making  it was even better than before…sigh. The cake was gone in a day.

One year later, I asked my Mom to make the cake again for my birthday

Note: To all you baker’s out there, this cake has a heavy, buttery consistency almost like a pound cake but richer. It is definitely not light and airy.

I know a lot of work went into making this cake for me. I was very touched by the gesture and the guests were impressed by the cake. The carriage cake was a very special addition to my baby shower.

Recipe from Canadian Living Magazine: May 2008

Mar 172010
Have I got a list of shower games for you!
 How Many Q-Tips Guessing Game My Water Broke Game Baby Food Tasting Game Guess What's in the Dirty Diaper Game
This list was compiled by Miss Caroline, who helped me with the planning and took on the role of  MC. She may be little but she’s “oh-so mighty”; this girl knows how to keep a party moving.
Games are a critical part of every shower. They set the tone and help strangers bond. These games helped minimize the uncomfortable small talk and really got the party going. (Yes, even a hen party like this one…lol)

The games I used were:

  1. Find Your Baby or Mommy
    – A great “ice breaker” once people arrive.
  2. Never say “Baby”
    – A games that runs the length of the party. I was surprised how aggressive some people got
    with this one.
  3. Guess Mom’s Tummy Size
    – Hilarious and very humbling.
  4. Guess How Many Q-Tips
    – A game that sits out for the length of the party. Shy people tend to gravitate towards this type of game.
  5. My Water Broke
    – It’s like watching paint dry, only in this case….ice melt…definitely a conversation piece.
  6. Guess The Baby Food Flavours
    – A great game. Be sure to buy a few odd and disgusting flavors, plus lots of wooden dollar store spoons (no double dipping).
  7. Pass the Dirty Diaper
    – The highlight of the afternoon. Be sure to take pictures of this one. The serious, thoughtful looks that participants give the dirty diapers are hysterical.

The PDF below contains a description of these games (plus a few more) to help you with your party planning:

Instructions: Baby Shower Games