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Under The Sea Baby Shower Ideas

Under The Sea Baby Shower

Ideas For An Under The Sea or Whale Baby Shower

Ideas For An Under The Sea Baby Shower

Throwing an Under The Sea ocean-inspired baby shower can be quite fun! Using fish and the ocean as inspiration, you can easily carry the Under The Sea theme through to all the decorations, baby shower games, food and of course the party favors for your guests.

So if you are trying to come up with a unique shower theme to help Mom welcome her new little guppy to the world, consider these clever and cute ocean-inspired ideas! Your guests will love your ingenuity.

Under The Sea Ocean Themed Invitations

When it comes to invitations, there are 3 basic choices. Buy fully personalized and printed invitations that you simply order and then mail to the guests.

The second choice is to buy themed invitations such as those shown in the photograph to the right. These fill-in style invitations are usually sold in packages of 8 or 16 and they feature pre-printed lines where you write in all the shower information such as who is throwing the shower, the date, time, location, etc.

Finally, you can make the invitations yourself either using a computer or crafting supplies. It is easy to find ocean-themed graphics or clip art online so creating your own printed invitations can be easy for those that are computer savvy. Consider using some phrasing such as:

Under The Sea Ocean Themed Invitations

Ahoy there!

[mom to be's name] Is expecting a new guppy soon

So swim over for the celebration at this reef:

[location and address]

[date and time]

Given by: [hostess's name]

RSVP: [phone number]

Under the Sea, Under the Sea, Come Celebrate with Baby & Me!

Here are all the details for [mom to be's name] ocean shower adventure....

Port: [location and address]

Sail Date: [date and time]

Captain: [hostess's name]

S.O.S: [Please RSVP by date and phone number]

Alternatively if you are crafty, consider making some fish-shaped invites with the above text in the center (belly) of the fish. You can use glitter, stickers, etc to create an entire underwater ocean theme as well. Many craft stores also sell ocean-inspired card stock that would be an excellent choice. Making great looking baby shower invitations can be loads of fun!

Under The Sea Decorations & Supplies

Under The Sea Decorations & Supplies

When it comes to decorating for an Under The Sea baby shower, think blue! Blue streamers and balloons throughout the party set an underwater atmosphere. Buy fish-shaped baby shower balloons and pinatas to hang from the ceiling. You really want the shower guests to feel like they've just walked into the ocean when they come through the door. Cardboard cutouts of fish, octopuses, and coral can be used to decorate the walls. You can even find fish-shaped strings of lights at party supply stores or online at Oriental Trading Company.

On the buffet or gift table, use fish netting on top of a blue tablecloth and scatter shells around the food or gifts. For the centerpieces, consider using small glass fishbowls with goldfish (you can use them as game prizes). Another idea is to use an baby diaper cake. It can pull double-duty as both the centerpiece and your baby shower gift for Mom and baby.

Finally, put on an ocean-inspired CD with dolphin or whale sounds in the background.

When it comes to ocean-themed decorating, the possibilities are endless. Be sure to get Under The Sea baby shower supplies like the plates, napkins, and cups shown in the photo to the right. You can find tabletop items as well as coordinating items on our website.

For pictures and tips on decorating for an Under The Sea Baby Shower, be sure to check out the Secret Agent Blog. Josephine shares lots of photos and great ideas for an ocean themed shower that she hosted.

Ocean Preppy Girl Baby Shower - Get all the matching supplies in one place!

Ocean Preppy Girl Baby Shower

Under The Sea Party Food Ideas

Under The Sea Party Food Ideas

Here are some great ideas to tie all of your food in with your Baby Shower Theme:

Make your favorite blue punch recipe or buy some of the blue tropical punch kool-aid and put it in a big punch bowl. You can buy reusable plastic fish-shaped ice cubes or make your own to float in the punch. To make your own ice cubes, simply buy fish or dolphin chocolate molds, fill them with a different color of punch (such as red) and freeze them. Just pop them out of the molds and add them to the punch right before the party starts.

For the main dish, "submarine" sandwiches are always a hit. Things like crab cakes or crab salads are also a great choice. Or how about some seashell pasta salad (add some shrimp if you like).

Photo Credit: Flickr Littldetails

Finally, I also love the idea of serving 'Octopus' hot dogs. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, you make octopus hot dogs by leaving the top 1/3 of the hot dog intact and then slice the bottom 2/3 into 8 legs (be sure not to cut them off... legs should stay attached to the top 1/3). Cook the dogs in boiling water and watch the 8 legs curl up. Super fun!! You can get step-by-step instructions on how to make octopus hot dogs along with photos by clicking here.

You can give just about anything like small finger sandwiches, jello jigglers, and even cheese an under the sea theme by using ocean-inspired cookie cutters such as dolphins, sharks, fish, etc. Be sure to serve all your party food on fish-shaped serving dishes which are normally pretty easy to find during summer months at places like Walmart or Target.

Bowls full of goldfish crackers and gummy sharks for snacking are a must at an ocean-themed event! And don't forget about dessert (my favorite part)!! Ben & Jerry's sells 'Fishy Food' ice cream that is the perfect accompaniment to any of the cakes shown below.

Under The Sea Baby Cake Inspiration

Under The Sea Baby Cake Inspiration

The above fish-themed cakes along with the instructions to make them can be found at Wilton.com.

Ocean Themed Cake

You could easily convert the ideas presented on this video to a baby shower cake.

Ocean Preppy Boys Shower Supplies

Ocean Preppy Boys Shower Supplies

Under The Sea Themed Shower Games

Under The Sea Themed Shower Games

Go Fish! Card Game - You can purchase the classic go fish card game at local retailers such as Walmart, Target and even many local drugstores. It will take your guests back to their childhood.

Draw an Octopus Game - Give each guest a blank piece of paper and a pencil. Have them close their eyes and ask them to draw an octopus (time the drawing for 1 minute). Have either the Mom-to-be or the hostess be the judge. The best looking Octopus wins. You could change this game up by having them draw a fish, dolphin, shark, or whatever fits in best with your party theme. Maybe even consider having them draw a snorkeling baby!!

Fish Cracker Guessing Game - Fill a glass container with goldfish crackers (counting them as you put them in). Then have guests guess how many are in the container. The guest closest to the correct answer without going over wins the prize.

Ocean Maze Game - The free printable game can be downloaded here. Have your guests help the sea turtle find its way back to the ocean.

Ocean Word Search - Either create your own ocean word search puzzle on your computer using words like fish, turtle, ocean, etc or download this free printable.

Under The Sea Baby Shower Favors

Under The Sea Baby Shower Favors

Personalized Favors are always a hit!

The options for under the sea inspired shower favors are numerous. The above photo shows just a couple choices - personalized chocolate baby shower favors and personalized travel candles. Both offer an excellent way to not only incorporate the ocean theme, but they are also customized with the mom's name and shower date to make them extra special for the event.

Other favor options include filling cellophane ocean-themed gift bags with things like fish-shaped candles, foil-covered chocolate fish, seashell shaped soaps, bath beads and so much more! You can even find place card holders that feature ocean shapes such as shells, starfish, palm trees, dolphins, and fish. They would look great on the tables for guests or used as decorations with little photos throughout the party.

Finally, consider products designed just for women such as containers of lip balm or jars of body butter designed specifically to soothe dry, chapped lips and skin. These items are often available in numerous themes and can be customized with the shower details.

Photo Credit: Baby Shower Party Favors

Under The Sea Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Under The Sea Baby Shower Gift Ideas

If your are throwing an Under The Sea baby shower or are invited to an ocean-themed shower, why not tie your gift in with the theme. Baby gift baskets like the ones shown above feature all kinds of ocean creatures to get baby learning about and loving the oceans. Baby Einstein has all kinds of learning and activity toys that have ocean sounds and shapes like octopuses, dolphins and crabs.

If you are the shower host, you could even use these gifts as the centerpiece too! Everyone will be impressed by your creativity.

How to Grow Beautiful Roses

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How to Grow Beautiful Roses

Growing Beautiful Roses

Growing beautiful roses is not a hobby, it's an art! While anyone can grow a rose bush and make it bloom, it takes real talent to grow a beautiful rose bush or create a rose garden that puts on a stunning show.

Captivating the World With Stunning Roses will teach you how to grow stunning roses and be the talk of your neighborhood. Below you will find everything you need from basic care, diseases and pests, how to grow roses from stem cuttings (and seeds, too), and much more!

 

Types of Roses

Knowing what type of rose you are growing well help significantly. You want to be sure that you are growing roses that will fit your needs and accomplish your desire. Below you will find the types of roses and how each one will perform.

Hybrid Tea roses are the most popular rose of all roses. They produce large, fragrant blooms and are and grow up to 6 feet. They are used as cut flowers and are the same roses used by florists. They typically grow have one bloom per stem. They also come in all colors except black or blue. Popular Hybrid Teas would include Mr. Lincoln, St. Patrick's Dayor Saint Patrick, Brandy and Double Delight.

Other types of roses include:

  • Grandiflora
  • Floribundas
  • Miniatures
  • Mini-Floras
  • Climbing Roses
  • Old Garden Roses
  • Shrubs
  • Polyanthas

For a complete list of rose types and pictures of each one check out Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society's 'Type of Roses' page.

How to grow roses

Image by 18_2rosadik36 on Flickr

 

Rose Grades

Grafted roses are sold based upon American Nursery Standards grades 1, 1 1/2, and 2. Plants that are sold as own-root are not graded, so there is no real clear-cut standard. Size can vary from source to source.

Standard Rose Grades

Grade 1 plants have three or more canes that are about 3/4 of an inch in diameter and have no more than 3-4 inches between the graft union and the top of the roots. They also have a large, well-developed root system. Grade 1 plants must be 2 years old when harvested from the field. These are generally premium-priced rose plants. Grade 1 1/2 roses have two strong canes and with care will catch up to Grade 1 roses. Grade 2 roses are the "bargain" or "cheap" roses. They are often plants with very small canes, often substandard, and are usually not worth the extra effort required to nurse them along. It is usually better to buy several Grade 1 roses each year than a dozen inferior plants that may never result in good garden specimens.

Resource: Our Rose Garden

 

Disease Resistant Roses from Amazon

One of the key factors in being successful at growing roses is choosing the right roses for your garden. If you are like me, you'll like no muss, no fuss so you should choose disease resistant, low maintenance roses like these from Amazon.

Fertilizing Roses

Fertilizer is an important component when growing beautiful bed of roses. Fertilizer helps to insure new blooms, lush new growth, foliage growth, strength and other important factors. Here are some of the most important rose fertilizers. A basic granular, organic or natural-based fertilizer with a balanced nutrient ratio in the single digits (example: 5-5-5)

This fertilizer provides the basic NPK and micronutrient building blocks for plant growth and bloom. There are many acceptable brands available. Avoid fertilizers with manufactured chemical ingredients, like Urea. These can burn your plants and don't do anything to build up your soil.

Bone Meal or rock phosphate - Helps promote blooms. More blooms equals a more beautiful rose bush!

Fish/Kelp Liquid Fertilizer - Fish provides a nitrogen source and kelp adds necessary trace minerals.

Alfalfa Meal or Tea - Alfalfa contains triconatol, which promotes plant growth. Alfalfa also conditions the soil.

Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) - Promotes enzyme activity in the soil, and also promotes more basal breaks in roses resulting in more blossoms.

Compost - Feeds the soil by adding organic matter and basic nutrients, which will improve the soil and soil life. Nutrients in healthy, living soil are more easily absorbed by plant roots.

For more information on these fertilizers and how and when to use them check out this helpful guide at Spring Valley Roses

How to grow beautiful roses

Image by swallowtailgardenseeds on Flickr

 

Pests and Disease of Roses

If You Grow Them They Will Come!

Pests and diseases can be a problem when growing roses, or any other plant for that matter. Knowing what to look for and being able to identify it will better help your when treating the problem.

Aphids are the most common pests on roses, especially, in the south. They feed on new shoots and buds causing damage. Among Aphids, there are several other insects that will make their way to your roses and feast.

Unfortunately, insects are thing only things you have to worry about when growing roses. Just like other plants, diseases come with the territory. Rust, Black Spot, and Powdery Mildew are a few of the diseases that roses can catch. Black Spot, or BS, is a common disease found on roses. It causes yellowing of the leaves and stalks as well as black spots. If left untreated black spot can take over your entire rose garden with in a few days because it is very contagious and it spread by water splash.

For more info and a great pictorial guide check out Pests and Diseases by Wikipedia. Their tutorial shows pictures of each pest along with valuable information on pests and diseases. For more information on treating and preventing pests and diseases read Rose Diseases and Pests by the Olympia Rose Society.

 

Great Books for Growing Roses

Here are some highly recommended books for those interested in growing roses. From growing roses organically to growing roses in cold climates, they are a must have for any rose grower!

Propagating Roses

Stem Cuttings or Seeds?

There is a lot of talk about which method is better; stem cuttings or seeds? While both methods are correct, it really depends on your personal preferences.

Stem cuttings may be easier and require less time but the success rate depends on the quality of the parental rose and how your care for the cuttings. As long as you choose a healthy plant, keep them moist but not too wet and insure that they are in a good environment, you will have new rose bushes in no time.

Growing roses from seeds can produce many more several roses at one time. However, it takes more time due to pollinating, growing the rosehip, harvesting, planting and waiting on them to sprout.

Growing roses from seeds can have many benefits you won't get from stem cuttings. When hybridizing (pollinating the mother plant with a different variety of plant), you can get create awesome colors and in the rare chance great a new variety altogether.

While there are only a few ways to propagate roses, stem cuttings and seeds are the most common. However, growing roses from seeds can take lots of time and patients along with trial and error. I have found that growing roses from stem cuttings is the most effect way and requires only 2-3 weeks. I prefer to grow roses from stem cuttings to insure proper color, quick rooting and to save money.

Here is a helpful link for propagating roses by seeds: How to Grow Roses From Seed by Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society.

 

Where to find your rose cuttings...

Can collect stem cuttings from your personal rose bushes or from family, friends and neighbors. Another great option is eBay. I have grown several of my own roses from rose clippings that I have found on eBay.

Another perk with buying them from eBay is that you can find rare and even personally hybridized rose cuttings from eBay. Why pay $70 for an extremely rare rose bush when you can get rose cuttings from eBay for only a buck or two and grow your own. I have been so successful with them that I know feel comfortable selling my own rose cuttings!

How to grow beautiful roses

Image by ukgardenphotos on Flickr

 

Did You Know...

Some Rosarians swear that putting banana peels around your rose bushes will pep them up. They say it encourages new growth and mass blooms!

Pruning Roses to Keep Them Beautiful

While roses are beautiful and easy to maintain, they still require some pruning as part of their maintenance.

When pruning roses the first step is to always ccut back spent blooms. Once each bloom as flourished but on a stunning show, it's time to cut them back. Some rose growers choose cut them back when they begin to wilt other wait until their petals have dropped. Either way is fine as long as they are cut back soon after losing their petals.

How to cut back spent blooms:

Using a sharp pair of sheers, cut the stalk back to the first set of leaves after the bloom. Be sure to make the cut at a sharp angle to allow for the water to run off. Also be sure to cut as close to the set of leaves with out injuring them.

Maintenance pruning:

As with any plant or tree some maintenance pruning is required. The most important is how you prune. While there are several ways to prune, the two most common is cutting them back to the ground in the winter or cutting them back 1/2 to 1/3 every Spring.

While both methods are effective it varies by the grower. Some prefer to cut them back to the ground so that it promotes lush growth in the winter while others prefer to keep the height and therefor cut them up to 1/2 way back to the main stalks in the spring.

 

My Personal Rose Collection

Finally, My Rose Garden is Growing

Currently, I only have a few roses but they are steadily growing as well as new additions. I just started my rose garden in the spring of 2008 and hope to continue it for many years. I love red long stem roses.

My Current Collection:

  • Mr. Lincoln -Red
  • Perfume Delight - Dark Pink
  • Gold Glow- Bright Yellow
  • Golden Materpiece- Rich Golden Yellow
  • Pristine - Pink and White
  • White Cherokee Climber - White
  • (2) Double Knock-Out Pink - Dark Pink
  • Blue Girl - Lavender
  • Double Delight - Cream and Deep Pink
  • Angel Face- Mauve
  • John F. Kennedy - White
  • Charisma- Yellow and Orange
  • Sterling Silver- Lavender Silvery
  • Mirandy- Deep Red
  • Gypsy- Deep Red
  • Joseph's Coat- Various Shades of Orange, Pink, Red, and Yellow (changes color)
  • Kordes Perfecta- White and Pink
  • Hondo- Yellow and Pink
  • Queen Elizabeth- Soft Pink
  • Snow Fire- Red on one side, White on the other
  • Just Joey- Apricot
  • Paradise- Pink and Mauve

 

How to Grow Beautiful Roses

Need A Gift For A Gardener?

Mother's Day - Birthday - Just Because

Gardening gift baskets make an excellent gift for the gardener in your life. Baskets like the one shown to the right come overflowing with goodies designed with a gardener in mind.

You'll normally find things like gardening shears, canvas tote bags, small gardening tools, gift books about gardening, gloves, and even delicious snacks that they can enjoy when they are kicking back to admire their beautiful garden.

Another great option are flower themed cookie bouquets where you can get decorated cookies shaped like roses, sunflowers, daisies and more!

 

Did You Know?

How to Grow Beautiful Roses

Roses are THE most popular choice for wedding flowers. Brides use roses throughout their wedding theme by incorporating them in their bridal bouquets, wedding favors (e.g. rose themed wedding favors), and wedding ceremony accessories.

Although white and ivory colored roses are used most often, pinks and reds are also very popular choices. So when it is time for your big day, be sure to incorporate some of the roses shown in this post for a stunning look at your wedding!

Get Well Gift Ideas For Women

Get Well Gift Ideas for Women

Feel Better Soon!

When the lady of the house falls ill, most people don't know what to do. If she's the wife, mom and caretaker the whole operation of the house can come to a standstill. This is the perfect time for you to send over a thoughtful and well-planned get well gift.

If you're part of the household, do your best to gift your lady with your help in the household. That can go miles towards making her feel better. Do laundry, take the kids to the park so she can rest, or vacuum the floors and change the beds.

 

Get Well Gift Ideas For WomenBring a Meal

Save the Day With Food

If you're not part of the household, send over a meal or pasta gift basket for a woman you know won't be able to get up and cook. It can be as simple as a casserole but your thoughtfulness will be much appreciated.

Anything you can send over or do to take responsibilities off her while she's sick is a great idea. Just don't insist. She may not want the help but at least you offered it.

 

The Gift of Fragrance

The Smell of Recovery

But what if you want to give something a little more personal, go for a lightly fragranced powder or talc. It will help perk up her spirits. Stay away from highly scented perfumes as she may not care for the scent. But something with a light, sweet hint of fragrance is a good idea.

 

Make Your Own Gift Basket

Get Well Gift Ideas For Women

Sick Clothes

Comfort is Key

Slipper and pjs are nice touches for a get well gift basket. A lady will love having a new set especially if she is confined to bed.

If you are intending to bring them to someone in a rehab center or nursing home, so much the better. Having a new outfit to rest in will be a welcome change.

Not sure where to shop for comfy and fashionable slippers and pjs? Try Aerie, Victoria's Secret, Kohl's, or Target. These stores all have a nice selection to choose from.

 

Flowers or a Plant

Pretty Things to Look At

Flowers are always welcome, but send a vase arrangement instead of stemmed flowers. That way, the recipient won't have to get up and arrange them when she may not feel up to it. And flowers in a vase will last longer as well. You can also send a plant will last the longest of all and cheer her on her windowsill or bedside table.

Get Well Gift Ideas For Women

Candy or Chocolate

Tasty Treats to Defeat

Get well candy and chocolates may be appropriate depending on the illness. If she's not very ill and not a diabetic or allergic, go ahead and spoil her with fancy chocolates and gourmet get well cookies. Even if she doesn't eat them she can offer them to guests who visit her.

 

A Nice Card

Says a Million Words

A nice card will always be in good taste when you know that someone is ill. Don't avoid sending a card because you don't know what to say. Just be sincere and make sure you get that card in the mail as soon as possible.

Often, people procrastinate and then find the person is already recovered (or worse) and they never sent their sentiments. Don't have time to get to the store? Make your own! This is one of those times where it's the thought that counts.

 

The Gift of a Helping Hand

Offer Your Time and Services

If you can offer to take someone's kids for the day or walk their dog, this is often the best kind of gift you can give. A gift of your company can also be most welcomed. Show up with a funny DVD and popcorn and you may make the person's day.

 

Cheer Them Up With This Video

A Little Background

On Giving Get Well Gifts

Always check with a friend or relative as to how serious the illness is. You don't want to come off as inappropriate or ignorant by sending something that doesn't fit the situation. If someone is gravely ill, send a card or a letter and leave it at that. Don't send ostentatious balloons or festive flowers.

It's A Girl Baby Shower

It's A Girl Baby Shower

Planning A Baby Shower For A Little Girl

Planning A Baby Shower For A Little Girl

I love planning baby showers period, but I have to say that I like planning the ones for little girls just a little bit more. There is so much cute stuff on the market for little girls so it is just a pleasure shopping and planning and of course, buying!!

A pretty in pink shower is the easiest choice when it comes to a shower for a little girl. You can find just about any shower supply in a pink color scheme at affordable prices.

In this post, I give you some tips for food, game ideas, invitation and gift resources and more to help you throw the best "It's A Girl" baby shower ever!

If you've recently attended or planning your own girl's baby shower, feel free to leave your suggestions and ideas for the perfect event in the comment section at the bottom of this post!

It's A Girl Shower Invitations

It's A Girl Shower Invitations

When it comes to the invites, think pink. You have several options including making your own invitations, buying fully customized invites like the one shown in the photo to the right, or purchasing fill-in invitations. Be sure to consider your time and budget when deciding which way to go on the invites.

Fully customized Its A Girl Baby Shower Invitations are the most expensive option, but they require the least amount of time from you because you will receive them from the printer and simply need to mail them to the guests. The fill-in type of invitations are affordably priced, but you will need to hand-write all of the shower details inside each one prior to sending them out to all of the people that you are planning to invite.

Creating your own baby shower invitations is a great option for the crafty women out there. In this case, it is hard to say where your invitation will fall on the cost scale because it is so dependent on your design. However, unique one of a kind invites can leave a lasting impression on guests and often times, they can be the most affordable option of all.

It's A Girl Tableware & Decor

It's A Girl Tableware & Decor

All About Gifts & Baskets sells an entire line of It's A Girl tableware and supplies that are fully coordinated. As shown in the photo, the plates, napkins and cups have a fun pink and white color scheme with a Caucasian baby design (African American designs are also available). In addition, check out the wide variety of pink and white supplies available on Amazon.

When it comes to decorations for the shower, think pink. Pink and white baby shower balloons, streamers, and a personalized baby shower banner with some sort of pink coloring are great choices.

Don't forget to give the expectant Mother's chair some extra attention decorating it with lots of balloons. You can even buy her a pink tiara to wear for the party. She'll feel like a Queen awaiting the arrival of her sweet little Princess.

For the centerpiece, I recommend a fun edible cake or a baby diaper cake that can do double duty as your shower gift too. This fun It's A Girl Diaper Cake is available online as well.

Little Girl Baby Shower Food

Pink punch is a necessity at an It's A Girl baby shower so consider either simple pink lemonade or one of these punch recipes that yield a pink-colored beverage for your guests to enjoy. I found them at Cutest Baby Shower Ideas.

Pink and Bubbly Punch Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans frozen pink lemonade concentrate
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen pineapple juice concentrate
  • 1 gallon cranberry juice
  • 2 liters cranberry ginger ale
  • 4 cups crushed ice

Directions:

In a large punch bowl, mix lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate and cranberry juice. Add ice and slowly pour in the ginger ale.

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Pretty in Pink Punch Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 c. red cinnamon candies, divided
  • 1 qt. strawberry ice cream, softened
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 46 oz. can pineapple juice
  • 12 oz. can frozen pink lemonade concentrate (prepared)
  • 1 ltr. bottle ginger ale, chilled

Directions:

Sprinkle 1/3 c. cinnamon candies into a 5 cup ring mold sprayed with vegetable spray. Spread ice cream on top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until ready to use. Combine remaining cinnamon candies, sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until candies dissolve, stirring often. Set aside and cool completely. Poured cooled mixture into a large punch bowl and add pineapple juice and pink lemonade.

Just before serving: stir in ginger ale; remove ice cream ring from mold and float in punch. Make 4-5 quarts.

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It's a Girl Baby Shower FoodWhen it comes to the food for an It's A Girl baby shower, it is all about pink creations. The best resource for pink recipes (that are equally as good for Breast Cancer Awareness or Sweet 16 birthday parties) can be found at Recipe Bazaar. As of today, they have 1,928 pink recipes including things like pink brie that can be served with fruit or crackers, penne pasta with creamy pink vodka sauce, pink jello and pineapple salads, shrimp luncheon sandwiches, pink potatoes and so much more!

You can also serve a fruit tray with all pink fruits like watermelon, strawberries, pink grapefruit and pink lady apples. A great great fruit dip is to combine a jar of marshmallow cream with 1 package of strawberry cream cheese. Mix it up and you'll get a great tasting pink colored fruit dip.

Set-up bowls with snacks like pink M&M's or pink jelly beans for your guests to munch on during the festivities. A girly pink cake or pink cut-out design cookies are great dessert choices for an It's A Girl Baby Shower.

How To Make A Bow Cake

Baby Shower Game Ideas

Baby Shower Game Ideas

Here are some fun baby shower games that tie in perfectly with the It's A Girl shower theme:

Draw Baby's Face - This is a fun game that will have your guests laughing out loud. Give a round paper plate and crayon to each of the shower guests. Have them place the plate on top of their head and ask them to draw the the baby girl's face on the plate while they are being timed for one minute. Tell them not to forget the pink bow in her hair:) After the time has passed, ask the mom-to-be to pick the winning baby face drawing.

It's A Girl Printable Games - The shower games shown in the photo above (right) include Baby Busters, Famous Families, Oh Baby!, What's Mommy Wearing? and Who's Your Mommy all printed on pink It's A Girl themed paper. They are available from Baby Shower Stuff.

It's A Girl ABC Name Game - Have the guests sit in a circle and go around the circle starting with the expectant Mother who says a girl's name that starts with the letter A (e.g. Ashley), the next guest says a girl's name that starts with B (e.g. Beth), the next with C (e.g. Cara), and so on. If a guest gets stuck (doesn't say a name within say 5 or 10 seconds), they are out of the game. You keep going round and round the circle starting over with the ABC's if necessary. Tell the guests that they can't repeat names. The last guest left wins the game.

It's A Girl Baby Name Game - If Mom knows what she is naming her little girl, this game can be fun to play. Give guests a sheet of paper and have guests write "It's A Girl Named xxxx" at the top of the paper. Then ask them to create as many 4 letter or more words from the letters in the phrase in say 5 or 10 minutes. For example, if the phrase is "It's A Girl Named Sophie". Words like gopher, golf, fail, fame, game, ringlet, etc. all count 1 point. You could have 4 letter words count 1 point, 5 letter words 2 points, 6 letter 3 points, etc. The guest with the most points wins.

It's A Girl Baby Shower Favors

It's A Girl Baby Shower Favors

The above photo shows just a few of the It's A Girl personalized shower favors we sell. Just about any favor with a pink color scheme would work perfectly for a little girl's shower so don't feel limited by having something that reads it's a girl. Personalized honey jars, cocoa packets, lemonade packs, tea and coffee baby shower favors are shown in the photograph. All of them have a lovely pink and white colors scheme. Guests love receiving personalized favors to take home with them.

If you'd prefer to create your own unique favors for your guests, consider purchasing small cellophane bags, little pink baby shower favor boxes, or some pink tulle to wrap small gifts such as pink jelly beans, pink bath beads, M&M's, candles and even small soaps. You could even buy some Avery labels to make custom stickers or favor hang tags with the Mom-to-be's name along with the shower date that can be tied with ribbon to your adorable favor creations.

Girl Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Girl Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Baby Gift Baskets

When it comes to shower gifts, presentation is everything. So whether you choose something from Mom's baby gift registry or something you dream up on your own, be sure to wrap or present it in a stunning way at the shower. Baby showers give guests the opportunity to all go in together to buy some of the big ticket items like cribs, strollers, pack n' plays, etc that are on Mom's list.

However if you'd like to tie your gift in with a specific theme, gift baskets are an excellent option because they often contain many of the smaller items on Mom's gift list that are packaged and presented in an adorable way. Most baby gift baskets contain essentials such as baby blankets, bibs, booties, bathtime kits (shampoo, washing mitts, hooded towels, etc), adorable outfits and so much more.

You can see just some of the adorable baby baskets available online in the above photograph. I love the one with the contemporary pink and chocolate color scheme that is so hot for girls this year. Another advantage is that baskets normally arrive assembled with the bow and card already attached so you just need to carry it to the party, really great if you are running short on time.

Enjoy shopping!

How to Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings

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How to Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings

Learn to Grow Your Own Roses From Stem Cuttings

Whether you are trying to create a rose garden or just wanting a beautiful recreation of your favorite rose, you can save a lot of money by growing your roses from stem cuttings. Growing roses from stem cuttings is very budget friendly and quite easy as well.

With simple guidance and a few 'tricks of the trade', you too can be growing your own roses from stem cuttings. This is a great way to grow your rose collection while saving a fortune. Not to mention, with stem cuttings you will get a replica of the parent plant, not so with seeds. Seeds are great for new varieties but that's for another day... Here you will learn how to grow roses from cuttings as well as the different methods used.

Special THANK YOU to Connie at Hartwood Roses for allowing me to utilize some of her rooting images from a great tutorial she wrote.

What You Will Need to Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings

The first step to growing roses from stem cuttings is to have everything you need together before you start. This is important because the time you spend looking for supplies, washing supplies and trying to find your marker, will be more time that your rose cuttings have to sit and dry out before you can get them planted.

What you will need:

  • A healthy rose to take cuttings from
  • Small sterile pots
  • Sharp sterile shears
  • Rooting hormone (optional- but works the best)
  • Sterile potting soil
  • Optional Depending on the Method:
  • Glass Jars
  • 2 Liter Soda Bottle
  • Clear Gallon Bag
  • Greenhouse Dome and trays

1) Choose Your Rose Stems for Cutting

When choosing your rose bush and the stems you plan on using for cuttings, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Make sure that you are using a healthy rose bush. There's no need in taking cuttings from a sick rose bush because your cuttings will most likely die long before they get a chance to root.

In addition to using healthy long rose stems you need to make sure your stems are mature. The rule of thumb is to use a stem that has just bloomed. This will insure that you are getting a rose that will be a bloomer as well as a stem that is mature enough to root. Stems that are too old or too young will not produce.

Look for stems that are about the size of a pencil, maybe even a little bigger. Once you have your stem chosen, cut the stem back as long as you would like. I usually cut the stem back as far as I can without it getting any thicker then my finger. This usually leaves me with 1-2 feet to use or you can simply do tip cuttings.

With the tip cuttings, you still follow everything above but you just cut about 10 inches from the top of each stem that has already bloomed. When you cut the stem from the bush, cut it like you would if you were pruning it; cut it at an angle just above a set of leaves.

2) Prepare the Soil For You Stem Cuttings

How to Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings

Next, you will need to prepare your soil. Using sterile pots and sterile potting soil, fill the pots with soil. Water thoroughly and allow excess water to drain out. Make sure that you are using pots with good drainage.

Next, using a pencil or popsicle stick, create a hole for your cuttings. Depending on the size of your pots you can put more than one in each pot. I usually use 3 inch mini flower pots that can hold 3-5 cuttings on each one.

 

3) Cut Your Stem Into Sections and Preparing Them For Rooting

How to Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings

Now that you have your stems, cut your roses into 6-10 inch pieces. BE SURE TO USE SHARP

SHEARS or a sharp knife. Using dull instruments will crush the inside of the stem and injure it. Always make your cut at an angle and just above a set of leaves.

If you are using a rose that has large leaves you can cut the tips of the leaves to cut back on the stem having to carry as much water to the leaves. It's not a requirement but some do choose to do it.

The next thing you need to do is to take a sharp knife and cut about 1 inch of the outside of the stem off. Kinda like 'shaving' a thin layer off on one side of the stem. Only about an inch long. This will leave an open area for more roots to form.

 

4) Planting Your Rose Cuttings

Next, dip the bottom tips of the stem cuttings in water, tap off excess and dip in rooting hormone. Tap off any excess. Lightly press the stem into each hole that you previously created in the soil. Firm the soil around the stems to make sure there are no air pockets.

Lightly water to help settle in the stems. Don't over water to avoid excess moisture and washing off the rooting hormone.

 

5) The Final Step...

How to Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings

Now that you have your rose cuttings planted and they are waiting for roots, all you need to do is maintain a great growing environment for them. They need to remain in a humid location so that they can take moisture in through their leaves and stem since they don't have any roots yet. However, you don't want the soil to be too wet. If your soil is too wet they will NOT make it. The rose cuttings will rot and die within a few weeks.

Once you have them planted and water them lightly again, you can nearly forget about them. Using a dome, greenhouse, gallon bag or other moisture barrier, you should create a 'greenhouse effect' for them. This will help keep the moisture in the air.

If you choose not to create a greenhouse effect you can mist with a spray bottle 2-3 times a day. Make sure that the soil remains moist at all times but not soggy wet.

Checking Your Stem Cuttings for Roots

The Finale Finally... What You've Been Waiting for the Whole Time

How to Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings

Rose cuttings usually begin to root with in 1-3 weeks depending on the variety of rose and the season. I prefer to do mine in early Spring. They usually form roots with in 1-2 weeks.

Never pull the rose stem cuttings out to check and see if it has roots. I know, this is very hard to not do. I have killed several cuttings this way when I first started and was very impatient. When the roots start to form, they are like tiny hairs. When you pull the cutting from the soil you are breaking the tiny roots off and injuring the plant.

The best way to tell if they have rooted is when you see new leaves appear. You will begin to see new growth and then you can be sure that you have roots!!!

Also, don't be too quick to take them out of their pots. Let them be as long as possible so that they can grow stronger roots before being transplanted. One good thing about planting them in small separate pots is they will have their own 'home' until they are moved.

 

When to Plant Your Roses Cuttings in the Garden

This is a very crucial part of growing roses from stem cuttings. If you get eager and put them in the yard too soon, you will lose your precious little baby plants. Just like anything else, roses grown from cuttings need to be hardened off. After your cuttings have been well established for a few months and are starting to grow well, you can consider planting them.

Harden-off you roses by placing them outside (if not already) for a few hours a day in the warm sunshine. Be sure not to let them stay out too long or they will sunburn. Each day add a little more sunshine to their stay. You can also place in a shady spot and allow them to get the sun they need as the sun moves east to west.

Do not leave out in the cold, in the wind or bad storm. You plants are too fragile for this. Once you have hardened them off for a few weeks you can then plant them. Be sure to keep them well watered!!!

Some growers choose to leave them in their pots for the first year so that they can be moved in and protected on their first winter. This is the best option. However, depending on your space, other arrangements may need to be made.

 

Rather Eat Roses Than Grow Them?

How to Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings

I like to do both!

We have all kinds of adorable decorated cookie flower arrangements, but some of my favorites are the pink and red rose cookie bouquets like the one shown in the photo to the right. They are available with either 5, 7, 9 or 12 cookies and you can even get them in gift boxes if you prefer. So maybe you don't love growing roses, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy them!

Better yet if you know a garden lover, you could send these cookies as a Mother's Day gift or Valentine cookie gift!

 

More Information On How to Grow Beautiful Roses

Now that you have your new roses all nicely planted in the ground, keep them up to par with the best methods on growing roses. For more information on growing beautiful roses check out How to Grow Beautiful Roses. There you will find everything from growing, pruning, fertilizing and other propagation methods! Really nice place!

 

Don't Have Time To Root Your Own Roses?

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Want To Feature Roses At Your Wedding?

Rose Favors

Roses are THE most popular flower choice for weddings, but did you know that you can incorporate your love of roses into the wedding favors as well?

You can find all kinds of things like crystal roses, personalized coffee packets with a rose motif, and rose petal bath soaps. Check out all the beautiful rose wedding favors available at Wedding Favors Unlimited.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and everything else related to growing roses from stem cuttings in the comments below!

 

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