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.
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
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.
Candy or Chocolate
Tasty Treats to Defeat
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.
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
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
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
- 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
In a large punch bowl, mix lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate and cranberry juice. Add ice and slowly pour in the ginger ale.
Pretty in Pink Punch Recipe
- 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
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.
When 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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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...
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.
Useful Books for Rose Gardeners
Checking Your Stem Cuttings for Roots
The Finale Finally... What You've Been Waiting for the Whole Time
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
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?
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?
Here are some beauties from Amazon!
Want To Feature Roses At Your Wedding?
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!
Celebrating Life Together
Marriage for any length of time is special. Every day, people celebrate their day that is significant for them. And whether it's your first anniversary, fifth or fiftieth, you're probably going to want to treat your partner to something wonderful.
Forget the normal bath robe or kitchen mixer, this is the time to give from the heart. That's what they will remember for a long time, and that's what you will feel most proud giving. Here are some ideas to help you with your inspiration.
Anniversary Gift Basket
Filled with special items
When you need something extraordinary to give to your partner, why stop at one item? Giving an anniversary gift basket allows you to pool together a whole batch of gifts that you know your partner will enjoy, and present it to them in a beautiful display.
Image courtesy of Podknox on Flickr
What to put in it? Well it's going to depend on your personalities, your life together, and your partner's hobbies.
For a man: You can include grooming items if you think he will particularly enjoy that, but also look for things he otherwise enjoys like beer, favorite DVD's or CD's, an iTunes gift card, a much-desired video game, favorite snacks, etc. This list could go on and on!
For a woman: Think about including pamper items like bubble bath, bath salts, exfoliating scrub, yummy smelling lotions, that kind of thing. If it turns into a relaxation gift basket, so be it! If you want to move past the bath gift scene, try including items like a mix CD (no, this is not an old idea, us women love these!) Tickets to a favorite show, a snuggly blanket, etc.
What to give this year...
4th Fruit or flowers
6th Candy or Iron
7th Wool or Copper
10th Tin or Aluminum
Custom Love Cookies
The way to their heart is always through the stomach
If you want to give your partner something meaningful, but don't have a big budget, then you could always make them their own custom set of anniversary cookies! Start with plain sugar cookies (or make their favorite cookies if you'd rather not decorate!) And use royal icing or frosting to spruce up your cookies. Add special pictures or words or make them in the shape of hearts to make them extra thoughtful.
When they have cooled and/or dried, wrap them in cellophane and prop them up nicely in a basket, or tape the backs to long sticks and make your own gourmet cookie bouquet! They'll love the thoughtfulness and uniqueness of this gift.
A Cookie For Every Year
Nothing says 'I love you' like a party!
If you want to go above and beyond this year, why not throw a surprise anniversary party for your partner? This is especially wonderful for long term marriages like 15, 20, 25, even 50 years! Make (or have catered) their favorite foods and play a CD on loop with your favorite songs as a couple over the years.
Have your wedding colors displayed prominently on the tables, along with themed wedding anniversary favors to go along with your wedding theme, or that fit well with your relationship. And don't forget the slideshow! Put together photos of you and your partner over the years. Don't be surprised if they are brought to tears!
Party Display - Get fancy and creative
Gift of Memories
Give an Experience
Many people say that they'd rather get the gift of an experience than a material gift. If you think your partner would fit into that category, then go in that direction!
Think of things they have said were on their bucket list or that they've wanted to do for a long time and surprise them. Make the plans and then present it to them with everything already organized. They'll love it!
Image by krismartis on Flickr
Some ideas of activities might be skydiving, whitewater rafting, traveling to a certain destination, bungy jumping, swimming with sharks, deep-sea diving, riding a hot air balloon, climb a mountain, go cliff jumping, the list goes on and on!
Meaningful Gift Ideas
And Frugal Too
Giving a special gift is often times associated with spending lots of money, but that's not exactly how it needs to be. You can create a memorable gift just by being thoughtful and making the most of good times. Think back to one of your favorite memories and go from there. Think of the day, the place, the conversation, whatever it was that made that memory special. Then turn your creative cap on to come up with a way to express that memory in a craft or simple gift.
Green Froggy Baby Shower Ideas
One of the hottest trends right now is a frog theme baby shower. And why not, your guests will have a hoppin' good time when they see all these toadily awesome ideas at the baby shower your are planning.
The frog theme is easy to incorporate as many online and local party shops sell baby shower supplies that tie it all together. And when it comes to frogs, think green... green food, green partyware, green balloons, etc. In this article, I've put together some clever ideas that will have your guests glad that they hopped on over to your pad!!
Froggy Baby Shower Invitations
When it comes to baby shower invitations, you have several options including making them yourself, buying inexpensive froggy themed fill-in-the blank invites, or purchasing fully personalized frog baby shower invitations like those shown in the photograph. When deciding which route to take with invitations, consider your budget and creativity. If you don't feel like spending tons of time designing your own invitations, just purchase them online or locally. Remember that customized invitations that are printed with all of the shower details can cost $1.50 to $3 each.
If you are crafty, designing frog invitations can be quite fun. Search around online to find templates or use scrapbook paper or card stock along with frog stickers to create one-of-a-kind shower invitations. Don't forget to add a fun verse like "Hop on over to (hostess name)'s pad for a Baby Shower! We'll be celebrating (mom's name) & (dad's name)'s new baby tadpole so stop on by for a toadily awesome time!"
If you click here, you can get instructions to create a really fun invitation idea!
Another great DIY idea is to buy those foam frog kits from any craft shop or cut-out your own frogs from green foam and add 2 black and white wiggly eyes and pink felt or curling ribbon for the tongue. Add a blue or pink ribbon around the frog's neck to signify that the baby shower invitation is for a little or girl or a baby boy.
Frog Themed Tableware & Decorations
When it comes to decorations for a frog baby shower, think green!!! Green balloons, a green tablecloth and frog themed plates and napkins like those shown in the photo will set the stage for a great froggy themed event.
Take it a step farther and make your place look like a frog pond. Use shiny blue fabric as the table cover. Decorate with cattails, handmade lily-pads, and plastic frogs everywhere. You can even buy those motion-sensitive frogs that croak when someone walks buy them.
And for the centerpiece, consider having a diaper cake with a frog theme. Diaper cakes are great because they bring the theme together and act as the centerpiece at the shower, but they also do double-duty as a gift that any mom can use - diapers!
Frog Themed Food Ideas
One of my favorite ideas for a frog-themed shower is pond punch. Take one of your favorite punch recipes and doctor it up or add food color to create a blue colored punch. Blue kool-aid works well too. Buy some plastic lily-pads that have clean plastic frogs glued to them to float on top the punch bowl.
For food, again think green. Things like grasshopper pie, the classic green pistachio salad, and even green lettuce salads are great choices. Or how about green veggies like green peppers, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, etc with dip.
Fruit kabobs with green fruit such as granny smith apples, kiwis, green grapes, honeydew melon, and even perfect green pears would work well. Another fun idea are the celery sticks filled with peanut butter, but add some raisins on top to look like flies.
Or how about creating cucumber 'lily-pad' appetizers. Cut cucumbers into 3/8" thick rounds that are topped with a spoonful of soft cream cheese and a gummy frog.
Finally, you can make a large jellyroll pan full of green jello (use several packages) and make the jello according to directions. Once it is set, use a frog shaped cookie cutter to create finger jello frogs for party guests to eat. Cookie cutter baby shower favors in the shapes of frogs are a fun idea too. Just use one of them to make your sandwiches or cookies prior to the party.
Froggy Themed Cake Ideas
Images by Wilton.com
Wilton has tons of fun frog cake ideas along with very detailed instructions that you can get by clicking here. Other easy ideas include baking 9" round cake along with 2 cupcakes. The round cake is frosted green to create the frog face while the 2 cupcakes sit next to the round cake at about 11 and 1 o'clock and are frosted white with black to create eyes. Pipe a pink mouth on the frog or use a piece of red licorice.
Fun Froggy Cupcakes
Frog cupcakes are easy to create as well or just buy some of the frog picks or frog-shaped candles from Amazon. The cupcake idea shown below is neat. Bake your favorite flavor of cupcake and then frost the cooled cupcakes with light-blue tinted icing to make it look like a pond. To create the two frog eyes, cut a great gum drop in half and then press a white chocolate chip or white round piece of confetti candy on each gumdrop, or you can use marshmallows like she did as well.
Video of a Cool Looking Frog Cake
Frog Baby Shower Games
When it comes to a frog theme, there are tons of options for baby shower games.
Leapfrog - A great game for a coed shower when the weather is warm and there is lots of room in the yard or park where the shower is being held. There really aren't winners or losers in this game - it is just a way to have some silly fun. Basically all the guests get down on the ground in a line while one person stands at the back and leaps over all the players on the ground (one by one) yelling ribbit if he or she chooses. When he/she gets to the end of the line, they kneel on the ground and the 'frog' at the back of the line jumps over the line in front of him/her. The game goes on and on with each player taking their turn as a frog. It is hilarious to see adults playing this game.
Musical Lilypad - A twist on the musical chairs game. Either make paper lilypads to lie on the floor or decorate the party chairs to look like lilypads with green covers and even some cat tails. Buy a CD with frog sounds to use as the music. There should be one less chair than people to start the game. Once the music starts, guests go round and round the pond until the music stops when they must sit on the closest lilypad. The guest without a pad is out of the game. Another pad is removed and the music starts again. The game goes on and on until just one player is left sitting on the last lilypad and they win the prize.
Number of Flies Game - Fill a jar with fake flies and have guests guess how many flies they think are in the jar. The guest that is closest to the correct number without going over wins the game.
Pin The Tongue on the Frog - Play this one like a classic pin the tail on the donkey game. Create a large poster board sized frog that you hang on the wall. Then make a bunch of frog tongues out of paper and give one to each guest. Have each guest take a turn being blind-folded and spun around a few times and then have them pin their tongue on the frog. The guest that gets there tongue closest to the correct spot wins the game.
Printable Baby Shower Games - An easy way to incorporate the frog-theme is to buy printable games that incorporate the theme in the border like those shown in the photo.
Frog Baby Shower Favor Ideas
Send your guests back to their pads with a little something that will leave them hoppin' for joy. Some great favor ideas are frog-shaped soaps that can either be purchased online or homemade. Wrap them in some cellophane and add a personalized hang tag to make them extra special. You can use the same cellophane and tag idea to wrap frog shaped chocolate lollipops.
Many companies sell personalized candy wrappers and mint tins that can be customized with the name of the mom-to-be and the shower date. They have various frog themed designs.
Finally by utilizing stickers or hang tags with a froggy theme, you can make just about anything fit your theme. Consider lip balm, hand lotion, votive candles, small green plants and add one of these personalized stickers or tags to tie it all together.
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Frog Themed Baby Shower Gifts
If Mom & Dad are having a froggy themed nursery or if you want a gift that will do double-duty as the shower centerpiece, then consider giving a frog gift basket. These baskets come filled with all things frog including hooded towels, plush toys, onesies and other clothing, bibs, booties, photo albums, security blankets and so much more.
Bathtime baby gifts are also a great choice because many companies sell frog-shaped bath mittens along with matching 100% terry cloth hooded towels perfect for the new little frog prince.