Shabby Chic Baby Shower

A few months ago, I co-hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law.  I am very behind on posts at the moment.  :)  Here are a few sweet ideas for a very girly shabby chic baby shower.

Shabby Chic Baby Shower

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Cake

Shabby Chic Baby Wreath

The wreath above is made with cloth diapers and scraps of burlap and regular ribbons.

Shabby Chic Baby Shower Sign In Table

And for this awesome diaper cake, check out the link below…

Shabby Chic Diaper Cake

Shabby Chic Diaper Cake

And the Food was yummy!

Shabby Chic Floral Centerpiece

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Birds Nesting- Baby Shower Cake and Cupcakes

I gave a baby shower for my best friend and this post is to show off my work on the cake and cupcakes.  The cake was a standard lemon cake (my friend’s favorite) baked in two layers. The cupcakes were mixed flavors of lemon with fresh blueberries, lemon with fresh strawberries and lemon with mixed berries (blackberry, blueberry and raspberry).

Birds Nesting Baby Shower Cake

The steps to recreate the cake:

  1.  Bake two round layers of cake (these are one 6″ and one 8″ round).  When they are cooled, I suggest using a leveling knife to make sure they are flat on top.
  2. For the cookie decorations: melt white chocolate or chocolate bark in the microwave.  Divide it in half and make two colors by using a few drops of food dye.  I chose pink and plain (just left the white chocolate in white).  I used one bag of white chocolate bark and one box of cookies for this size cake.
  3. Dip your cookies into the chocolate and place them on a cookie sheet to solidify.  I used Kroger Honey Graham Sticks, but other types of cookies shaped in cylinders or short and flat would work.  Dip one half of the cookies into one color and the other half of the cookies in the other color.  Then using a pastry bag (or I just made a disposable bag out of wax paper) drizzle the opposing color over the cookies and allow to dry again.  Set them aside until the rest of the cake is ready.

4. Layer the cake and ice it like normal.  I chose cream cheese flavored icing for the color match.  Ice the whole cake, including the sides.
5. Place the cookies around the edges of the cake, alternating the colors, by sticking them to the icing.  I finished it off by wrapping it with a small ribbon, but that isn’t necessary.  I sprinkled the top and middle layer with glitter sprinkles (I used Cake Mate brand Sugar Pastels and Shimmer White Sugar).
6. For the decorations on top, I cut out two bird shapes from heavy scrapbook paper and glued toothpicks to the back of them and let them dry before sticking them in the top.
7. For the bird nest, melt a handful of chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave (I chose butterscotch chips for the color).  It takes 1 minute and then stir.  Choose white chocolate for white, dark for black and milk for brown.  Add in a handful of Chow Mein Noodles and mix them together.  I don’t have exact measurements but there are several recipes for these on the internet.  I just made it up as I went so I didn’t measure.  I’m bad about that.  It doesn’t take much of the noodles and chocolate to make several small ones.  I used about a cup of each (I think) to make 12 cupcake topper nests. Place about a tablespoon of the mixture for each nest on wax paper to harden.  Be sure to somewhat shape them into round nests with a slight indention in the top.  Use jelly beans or Easter egg candies in the nest.  I dipped the jelly beans into some of the left over melted chocolate to get them to stay in place for transport.
8. For the coordinating cupcakes, I placed one nest, and one cut out bird on each.  I used a star tip to add a bit of flair around the edges before I placed the nest on top.

Hope you like them!

Here is a close-up of the bird cut-outs and also I found an idea to paint baby food jars for mini flower vases.