As proof that I am actually getting older, my baby brother is going to be a Dad in a few short weeks. He and his wife are due with their first baby in April. Nothing really makes you feel quite as old as someone who lives in your head at as a 12 year old doing grown up things like getting married and having kids.

I’m excited. Like throw down the gauntlet, roll up my sleeves as battle my sister and my sister-in-laws sister to an auntie duel to the death!!

Or something like that.

Last weekend, my brother and sister-in-law drive down for their final visit before the baby came and Big Daddy and and I threw a baby party for the parents-to-be so our local family could join in on all the fun. Of course, in true throw down the Auntie Gauntlet style, I got a little crafty and, um, cook-y up in here and I want to share with you a few custom made ideas that anyone can do to add a special touch to their baby celebrations.

Diaper cakes? They’re cute but usually a little too frou-frou for me. I like them, but they’re usually a little too over the top for my liking. However, I found a tutorial that made a simple diaper cake that can be made in just a matter of minutes. Now, you’re probably going to need an extra pair of hands. The Princess handed me the folded diapers and I held them together so she could tie them. I’m sure you could go solo, but it’s going to take longer and be more frustrating.  However, the diapers were only folded in half and should make them easy for my sister-in-law to put away when the baby arrives.

 

Of course, you can use as much or as little decoration as you like and the shoes?  Who doesn’t love buying baby shoes.  I used 6, 8 and 10 inch cake rounds and two packages of diapers (one in size newborn and one in size one).

Also, that elephant?  Yes, I made him too.  Isn’t he adorable?

Another super simple project that required few materials beyond the receiving blankets he’s made out of.  Nothing was permanently affixed to him and his eyes are little purple foam stickers that will peel off easily and not ruin the blankets.

And the cake.  Of course, I used my new favorite cake recipe and decorating technique.  However, my buttercream was really wilty and I just couldn’t get it to turn out well.  We frosted the sides and only decorated the top.  I found these adorable elephant cake toppers on etsy and they’re pretty inexpensive if you’re not talented enough to make them on your own.

All in all it was a lovely affair and I was glad to be able to be a part of such a happy time for my brother and sister-in-law and my new baby niece.

One more recipe, for my sister-in-law.  I made a stuffed bread recipe and it got great reviews.  This another quick thing that really turns out a good result and doesn’t take a lot of effort or skill. Just for you, Amanda.

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