Friday, August 21, 2009

Anatomy of a Diaper Cake

As part of our decor for Erica's baby shower, I thought it would be fun to make a diaper cake. I had seen several before, but I had never made my own. After checking out a handful of Web sites and talking to some people who had experience with diaper cake making, I set out to give it a shot. Making the cake was fun and easier than I thought it would be. In the end, I was very pleased with how it turned out.

Step 1: Gather materials.
Diaper Cake - Step 1

Step 2: Assemble the base. I ended up using a (wrapped up) pizza pan for the base and a canister of wipes for the core. I've also heard of using a large baby bottle in the center.
Diaper Cake - Step 2

Step 3: Roll diapers and start placing them around the core. I secured the rolled diapers with rubber bands in the hopes that the diapers can be preserved for later use.
Diaper Cake - Step 3

Step 4: Repeat step 3 until the cake takes shape. I had originally planned on creating a 2-tier cake, but once I got those layers in place, the third tier seemed to fit perfectly.
Diaper Cake - Step 4

Step 5: Adorn with ribbon. This was actually one of the hardest parts of putting together the cake. Let's just say that the glue gun came in handy!
Diaper Cake - Step 5

Step 6: Ribbon #2 for a little extra pop.
Diaper Cake - Step 6

Step 7: Ta-da! The finished product.
Finished Diaper Cake

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Baby Train

I am a firm believer that every bride- and mother-to-be should have a shower and the opportunity to be lavished with well wishes and gifts. (It's not very often in a girl's life that she gets to play princess, so I feel that we should make the most out of every opportunity!)

Not long after Dave and I joined our new small group at church, we discovered that our leaders were pregnant. (I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but I seem to have transitioned from having lots of friends who are getting married to having lots of friends who are having babies!) Let the plotting er, planning begin!

To celebrate Erica and Dan's baby-to-be, Brie and I set out to throw Erica a train-themed baby shower. We had so much fun putting it together!

Train Ice Cream Cake Baby DecorationsErica at the Shower The Spread Brownie Truffles Favors

Friday, August 7, 2009

Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.

If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.

So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.