May 2009 Diaper Cakes of the Month

Wow May is here already! This month we are finally seeing spring with the grass turning green, blossoms, and neighbors out and about. So far, I have seen the tricycles, strollers, and bikes all hit the sidewalk with everyone enjoying the spring air. I really love this time of year.

This month, I designed two little three tier diaper cakes that includes an activity Gund toy that will entertain the little ones from their car seats, cribs, and strollers.

The pink giraffe had such cute little dots so the name “Dottie” just seemed to fit and her brother (as I see it) is a blue elephant which I called “Stripes”.  I hope the lil’ ones will enjoy being entertained by these activity animals and mom and dad will enjoy the good weather while pushing the stroller (hopefully, not up hill).

Just click on the images below to go to the product page for these newborn diaper cakes.  Both are offered with free shipping anywhere within the contiguous 48 states for the month of May.

Best wishes to all the moms and moms-to-be. It is a title you have for life and one that never wears out.  Your comments are always welcome.

Candy

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Dottie the Giraffe Diaper Cake
Dottie the Giraffe Diaper Cake
Stripes the Elephant Diaper Cake
Stripes the Elephant Diaper Cake

Lil’ Baby Cakes Finishes 69th in StartupNation’s Top 200 Leading Moms in Business Competition

This week, StartupNation formally announced the winners in their 2009 Leading Moms in Business Competition.  I’m happy to report that Lil’ Baby Cakes finished 69th out of 200.

I’m really honored by our placement and want to thank all my customers, friends, and family members who voted for me.

I’m also grateful to StartupNation and VerticalResponse for sponsoring a contest specific for mom owned businesses.  It’s great to be recognized as a mom who owns her own business and obviously also manages life at home.

Lastly, there are also some great people behind the scenes who work with me every day on our diaper cake line.  These ladies are truly dedicated to making quality products one by one with the attention to detail our customers demand.  They too share in this award with me.

Tips for Planning a Coed Baby Shower

For many years, a baby shower was a female only event that a man wouldn’t dream of attending. However, in recent years that has changed and baby showers no longer have to be a girls only event. Coed baby showers, also called Jack and Jill baby showers, are an excellent way to get the expectant father involved. That said, it is important to alter a coed baby shower so that the expectant father and the men invited do not feel out of place or uncomfortable. I thought you may find the the following tips helpful to start planning your own coed baby shower.

Invites
When you are planning a baby shower that is coed you want to make sure that the shower invitation reflects that. Envelopes should be addressed to the couple and not just the female, if necessary. Plus, the wording of the shower invitation should express that it is a coed shower.

Theme
Naturally, you can stick with the baby shower theme you have already chosen when you are planning a coed baby shower. If you wish, you can also alter the theme to make it a little more man friendly. For instance, you could have a barbecue rather than the standard finger foods served at showers. The guys can mingle around outside or even help prepare the grilled food. Obviously, you can still decorate, but the outdoor setting is more man friendly.

Favors
When you choose baby shower favors for a coed baby shower you want to make sure they are gender neutral. After all, not many men want to take home a little potpourri satchel for their dresser drawer (or do they?..lol). Food favors are excellent for a coed baby shower because you can still make the packaging fit the theme, but inside food is food. Consider candy, chocolate, trail mix, or bubble gum cigars.

Gift Giving
You can still stick to standard gifts when it comes to a coed baby shower. It’s important to include both the mother and father to be in the gift opening process. In addition to this, you can suggest on the invite that your guests consider bringing “dad related” wishing well items. Some ideas would include safety items so the father to be can baby proof the home.

Activities
Okay, let’s face it not many men want to play baby shower games. In contrast, however, many women look forward to them. When it comes to a coed baby shower you can still do games, you just want to alter them a little so they are more man friendly. For instance, instead of taste testing baby food for a guess gaming, you can do a bottle drinking race. Give each guest a baby bottle filled with the beverage of their choice and whoever finishes their bottle first is the winner. You could also consider a guys against girls friendly game to get them more interested.

I hope you found these tips useful if you are considering a coed baby shower. There are many websites that have additional information you can research for more ideas. Check out the articles The Coed Baby Shower and Coed Baby Shower Games for more information. Have fun!

Top 5 Websites for Baby Shower Poems

When you are planning a baby shower one of the first things that you need to do is make shower invites for the guests you are inviting. Most people like to use baby shower poems for their invites, so that their invites standout and make an impression. However, coming up with a baby shower poem on your own isn’t the easiest if you are not a poet or don’t have the time to search. So I thought I would put together my top 5 list where you can find baby shower poems and much more. Check out these sites for ideas and inspiration as you plan your baby shower:

1. Babyshower101.com is a great resource to have on tap when you are planning a baby shower. Not only does this site have a ton of useful ideas for games, gifts and planning, but they have a huge selection of baby shower poems you can use for your invites.

2. Babyshowerscentral.com is another great website to use when you are planning a baby shower. They have several baby shower poems listed on there site as well as ideas for cake inscriptions, favors and crafts. They even have checklists you can use to stay organized during planning and food recipes for the big day.

3. Babyshowernet.com is a great resource to use when you are looking for baby shower poems. This website has six full pages of poems that you can use for baby shower invitations, thank you cards, birth announcements or the actual party. They also have ideas for games, gifts and food.

4. Amazing-baby-shower-ideas.com is a great site for finding some baby shower poems that are both traditional and unique. This site also has plenty of ideas for planning a baby shower. They have ideas for centerpieces, decorations, menu planning, games, favors and they even have free clipart.

5. Cutest-baby-shower-ideas.com is a great website that you can use when you are looking for baby shower poems. This website has poems that can be used for your invitations, cake, or on your thank you cards and announcements. They have the poems divided up into categories which makes it easier for you to sort through them. Plus, the website is filled with ideas for gifts, food, games, and other decor. To top it off this site has a number of great printables and checklists that you can use for planning your baby shower and making our day fun and memorable.

One last site that you can take a look at is baby-shower.com.  I know, that makes six, but I thought I would throw this one in as a bonus.  This site also has some baby shower poems and a few stories that you may find helpful.

I hope you find this list of resources helpful in your baby shower planning.  Have fun planning.

3 Spring Baby Shower Theme Ideas

Use Spring for your Baby Shower Theme
Spring is a Great Theme for a Baby Shower

Choosing from the many common baby shower themes can be difficult, however, with spring in the air why not consider having a baby shower with a spring theme?  There are many fun directions you can choose to go with a spring baby shower theme.  To help you get started, I put together the following three themes.

Baby Animal Theme
Spring breathes life into everyone and everything.  Flowers bloom, the grass begins to grow and baby animals are born.  For this reason, a baby animal theme is perfect for a spring baby shower.  Think baby bunnies, chicks and lambs.  You can decorate with spring like animals and make a birds nest like wreath for each table centerpiece.  You can also put cuts outs of bunnies, chicks and lambs around the room.  Plus, you can make invitations in the shape of baby animals.  This is one of those baby shower themes that allows you to get really creative.

Rain Shower Theme
When many people think of spring they think of that old saying “April showers bring May flowers”.  For this reason, a rain shower theme is an adorable idea for a spring baby shower.  You can start off by sending invitations in the shape of an umbrella.  Then, you can decorate with rain drops and umbrellas.  Each guest can be sent home with an umbrella as their shower favor.  It is really a fun way to infuse the season and the term shower into the baby shower theme.

Spring Flower Theme
When many people think of spring they think of flowers.  For this reason, a spring flower theme is a great idea.  You can decorate the party with fresh tulips and flower centerpieces.  Plus, you can give each attendee a potted flower in a decorated pot for their shower favor.  As a slight twist, you can substitute our Lil’ Gardener Diaper Cake as a centerpiece instead of flowers.   This would really tie the whole theme together with additional spring accents.  This tends to be one of the more feminine baby shower themes, so it is more suited for a mother to be who is having a girl.

There is so much more you can do with these spring baby shower themes if you put your mind to it.  I hope these ideas gave you some food for thought.  You may want to check with the guest of honor to make certain she is comfortable with a spring baby shower theme before you spend a lot of time putting things together.  What may sound good to you may not fit her tastes exactly so it’s best to check just to make certain.  Have fun planning.