Showered with Treats

Duration: any

Age: parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Parties and Celebrations

summary:

Whether you are attending a baby shower in your honor or throwing a party for someone else, we have delicious – and easy – ideas to make the event a success.

There’s no need to stress over baby shower preparations. In fact, a baby shower is a perfect time to shower the guest of honor with yummy treats! From nappy shaped sandwiches to creative cakes, here are a few treats to try.

nappy-Shaped Sandwiches

You’ll need:

Whole grain bread, sliced
Chicken salad or egg salad
Decorative safety pins

Using whole grain bread and filling the sandwiches with chicken or egg salad, cut the sandwiches diagonally. Cut the top corners short, then place small gold-colored safety pins on the cut corners (safety pins can be found at most craft stores). Refrigerating the sandwiches before you cut them allows smoother lines, and soon you’ll have a tray of memorable sandwiches!

Spinach Dip in Sourdough Bread

You’ll need:

500 grams of fresh chopped spinach or frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry
1 container (500 grams) low-fat sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
2 envelopes (1 box) dried spinach soup mix
3 spring onions (scallions), chopped
1 round sourdough bread loaf


Combine spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise and mustard in a large bowl. Add soup mix and green onions. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.


With a large knife, hollow out the bread (cut as if you were carving a pumpkin). The hollowed bread will serve as a bowl for the dip. Cut medium sized pieces from the bread that was removed. Spread fresh spinach leaves around the hallowed bread on a platter and arrange cut pieces over the spinach leaves. Fill hollowed bread with dip. Serve immediately.


Stork Cake


You’ll need:

3 boxes of cake mix
2 rectangle bread pans (around 10-15 cm long)
10 cm round cake pan
15 cm round cake pan
1 large rectangle board covered with colored plastic wrap
1 large “wiggle” eye from a craft store


After mixing the cakes and pouring into each pan, bake them and let them cool completely. Frozen cake is easier to work with and will be thawed by the time you are finished decorating.


Cut one of the bread-pan cakes in half to create two long legs for the stork. Set aside. Cut the other bread-pan cake diagonally. Place the large 15 cm cake in the center of the covered board, and then take one of the diagonal bread-pan pieces and place the widest end flush against the round cake to form the neck. Cut off the tip of the corner that is not against the large round cake. Place the 10 cm  cake against this cut edge to connect the head.


Place the widest part of the second diagonal piece flush against the head to form the beak. Next, place the legs at the bottom of the body. With each piece in place, it is time to start frosting the entire cake. Yellow or white are neural colors to use, but any light color will do. The beak and legs can be orange, black or brown to give contrast. Be creative with your colors and design. You can draw wings on the body and a line in the beak. With the wiggle eye in place, your stork is finished!


For an added touch, buy a small baby doll from a craft store and wrap it in a cloth napkin. Place the corners of the napkin next to the stork’s beak and secure to the board with a pushpin.