Recently I helped to throw my soon-to-be-sister-in-law a baby shower for her new baby boy and I was in charge of the fun stuff, like theme, decorations, invitations and dessert! Since he was to be born in March of 2011 it was the Chinese zodiac of the Rabbit–an excellent sign, especially for a boy (but I’m biased because my brothers are Rabbits as well). So, I didn’t have to dig far when I decided to go with a rabbit theme for the baby shower.!
As you can tell, I love to do crafts but it’s hard to find the time when I have a demanding two-year-old on my hands. To me, the next best thing is to buy a handcrafted item on Etsy.com. If you don’t know what Etsy is: it is an online shopping center for everything handmade or vintage. It’s like the artisan eBay and it’s addictive! Sign up for their newsletter and they will send you daily “finds” of different items on the site having to do with a particular and seasonally relevant theme.
Anyway, I decided to scope out Etsy and came across the cutest hand-carved bunny stamp called “Bartholomew Bunny” by the shop “Corrabelle.” I based my whole baby shower theme on this rabbit stamp and I couldn’t have been more happy with the results! I used different paper punches and a color palate of: white, black, brown, and turquoise. I also had accent prints of brown and black hound sooth print. All of the cardstocks and papers I used were from Michaels.
Cupcakes and Cupcake Stand:
I found this excellent, reusable Styrofoam cupcake stand on eBay for $19.99, including shipping. I love it because it can be stored flat, wiped down, and you can change its look by adding coordinating colored paper with double sided tape! I highly recommend it for cupcake enthusiasts and moms since it could be reused for birthdays every year!
I made both chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The moist chocolate cake recipe can be found here and I will be posting the vanilla cake recipe in the days to come (I promise!). I decided to go with both flavors because some people are chocolate lovers and some aren’t but also because they went along with the black and white color scheme. I was lucky enough to find coordinating cupcake liners at my local party supply store as well!
As for the cupcake toppers, they were super easy! You just need a paper punch (I used two different sizes), coordinating papers in your chosen colors and coordinating ink pads. Here, I used black and turquoise inks and the results were beautiful! I will also post the coordinating baby shower invitations and take home treats, both of which are semi-homemade!