Introduction: Party Table Idea: It's a Boy - Baby Shower
Boy baby shower is often authentic with blue color when the parents or the host already know the gender. This party table idea has hot chocolate and beef chili stations if your party is held on cold days (fall/winter/rainy season).
Step 1: Wall and Table Decoration
For paper flowers, you can use tissue paper which actually requires no cutting. What I did was, I took a piece and shaped it into almost like a cupcake wrapper on my hand, then fold it into half. It takes about 8-12 papers per flower. Attach them one to another with double side sticky tape.
A cloth line also makes great wall decoration. And since this was for boy baby shower, all clothes obviously for boys :) I hung them using a wire with metal cloth pins (not exactly cloth pins, they are for electricity) and then with the help of wall pins, I tangled the wire on them.
All the materials can be purchased at Dollar Store (which at that time, they did not have regular cloth pins so I made do haha)
For the table, simply diaper cake will do!
For table set up, you will need 3 tables for this party idea. One is the main dessert table, the other two for the drinks and the food, which were hot chocolate and beef chili. Due to the shape and size of the dining table, these tables set up were perfect!
Step 2: Dessert Table
Babies are sweet, so I made the dessert table as the main table. On this table, you will find:
Cake pops in the shaped of baby's face - These are for the 'thank you for coming' gifts
Chocolate pops in the shaped of a teddy bear
Regular cake pops with dark blue color and swirled
Almond cookies, some are blue and some are regular (Cat's tongue/langues de chat)
Cupcakes with yellow ducks made of chocolate and blue buttercream, vanilla cotton candy flavored
And a blue zebra with a baby cart as the topper.
1 1/2 csugar
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
A couple of minty candies, crushed. Make sure to choose blue colored candies, so you will get the blue theme of baby boy.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together into small bowl. In medium bowl, cream together sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and crushed candies. Form two logs. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet, and evenly space the two logs on the paper. Beat egg white until foamy, and brush on top and sides of each log. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30-35 mins, until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow entire pan to cool completely on cookie rack. Remove the cooled logs from the pan. Using serrated knife, slice logs on a diagonal into 1/2" slices. Place slices on cookie sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Turn over and bake again about 5 minutes, until just beginning to color. Remove from rack to cool.
Almond Cookies Recipe:
250 g unsalted butter
200 g berry sugar
225 g AP flour
5 egg whites
1/2 tbsp almond extract
blue food coloring, gel or liquid
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg whites gradually and keep beating until very fluffy. Add in extract, beat until combined. Fold in flour and divide batter in to two bowls, one regular, and one is mixed with food coloring.
Pour batter into two separate pipping bags and pipe them onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 18 mins (dry and crisp).
250 g sugar
125 ml egg whites
gel food color
On electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peak on medium speed. Add in a little sugar at a time while keep beating. Once all sugar is gone and dissolving, turn up speed to the highest and keep beating for 10 minutes, until firm stiff peak. Once stiff peak is reached, if you would like to color and flavor it, here is the time. beat for a minute. Spoon meringue into a bag with nozzle and start piping shapes of your choice on baking pan lined with parchment paper. (For lazy version, just drop a dollop/tbsp of meringue on parchment instead piping!) Bake at 100 C for 50 minutes.
They are made using any flavor cakes and cream of your choice. Crumble cake, mix with cream, shape to round balls and dip them in melted chocolate.
They are made by melting blue colored chocolate (like from Wilton) and molded using a chocolate mold, teddy bear shaped
They are made using any white cake recipe with vanilla extract added. For the cotton candy buttercream, add in an envelope of cotton candy flavoring (available at Walmart) to your fav. buttercream. Ducks are made with modeling chocolate, available at stores which offer baking stuffs. They are rolled thin and cut with cookie cutter, duck shaped.
Blue Zebra Cake:
400 ml egg whites
1 tsp emulsifier (such as ovalet, available at Asian stores or online)
175 gr sugar
175 gr flour
25 gr corn starch
200 gr butter/margarine, melted
blue food coloring
Buttercream of your choice
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease your pans (2 7 inch or 1 9 inch), line with parchment, and grease again. Beat egg whites and emulsifier until fluffy. Add in sugar gradually while keep beating until thickened and firm. Fold in flour mixture with corn starch. Fold in melted margarine. Divide into two bowls, one as is, one colored with blue food coloring. Pour batter alternating each other on the center of the pans. Bake for 30-45 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cover and decorate with buttercream and give a proper topper of your choice (stork, baby, baby cart etc)
Step 3: Hot Chocolate Station
The easy way to serve hot chocolate so it stays hot is with crockpot. Buy ready to brew hot chocolate powder such as Carnation, Tim Horton's etc. Prepare as directed and pour into crockpot, simmer.
For the addition:
Chocolate Minty Spoons - Made by melting chocolate, dipping the spoon into melted chocolate and sprinkle chocolate while still fresh with crushed minty candies.
Chocolate wafer rolls - available at most grocery stores or Dollar Store
Chocolate chips of milk, white, butterscotch or any flavor you like
More crushed minty candies
Don't forget to prepare the ladle so your guests can serve themselves.
Step 4: Beef Chili Station
Who doesn't like chili in cold days, right? :) And crockpot is a girl's best friend, not just diamonds, seriously ;)
Prepare your favorite chili and pour them into crockpot and let it simmer
Dips (jalapeno slices, sour cream, grated cheese, etc)
Again, don't forget the ladle!