Baby-shower

Plan A Healthy Menu For Your Baby Shower

Planning a baby shower can be extremely involved and there’s a lot you need to prepare for the big day including invitations, decorations, novelties and games.  But one of the most important things to plan for the day is the food.  You can’t go wrong with a menu full of healthy snacks but don’t forget to indulge in treats a little too.

So here are some tasty ideas for your upcoming baby shower:

  • Fresh chopped up fruit such as strawberries, rockmelon, grapes and pineapple are refreshing and colourful so they look great arranged on a large platter.  Consider making a chocolate dipping sauce for a treat.
  • Fresh vegetables such as carrot, celery and broccoli are delicious and nutritious, especially if you team them with some yummy dips.  Try making them yourself from fresh ingredients such as avocado or roasted capsicum.
  • Finger foods such as light sandwiches, potato pinwheel scones, crab cakes or vegetable scrolls are perfect for a baby shower because they’re easy to eat off a napkin or small plate.
  • It wouldn’t be a baby shower if you didn’t have some sweets to nibble on too, after all, baby showers are about being treated and pampered.  Consider scrummy cupcakes, a chocolate slice or if you have the money, a specialty cake made and decorated by a professional.

Here are some recipes as mentioned above:

Avocado Yoghurt Dip

Ingredients

½ cup fat free Greek yoghurt

2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons lime juice

¼ tsp ground cumin

3 tbsp fresh coriander

Method

  1. Blend in a food processor until smooth and voila!

Mini Crab Cakes

Ingredients

230g cream cheese

¾ cup finely grated parmesan cheese

1 x egg

¼ cup sour cream

½ tsp finely grated lemon peel

4 tsp freshly chopped chives

¼ tsp salt

1 x large pinch of cayenne pepper

170g fresh crabmeat, patted dry and coarsely shredded

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

¼ cup melted unsalted butter

Method

  1. Beat cream cheese in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add ¼ cup Parmesan and egg then beat mixture to blend.
  3. Beat in sour cream, lemon peel, chopped chives, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Fold in crabmeat then cover and chill.
  5. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease two mini muffin pans.
  6. Toss breadcrumbs, ½ cup parmesan, and 2 tablespoons chopped chives in small bowl.
  7. Drizzle ¼ cup melted butter over the top and mix with a fork until even.
  8. Press 1 tablespoon of breadcrumb mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup, forming a crust.
  9. Spoon 1 generous tablespoon of crab mixture into each cup then sprinkle a teaspoon of the breadcrumb mixture over each.
  10. Bake crab cakes until golden on top and set, about 30 minutes.
  11. Set aside to cool then run knife around each cake and gently lift out of pan.

Double Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients

2 eggs

125g of butter, softened

1 cup caster sugar

½ cup of milk

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing

1 ½ cups icing sugar

125g butter, softened

Seeds from 1 vanilla bean

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius and line a 12 cupcake pan with cupcake papers.
  2. In a medium bowl lightly beat eggs then add butter and sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add milk, flour, vanilla, then beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until light and creamy.
  4. Divide mixture evenly between cupcake papers and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool before icing.
  6. For  the icing: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  7. Ice cupcakes and top with cupcake decorations.

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August 20, 2014

Best Gifts For A Baby Shower

Buying a gift for a newborn child isn’t always as simple as you think. The most common gifts include onesies, rattles, stuffed toys and bedding all of which the impending parents-to-be have already taken care of themselves. But exactly what else is there? Below are some not-so-common gift ideas which won’t be re-gifted or left sitting at the back of the closet.

HALO Sleepsack Swaddle, $28.95

Made from 100% cotton, these innovative gifts are available in a variety of colours and styles which will suit your baby regardless of their age. The SleepSack Swaddle aims to replace blankets, and is designed to keep your baby tucked in and comfortable throughout their naps without fear of preventing the startle reflex.

Winnie The Pooh Starry Night Universal Change Pad, $29.99

This foam change pad is a great gift for parents since it fits into a variety of change tables. Easy to wash and equipped with a vinyl cover you can throw into the washing machine, it is a cheap and cheerful gift which is practical and will be used every single day.

Childcare 4 in 1 Travel Cot, $159.99

Perfect to use for a newborn from the moment they’re back home from the hospital, the easy to assemble cot is convenient to use if you’re constantly on the go or choose to have the baby by your side. Featuring a bassinet changer, wheels for easy movement and pockets for storage, it is a great gift if you’re looking to splurge.

Philips AVENT Microwave Steriliser, $55.99

Holds up to four bottles and provides easy sterilisation for up to 24 hours. Compact enough to pop into a bag if you’re travelling, and comes with a lid for easy storage.

Choose gifts which can be used immediately after coming home from the hospital, and communicate with parents to find gifts which are suitable to buy for newborns. Bibs, bottles and face washers are also fantastic gifts which make the transition for parents with newborns much easier to deal with.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

 

June 18, 2014

Kerry Washington’s Garden Party-Themed Baby Shower

Kerry Washington has celebrated her baby shower with a garden party-themed bash with about 40 of her family and celebrity friends.

The Scandal star, 37, wore a simple denim shirtdress and gold heels, and celebrated with friends Jane Fonda and co-stars Darby Stanchfield and Katie Lowes. Guests sipped lemonade and Champagne on the sunny winter Sunday.

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The party was hosted at the home of Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes in L.A. – just a day after Washington won Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series and the show took home the Outstanding Drama Series award at the NAACP Image Awards.

Washington has not revealed the baby’s sex, with guests bringing gifts wrapped in neutral tones like yellow and green. She is due to give birth in the autumn.

 

February 25, 2014

Gwen Stefani’s Star-Studded Baby Shower

Gwen Stefani has celebrated her baby shower in true celebrity style: with a star-studded party for friends including Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The 44-year-old singer and her celebrity friends gathered at the swish Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills on Saturday, and although she’s due any week now, Stefani was decked out in true rock-chick style: leather pants, edgy top and black and nude peep toe heels, and of course, her signature red lips. 

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Jessica Alba gifted the mum-to-be a giant nappy cake made up of nappies from her organic baby product company, Honest, as well as a huge storage bin full of baby clothes, toys and books.

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Meanwhile Gwyneth Paltrow arrived looking elegant in black and white, and other celebrity friends Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Ritchie, Rachel Zoe and Chelsea Handler all joined the party, which was catered with blue-glazed donuts and blue and white sweets.

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And since Stefani is expecting her third boy, each guest was given a gift bag that included blue fairy floss and blue lollipops.

February 10, 2014

Inside Fergie’s Baby Shower

Fergie has celebrated her baby shower in a star-studded party in L.A.

The singer, who is due in September, took over the SLS with friends – including Kelly Osbourne, Julianne Hough, Molly Sims, Ru Paul, Adam Lambert, Lance Bass and Halle Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubrey – with Fergie welcoming guests by announcing “it’s my baby boy’s first party!”

Fashion Police’s George Kotsiopoulos tweeted this adorable photo with Fergie and co-star Osbourne, calling it the ‘best #GaybyShower ever!!!’

Hubbie Josh Duhamel was also in attendance, enjoying Ferg-aritas with guests and his wife’s own-label Ferguson Crest wine. Burlesque drag performers entertained guests, who also enjoyed a four-tied cake designed with the black, white and blue theme in mind, with one layer being decorated in baby blocks spelling out BABY, with a teddy bear on top.

Younger guests at the baby shower were entertained with teal and clear balloon animals, and everyone took home blue and white sweets.

Earlier this month, Duhamel, 40, announced he was preparing a push present for Fergie, 38 (real name Stacey Ann Ferguson), around the time that she took his last name, legally changing her name. The couple married in 2009.

Duhamel is excited at being a hands-on dad, saying they’ll make their schedules work to make sure they’re around for their little boy.

“I can’t imagine having a kid and then not being able to be there – that would just drive me crazy. My head would be at home with mom and baby,”he explained.

“We want to work it out so that we can be together; whether I am working, they can come with [me] or if she is working I can go with them. I can’t see myself ever wanting to be away from my wife and kid.”

July 29, 2013