A summer baby shower and some refreshing summer cupcakes!

This week I’ve been helping Josh’s mom with a baby shower she had been planning. I really love parties and entertaining, so I had no trouble helping shop for the food, set up for the party, and work out the details.

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It was a sports-themed shower, and everything was adorable. We had sports-themed table settings, sports-themed balloons, and sports cookies. The soccer ball above was for Kim, the mom-to-be, in lieu of a guest book. The favours– also shown above– were lip glosses, blue nail polishes, and little bottles filled with candy.

It was a great party, and a beautiful day. Actually, it was a really hot and humid day, but the heat didn’t stop the fun!

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We played a few really fun and interactive baby shower games with prizes, and we had two door prize raffles. Denise said the first prize to go was going to be the wine and chocolate, and of course, it was. (;

The first game we played was a nursery rhyme game where we were given a hint about a character and we had to name who the rhyme was about. For example, “Who lost her sheep?” “Little Bo Peep.” Whomever got the most correct answers won a prize.

The next game we played involved the small bottles we were given, and we had to drink from the bottles as quickly as we could. Whomever drank the fastest won a prize.

We played another game called Toss and Shout, where we tossed a doll like Hot Potato, but whenever the doll came to us, we had to shout a baby-related item (for example high chair. or baby lotion) within three seconds and without repeating any of the shouted items. Whomever hesitated or repeated was out. The last remaining person won a prize.

Another game we played was called Baby Picasso, where everyone was blindfolded and had to draw Kim’s baby. Kim chose the winner and they received a prize. My favourite was Cate’s, the top right photo in the previous collage. (; They were all pretty amusing, though.

Lastly, we played Spit the Binky. Everyone lined up and spit a pacifier as far as they could. Whomever spit theirs the farthest, also won a prize.

Sara, spitting her binky!

After all the games, we headed inside and hid from the heat while we ate dinner and… Cupcakes!! (:

Denise asked me to make cupcakes a few months in advance, and of course that meant I wanted to use the opportunity to try something I’ve never done before. (; I only did chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, but I made a stabilised whipped cream frosting.

How darling! (: The frosting is very tasty and it was perfect on a hot, summer day. I’ll definitely be making it again!

Stabilised Whipped Cream Frosting Recipe
Recipe from Food Pusher

Frosting Ingredients:

-1/2 teaspoon unflavoured gelatin
-2 tablespoons cold water
-1 cup heavy whipping cream
-2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Frosting Instructions:

Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small bowl to soften.

Simmer 2 tablespoon of the cream; pour over gelatin, stirring till dissolved.

Refrigerate for approximately 10-15 minutes. Then, with a whisk, beat until smooth.

In a stand mixer with a whip attachment, or with a hand beater, whip remaining cream and sugar just until soft peaks form; whip in the smoothed gelatin mixture, stopping to scrape the bowl. Whip until stiff peaks start to form, but be careful not to over beat. You will probably only need to whip it another 10-20 seconds before it’s done.

Keep leftover frosting and any product topped with it in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

This recipe made enough frosting for me to pipe a dozen cupcakes, but Food Pusher says it will frost and fill two 8″ or 9″ cake layers, or frost a 10″ angel or sponge cake.

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