When Lauren of Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. found out her her cousin Suzi was pregnant with her first baby, a little girl due on Christmas Eve, she knew she had to pull out all the stops and create an amazing baby shower for her! Recently, she had designed “cute as a button” cupcake skewers for her friend Kelly who had twin boys. “I was really pleased with how they turned out using blues and greens and thought they would be just ask cute using pink,” said Lauren. And the Cute as a Button pink and grey baby shower idea was born.
“I wanted to stick with pink since it is a traditional baby shower color, but I wanted the overall feel of the shower to be classy and sophisticated. I decided on a pale pink rather than bubblegum pink and thought it would pair nicely with gray for a clean and modern look. I enjoy baking and trying new decorating techniques, so really I just started planning out the sweets I wanted to include on the dessert table and all the details seemed to fall into place from there. Since dessert tables seem to be all the rage right now, I knew I wanted to have a dessert table be the focal point for the shower design.”
Lauren has enjoyed designing and making invitations ever since she created her own wedding invitation almost five years ago. “I love the layering look that different colors and textures of paper can create. A sliver metallic paper was used as the base of the invite with a pink linen paper on top to create a framed look. The shower details were printed on a white piece of paper that was placed on top of the pink and gray pieces. The invitation was embellished using a Martha Stewart button punch, keeping with the button theme.”
First Lauren started looking for shades of pink and grey ribbons. She incorporated it throughout the elements of the shower, using it on the cupcake skewer cans, for the ornament chandelier, on the favor boxes and around the glass cookie jars.
The cake was a yellow butter cake with a Swiss meringue butter cream tinted pale pink. Pink and ruffles, it doesn’t get much more girly than that! “This was my first time attempting the ruffles and I can certainly say it won’t be my last! I had seen the idea for the ruffle technique and immediately knew that would be the perfect cake for the shower. The cake was so much fun to decorate too!”
For dessert there were the 3 C’s: cookies, cake and of course, cupcakes. Sugar cookies were decorated with royal icing in the shape of onesies. Cupcake skewers were made using mini pumpkin cupcakes and cream cheese frosting topped off with a pink fondant button.
“Since Suzi’s baby was due on Christmas Eve I thought an ornament chandelier would be the perfect way to tie in a traditional Christmas element using ornaments by having them dangle over the desserts. I bought mostly clear ornaments for practically nothing at Micahel’s and decided to fill the insides with pink balls and silver beads to keep with the color theme.”
Lauren’s favorite detail of the day was the “cute as a button” cupcake skewers! “I love making cake pops and cupcakes, so this is a combination of the two on a lollipop stick. They are the perfect bite size sweet, but you will definitely find yourself eating more than just one. I love re-purposing household items when planning parties, so by taking an old canned good, removing the wrapper and adding some pink ribbon you have an adorable DIY holder.
The pink cookie boxes and the jars of cookie mix were the favors that guests got to take home. The boxes were filled with “sugar button” cookies that had a pink royal icing and silver sprinkles.
“Since cookies were one of the desserts featured on the table, I thought it would be a fun idea to share the recipe with the guests so they could go home
and make their own cookies.”
Lauren’s advice to others looking to create their dessert buffet: “When designing the entire dessert table concept I wanted to keep things simple, affordable and to showcase elements that are DIY. I kept going back to the color theme of pink and gray with everything that went on the table. I think the key to creating a clean dessert table is to pick a theme and a few key colors and stick to it. You can create a dessert table that makes a statement without the high price tag by purchasing a few items from your local craft store and re-purposing things around your house!