How to throw a diaper party
For all the mothers out there expecting baby number two or three, why not skip a conventional baby shower all together? You’re a veteran now and already own the baby essentials from your first shower.
However, there is one thing every mom needs in bulk and isn’t reusable. Diapers. According to Baby Center, the average newborn goes through at least eight to 10 diapers a day. So what better reason to throw your favorite mom-to-be a diaper shower and gift her with a year’s supply?
The following is a sample diaper party check list- from start to finish- using our favorite ways to incorporate diapers into all aspects of the shower to truly utilize this fun yet useful theme.
Colors and Invitations: Use a simple yet chic neutral or while palette, especially if you don’t yet know the sex of the baby or the mother wants to be surprised. You can accent with the mother’s favorite color (i.e. pink, blue or yellow).
The invitations will introduce your guests to the theme of the shower by using… wait for it… diapers as part of the invitations. Yes, that’s right. Use real disposable diapers as envelopes. Place your unique invitation inside each diaper, tape it closed, and write the name and address of the guest outside the diaper. (The post office will inform you of the correct amount of postage.)
Don’t forget to include a note on the invite asking each guest to bring a package of diapers. Also remember to encourage them to bring various sizes (1, 2, and 3), since the baby will quickly outgrow his/her diapers during the first year. Remind them of the theme and politely assure them it’s what the mommy-to-be wants and will undoubtedly use.
Diaper Décor: This is the most convenient part- you’re not shopping like a mad woman for decorations because all you need are diapers. The trick is figuring out how many different ways you can use one.
Diaper cakes, used as centerpieces are tiered, showpiece “cakes” made out of rolled baby diapers. Diaper cakes are becoming increasingly popular and make for fabulous and truly functional centerpieces, as they pull double duty as both party décor and a gift (the entire purpose of the party!). Diaper cakes are very easy to make, and you can customize them to match your colors.
1. Roll disposable diapers into cylinders with a rubber band around each one.
2. Group them together into tiers and stack two or three tiers on each other.
3. Decorate with wide ribbon tied around each tier and baby items sticking out from between the diapers.
Place Settings: Create themed place cards by attaching diaper pins to the top of simple white place cards, then writing each guest’s name below.
Diaper Banner: Welcome the guests with a diaper banner draped across the entrance. Use a permanent marker and write a letter on each individual diaper and pin them together to spell “It’s a Boy” or “Congratulations.” Use diaper pins to connect each one.
Diaper Plates for Appetizers & White Food: Set a bowl of crackers and/or chips in the middle of the appetizer table. Then alternately place the diapers both vertically and horizontally around the bowl. Serve the appetizers, such as Nutella, French onion dip, guacamole and cream cheese on diaper turned plates. Yes you’ve read correctly… diapers used as plates. You can imagine what it will resemble so needless to say, it will be quite the hit and a memorable addition to the shower.
As far as main dishes, we like the idea of an all-white buffet. Keep it easy with a white vegetable lasagna served with a white wine sangria or non-alcoholic lemonade and try a simple but delicious white coconut cake for dessert.
Gifts: Create incentives for guests by mentioning that they will only get a raffle ticket for the prize if they bring a package of diapers. They want more tickets? Bring more packages. At the end of the party, raffle off a gift basket.
Another gift idea: put together a fully-stocked diaper bag gift together with a few other guests. Chip in with others and bring one of the following; diapers, wipes, spare outfits, baby powder, diaper cream, bottles, baby food, spoons, bibs, teething rings, and toys. Basically just include any item mommy might need to take with her in the diaper bag.
Games: Have guests compete in pairs (pair people together who aren’t seated at the same table) to see who can diaper a baby doll in the fastest time. Using a cloth diaper with pins, each guest puts one hand behind her back and works together to complete the task. This usually provides laughs and gets different groups socializing.
Instead of the usual guess the jarred baby food, melt candy bars into diapers and have the guests guess which candy bar is in each diaper. It will make for some hilarious photos when you snap shots of guests smelling the “dirtied” diapers!
Let us know if you’ve used any of these ideas before, how it turned out or if you’d like to share any new creative ways to spice up a diaper party. Only cheeky suggestions welcome! (Pun intended.)
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