Sunday, January 16, 2011

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower


little pumpkin baby shower theme
Celebrate the baby shower on the way with a pumpkin themed baby shower. This theme is perfect for an autumn baby shower. Pumpkins are one of the first things that come to mind when you think of fall and they can be found all over the place. This can also be a cute, not so scary, Halloween baby shower theme.



Pumpkin Baby Shower Invitation Pumpkin Baby Shower Invitations
Make some pumpkin shaped invitations. Print them out on orange card stock and cut them out. Color the stem with a green marker. On the invitations write something like: A cute little pumpkin is on the way! Let's celebrate before the big day! Then include all the other details like the mom-to-be's name, date, time, location, and where she is registered.

If you want an invitation that opens, just print out two pumpkins for each invitation. Stack it on top of each other and use a hole punch to make a hole either on the top or the left side. Feed a piece of ribbon through the hole and tie in a bow to keep the pieces together.

Use orange, green and brown for your colors. Add other fall elements to your decorations like pumpkins, fall leaves, flowers, and pine cones.

Buy 10 mini pumpkins and write one letter on each pumpkin to spell out b-a-b-y s-h-o-w-e-r. You could also tailor it for the baby's gender by writing it's a boy or it's a girl on the it. If you are doing a Halloween baby shower theme, carve the letters like you would a jack-o-lantern and put candles inside. Align it on a table.

And of course, every you need a pumpkin patch! Put a bunch of it in different sizes on a table or where ever you want your pumpkin patch to be. Make a cute sign that says Pumpkin Patch.
(photo from Goodhousekeeping.com)

pumpkin baby shower decorationsDecorate the shower with fun designs, ribbons and embellishments. Put some double sided tape all the way around the middle of the pumpkin, then put your ribbon over the tape. You could also tie ribbon around the stems.

Paint fun designs using stencils. Or make stripes or polka dots. Use painters tape to make the stripes, by putting strips of tape all the way around the pumpkin. Paint it whatever color you choose, then remove the tape.


Use glitter paint or adhesive gems and rhinestones to give your pumpkins some sparkle.
If you are planning a Halloween baby shower, you could incorporate jack-o-lanterns in your decorations. Carve some cute faces or string some jack-o-lantern lights around the room.

Pumpkin Baby Shower Centerpiece Ideas:
pumpkin baby shower centerpieceMake a floral centerpiece with a pumpkin. Cut a hole in the top, scoop out the guts, and line the inside with foil. Put a piece of floral foam inside it with just enough water to saturate it. Stick fresh flowers in the floral foam and you have a cute pumpkin centerpiece.

Put some floating pumpkin candles in a decorative glass bowl with water. Arrange some artificial autumn leaves around the bowl.

If you are serving a full meal, you could serve a fall type menu with comfort food that you would have at a Thanksgiving dinner. Here are few ideas:
Honey baked ham, Roasted TurkeyBroccoli or green bean casserole Macaroni and cheese Mashed potatoes with gravy Croissants or dinner rolls
And of course, serve plenty of pumpkin themed foods.
Pumpkin baby shower food:
Pumpkin soup
Ingredients
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
Directions
1.Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
2.Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
3.Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Pumpkin Pie Squares
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Directions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.In a medium bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Mix in flour. Fold in oats. Press into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
3.Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, until set.
4.In a large bowl, beat eggs with white sugar. Beat in pumpkin and evaporated milk. Mix in salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Pour over baked crust.
5.Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, until set. Let cool before cutting into squares. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream if desired. Pumpkin Spice Muffins with cream cheese frosting

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Ingredients
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
Directions
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2.In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
3.Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
4.Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.

Use a Mini Pumpkins Pan to make little three dimensional pumpkin cakes. mini pumpkins cake pan
Pumpkin carving contest- give each guest a mini pumpkin and a carving knife and have them carve a face or design in it. If you have a large group, you could divide everyone into small groups and give them a bigger one to carve. Have the mom-to-be pick out her favorite designs for the winners.
Variation: If you don't want the mess of carving pumpkins, you could just let everyone decorate a pumpkin. Put out different paints, markers, ribbon, stickers or other embellishments. The person with the most creative or cutest one wins a prize.

Pumpkin Toss- hollow out a large pumpkin (save the seeds for the next game below). Set it on a table or the floor and mark a line about 6-10 feet away. Have each guest stand behind the line and try to toss a pacifier into it. Give each person 3 tries. The person who does the best wins. If you have a tie, have those people keep playing, but have them take a step back from the line before each try. Keep playing until one person is left.

More Pumpkin Baby Shower Games:
Guess how many- Fill a jar or large baby bottle with pumpkin seeds. Have each guest guess how many are inside. The person who guesses the closest wins.
Don't say "pumpkin"- this is a variation of the don't say "baby" game. Give each guest a few clothespins. Whenever someone hears another person say "pumpkin" they take one of their clothespins. The person with the most clothespins at the end of the shower wins a prize.
Pumpkin shaped candy in a clear treat bag tied with ribbon.
Pumpkin pie scented candles or pumpkin shaped candles.
Cookies shaped like pumpkins. Frosted with orange icing.
Set up a pumpkin patch with enough pumpkins for each guest. Attach favor tags to the stem of the pumpkins that say: thanks from (mom's name)'s little pumpkin! Have each guest pick out a pumpkin to take home.

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