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  • Best Tip for Hosting a Baby or Bridal Shower: Pre-Addressed Thank-You Cards

    As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently hosted a baby shower for a friend. She loved everything about it, but the thing she mentioned over and over again was the package of pre-addressed thank-you cards that I gave her. It was super easy for me to do, since I just printed a second set of invitation labels and affixed them to the thank-you card envelopes. All my friend had to do was write up her thanks, put return address labels and stamps on the envelopes, and send the cards out. (If you want to go the extra mile, you can put stamps and even the return address on the envelopes before you give the thank-you cards to the guest of honor.) My friend was thrilled that it was so easy, she finished her thank-you cards the same day as the baby shower!

    Diaper Cake

    A diaper cake makes a great baby shower gift and/or centerpiece. I received a large one at my first baby shower and thought it was great. For my friend’s baby shower, I was inspired by this picture from a Right Start catalog and decided to make a small diaper cake to be the centerpiece. I used these directions as a general guide, but made only two layers (I wanted to keep the cake low so the guests could see across the table). I found that a relatively tight rubber band around each layer was a must. I also ended up rubberbanding most of the diapers individually to keep them tightly rolled. To keep the cake together, I used chopsticks instead of dowels. For presentation, I bought the kind of cardboard used to serve cakes at a crafts store. I had thought that the diapers would be white and originally intended to use a cute pink gingham ribbon to disguise the rubber bands, but had to go with plain white ribbon when the diapers turned out to be quite colorful. (I used about 30 Huggies Supreme size 1s for my small two-layer cake.)

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