Baby shower: Gone Fishing

I was excited to partner up with a friend of mine to co-host a baby shower for a close friend and her husband. We wanted to have a couples shower so we could bring everyone together to celebrate our friend's family growing.

The baby shower theme was fishing and we tried to carry it into all aspects in creative ways.

Diaper cake: I created a diaper cake as part of the couple's gift and by adding a few mini signs with fishing stickers and a fishing pole from a dowel road and jute.  Last step is to add a bobber to your jute string. Here are the step-by-step instructions for creating the cake.

Candy tackle boxes: A little chocolate and sweet candy option is always a party plus. We went with inexpensive tackle boxes from the craft section of your local store. Added M&M's, Swedish fish and gummy worms. Sounds like all the tackle box essentials!

Sweet and cheesy trail mix: This deliciously easy-to-make sweet and savory mix is a great snack for a party or a road trip. You take 1/2 c honey and 1/2 c cinnamon sugar butter. Melt the two together slowly in the microwave. Pour the mixture over 5 c Goldfish snack crackers, 2 c peanuts, 4 c pretzels. Place the coated mixture on to a pan with edges and place into a preheated oven at 350. Cook for 30 minutes turning every 10 minutes. As soon as the mixture is baked, add 3 cups of M&Ms. Place on a piece of foil to cool. After the mixture is cooled, place in an airtight container.  For a different option, check out my friend Chef Alli's take on this great snack. 

Guest book in the frame: Fin a frame that will be a good addition to the baby's nursery. Take a coordinating piece of paper and cut to fit the frame. For the bobbers, take white round 3" circle tags. Paint the bottom halves of the circle red to make them look like bobbers. Have double sided tape at the shower to attach the bobbers to the paper during the shower once the guests have signed them.

Fish Dip: Take your favorite powdered dip mix. I chose to mix it with 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese and 1/2 c of sour cream. Make sure to chill the dip prior to plating. This will help it be more spreadable. Thinly slice cucumbers for the scales and then use a red pepper for the fins and tail. Finally you can slice an olive for the eye.

Dirt cup trifle: Bake one 9x13 pan of brownies according to directions. Make two small packages, or 1 large package of your favorite chocolate pudding. Take the pan of brownies once they have cooled and crumble half of the brownie mix into the bottom of the trifle dish. Add half of the pudding on top of the brownies. Then add another layer of brownie crumble and top withe remaining chocolate pudding. Finally top with a few last brownie crumbles and you can add in worms for decoration

Fishy cheese: To switch up the meat and cheese tray, take sandwich slices of cheese and cut them with fish cookie cutters. We added these extra special cheese slices to the cheese and meat tray.

Pretzel poles: Start with rinsed and dried raspberries. Take melted almond bark or white chocolate. Dip the raspberries so the the end is covered in melted bark/chocolate mixture. Chill the raspberries so the chocolate/bark hardens. Take your pretzel rods and tie fishing line to the top. Thread the line through the raspberry and tie in a knot.

Pond water punch: Take your favorite apple cider and mix with sprite for a great non-alcoholic punch. If you want to add alcohol, you can add 1 c of Crown Royal and 1/4 c apricot brandy.

'Gone Fishing' banner: Create your own customized banner and you can send it home with the guests of honor for future use. Here are the step-by-step instructions on creating your banner.

Fishing balloons and ballon bouquets: I was excited to have some special flare from a great party shop we have in downtown Manhattan, Confetti and Cashmere. They helped bring together a couple of balloon bouquets that created the party atmosphere and also marked our house for arriving guests. Finally they special ordered this awesome fish balloon that our father-to-be especially appreciated. 

Bobber lanterns: I simply took plain white lanterns, some red craft paint and poof you have bobbers. They were an inexpensive addition to the theme.