Cute As A Button Baby Shower! {Home Sweet Home}

Get excited!! We all love a good baby shower, and Brandy from Home Sweet Home is sharing about a shower that just makes me giddy! Today, we are going to feature some fun baby shower ideas.
Hey there Baby Week Readers! I'm Brandy from Home Sweet Home, and I am excited to share some ideas from a baby shower that I hosted recently!

But first, let me share a little about myself! I am an energized stay at home mother of 3 little ones, and a wife to the most amazing guy! We are a Coast Guard family and have lived in California, Alaska, and are currently living in Ohio! We love the adventure that this life brings and the wonderful friends we have met.

My crafting days really started after having children. I always enjoyed getting creative, but now had little guinea pigs to try out all of my projects on! I started sewing baby bedding, then little clothes, and now I sew anything and everything I can get a pattern for! I also love to make my home a beautiful place, and doing it on a budget.

Here are a few of my favorite projects that you'll find on Home Sweet Home!

DIY Floor Runner
Magnetic Frame

Little Sofa Makeover

Ok, enough about me. Here is the "Cute As A Button" baby shower that I hosted recently!

Drooling? You will be after you see this recipe! Coconut cupcakes (courtesy of Martha Stewart) and homemade buttercream frosting. YUM.

I made these for a baby shower & luncheon that a friend and I hosted at my home. It was SO MUCH FUN! Great food, friends, visiting and laughter! As far as food went, I didn't coordinate that with the button theme--just the dessert. For lunch, we had chicken sandwiches, fruit salad, artichoke dip, and a few side dishes that friends brought.

The table cloth was a brown sheet that I bought on clearance with a square of that beautiful turquoise fabric in the center. Perfect for my color scheme.

It was more of a luncheon than an actual baby shower. Gifts were involved, of course, but we didn't do many games. We just kept it simple and enjoyed chatting.

Now onto the PARTY FAVORS!

I saw these fun chocolate buttons on Bakerella. She had linked them to Bake it Pretty who sold the molds for them. I HAD to have some. So I put in my order and they came in time for me to make them for this baby shower!

I used blue, white, and brown Wilton melts and put them into tiny plastic lollipop bags. I printed out a design that I made on my computer along with the baby's birth info. I cut out each tag, folded it in half and stapled it across the baggie just like a bag of buttons that you would find in a craft store.

The perfect party favor. I used the buttons on top of the cupcakes as well.

Martha Stewart's Coconut Cupcakes

Makes 21
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs plus 2 large egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. Put coconut flakes into a food processor and pulse until finely shredded. Wisk into dry ingredients.

In a seperate bowl, cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat.

Reduce speed to low. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with coconut milk and ending with dry. Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks. Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days, or freeze for one month.

Buttecream Frosting
{adapted from Wilton's Buttercream frosting}

{you may use shortening, and use butter flavoring instead of vanilla, but butter tastes so much better!}

1 c. butter
1 pound sifted powdered sugar
2 T. water
1 tsp. flavoring (I used vanilla)

Place ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat. Scrape sides, then continue beating until smooth.

Thanks for letting me drop by Alison! Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the fun posts on Baby Week! Feel free to drop by Home Sweet Home sometime. I'd love to have ya!

Well, I'm ready to throw a baby shower now!! That recipe is making me drool! Thanks a million, Brandy!
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