“Gender Reveal” Cakes

This is such a cute trend, that I just had to write a post about it.  It’s a super-unique way for parents-to-be to share the moment they find out the gender of their (unborn) child with family & friends.   It’s perfect for baby showers, as well as a fun way to let Grandparents in on the secret.   Here’s how it works:

Parents-to-be who wish to find out the gender of their child before he or she is born simply provide their doctor with the phone number of the baker who is preparing their baby shower or Grandparent cake.  Then, once their doctor determines the gender of the child, they or a staff member calls the baker to let them know.   The baker then prepares the cake, adding either pink or blue food color to the cake mix and then, frosts it as they normally would or with fun questions marks, etc..   No one knows the gender of the child-to-be until the cake is cut and then everyone finds out at the same time.  It’s such a heartfelt idea… I love it!

Here’s a video I found on YouTube that shows a couple finding out the gender of their baby, along with family & friends:

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Spring 2011 ~ Nature comes calling

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All I can say is “WOW!”   For some reason, we’ve been overrun by nature’s sweet creatures at The Seasonal Home. 

First, a sweet Pea Hen visited.  She was so shy and quickly retreated to the back yard when I entered the family room to find her about to enter my back door.  Then, after hanging around in the yard, she was distracted by a passing Dragonfly, flapped her wings and lifted her huge body on to my roof.  I was amazed at her athletic agility!

             

Next, a darling little brown Wren took up residence in my potting bench, made her nest and laid her eggs, but she wasn’t too happy when I tried to capture a quick photo of her (boy, if looks could kill! LOL) ~


But, when I checked on progress today, I noticed (through a zoom lens so as not to disturb her) that we have new chicks inching out, into the world ~

And finally (at least so far!) today, we received a visit from a family of cranes.  Here’s Mom and Dad ~

Here’s their adorable, fuzzy, baby chick ~

As you can see, Mom and Dad never stray far from their sweet baby chick ~

Baby’s First Gift

If you know someone who is about to or has just had a baby, I have a wonderful gift suggestion…

Most people purchase outfits, toys, necessities… you know, the “usual” new baby gifts.  My suggestion to you is to give the “unusual”!  Because my book is full of SO MANY wonderful ideas for making memories, it makes an excellent Beginner Manual of Ideas for New Parents.  Especially around the holidays, new parents are so excited to begin making memories with their child and YOU can provide them with the perfect head start.

In this gift basket, I placed:

  • My Book (Creative Family Traditions and Ideas)
  • Baby’s 1st Teddy Bear
  • Baby’s Memory Book (for recording all the “Firsts” in Baby’s life)
  • Parent Journal (my personal favorite tradition in my book)
  • Photo Frame to display “Baby’s 1st Birthday” picture
  • Hallmark “Baby’s 1st Christmas” Keepsake Ornament

I tucked all of these adorable, color-coordinated, Memory-making goodies inside a very usable basket.  For under $50, this gift contains everything a parent needs to celebrate and record their child’s life and memories.  What a SPECIAL gift to bring to a Baby Shower or on your first visit with the New Arrival… they’ll never forget your “unique” gift!