Diaper Keg – Sunday Fun-day Couples Shower

One of my husband’s best friends, Garrett, and his wife Daniela are expecting a little boy in September!  I of course wanted a cutsie couples shower, and if Luke had his way we would have had had frozen pizzas and beer – so we settled in the middle on a Diaper Keg 🙂

It turned-out to be a perfect combo of fun, cute, and chill, and was a great way to get the fellas involved in the baby shower process and celebrate the parents-to-be!

Here are the details!

The Concept: The theme of the event was “Baby is Brewing” – guests were asked to bring diapers in exchange for a keg cup!

The Decor:  All of the decor, signage, etc. revolved around beer but with a “girlie” twist!

Diaper Cake: I’ve made diaper cakes before, but for this one I added the dad-to-be’s favorite beer – Milwaukee’s Best – so it tied-in the theme!  If you haven’t made diaper cakes before, they are actually super easy!  Here is a simple tutorial:

What you need:
 – Cardboard
– Tissue paper
– hot glue gun
– Paper towel roll
– various-sized rubber bands
– Diapers (any size) – roughly 30
– Ribbon to match your color scheme + any additional “cake toppers”

1. Use a piece of cardboard for the base – you can use cardboard from the diaper box or in this case I used a frozen pizza base!

2. Cover the cardboard base with tissue paper using a hot glue gun then glue the paper towel roll to the base

3. Roll several of the diapers up and wrap with a small rubber band – set the diapers around the paper towel roll then secure with a larger rubber band.  Repeat for another row until the base is the desired width (3 rows works best).  Do the same thing for the middle layer, only reduce the rows by one so it is tiered.  Repeat until you get to the top!  To add the beer cans, I replaced some of the diapers with the beer then filled-in with more diapers if needed

4. Measure the ribbon so it wraps the width of the base – using a hot glue gun secure the two ends of the ribbon around the diapers, being careful not to glue the diapers so they can be used!

5. Top with any additional kids toys, etc. – in this case we used a fun pacifier to help tie-in our theme (Luke picked it out)!

Beer mug flowers: I found these on Pinterest and thought they were so cute!  I bought 4 large mugs from Michael’s and filled them with gold tissue paper (you can use amber-colored rocks or anything that somewhat resembles the color of beer).  Then you top with cut white flowers – we used daisies but carnations would better resemble the foamy-top of beer!

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Baby-Q Onesies: Using white onesies from Target and paper from Michaels I created a “BBQ” sign to hang over the gift area.  I just taped the letters on the onsies so they could be used again, and used some leftover tissue paper pomanders to help add to the sign!

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Other: I filled-inn the rest with some homemade signs, paper straws/mason jars, and additional pomanders!

The Cake: Another focal point of the party was the cupcake-cake.  I had it made at Target for $24.99 (24 cupcakes) and I was super happy with how it turned out!  It read “from beer bottles to baby bottles” again going with the beer theme!

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The Games: We didn’t do any formal games, but did do “late night diaper thoughts” which always is entertaining with this group!

The Food: We wanted to keep the menu pretty simple and “BBQ-y” but of course still fun!  I actually was out of town for a girls weekend up north so most of the food had to be prepare-able in advance!  Here is what we went with:

Appetizers:
 – Popcorn (she’s about to pop!)
Buffalo Chicken Bites (the dad-to-be’s favorite) from one of my other blog posts
 – Corn, Avocado, and Black Bean Salsa from Produce on Parade
Fruit “on the grill” – I saw this idea on Pinterest as well and wanted to try it for our BBQ!  You cut a watermelon in half and scoop-out the watermelon so you are left with a bowl.  Fill it with blueberries and use skewers for the grill grates and I used corn on the cob holders for the feet of the grill.  Kabob the fruit and set on-top so it looks like a little grill!

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Mains:
 – Brats/Burgers
– Pasta Salad
(one package skinny spaghetti noodles, 1/2 to 3/4 bottle Italian dressing, 2 TBL plus more to taste Suddenly Salad seasoning, and veggies/toppings of choice like green pepper, green onion, tomato, and pepperoni)
– Beans (6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled, 2 28-oz cans baked beans, 1 Cup pineapple tidbits drained, 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, 1 1/2 Cup ketchup, 1/4 Cup molasses, 3 Tbl yellow mustard, 1/4 cup light brown sugar — saute the onions then combine all ingredients – heat and serve warm!)

Beverages:
 – Punch from another blog postWater, La Croix, and of course the keg!

It was so fun to celebrate Garrett and Daniela and get the crew together for a Sunday Fun-day!

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