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Last weekend I had the chance to celebrate Little Greyson Michael with our Arizona friends and family. It was such a sweet time to end the pregnancy. My mom and I took advantage of the opportunity to celebrate fall through the shower because even though Greyson is an October baby, we don’t get a big fall celebration here in Arizona. I wanted to celebrate his fall birthday with everything fall: pumpkin spice lattes, delicious comfort food appetizers, stovetop apple cider and tons of pumpkin decorations, of course!
The first step in planning any party is deciding whether or not to have a theme. A lot of baby showers can be generic so one way to make a baby shower unique is to pick a theme that you can base all of the details of the shower around. For a fall themed shower, that means food including desserts, decorations, invitations and even party favors.
Everyone loves baby pumpkins, so we thought it would make the perfect party favor. You can also add a fun handwritten thank you tag or a ribbon if your pumpkin stems are long enough. Mini pumpkins can be found all over this time of year and are relatively inexpensive. You can also grab a few extras to place among the other decorations to add some texture.
When it comes to party decor, the best thing you can do is to use items you already have in your home. Themes can really help to narrow down what decoration pieces you’ll need. For a fall themed baby shower, you can use the fall decor you already have in your home or the benefit to buying fall decorations for a shower is that you’ll be able to reuse them every fall season!
Of course, the most important part of any good party is the food, right? Being a bit of a foodie, my mom had me help coordinate the food for the party. If you’re having an afternoon shower, provide light finder foods and snacks for your guests since it is in between meal times. We decided to go carb heavy and utilize some rich fall flavors. Here’s what our menu consisted of:
- Caramelized onion, gruyere and spinach puff pastry tart
- Pear and apple spiced tart
- Spinach and artichoke dip bread bowl
- Cranberry goat cheese and butternut squash crostinis (recipe here)
- Pumpkin Spiced Lattes (recipe here)
- Stovetop apple cider
- Ice water with apple slices
- Apple spiced cupcakes
- Mini pumpkin pies
The menu for a themed shower should stick to your theme as much as you can, but no one will mind too much if everything doesn’t fit the theme exactly. Have fun with coming up with ways to incorporate fall flavors, like pumpkin, apple, squashes, and other rich flavors into a menu that is perfect for an afternoon shower.
One thing I love to do when setting up a party is getting out the dishes before hand. Even before you get started cooking, if your plates are out and ready it makes it so much easier to go from cooking to prepping the party right before guests come by. It also helps to make sure you have enough plates out and that everything matches well.
I recommend a dessert tower of some kind for displaying the dessert choices. This is a great way to break up the table or area where you are displaying all of the food by adding some height changes in the dishes. Plus it’s a great way to draw attention to the desserts you have, because let’s be honest, everyone comes to a party for the desserts.
Desserts can get to be an overwhelming part of party food if you’re not strategic. That’s why I decided to make these apple spice cupcakes. Instead of having to worry about them right before the party, I prepped them the morning of using Pillsbury Purely Simple White Cake Mix. It’s the perfect way to serve a yummy dessert that won’t take a lot of time or add stress to your party planning!Print
- 1 box of Pillsbury Purely Simple White Cake Mix
- 3 apples (Granny Smith or other variety), peeled and chopped into chunks
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
Maple Cream Cheese Icing
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2-2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Follow the instructions on the Pillsbury Purely Simple White Cake Mix box
- Add apples and spices and gently mix.
- Bake according to directions on package.
- Allow to cool and then frost with your favorite cream cheese icing
For the icing
- Using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together.
- Add 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar at a time until you reach desired consistency and sweetness.
- Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to frosting. Taste for sweetness and maple flavor. If you want more maple flavor, add 2 more tablespoons and combine with mixer.
- Frost cake immediately or place frosting in fridge until ready to frost.
You can find Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake Mix at your local Kroger store.
My best advice for planning a shower like this is to make lists of the things you need or have to use, do as much ahead of time as you can and most of all enjoy it!