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For about 5 years now I’ve been a part of a small play date group. We all have kids between the ages of 0 and 10, and it’s been amazing seeing them all grow and interact together over the years. Two of our lovely moms are expecting their 3rd babies this fall, so we thought it would be really fun to incorporate a mini baby shower into one of our Friday playdates. Hosting a sensory playdate for the kids plus a baby shower can get very pricey, so I wanted to keep the cost down. Using the private label diapers at Walmart, I was able to create really cute decorations for less than $20!
I used dishes I already had, simple recipes, and creative presentation like tying cheap napkins and plasticware with dollar store ribbon and putting muffins on cupcake stands to make everything come together without spending a lot of money.
The first thing I made with the baby diapers was a huge upcycled diaper wreath for the front door. Obviously I didn’t upcycle the diapers that I used for it, that would be gross. But everything else I used was from my own stash of craft supplies or household items.
The basic things you’ll need are diapers, a wire hanger, and small rubber bands. You might notice mine are rainbow colored. That’s because they are actually rainbow loom bands. I am always trying to figure out something else to do with them since they are all over my house.
Putting it together only takes a few minutes.
You literally just fold the diapers around the hanger then slap a rubber band around them. Keep doing it until you fill up the hanger. You can squish them together to make it look nice and full, and of course don’t cover up the hook part – you’ll need that for hanging the wreath.
Once you’ve got your base down you just need to embellish it. You can use whatever you want. I found some ribbon to wrap each diaper so that the rubber bands weren’t showing, making it look more tidy. I took the next size up diapers and made a big bow out them, and then cut up a gift bag that I saved from my last baby shower to make cute bunting!
Next up, diaper bouquets. There are tons of tutorials for them. I saw a lot that involved floral foam balls. I’m cheap and I didn’t want to pay $6 for a ball of foam, so I got creative at the dollar store.
A two-pack of big wiffle balls fit perfectly in the $1 decorative flower pots, making a great base for the bouquets. Then, following one of the many tutorials I found online, I rolled the diapers around the skewers, secured with white rainbow loom bands (of course), then stuck them into the wiffle ball holes. Once all the holes were filled, I just stuck some tissue paper squares in between the diapers to cover the white spaces. Done.
Last up, and my absolute favorite of all of the decorations was the little baby decoration made out of baby diapers. I watched a few tutorials on youtube a couple of days before hand, and then put it together from memory in about 5 minutes. SO easy, and it was the talk of the party.
I have a ton of reusable plates that I bought for playdates, so I had dishes covered. I don’t like washing a million forks and spoons, so I buy plastic ones. You can easily make them more fun by tying them into little bundles. And if you’re busy and need help doing so, have one of the kids do it.
Planning the food was easy. For our play dates we keep it light and healthy, so I tried to keep that in mind when deciding what to prepare. The other factor was of course cost, and last of all I had to think of things that were easy to make.
Mini corn dog muffins are as easy as sticking cut up pieces of hot dog into cornbread batter in a mini muffin tin and then baking it. The hard part was getting them out of the pan without them falling apart, so make sure you grease it well.
The moms went crazy for this roasted butternut squash and fig salad. After a small amount of prep (roasting the squash and pepitas and letting them cool) the salad was thrown together in two minutes – including the time it took me to make the dressing.
I always always make a veggie tray. It’s so easy and everyone eats it. I made my Tzatziki Ranch Dip Recipe, which is always a hit! You can buy a veggie tray, but they’re always so expensive and the dip is gross. Invest in a simple veggie tray container and fill it yourself! I also used cupcake towers to make zucchini muffins look a little fancier.
I don’t usually put out a huge assortment of drinks – we just need the basics. I had water for whoever wanted it, and then a simple sparkling drink. I made a Lemon-Lime Sparkler by mixing a bottle of limeade, half a bottle of sparkling water, lemon slices, and ice.
After everyone ate we had presents for the moms. They also got to take home the decorations, and all the leftover diapers. I was proud of how great our little party turned out!
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You can find Parent’s Choice diapers at all Walmart stores. They are of course right there in the baby section, and they have several different sizes of packaging to suit your needs. I enjoy frequent trips to the store (my time to escape from my littles in the evenings), so I buy the smaller packs, but you can totally buy the big box and be stocked up for a few weeks. Don’t forget to grab the $1.50 off Parent’s Choice diapers coupon before you go!