Monday, February 27, 2012

Little Slugger's Baby Shower (and cream cheese icing)

My friend/coworker is having a baby within the next few weeks and our department was honored to host a shower for her. They are doing the nursery in baseball/Yankees theme, so we went with it for our party. Another friend/coworker made some cute invitations with a baseball theme and then we got together to make the sweet treats for the shower. It was right after lunch on inservice, so we just served dessert. The shower turned out great and the mom and dad to be both enjoyed it!
We used scrapbook paper in baseball themes to decorate the table. The punch was supposed to be blue, but once we mixed in the flavorings, it was green, so we went with it. We decided it tied in the green of the grass on the cupcakes:) We rimmed the punch cups with a little corn syrup (hard to get sugar to stick to plastic) and blue sugar. To make blue sugar, I just put 1/2 cup of sugar in a mason jar along with about 5 drops of blue food coloring and shook it up. It looked like our department was serving margaritas at a school baby shower:)

For the treats, we made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and devil's food cupcakes with buttercream. The friend I decorated with had the great idea to make grass as the icing and then put our baseball picks in them. I found the baseball picks at Hobby Lobby for a great price and the monogram picks in the clearance section! We were planning on making them, so I was a little relieved to find them already made at a great price.

Cream Cheese Icing
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp butter, softened
~4 cups powdered sugar
~3 tbsp milk
splash of almond or vanilla extract

Cream together cream cheese and butter for about two minutes with electric mixer. Add in powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time, then milk. You may need more milk depending on the consistency you're going for. Add in the flavoring. Whip icing for about two minutes to incorporate more air. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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