Pretty Spring Baby Shower Ideas


For an expecting Mom, a spring baby shower couldn’t be a more lovely way to celebrate the upcoming birth of her child. With beautiful blooms, pretty pastels, and comfortable temperatures, springtime is a season full of inspiration that can give a spring baby shower all the whimsical details it demands.

Spring is full of beautiful ideas from nature that you can incorporate into your baby shower décor, centerpieces, sweet treats and more. From pretty floral DIY decorations you can make to centerpieces you can craft up with just a few art supplies, there’s lots of springtime staples that you can feature at your baby shower.

What’s also great about a spring baby shower is that because it’s themed by the season, it doesn’t matter if the upcoming bundle of joy is a boy or a girl! This theme can work well for both genders as it celebrates the upcoming baby by celebrating spring season.

Plan a “Sprinkle Shower”

A sprinkle shower is a common theme for a second-time mom where guests “sprinkle” some love on the Mom. Chic Cheap Nursery featured this beautiful baby shower that a lot of pretty details include the upside umbrella hanging above the sweet dessert table.


Take the Shower Outside

Bump Smitten featured this pretty spring baby shower with this table setting inspired by nature. Decorating with mason jars as vases and candle holders, they used pale blues and earth tones to create a warm and invited tablescape for the baby shower guests.


Fun Spring Themed Door Decoration

This fun idea featured here is a brilliant DIY idea for a spring baby shower. Hanging an umbrella upside down filled with some of springtime’s best flowers, and you’ve the perfect door decoration to greet your baby shower guests.


Flowers in Rain Boots

Another way to play up the word “shower” like the previous umbrella door decoration, we featured this spring baby shower with hot pink rain boots filled with tulips as part of our spring décor


Pots of Flowers as Centerpieces

Here’s an easy DIY idea we found on Simply Stunning Ideas. Taking clay flower pots and wrapping them in patterned socks, you’ve got a unique spring themed centerpiece!


DIY Onesie Baby Shower Activity

For a fun activity for your spring baby shower, set up a table with spring color art supplies and have guests decorate onesies like we did here. This easy and colorful craft will give Mom personalized onesies for her baby and guests will love getting their artistic side going with this activity.


Springtime Baby Jar Parfait

This dessert is served in a baby jar making it an adorable sweet treat you can serve guests. Make this easy recipe that has a ribbon tied around the jar for a whimsical dessert presentation perfect for a spring baby shower.

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Dirt Pudding Cup Dessert Bar


Pudding dirt cups are the quintissential kids treat. Chocolate pudding serves as the mud, crushed up chocolate cookies for the dirt and gummy worms and candy as the creepy-crawly toppings. So what can be better than a delicious pudding dirt cup for your kids? A dirt cup bar!

Let your kids (and hungry adults) mix and match their favorite toppings to layer on top of the “dirt.” For this DIY bar, I assembled the chocolate pudding and crushed cookies ahead of time, and set out a variety of candy toppings to stay in theme with Easter; gummy worms, jelly beans and marshmallow bunny Peeps. I also left out some candy for the grown-ups, such as Fannie May Dark Mint Chocolate pieces.

The final result are these adorable candy cups that look fun and festive, and are just as delicious to eat as they are to make! Display some already made so guests can get some creative inspiration.




Clear plastic cups
Chocolate pudding: Homemade, store-bought or made from a box mix. Make sure you make enough for about 8 servings
Chocolate cookies
Marshmallow Bunny Peeps
Jelly beans
Gummy worms
Chocolate candy pieces


If you are making your chocolate pudding from a box, follow the directions on the back of the box to make your pudding first before you begin to assemble to the pudding cups.

Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until they turn into crumbs.

To assemble the pudding cups, place about half a cup of chocolate pudding in each cup. Level the top of the pudding. Place a thick layer of cookie crumbs on top of the pudding, for the “dirt” layer.

At this point, you can leave the cups as is and set out the topping to allow each guest to create their own decorated pudding cup. I recommend to at least put out bunny peeps, jelly beans, and gummy worms. Feel free to add any other Easter candy and toppings out that you like!

Makes: 8 cups

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Easter Finds

Buttercream Frosted Easter Cut-Out Cookies from Cheryl’s

Bunny Patch Fun Pail from The Popcorn Factory

Chocolate Easter Bunnies from Fannie May

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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Everyone on Your List Will Love

While Valentine’s Day is often associated with romance, it’s also a special occasion to celebrate the many loving relationships in your life. After all: Whether you’re in a relationship or not, nothing beats a day that’s 100 percent devoted to love.

This year, make the day extra sweet by surprising your loved ones with thoughtful, charming gifts. These 10 Valentine’s Day gift ideas will help you check everyone from your kids to your coworkers off your Valentine’s Day shopping list.

1. For the Young Kiddos: Fannie May 13-Piece Frosted Cookies in Wrapped Box

Your six-year-old will delight at the sight of this heart-shaped box, which is filled with six delicious buttercream-frosted cookies. The cookies themselves are also heart-shaped, for a gift that’s as Instagram-worthy as it is sweet ($19.99).

2. For Your Teenager: Rifle Paper Co. Assorted Tapestry Notebooks

It might be like pulling teeth to get your teen to open up out loud, but a journal will give them an outlet to vent and express privately. This three-pack of pretty, 64-page notebooks is the perfect place for your teen to journal the many thoughts running through her head ($15).

3. For the Hostess: Fannie May Mint Meltaways in Flutter Heart Wrap

If only all boxes of chocolates were this decadent and rich. You can’t go wrong gifting these candies, a twist on after-dinner mints. Each one is filled with a cool, creamy milk chocolate center, hidden beneath a milk chocolate or mint-green pastel shell. Yum! ($24.99)

4. For Your Special Lady: Burt’s Bees Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm

‘Tis the season for having the most kissable lips. Tie this four-pack of super hydrating lip balms—scents include pomegranate, mango, coconut and pear, and pink grapefruit—up with a bow for the lady in your life and you can bet she’ll keep these in her purse (and car and office drawer) year-round ($10).

5. For Your #1 Guy: Red Love Heart Umbrella

This subtle nod to the holiday is perfect for the guy in your life. It’s also super practical, thanks to a strong and lightweight frame—seriously, it weighs just about one pound—and UV coating. The best part? It’s also wide enough to cover two—how romantic! ($35)

6. For Far Away Family: Fannie May Sweetheart Tower

Box upon box of a variety of sugary goodness—this gift will tell your far off loved ones that they’re on your mind this Valentine’s Day. This sweet tower contains Fannie May classics including Mint Meltaways, Trinidads, Pixies, Dark Vanilla Buttercreams, and Solid Milk Chocolate Hearts.The best part is that it comes all packaged up with Valentine’s wrapping and ribbon for a gift that’s ready to go ($39.99).

7. For Your Work Bestie: Red Pashmina

Your work bestie—or any female colleague who finds the office temperature unreasonably cold—will appreciate the Valentine’s-themed (and reasonably priced) gesture. After all, everyone loves a wrap that’s warm and soft, not to mention one that comes in a classic color that can be worn all season long ($9).

8. For the Whole Office: Fannie May Solid Chocolate Hearts

The bottom line on Valentine’s Day: Chocolate, FTW. This collection of premium milk chocolate hearts that are individually wrapped in bright red foil are great to bring to the office to surprise your coworkers and share the love…and to earn you long-lasting office hero status! ($16.99)

9. For Family Fun: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

A crowd-pleaser for kids and adults—or a fun party trick to have on hand for your Valentine’s bash—this camera prints Polaroid-like pics right on the spot. Just be sure you stock up on plenty of film in advance ($60).

10. For Your Girls Night Crew Classic Mystery Date

All hail the throwback board game! Gather your single friends for a hilarious game of Mystery Date, the vintage board game—seriously, it came out in 1965—where the goal is to score a date with Mr. Desirable versus the Dud. It will give your gal group a laugh, and is way less daunting than their IRL mystery dates (from $20).

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Fannie May Pumpkin Pie Fudge Chocolate Roulade

Fannie May Roll Cake
Roulade Sponge Cake

All-purpose flour 1/4 cup
Cocoa powder 1/4 cup
Pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon
Salt 1/4 teaspoon
Eggs, large 3 each
Sugar, granulated 2/3 cup
Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon

Roulade Sponge Cake

FM Pumpkin Pie Fudge 1/2 lb. (1/3 tray)
Cream cheese, room temp. 8 oz. (1 pkg)
Butter, soft 4 oz. (1 stick)
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon


Combine flour, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together and sift.

Combine eggs and sugar together in a kitchen aid mixer bowl, or a stainless steel mixing bowl and place over a small pot of hot water.

Continue to mix sugar and eggs by hand until the mixture is warm, then transfer to machine and whip until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes max.

Meanwhile, prepare a small sheet pan 13.25 x 9.25 inches with a piece of buttered wax paper on the bottom.

When the eggs are light and fluffy and stream of the whip in a “ribbon” add the vanilla.

Gently pour the dry ingredients over the egg mixture and then fold together with a small rubber spatula.

Once the ingredients are well mixed, transfer to the prepared sheet pan and spread evenly.

Place in 400°F oven and bake 6 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes.

Flip out onto a clean kitchen towel and roll up into roulade shape (in either direction).

Let cool to room temp.

FM Dark Chocolate Glaze

1.8 oz. FM Dark Chocolate Bar 2 each
Heavy whipping cream 2 oz. (1/4 cup)
Butter, soft 1 oz. (2 Tablespoons)


Break the bars up into segments and place in a small microwaveable container.

Add the cream.

Microwave on high for about 45 seconds until the cream starts to boil.

Remove, cover, and let sit for 1 minute.

Use a small rubber spatula to incorporate the cream and melted chocolate together, or use a small electric hand blender.

Add the butter and incorporate.

The mixture should be smooth and shiny.

Remove the cake from the refrigerator and trim off the ends if you prefer a more polished presentation.

Drizzle the chocolate glaze, slowly, along the cake, allowing it to run down the sides.

Let the glaze set up, transfer to a serving plate


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Wedding Candy Printables

Sweeter Day Printable


Weddings are sweet and having friends and family around you while you celebrate marrying the love of your life makes it that much sweeter. Say thank you with a goodie bag full of Fannie May chocolate candies. Tell your guests thank you for making your day “that much sweeter” with this bag of sweets and this sweet printable.

Sweeter Day Printables

Sweeter Day Printables

We printed and folded our printable over the top of a gold dotted treat bag for a simple but elegant presentation.


His and Hers Printable


Two people are joining hands in wedded bliss but they are still going to have their own favorites. Offer guests 2 kinds of Fannie May chocolates – his favorite and her favorite. Guests can pick which one they would like, or get one of both!


Our bride choose the Fannie May Dark Chocolate Toasted Marshmallow while our groom prefers the simple sweetness of the chocolate on chocolate in the Dark Chocolate Lava Cake candies. Both will satisfy your sweet tooth!

His and Hers Printable

His and Hers Printable

New Beginning Printable


A marriage is a celebration of the beginning of a bride and grooms love story together. Guests will enjoy these sweet bags filled with Fannie May chocolates.

Fill a small craft bag with your favorite chocolates – a popular favorite is the Raspberry Tart from Fannie May.


Add a simple doilie and our “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning” printable and you’ve got a sweet presentation for a wedding thank you!

A Sweet Ending Printable

A Sweet Ending Printable

Love is Sweet Printable


Love is sweet and so is giving the gift of Fannie May chocolates. Use this cute, rhyming printable to say thank you! “Love is sweet, please take a treat” is a lovely way to say thank you to your guests.


Whether it’s for a wedding, engagement party or Valentine bash these printables are sure to be the perfect way to show your appreciation.

Fold them over and attach them to a cellophane treat bag filled with your favorite Fannie May chocolates like the ever popular Peanut Butter Buckeyes!

Love Is Sweet Printable

Love Is Sweet Printable

-Catherine Murton –

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16 Fun 4th of July Crafts for Kids


With the 4th of July right around the corner, we’re getting our craft supplies ready to display our American pride. Round up the kids and get crafting with these patriotic DIYs we found!

Crafters of all ages will enjoy getting ready for Independence Day with these easy, and fun red, white and blue crafts. Plus you can leave them out all year long and show everyone just how much you love the USA!

1. Patriotic Pinwheel Decorations


We’ve already done this great DIY, but we figured we would pull it back out of hiding just in time for the 4th! Make them in Red, White and Blue to really show your love for the nation.

2. Dish Brush Fireworks


We can’t wait to see the fireworks this 4th, so we figured why not start early! Grab an old kitchen dish brush and some festive paint to do Sassy Dealz great DIY!

3. Firecracker Tie Dye Patriotic T-Shirt


The summer wouldn’t be the same without some good old tie dye, and Rocket Pops are always an Independence Day fave. So why not get into the spirit with I Love to’s Blog DIY.

4. Easy Jar Candle Craft


You really can’t mess up this Jar Candle from Fantastic Fun and Learning. It’s perfect for even the littlest of crafters, and will make great decorations for your patriotic party.

5. Patriotic Flowers


We can’t wait to try this science experiment from Artful Parent out! Who doesn’t want a craft that helps the kids learn a thing or two?

6. Handprint Flag T-Shirt


Be Different Act Normal definitely knows how to be patriotic and personal. Their handprint flag shirt is a great way to make your kids feel special. Plus making a shirt bigger than they are now means they can wear it for a few 4th’s!

7. Patriotic Lantern


We have tons of constructions paper lying around, so we figured this lantern from Kids Activities Blog might be a great way to stay in the 4th of July spirit while also making use of what we have.

8. Pony Bead American Flag


Another craft perfect for little fingers, this Pony Bead Flag from Reading Confetti won’t take any time at all.

9. Paper Plate Uncle Sam


Of course we had to add an Uncle Sam Craft. Spoonful’s paper plate Uncle Sam is a perfect replication, complete with a cotton-ball beard.

10. Patriotic Glasses


We’re ready for the parade with these stylish glasses. Southern Yaknkee Mix used glasses without lenses, but we’re thinking about changing it up with sunglasses instead so we can insure we won’t miss any floats that come our way.

11. Patriotic Cup


This cute guy, courtesy of Easy Crafts for Kids would make a great centerpiece for our 4th party, or even just a patriotic friend to have around the house.

12. Red, White & Blue Beaded Sun Catchers


This simple craft is perfect to hang for the 4th of July, and keep out all summer long. You can hang these in your windows, or get really creative like Beneath my Heart, and make a mobile.

13. Easy Stars and Stripes Necklace


Another simple craft to do with the kids, we love this stars and stripes necklace from Baby Center. We’re thinking this could also make a very festive garland too…

14. Paper Plate Patriotic Hat


Tutus & Tea Parties has the perfect idea for adding some patriotism into your Independence Day attire. This paper plate hat, is easy, and the perfect craft to do with the kids before the big day.

15. Patriotic Bubble Blowers Craft


We’re obsessed with paper straws, and Pint Sized Treasures is on board with us as well. These Bubble Blowers are perfect for any summer afternoon, but with red, white and blue straws we can show our national pride, while we play!

16. Fireworks Rings


Just a few simple pipe cleaners can make these sparkling bursts your latest accessory. Fantastic Fun and Learning made theirs with red and silver, but were thinking about adding blue and making them a triple threat!

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Fun Father’s Day Dessert Ideas


Does your dad have a big sweet tooth? Indulge in his sweet treat cravings on Father’s Day with some creative and equally delicious dessert ideas.

If your dad is like mine, then dessert is a must when it comes to celebrating Father’s Day. As much fun as a cake, batch of cookies or even a trip to the local ice cream parlor can be, now is the time to really give dad something tasty and creative.

Incorporate some of dad’s favorite foods into a dessert made just for him. Whether it’s beer, bacon or chocolate, there’s bound to be a tasty treat he will love to bite into on Father’s Day. Serve them after Father’s Day dinner for a fun dessert, or package them nicely as a personalized and inexpensive DIY Father’s Day gift. Either way, don’t forget about the sugary goodies on dad’s big day!

Beer & Bacon Pecan Bars
Beer and bacon, what could be better? Add some nuts and chocolate, and you’ve got this sweet and salty dessert recipe from The Beeroness. It incorporates all of dad’s favorites into one delicious, unbeatable dessert. Head over to her site to get the recipe!

Grilling Guru Cookie Assortment
If Dad loves to fire up the grill, celebrate his BBQ talents with these Father’s Day cookies from Cheryl’s.


White Chocolate-Covered Oreo Baseballs
If your dad is a big baseball fan, then these Oreo-Covered Baseballs from our contributor Krissy Winnick are perfect. They are so simple to make, and fun to decorate. Plus, it incorporates America’s Favorite Cookie. What’s better than that?

Necktie Cookies
There are a ton of ways to decorate and personalize cookies for Father’s Day, but we just love these Necktie Cookies from Munchkin Munchies. How cute are the little shirt and ties? Bake them for your professional papa.

Fisherman’s Favorite Sweets
Does Dad spend his free moments letting that reel fly? Surprise him with a fishing-ready wicker basket full of delicious cookies from Cheryl’s.


Pistachio Cake ‘Pops’
Cake pops for your pops! This savory Pistachio Cake Pops recipe from our contributor Meredith Santucci will certainly cater to dad’s sweet tooth on Father’s Day. She made hers with white candy melts, but you can use any color you (or dad) likes!

Watermelon Rice Krispies Treats
Father’s Day is in the summer, and watermelon is the quintessential summer dessert. So this adorable Watermelon Rice Krispies Treats idea from our contributor Katie Meyers would be the perfect way to treat dad! If he loves Rice Krispies, then you’ve got to make him this delicious dessert.

Campfire Cake
How impressive is this Campfire Cake from Shower of Roses? If your dad is the outdoors type and he loves to camp, then make him this delicious cake to remind him of his favorite pastime.

Blue Moon and Corona Cupcakes
If your dad loves his beer, then these beer cupcakes from Erica’s Sweet Tooth are perfect. The two beer flavors lend themselves nicely to desserts, and they make for an adorable display. Serve with a beer, too!

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Perfectly Patriotic Recipes for Memorial Day: Snacks, Sweets & Sips


Nothing kicks off summer better than a Memorial Day BBQ, complete with sweet and savory summer snacks, treats and cocktails.

Not only is Memorial Day a time to gather with friends and family to welcome to warm summer months, it’s also an important holiday that recognizes the members of our troops who have died in the line of duty. In honor of our fallen soldiers, and to show some American pride, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite patriotic recipes that are perfect for Memorial Day.

So get out those red, white and blue cups, plates and napkins. Hang up your flag, and get inspired to honor our troops (and kick off summer!) with these delicious themed sweets, sips and treats.

For a salty snack, try making your own tortilla chips instead of relying on those plain old bagged ones. This Star-Shaped Homemade Tortilla Chips recipe from our Kitchen Living expert Coryanne Ettiene is the perfect thing to snack on for Memorial Day. Dunk in some guac, salsa or your favorite cheesy dip for a satisfying snack.

For a fun, fruit dessert that makes an impressive display, try these Berry Trifle Shots. They look gorgeous displayed in glass shot glasses, and are delicious individually-served treats. A simpler dessert option are these cute Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Bars. Just dunk your favorite ice cream sandwiches in some colorful sprinkles for a patriotic treat!

And don’t forget about the cocktails. This Raspberry Bellini is a delicious and fruity sip . Who doesn’t love sangria? Instead of the standard red variation, try this patriotic Red, White and Blue Berry Sangria recipe. The berries give it a patriotic kick, and the sangria itself won’t stain your beloved summer clothes!

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Red, White & Blue Mason Jar Salads


Memorial Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. The weather is the perfect temperature, friends and family are happy to have a day off of work to spend together, and people pause to remember the important things in life: things like freedom and liberty that we are all so thankful for.

These Red White and Blue mason Jar Salads are the perfect easy way to celebrate this Memorial Day! Easy to transport and oh so delicious, they’re fun for the entire family!

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  • 2 cups spring mix lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons poppy seed dressing
  • 2 mason jars


To assemble your mason jars, start by pouring in 2 tablespoons poppy seed dressing. Top with 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup feta, 1/4 cup blueberries, and finally 1 cup lettuce. Repeat with the second mason jar.

To eat, pour mason jar contents into a bowl and toss if necessary.

Makes: 2 servings

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More Fun Patriotic Ideas:
American Classic Buttercream-Frosted Cookies from Cheryl’s
Patriotic Popcorn from The Popcorn Factory
Flag Cake from Harry & David

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Skinny Cinco de Mayo Cocktails: Low-Cal Margaritas & Daiquiris


Indulging in some delicious tequila cocktails and chips and salsa is one of the best parts of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. But sipping on a delicious frozen strawberry daiquiri or margarita on the rocks doesn’t have to be diet suicide.

Some of our favorite Mexican-inspired cocktails can easily be made skinny with a few minor adjustments. Cutting back on unwanted sugar and calories not only makes for a lighter drink, but also an easier cocktail to sip on (without the risk of a pesky sugar-induced stomach ache). Although you can easily buy some ready-made low-cal margaritas, such as Skinnygirl’s original or white peach margarita, mixing up your own drink at home allows for some delicious customizations. Take a look at some of our favorite skinny Cinco de Mayo cocktails, and get inspired to make some for you and your besties this year. (Bonus: These taste so good, your guests will have no idea they are low-cal!)

Super Skinny Margarita


A margarita is the quintessential drink of Cinco de Mayo. And if you prefer your lime and tequila beverage on the rocks rather than frozen, then this Super Skinny Margarita recipe from Family Fresh Meals is for you. This simple cocktail is made with fresh-squeezed lime and orange juice, and Sparkling ICE Lemon Lime water for a low-calorie, yet delicious cocktail.

Frozen Strawberry Peach Skinny Margarita


If frozen margs are more your style — and you like a little fruit infusion — then this Frozen Strawberry Peach Skinny Margarita, also from Family Fresh Meals, is the perfect option. The “skinny” in this recipe comes from the frozen strawberries and peaches (easily found at any grocery store), and some sparkling water. Add some tequila and crushed ice, and you’re good to go.

Skinny Strawberry Daiquiri


Another favorite frozen treat is the strawberry daiquiri, which is usually packed with sugar and calories. Luckily the tasty rum-based drink gets a light makeover from bell’alimento, with a little help from Bacardi Light Strawberry Daiquiri Mix and some fresh additions.

Skinny Sunrise Cocktail


A tequila sunrise looks as good as it tastes. But the colorful layers of orange and red come from orange juice and grenadine — two high-calorie cocktail ingredients. Lighten it up with this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. It uses fresh ingredients diluted with club soda, for a taste that’s delicious but not too sweet.

Skinny Beer-Garita


Sometimes, I’ll order a frozen beer-garita on Cinco de Mayo just because I like drinking a frozen cocktail with a beer bottle sticking out of it. Classy, I know. But you can avoid that diet-killing restaurant version with this Skinny Beer-Garita from Eat Yourself Skinny. It’s made with homemade frozen limeade, light beer (I like Corona Light) and Stevia. Serve in a cute mason jar or tumbler (obnoxious beer bottle not needed).

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