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Baby Shower for a Very Cute Diabetic Mommy

Christina Baby Shower

As I mentioned in a previous post, I volunteered to host a baby shower last week for one of my co-workers.  She is also a sweet friend, so I was excited for the opportunity.  It was only the second baby shower I’ve planned (the other was almost 3 years ago before I had this blog).  This shower was more of a challenge, though, as the mom has gestational diabetes.  This means, her diet is very limited…to basically meats, cheese, veggies and no (or very few) carbs.

The challenge was a welcoming one for me, however.  There was no way I was going to make a bunch of food she couldn’t eat.  I did a web search and thought a bunch of recipes would pop up.  Boy, was I wrong!  There really isn’t much out there on diabetic food for baby showers!  I did come across a few message boards where many diabetic victims complained about their baby shower hosts not even planning a menu around their diets, and serving a bunch of delicious looking sweets they couldn’t even touch!  How awful!

Determined, I did a little more digging and finally came up with a few ideas.  I’m hoping by posting these recipes in the next few days that others who are struggling with the same road-bump may find my site helpful.  :)

Later, the mom told me she was excited she was able to take at least one of everything of the food.  She even said she had seconds of the chicken salad!  Stay tuned for the recipes, but for now, here is a list of the menu:

Chicken Salad Pita Pockets
Veggies – Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Grape Tomatoes
Roasted Garlic Hummus (store-bought)
Deviled Eggs
Sugar-Free Blueberry Cupcakes
Wheat Crackers
Summer Sausage
Cheese

Now, a little bit about the decorations.  A friend gave me this idea for a diaper cake.  Since the baby is a boy, and the father loves University of Michigan, I decided to go with the Wolverines color scheme.

Diaper Cake

Another blog I frequent gave me two more decorating ideas.  This one is a Martha Stewart invention called Pom Poms.  They take a little patience, but overall are very easy to make and serve as a festive decoration!

Tissue Pom Poms

The other idea I found was this adorable way of hanging onesies for the mom to keep while serving as decorations for the party.  Everyone loved this!

Onesies

The shower was a huge success.  I can’t wait to host another one!  Remember, I’ll post the recipes soon…so make sure you check back!

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Comments

  1. What a wonderful event!

  2. It looks like you did a really great job hosting the shower!

  3. You did a GREAT job working with her diabetes! The food sounds delish and the decor looks awesome.

    And she’s an adorable mom-to-be :)

  4. Your diaper cake is BEAUTIFUL – I’ve never seen one so perfect, great job!! Love the decorations, too!!

  5. What a thoughtful & kind friend. I love the decoration ideas and look forward to the recipes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    sounds like fun! love your decorating, and the diaper cake is so cute.

  7. It all looks wonderful. Great job! The mommie-to-be looks so happy.

  8. Good for you that you were able to come up with what you needed so that the mom-to-be could enjoy all the yummies too! She’s lucky to have a thoughtful friend and co-worker in you.

    Your decorations are super cute. I’ve seen the diaper cake before and actually had one made for me. My friend decorated it with baby “stuff”.
    ~ingrid

  9. These are all great ideas! I love making diaper cakes & yours turned out beautiful!!

    I am helping host a baby shower for a mom with GD soon & I was wondering if you did a shower favor? They often seem to be candy…and I’d like to do something clever, but not sweet…
    Thanks!

    • Hi Melanie. I actually didn’t do a shower favor for this one since it was a work shower and everyone pitched in money to help. My goal was to keep the amount they had to chip in as low as possible, so I saw that as one area to cut out. But, if you Google for ideas (even use Google images) there are plenty are cute ones out there that do not include candy. Maybe bath crystals poured into little bottles? :) Good luck!

  10. Do you have the recipes for these great snacks? I am having a shower for my sister-in-law on the 17th and she just found out that she has gestational diabetes. I haven’t been able to find anything online to help until I found your blog. Thank you so much!

  11. I’m throwing a shower for a friend with gestational diabetes and came across your blog in a Google search…thank you so much for the great ideas!

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