Real Party: Turtle Baby Shower

Today’s post is the first in a new series featuring real parties. You don’t have to be an event planner to throw a memorable event. It is really just about attention to detail… doing those extra little things that stand out. So let’s take a look at this ‘Behold the Turtle’ baby shower!
Turtle Baby Shower

So here’s the scoop on all of the fun turtle details!
  • Finger sandwiches filled with either Sundried Tomato Goat Cheese or Cucumber Chive Spread were cut into the shape of a turtle using a copper cookie cutter. Be sure to select a goat cheese that is made with pasteurized milk so the mom-to-be can enjoy without worry!
  • Chocolate turtle candies were a sweet treat that fit right into the theme.
  • The cake is one that I made, using the napkins as inspiration for the stripes. The turtle on top is hand sculpted out of fondant.
  • A baby clothes line was hung on the mantle above the present area. It featured monogram items created by one of the hostesses, along with baby booties, a turtle onesie and pacifiers.
  • I designed these turtle cookies to match the color scheme… bagged and tied with a blue ribbon. What a perfect little favor.
  • The adorable turtle invitation is from Inviting Smiles.
  • Game cards were made from coordinating scrapbook paper. Striped pencils were topped with polka dot turtles made of felt and pop sickle sticks. Could they be any cuter?
  • Iced cucumber water was a refreshing spa-like treat while lime sherbet punch added to the sugar rush!

I hope this provides some great inspiration for you next baby shower. Questions on how to replicate any aspect of this shower… just leave a comment!

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    Anonymous says

    Everything is very cute!!

    Questions–where did you find the napkins; can you describe the game the game card was made for?


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    Carrie says

    Thanks, glad you like it!

    Two different napkins were used. The striped ones are actually guest towels for a bathroom and were purchased at Linens & Things before they closed. The dotted napkins were from a specialty store outside of Dallas called the Sample House. Sorry, I realize that isn't very helpful unless you live in Dallas! You may be able to find them online. Both were from the Echo Home line.

    The game shown is 'Guess What's in the Jar'. You take numerous jars of baby food and remove the labels. Get the really yucky looking ones! Most guests assume that there is tasting involved and get a little anxious. Really you just pass the jars around and everyone tries to guess, BY LOOKING, what food is inside. Their answers are written on the game card. When all jars have been passed, the often surprising answers are revealed!


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    Mikelyn says

    Hey! I LOVE the cake! My cousin is adopting and doing the room in the Cocola Turtle Bay Theme. The Cake would be perfect, could you give the recipe of how you made it? Especially, the little turtle on top!

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    Carrie says

    Thanks Mikelyn! Here are some basics about this cake to help you get started. The lime green base is buttercream icing. The sky blue, mocha, chocolate brown and olive colored stripes were cut from fondant that I colored to match the napkins. The chocolate brown dotted border is piped buttercream.

    As for the turtle, it is made with the same fondant that I used for the stripes. If you haven’t ever sculpted a 3D object before, the best way to get started is by looking at either a picture of your subject or even better, another 3D replica. For a turtle, you could easily find a toy or stuffed animal to help you see how all of his pieces go together. Then just divide and conquer. Shape the shell first and then each leg, head and tail, checking proportion as you go. ‘Glue’ the pieces together with a small dab of water. Lastly, do the little embellishments like the polka dots, eyes, etc. I usually let items like this dry on wax paper for several days before putting it on the finished cake… so make sure you give yourself enough time!

    Finally, decorate the cake board. The polka dots are cut from the same fondant as the stripes. The writing is piped on using the same chocolate brown buttercream from the border. The very last step is attaching the feather boa to the edge of the cake board with hot glue.

    Hope this helps you get started!

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    Lauren says

    Where did you find the turtle cookie cutter? I am planning a turtle themed baby shower for my sister in a couple of months. I would love to make these adorable turtle shaped cookies! Thank you!

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      Carrie Sellman says

      Lauren – The turtle cookie cutter is from Kitchen Collectables. You can find it HERE. Have fun planning the shower and congrats to your sister!

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    Laura Chambers says

    I am giving a shower for my niece and she loves turtles and we want to incorporate this into the shower. This idea is PERFECT. Where did you get the invitations. All the info you could provide would be helpful! Thank you!

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Laura – the invitations were purchased at Inviting Smiles. It has been five years since we hosted this shower… so I’m not sure if they still offer this particular invite. But definitely check it out.

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    Callie says

    I am giving my daughter-in-law a baby shower and this is perfect. But I have to know, how did you make the cake?

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Callie – Please see my comments above for some insight on the cake. Hope you enjoy the shower!

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    Betty Russell says

    Would like to know punch recipe and water. Panic mode, shower is this weekend the 13th of January.

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    Siobhan says

    Wow!!! This is fantastic. Can you give a little bit more instruction on the felt turtles for the pencils? LOVE IT!! And, what all goes into the sherbet punch? So inspired by this. Thanks!


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