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Alphabet block baby shower

When many people think of a themed baby shower, they picture an elaborate, over-the-top affair, but it doesn't have to be that way. Good party hosts understand that a theme works to make planning easier, and great hosts realize that the approach can make or break their event. The star of a shower should always be the mom-to-be after all, so a concept should only help tie the different elements of the bash together in a cohesive way. If you're looking to throw a celebration for an expecting mom in your life, an alphabet block baby shower can be easy and fun.

They say that love is a building block to happiness, and this party theme can help shower a new mom with the love of her family members and friends. Customized invitations can be easily created for this occasion using square block sheets containing a different letter addressed to each recipient. This can make the dining portion of your event even simpler, just ask guests to bring along a finger food or side dish that starts with the letter they have been assigned for a pot-luck style snack hour!

Decorate the venue using all of the letters of the alphabet. Baby block candles are a sweet way to light up the night and can be used as centerpieces on tables alongside square place settings. Square favor boxes can be turned into baby blocks for a delightful game, just have guests fill out each side of the box with the letters of their name. Then, arrange the ladies in a circle and have them swap baby blocks. After rolling the "dice," have each woman name a baby product that starts with the letter that has come up. This can be repeated with all of the homemade blocks for an activity that is sure to please.

Creating a customized baby block cake is a cinch! Just bake a cake in your favorite flavor and let it cool, then cut out square pieces using a regular kitchen knife and frost each side. You can use a homemade or store-bought piping bag to stencil on the letters of the mom-to-be's name for an extra special treat that will be enjoyed by all. Since everyone loves dessert, it's a good idea to serve a variety of sweet treats, including gourmet custom cookies shaped like baby blocks. Send guests home with "new baby on the block" sticky note pads for a favor that will remind them of all the fun times they had.