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What is a baby shower party? How to plan a baby shower?

When a baby is on the way, the parents aren’t the only ones that get excited. Odds are that the future grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, and other loved ones will also be eager to welcome the newest member of the family. A baby shower is one of the most traditional ways in which your loved ones come together to express their joy at your pregnancy. It’s a time for friends and family to share time with the expectant parents and to “shower” them with gifts, love, and good wishes before the birth. Read on to discover baby shower planning ideas that will help you create an unforgettable day!

 

What is a baby shower?

A baby shower is basically a party which is thrown to celebrate the impending birth of a new baby. It’s also a way for friends and family to help the new parents get everything they need. After all, babies need tons of stuff, and the list can get quite expensive!

 

When should you have a baby shower?

There’s no hard and fast rule that dictates when you should have a baby shower. Most baby showers are thrown approximately 4 to 6 weeks before the baby is born. That way, guests can have the baby’s gender in mind when choosing gifts and decorations.

Many mothers choose to have their baby shower later in their pregnancy because the risk of miscarriage decreases with each passing week. It also means that you’ll have a clearer picture of the things you’re still missing and that your loved ones could help you with.

 

How to plan a baby shower?

As the host of the baby shower, you’ll have a lot to keep in mind, but if you consider the mom-to-be’s personality and stay organized, planning a baby shower can be stress-free and even enjoyable. Consider theses options below

Location:

  • Home: It’s private and comfortable
  • Restaurant or cafe: All you have to do is book a table, and you’re set
  • Party Venue: Venue staff can help arrange almost everything you’ll need, but you can also personalize the space with decorations
  • Outdoors: If you have a scenic outdoor location nearby, that could be a great options

Theme

One of the first steps in baby shower planning is choosing a theme with many fun and exciting themes and decorations. Themes often reflect the personality of the mom-to-be, while celebrating the new baby.

Guest List and Invitations

The number of guests depends on your budget and the space available at the venue — and, of course, who the mom-to-be would like to have there. Work closely with her to finalize the guest list and the date of the shower.

The guest list for every baby shower is different. Usually, the expectant parents’ close family members and friends are invited. But the planners should keep in mind that mom would prefer to keep some people off the guest list. It’s always a good idea to ask the mother about the guest list before sending out any invitations.

For a long time, baby showers were an all-female affair. However, co-ed baby showers have gained popularity in recent decades. Before, pregnancy and birth were taboo topics that were only meant to be discussed amongst women. But it has become increasingly acceptable – and expected – for dads to be more involved. If you’re planning a baby shower, ask the parents if they’d like an all-female or co-ed baby shower before putting together the guest list.

Baby shower etiquette

Baby shower etiquette used to include a lot of rules, but you’re not expected to follow them if you don’t want to. For example, a single baby shower used to be held, and it was meant only for the first baby. Nowadays, expectant moms can be showered on different occasions if there are different groups who’d like to throw their own celebrations.

 

It’s also become acceptable to have a baby shower for each pregnancy. Of course, gifts won’t usually be as grand for second or third pregnancies. But the expectant parents can still enjoy a fun day surrounded by loved ones!

At the end of the day, the most important thing is for mom — and dad, if it’s a co-ed baby shower — to enjoy the day and to receive lots of love, gifts, and good wishes. After all, the new baby will be here in no time, and a baby shower is a wonderful way to spend some time surrounded by loved ones before the big day is here!

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Benefit Of Cat Clothes

Cat Clothes & How To Choose Them: Fashionable Felines

There’s no doubting the utter cuteness of kittens with mittens, cats with hats, and other adorable images of our furry friends wearing little clothes that were made just for them.

But is it just the cuteness factor that makes cat clothes worth it?

We humans, smooth and hairless as we are, need to wear clothes for protection against elements. Our feline friends, on the other hand, have luxurious coats of fur that seem to invalidate the need for clothes.

It’s important to any cat owner that their pet is safe and comfortable, so read on to learn about how cat clothes affect their wellbeing, and how to choose clothes for your cat.

 

Cat Clothes: Does Your Cat REALLY Need Them?

Cats definitely don’t need clothes as much as we do, but they can still benefit from a warm sweater, shirt or hoodie during the colder months.

This is true even if your home has heating during these seasons, as the morning temperature drop can give your kitty the shivers. You’ll want to give your cat clothing that is thick enough to keep their body heat locked in, yet soft and light enough not to impede their movement or annoy them.

Not all cats are made equal, and the different fur profiles of each cat breed have to be taken into account when choosing cat clothes.

For example, short-haired breeds like the Abyssinian cat, the American/British Shorthair cats, and the Bengal cat, are going to lose more body heat during very cold periods. Long-haired breeds like the Persian, Siamese, and Norwegian Forest cats, on the other hand, might not need clothing unless it’s really cold!

Some cats also have skin conditions that can cause a lot of discomfort. These conditions are most often caused by overgrooming, open wounds, or maybe even allergies. If your cat has a skin condition, it’s very important to cover up their skin so they can’t scratch or groom the affected areas.

Cat clothes are extremely useful for cats with skin conditions, it helps them protect their skin while preventing further harm.

Flea infestations and other parasites can also be stopped with a wardrobe for your kitty, but of course, it shouldn’t be relied on as the solution to the problem!

 

Let’s look on some benefit of cat clothes

Cat Clothes Increase Warmth and Thermal Protection

You might have noticed that cats love warm spaces, whether it’s laptops, your actual lap, refrigerators, or even phone chargers. They might also like being wrapped in blankets when they lie on your bed.

In general, cats like being warm, and this is especially important when the surrounding temperature becomes uncomfortably cold for them.

If you want to gauge how cold your kitty might be feeling, use this simple trick — if you feel cold at any time, chances are your cat is feeling cold too. If you’re wrapping yourself up in clothes and turning up the space heater, make sure your cat gets in on some of that heating action.

Clothing and fur work in similar ways when it comes to keeping a living creature warm. When you wrap yourself in thick clothing, you simulate having thick cat fur, and you feel hotter under your clothes — this additional heat isn’t being generated by your clothes, it’s actually generated by your own internal body heat being trapped by your clothes.

Without the clothes, your body heat would radiate away from your body, leaving you colder.

Putting clothes on a cat enhances the heat-trapping capacity of their fur, and can keep them warm during very cold periods that their fur wouldn’t be able to handle. If you take your cat outside into a snowy winter, you should definitely consider putting clothes on them as well.

 

Cats Can Overheat Easily

Just remember to be careful with how your cat is feeling when they’re wearing clothes, as they might overheat without you noticing, especially if they have thick long fur.

Cat Clothes as a Fashion Statement

Most cat owners think of how adorable their cat’s gonna be when they dress them up in cute little clothes. Perhaps your cat won’t care so much about human social conventions, but there are few things more adorable than your little furry friend in a bowtie, raincoat, or even a Halloween costume.

As long as they don’t mind the fabric pressed against their body, feel free to make your cat a canvas of cuteness. Plus, cat clothes make your kitty look meow-nificent!

 

Cat Clothes Can Help You Bond With Your Cat

Cats can’t get into their own clothes, so dressing them up is a slow, methodical process. Each time you dress your cat provides an opportunity for bonding between owner and pet. This is especially important if you’re a busy pet owner and hardly have time to pay attention to your cat.

When you dress up your cat, they feel you stroking them, petting and touching them, and generally paying attention to them. This is an excellent bonding activity for them and will help strengthen your relationship. While popular culture seems to paint cats as independent and fussy, your cat needs your love and attention just as dogs do!

Cat Clothes Can Boost Positive Emotions

By associating your cat’s clothes with positive feelings of bonding, you can improve your cat’s mood just by dressing them up. They’ll feel calm and less stressed if they feel that familiar warmth and comfortable texture against their bodies.

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DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER TART WITH PEANUT BUTTER WHIPPED CREAM

Yield: 10-12 SERVINGS

Prep time: 20 MIN

Cook time: 20 MIN

Total time: 30 MIN

A chocolate tart like this Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart With Peanut Butter Whipped Cream is a great wee recipe to have up your sleeve – it is super easy to prepare in advance, and always, always a crowd pleaser. You could leave out the peanut butter and hit it with a big dollop of whipped cream, or just leave it as is, and sprinkle a little salt over the top to have a plain chocolate tart to make it super fancy. The possibilities are endless.

 

INGREDENTS:

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:

2 sleeves (290g) graham crackers or similar biscuit

¼ cup (35g) cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

3 tbsp sugar

½ tsp salt

135g unsalted butter, melted

FOR THE DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FILLING:

550g good quality dark chocolate

180g smooth peanut butter

40g unsalted butter, at room temperature

½ tsp salt

380g heavy cream

FOR THE PEANUT BUTTER WHIPPED CREAM:

½ cup (135g) smooth peanut butter

2 tbsp (25g) Granulated Sugar

½ cup (121g) heavy cream

½ tsp vanilla extract

 

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Place all the ingredients except for the butter in the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the graham crackers resemble crumbs and the mixture is well combined. Transfer to a bowl and stir through the melted butter.

Evenly press the crust into a 9″ tart pan with a removable bottom. Use a glass or measuring cup to help you press it against the sides of the pan. Place the pan onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes, then allow to cool completely.

 

TO MAKE DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FILLING:

Place the chocolate, peanut butter, butter and salt into a large heatproof bowl. Place the cream in a small saucepan, and warm over low heat until just shy of a simmer – you should see movement around the edges of the cream. Immediately pour the cream over the chocolate and butter, and cover the bowl with a lid or plate. Leave to sit for 5-6 minutes, then whisk vigorously to combine. The mixture will look like it has split to begin with but keep whisking – it will come together and go glossy.

Pour the chocolate filling into the cooled crust. Place in the fridge for 1½ -2 hours, or until the filling has set completely.

 

TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER WHIPPED CREAM:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the peanut butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cream and continue whipping until the mixture reaches medium peaks. Watch carefully to ensure you do not split the cream. Scrape down the bowl if necessary. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.

Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a french star tip. Pipe blobs of peanut buttercream over the surface of the tart.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut with a slightly warmed knife. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

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CARAMEL APPLE ICEBOX CAKE

Yield: 9 SERVINGS

Prep time: 20 MIN

Chilling Time: 8 HR

Total time: 8 HR 20 MIN

Love caramel apples? Try this Caramel Apple Icebox Cake — wonderful fall flavor in an easy no-bake, make-ahead dessert! Caramel Apple Icebox Cake is made with layers of graham crackers, cream cheese, apple pie filling and topped with a drizzle of caramel.

 

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CHEESECAKE MIXTURE:

8 oz package cream cheese

1 package (102g) instant vanilla pudding

1 cup milk

½ cup powdered sugar

1½ cups whipped topping or whipped cream

FOR THE FILLING:

24 square graham crackers (12 large ones)

540 ml can apple pie filling

¼ cup caramel sauce

 

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE CHEESECAKE MIXTURE:

In a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in pudding mix and 1 cup milk and mix on low until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth.

Fold in whipped topping or whipped cream with a spatula. Set aside.

ASSEMBLY:

Line a 9×5″ loaf pan with plastic wrap, allowing for lots of overhang.

Place ⅓ of apple pie filling in the bottom of the pan. This will be the top when we flip.

Spread with ⅓ of your cream cheese mixture and top with one layer of graham crackers.

Repeat layers twice more, ending with the last layer of graham crackers. Wrap the plastic wrap overhang over the top of the cake in the pan loosely. It’s okay if it doesn’t cover completely.

Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight before inverting onto a serving platter, removing the plastic wrap and garnishing with whipped cream and caramel sauce as desired.

 

NOTES

The cheese filling: you want this filling to be thick so that everything stays together when you flip it. To get a nice even layer in your pan, I recommend putting your filling in a piping bag and pipe a thin layer so that there is not much spreading needed.

The apple pie filling: This recipe uses canned filling. It is recommended to take a sharp knife and run it through the apples in the pan so they are not as large and you can an even distribution. If you prefer, you could arrange some on the bottom of your loaf pan (which will be the top of your cake), and then slice the rest.

 

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