The answer came to me in a flash: the nursery decor! The couple had registered for the Alphabet Soup line from Cocalo. When I heard the name of the bedding, the idea for the cake and cookies immediately came to me. I was familiar with the line, as The Big Guy and I had considered it when we were planning for our baby's nursery.
I took my inspiration for the cake and cookies directly from the rug of the nursery set. Here's the rug:
And here are the cookies I made for the Alphabet Soup baby shower:
The top of the cake says "Showers of Wishes" in Scrabble-style*. The stripes along the side of the cake (two chocolate layers) are meant to mimic the border of the rug/comforter/valance/etc. of the bedding set.
I was a bit worried about the stripes, but as soon as I brought the cake in, and without knowing where I had gotten my inspiration from, one of the shower guests immediately exclaimed that the stripes on the cake looked just like the ones on the bedding...had I planned that? Why yes, yes I did!
A cute touch to this shower was that the host made vegetable alphabet soup for the guests. Isn't that darling? And yes, I'll take complete credit for that idea, thankyouverymuch.
I was so happy to have a helping hand in a shower that I didn't actually have to host. It's nice to be the consultant on occasion.
*The Scrabble-style wording is related to another shower game that I really like, but it only works if the parents-to-be haven't decided, or revealed, the baby's name. Simply set out a Scrabble board, and have guests use the letters to come up with potential names for the baby. The results are both neat and hilarious. It's a fun game and a great icebreaker for parties where not a lot of the guests know each other.