Saturday, December 11, 2010

John Deere themed Baby Shower

My brother, Andy and his wife, Brooke are expecting their third child and first son in late January.  They have two beautiful little girls, Layla (3) and Lexie (1 1/2)  that you have seen previously on my blog.  My brother has collected John Deere tractors and various other John Deere paraphernalia since he was a little boy and he has always said that when he had a son he wanted his room to be a "John Deere" room.  So a John Deere-themed Baby Shower was a given!

The shower invitation measures 7" wide by 5 1/4" tall.  The gingham background and text was printed on my computer using Microsoft Publisher.  The tractor and barn are both Cricut cuts from the My World cartridge.  All of the card stock is from a Recollections pack I purchased at Michael's.  The tractor is cut at 2 3/4" wide by 2" tall.  The barn is 2 1/4" wide by 1 3/4" tall.  I did the pen embellishments using medium white Jelly Roll pen and a black Sakura Pigma Micron (05 nib).

Dee made the most amazing three-tiered John Deere cake that I've ever seen!  It was absolutely perfect and delicious!  The top and bottom tiers are white cake with yellow buttercream icing and the middle tier is chocolate with a chocolate mousse filling and green buttercream.  The cupcakes are white cake with yellow buttercream. 

I created the "Welcome Baby Evan" ring for the cake board using New Arrival (baby feet), Mickey Font and the Cricut Design Studio.

The cupcake wrappers are from the new Cricut Lite Cupcake Wrappers cartridge and the tractor picks were cut from the My World cartridge.  This is the first time that I've used the Cupcake Wrappers cartridge and after some trial and error -- cutting the correct size for the cupcakes Dee made -- it was really quite easy.  I love how you can cut a back piece that shows through the decorative wrapper. 

 The cupcake wrappers were cut at 8 3/4" inches wide and the tractor picks are approximately 3" wide.  (We purchased the John Deere ball cap picks  and the John Deere logo plaques on eBay.)

Andy and Brooke loved the cake and all of the details and now all there is to do is wait for baby Evan to make his appearance in January!


DebC said...

That is a great cake!! She did a beautiful job!

Anonymous said...

where did the logos come from on the cake?

Jen said...

The logos on the cake are plastic cupcake toppers that we purchased on eBay. I simply snipped off the "spike" and stuck them into the frosting.

Brittany said...

How did you get your green that nice, dark color? What did you use (or what colors did you mix) to get that shade of green? Beautiful cake!

april said...

Hello, my sons birthday is next week and he will be turning two. He LOVES John Deere and country things. Is there ANY way possible you can email me how to make this cake or what all i will need to buy? Please??

Jen said...

So glad everyone loves this cake as much as we did! Here are the answers to a couple of questions -- hope it helps you create your own John Deere delicacy!

The icing is butter cream and was tinted with Wilton's Kelly Green icing colors to achieve the John Deere Green and Lemon Yellow for the JD Yellow. The logos on the cake are plastic cupcake toppers purchased on eBay. The tractor, farmers, horses and fence were a set we purchased at a local John Deere distributor. They can also be found online. The cakes are 6" round, 8" round and 10" round layers. The textured look on the tiers was achieved using a Wilton texture tool. The border was created using shell tips and two pastry bags - one with green icing and the other with yellow and alternating the shell.

Anonymous said...

Amazing work! Love it!