I threw my first ever baby shower for my beloved Justine. Here's how:
I didn't want to go too pastel-y twee, so I went with the pennant theme. It might be nearly played out for some, but I will always love me some pennants. Here's what I designed for the invite. It was a folded card with the deets inside. Feel free to bite my rhyme: if you click the link above it'll take you to my Flickr where you can download the image big & resize however you like. (If you want. No pressure). I used this font for everything.
I sewed up 20 billion feet of bunting & strung it over the table (between a couple of trees), over the buffet table & from our chandelier inside.
We served Martha's macaroni & cheese; tomato, basil and baby mozzarella salad; mini-meatballs on picks; foccacia with olives & tomatoes; bruschetta; champagne; the world's yummiest sangria (for which I can take no credit--thanks Jen!) and lemonade for the poor, knocked up members of our crew. We had a store-bought chocolate chip cake for dessert because I'm crazy but not crazy enough to try & bake a cake.
For the first time in five years I threw a party and didn't make cupcakes. But I can't resist the pull of a cupcake pick. So I made them & used them for the meatballs. I know this is a totally gross picture, but how cute are those picks? I used images from this genius to make them.
I made bigger picks on bamboo skewers for the flower arrangements. (I haven't allowed my poor, long-suffering husband to throw out a jar in two years. I had no idea what I was going to do with all those jars, but I knew it would be something good. Cut to: tie a ribbon around them, fill them with cheerful flowers & some nutty pennants and ta-da! I sent them home with the guests and now we get to start collecting jars all over again.)
We don't know what the baby's name will be, so I used the mama's initial for the cookie favors. I used this recipe for the first time & I'm never going back. They were cute, easy & yum. The card toppers had funny quotes about boys & children in general. This is my new favorite way to do goody bags.
(I also made bracelets for the guests out of Shrinky-Dinks. They were code red crazy, but I loved them. I'll try to find a picture to upload later)
Dash's Aunty Jamie was in charge of the games & she brought it. Here the guests are trying to draw a portrait of the baby on their heads. Justine then chose her favorite for the winner.
Next were Baby Scattergories & Mad Gab (like a word jumble). If you want to use these, just click on the images above & below. They'll take you to my Flickr where you're more than welcome to download & print these out.
Mad Gab was pretty hard, so don't forget to copy the key (it's in the comments on the image).
And then we got down to the business at hand: prezzies, yo.
"It's kinda like he's wearing it now."
Oh nothing, just a quilt I made.