Monday, September 26, 2011

Babybabybabybabybabybaby

Have I ever mentioned that I like babies? Well I do. I really like babies. A lot. As in, I will eat your baby's face off if you give me a chance. You know what else I like? I like throwing a party. I will throw you a party right now if you want, just to prove it. C'mon. Ask me. I dare you.

ANYWAY. When this beautiful couple

did me the honor of letting me host their baby shower, I hopped to it.

Wanna see?


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I decided on a (loose) Chinese theme right away. I loved the idea of bringing good luck, prosperity & fortune into the celebration. I painted those lanterns & scanned them into Photoshop, where I laid out all the text. I wanted Asian-inspired writing, but not the kitchy "fortune cookie" style. (I find that type kind of offensive, honestly.) I settled on Thuphap (free from Urban Fonts) & used it for almost all of the printed materials at the shower. (The little red characters in the corner say "boy").

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I mailed the invitations in Chinese red envelopes that have the symbol (fu) for "luck" on them in gold.

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Poor Josh strung up about a gazillion lanterns. Since we have vaulted ceilings, we strung kite string between the curtain rod & the stair banister, then hung the lanterns off those.

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Action shot!

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I also got some parasols & tied them to the stair spindles.

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In Chinese culture the dragon is a symbol of power, & general awesomeness & bad-assery, so we had to have one of those.

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Since we know our new little man is going to be the baddest ass of all. (Wanna know how I know? These are this parents)

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(He is a kite who was hanging over the buffet, which for some reason I neglected to photograph).

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The first game I settled on was "guess how many paper cranes are in the jar." (I know origami is technically a Japanese thing, but its origins are Chinese, so I called it good.) I had never made an origami anything before the shower, but I'm pretty sure I could make them in my sleep now.

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These are the little slips I made up for people's guesses. (I made that ball by sticking cocktail umbrellas into a Styrofoam ball.)

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Winner!

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We also played Baby Pictionary (like regular Pictionary, but with clues like "breast feeding," & "humidifier.")

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This is Wyatt, who is adorable as hell, but totally sucks at Pictionary.

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Since we played in teams of five, & there were two rounds (so ten winners total) I couldn't really do super-fancy prizes, so I gave these little ceramic cranes in lucky red envelopes to the winners instead.

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Josh downloaded hilarious songs that featured the word "babe" or "baby" & we played Name That Tune, Baby! If you want, you can download the sheet & song list from my Flickr by clicking the picture. The winner got an iTunes gift card.

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Raise your hand if you like playing Name That Tune, Baby! Woot woot!

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I also made a trivia sheet, but we didn't have time to play it. You can download it (& the answers) by clicking the pic.

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For food we made my beloved peanut sesame noodles from Smitten Kitchen, veggie egg rolls, chicken lettuce wraps on wonton spoons, & this amazing green mango salad (also served on wonton spoons) that you should make tonight because it is the JAM.

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I wanted custom fortune cookies, but I couldn't find a company that could accommodate the number of different fortunes I wanted. I eventually found a diy kit that came with empty cookies & little cello wrappers so I could make & insert my own fortunes. 

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I also made little vanilla-tangerine cupcakes to send home as favors. The best part was the candied orange peel I made from this recipe. (Or the ghost poop frosting. I can't decide).

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Here they are, all stacked up in their mini take-out containers, next to the almond cookies I dipped in chocolate. Because there isn't a lily I won't gild.

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I invented a cocktail. Isn't it all sweet & genteel looking? With those little cucumber slices floating around in there, all dainty-like? Well it is a wolf in sheep's clothing. That shit will fuck you up. Trust.

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Here are the tables. I made the table toppers from Lisette fabric, & I sprinkled each table with the fortune cookies & Fortune Teller Fish. They're not exactly Chinese, but they're fun & the fit the color scheme.

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The flowers were mostly tulips in take out boxes (I put jam jars filled with water into the containers, then stuck the tulips into those), tarted up with dragon picks & cocktail umbrellas.

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Christ, have I gone on long enough already? One more picture, you say? Of the quilt that I made them (preferable blurry)? OK, fine, you don't have to cry about it. Here.

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So, in conclusion, anyone have any ideas what I can do with 50 porcelain wonton spoons?

5 comments:

Karin Grow said...

I think you should make a rad chandelier with all those spoons.......all Anthro like.

tracey wakeboardmaster23@yahoo.com said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Your baby Shower Invites! I'm Having An Asian style Baby Shower for My year of the Tiger Baby to Be Born this Sept. How can I get my hands on your invite?

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