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Another Baby Shower: It’s A Girl!

Recently, a small group of friends gathered together to celebrate the upcoming birth of a precious baby girl. It seems like most of the baby showers I’ve been to or coordinated recently have been for boys, so this was a fun change of theme (and color scheme). We went with pink, green, and yellow. I loved hanging streamers and I was able to use some extra flowers from the wedding I did the weekend before to help decorate the house.

Guest of Honor Jan in the back, accompanied by the co-hosts Annie and Shana.

It was a co-hosted party that was held at my house. We made our classic mashed potato bar (mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and all the fixin’s served in martini glasses, just because it looks cool), and Bryan cooked up some chicken tenders to slice for some added protein for the ladies. (He then quickly vacated the house so as not to be overrun by females. Bless his heart.) Annie brought a veggie tray and pretzel salad, and Shana handled dessert–cupcakes and raspberry almond brownies. Everything was so good!

Mashed Potato Bar (cheese, olives, onions, bacon, and sour cream for the regular mashed potatoes; butter for both; and brown sugar and crushed pecans for the mashed sweet potatoes) and Grilled Chicken Slices

Veggie Tray and Pretzel Salad (sweet and salty combo with pineapple)

Dessert is served!

Don’t worry, the coffee was decaf.

We started with prayer and food, followed by plenty of conversation and gifts. Jan already has an adorable little boy, so she has the basics, and requested mostly girl clothes and diapers for this shower.

Big brother wants to know what his little sister is getting!

Andrea brought her son, who was a huge help in keeping Jan’s little boy entertained while the ladies caught up.

We concluded the evening with everyone creating a custom headband for baby girl! The first couple of minutes several of the guests weren’t sure where to start, but after seeing a couple tips and tricks, they all jumped right in and came up with some pretty unique fashion pieces for this little lady to crawl in style.

Craft time! I bought 10 sheets of felt, 2 rolls of stretch elastic headband ribbon, and 3 pre-made baby headbands in thinner elastic ribbon, plus some buttons and hair clips to hold flowers and other items onto the headbands for mix-and-match style. Not shown: scissors, hot glue gun, needles and thread.

Even Jennaca got her craft on! You go, girl!

The finished products! Jan was so excited!

The idea for the headbands came from MondoMom.com.

Burlap, Buttons, and Teddy Bears: A Baby Shower

Our friends Daryl and Adrianne just had their first child, Nicholas, a beautiful baby boy! About a month ago, I had the opportunity to host a baby shower for her (with the help of her sister in law Heather and her mom). The only tough part was that they didn’t find out the baby’s gender until delivery, so we picked a neutral theme and went with it! Burlap, Buttons, and Teddy Bears! It turned out fabulous! Here’s a glimpse:

I found little bumble bee balloons at Publix and Heather (along with “Daddy Daryl”) created the sign to point the way to the shower (since it was a little ways off the main road). The bees just happened to become a secondary theme, as Daryl is a hobbyist beekeeper.

Balloon for the front door

Sneak peek of the nursery – we held the shower at Adrianne’s house so she wouldn’t have to transport the gifts. Heather went over the day before and cleaned it from top to bottom as part of her hostess gift! What a blessing to this tired mommy!

For this particular event, we made all the food, decorated, and hosted the event. It was so much fun!

I had a friend at work Carissa make the cupcakes – chocolate with Nilla wafers and Whoppers for this one. (This saved me tons of time!)

Lemon with Teddy Grahams and Sugared Lemon Wedge candies for these!

Extra candies around the centerpieces of Bears and Buttons on Burlap

Rainbow Fruit Skewers by Heather

Veggie Tray with Homemade Hummus by Adrianne’s Mom

PB&J “Onesie” sandwiches and Cucumber and Cream Cheese “Teddy Bear” Tea Sandwiches that I made

Decorations for the Gift Table

We set up the gift table in the living room and three ironing stations in the back empty portion of the main living space.

And a craft: I bought onesies and tees along with iron-on books for each of the ladies to create a custom outfit for the baby!

We set up three iron stations in an open room and put all the supplies on the center table (once again decorated with teddy bears and burlap).

Can you tell this sweet lady is a music teacher?

Katie and her elephants – as it happened, one year prior to this weekend, Adrianne was at Katie’s first baby shower!

This was the one I ironed on and colored in!

by Jean – in keeping with the Bear and Honey theme

Mommy-to-be Adrianne chatting with a former coworker and friend

Gift opening time

This was so much fun. Adrianne told me Heather and I are some of the few people she knows that sees something on Pinterest and actually does it (e.g., DIY onesies, rainbow fruit skewers, cupcakes concepts, and sandwich cutouts). And I’m hosting another baby shower next week! Yay!

Hosting a Baby Shower for My Cousin Valerie

Guest(s) of honor: Valerie (and Mini V)

My cousin Valerie and my twin sister Michelle and I are 8 months apart and grew up in the same class from nursery through college. We lived within 10 miles of each other most of our lives. And now she and her husband Jon are expecting their first baby – a girl – aka Mini V (until they reveal the name). So, we hosted a baby shower for her at my place. Michelle and I had a lot of fun planning the party and the turn out was great! I think we had 18 people here. See for yourselves:

The Table! Yum!

I made the tablecloth especially for the party (it went along with the invitations). Food display: Sweet Potato and Mashed Potato Martini Bar (everyone grabs a martini glass, picks a potato, and then loads it with toppings of their choice: brown sugar, pecans, butter, cheese, bacon, sliced olives, sour cream, green onions); chocolate chunks, chocolate chip cheeseball with graham crackers, cheese quesadillas and bbq chicken quesadillas (with sour cream and salsa), garlic cheese ball with parmesan and goat cheeses, served with sliced pears and crackers).

Pear-shaped cheeseballs with pear stem and basil leaves as decor: so cute!

Fruit kabobs and cappuccino trifle pudding!

Glasses for the Potato Bar (I picked these up at TJMaxx and the Dollar Store!) on top of my $30 piano I got at my first auction (yes, it works).

We had each guest self-address an envelope to make thank you cards easier for the guest of honor!

She got some really cute stuff, including this handmade dress and handmade shoes from our friend Nora (the one in green).

More gift opening...

Cousin Val and Sis Michelle

We started with food, then Michelle gave a short challenge about shepherding a child’s heart while God shepherds us as His children, then we opened gifts, and people went back for seconds (the great part about being brunch: it counts for 2 meals). It was a great time of seeing friends and catching up with old acquaintances. We love you, Val! And can’t wait to meet your precious little girl soon!