I teamed up with another friend to throw the shower. I took care of the stationary, decorations, food and favors. My friend was in charge of the games and prizes that went along with them. My contributions seemed easy, right? Not so much. According to my husband I, "do too much" and I'm "over the top." He won't let me throw parties for him. Knowing myself, I started on the decorations in September.
Since this was baby #3, we decided to have a small, ladies only event. We had 13 ladies at the event and it was very nice and intimate. Intimate enough where everyone knew each other and were comfortable enough to play the game, "Porno Face or Labor Face?".
I apologize in advance for the crappy pictures. A lot of running around finishing up things prevented me from taking really nice photos. I am also the level before Beginner in Photoshop.
Bunting is very popular and I decided to create a banner incorporating this style. Unfortunately, my picture doesn't do this banner justice. The font that I use was a "stitched" style that went with the button/sewing theme that says, "welcome baby."
I printed out the letters individually and used my large circle cutter to cut them out. I used a large hand punch for the yellow buttons on the ends. Then I used a hole punch to do the button holes. The orange circular flowers on the ends were made of tissue. I hole punched the corners of each flag and threaded string through to hang.
I made paper accordion circles and tissue flowers way in advance. I sketched out my idea before I made them so that I could figure out the spacing. When I first started this project, I knew I didn't want to use pink or purple and I knew that my SIL would be ok with it. I found cute coordinating polka dot and plaid wrapping paper. I used it in the stationary and for all of the decorations. Saved me tons of money and trips to the store to buy paper. I still have a little bit of each roll left!
My sister made red velvet cupcakes and I made chocolate covered Oreos. I bought regular, peanut butter, mint, and chocolate Oreos. Each one had a different top color. I used a polka dot and stripe mold for them. I gave up on trying to individually color in the polka dots and stripes. I just filled the mold 1/3 full with the color I wanted, placed the cookie in and put regular chocolate afterwards. This created a two-tone effect.
I decided on easy appetizer type foods. This was probably the best event I planned with accurate food proportions where I didn't have food left over. Below are some straightforward recipes and directions.
-Slice brussel sprouts in half
-Thinly slice onions, garlic cloves, carrots
-Blanch brussel sprouts and carrots (~ 5 mins.)
-Saute onions in olive oil
-Toss in blanched veggies (~ 3 mins.)
-Slice bacon (easiest with kitchen shears)
-Add bacon and stir (~ 2 mins.)
-Add salt and pepper to taste
Shrimp Spinach Salad:
-Saute shrimp in olive oil and add salt and pepper
-Thinly slice fuji apples
-Layer baby spinach in bowl
-Add shrimp and apple slices
-Add feta cheese
-Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette on top of salad
Babies in a Blanket:
-Cut puff pastry into ~ 2" squares
-Place little wieners at a diagonal to the corners
-Fold opposite flaps over and press to seal
-Bake at 350 degrees (~15-20 mins.)
*This time I placed the little wieners in the puff pastry without cooking it first. Technically, they're already cooked. But I noticed that the juices from the meat deflated my puff pastry. Next time, I'll heat up the little wieners first to get rid of the excess liquid.
-Thinly slice cucumbers and mint leaves
-Mix mint leaves with cream cheese
-Cut bread with circle cookie cutter
-Spread cream cheese mixture on slice of bread
-Spread avocado on another slice of bread
-Layer cucumber slices on one slice of bread
-Top with the other slice of bread
*I was unable to find a smaller circle cookie cutter. These were a little bit bigger than the size of my palm. I was hoping to find biscuit cutters or something similar to make sandwiches half the size. Next time smaller for sure!
-Floured work area, hands and rolling pin
-Roll out dough into small discs
-Spread tomato paste onto dough
-Sprinkle on dried basil
-Sprinkle on mozzarella cheese
-Add two slices of pepperoni
-Bake at 350 degrees (~10 mins.)
*To save time, I par baked the dough with the tomato paste the night before. No, I did not make the flour from scratch. My friends at Trader Joe's made a good batch of herbed pizza dough for me to pick up.
-Heat BBQ sauce in pot (~2 mins.)
-Add meatballs and stir (~10 mins.)
*This must have been the hardest thing to make! HA!
BABY POOL BOARD
Since we had an intimate group of ladies, we had a baby pool. My SIL was scheduled to have another C-Section, so we were unable to guess the date of the birth. We had guesses for weight and length. Each guess was $2. Person with closest overall guesses is the winner and takes the pot. Some generous ladies decided that if they won, to give the winnings to the mommy.
I found a huge neutral colored picture frame with its glass still intact from the local thrift store for about $10. I removed the backing and took out the picture. I cut a sheet of velum to fit inside the frame and put the backing on again.
I decorated the frame with bunting that said, "baby Gonzalez." Again I used the wrapping paper to decorate! The picture frame became a large cute and new whiteboard. I used a dry erase marker to write the categories, "Name, Weight, and Length." Guests entered their info at their leisure.
All of the guests left with a favor bag filled with each flavor of chocolate covered Oreos.
I had small paper bags and used a decorative edge punch for the top. I printed out the tag with, "thank you sew much for coming" and then I used a circle punch. I used a button embossing punch to layer on top. Finally, I used a hole punch through all of the materials and threaded string through the package.
After working on a wedding in November 2012 and this baby shower, I vowed no more working on events until it is one for me. That didn't last very long. Starting to plan a baby shower for another friend coming up at the end of April. I'm working with a friend for this event and I won't take so much on my plate. This time around I'll ask for help!