Meet Jeremiah and Ebonie, my brother-in-law and his wife.
Ebonie is the one who taught me to make this strawberry pie
and who baked this *amazing* cake for Brecken's first birthday.
The girl has skills.
J&E have been married just six months less than us, but while we've been having oodles of babies for the last ten years, they have been working hard to get through culinary school (Ebonie) and nursing school (Jeremiah), overcoming health problems and moving from Idaho to Utah and back again. They have been waiting a long time, with great expectation, to have a precious little baby of their own, and he's finally almost here.
Last week I hosted her shower, and in spite of the fact that we'd all had the stomach flu for five days straight, everything came together just fine. It always does, doesn't it?
I hired a friend of mine to create a diaper cake for me because I just couldn't get to it.
I was thinking something simple.
She was thinking diaper castle.
Inside the main section she even built a box filled with baby goodies, such as a glass bottle, a blanket, and onesies. Pretty cute, right?
I followed this easy tutorial from Martha Stewart to create these fun and whimsical tissue paper poms, which were hung from the ceiling with fishing line.
So fun. Wish I had a little girl's room to hang them in cuz they'd be cute.
I also used this template kit from Jessica Sprague's store to create a custom banner. I based it on the colors of Ebonie's nursery so that she could take it home with her after the shower and hang it in the baby's room. You can customize this banner with absolutely any color scheme you want, so I will definitely use it again.
I made another banner to hang over the food table using the pennant templates, but I forgot to get a picture of it. You can kind of see it in the background of this shot though.
That's Brecken putting the moves on my friend Natalie. He kept pulling back to look at her with this smug little smile on his face, then he would lay his head back down on her shoulder and play with her hair. What a flirt.
Since it was the middle of the afternoon we kept the food simple with chicken salad sandwiches, fruit salad and a cheese platter.
Did you know they made horseradish cheese? I'm not a huge fan of cheese in general, but that stuff was pretty tasty on a sandwich.
I love any excuse to use my China. It's the only thing I picked out as an 18-year-old that I still like.
Remember the invitations I made in Photoshop?
Well, my mother-in-law took one into the cake shop and asked them to make the cake look like the invitation. I was impressed.
Making these water bottle labels was fairly easy in Photoshop. I measured the pre-existing label on the bottles and created a document in PS that was a little bigger. Then I printed about five of them to an 8.5x11 sheet of paper and used my ATG gun to stick them on. After the fact I noticed Jessica Sprague has a "party pack" template kit in her store that comes with waterbottle labels and cupcake toppers and banners etc. I made everything from scratch but that kit would have made this a breeze.
Are you a fan of baby shower games? I personally dread them. Ever since this one time when I went to a shower and they handed me a baby bottle full of juice and made me chug it as fast as I could like I was at a college frat party.
I like to keep my games simple and un-embarrassing. We played an easy game where I asked questions based on nursery rhymes, and whoever got the most correct won these lovely tulips.
You can find more ideas for shower games here.
Shortly before the party started I decided to print these cards for each guest to fill out. I was going to scrap the whole idea because I was running out of time, but I'm glad I got them done because Ebonie will be able to slip them in the baby book and remember everyone who was there.
Funny story: These two gigantic boxes contained the exact same stroller/carseat combo. Gift registries are tricksy that way.
And that's the shower in a nutshell. As I'm writing this I realize all the things I forgot to take pictures of and that the write-up is a little choppy, but that's how the cookie crumbles.
I love this adorable girl and I'm so excited to meet her baby boy!
Everyone knows, boys are the best ;)