Monday, February 28, 2011

The Baby Shower

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 ;)

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  1. Wow, you did an amazing job putting this shower together! All the details - LOVE the diaper castle (we are so used to seeing the diaper "cake") so this is a nice change/twist! You even did the water bottles - I'm so impressed!

  2. That is seriously crazy. It turned out amazing and one of the nicest showers I have ever seen. Now we can all ask you to help us do parties since we know how skilled you are now! I love the banner idea - I think that was my favorite.

  3. You did a fabulous job! The diaper castle is the cutest! Wonderful job from your friend. Best wishes to the new family to be. :)

  4. Thank you! Selina, it was really pretty simple with little touches here and there. After reading about some of the crazy amazing parties being thrown in blogland, it seems pretty basic. I'm never going to be a party planner, but it is nice to have a stash of ideas stored away.

  5. WOWZERS! I threw a baby shower with a friend a little over a month ago and... WOW!!! You totally spanked my creative fanny. haha! The cakes are just awesome... the diaper cake and the actual cake. I never thought to have the cake shop design something for me. Too cool! I'd heard of horseradish cheese, but was skeptical. I'll definitely try it. ;) Totally cute post... I didn't think it was choppy at all. And I agree, boys are the best! (disclaimer: I love my daughter, too.)

  6. What a BEAUTIFUL shower!!!! I love every detail!!!

  7. Natalie~ I didn't know the cake shop would do that either! My mother-in-law was in charge of the cake and she really surprised me when she asked them to match the invitation. I saw your baby shower pictures and it was beautiful! I definitely would not say I "spanked your creative fanny" (although it did make me laugh, hehe).

    You're sweet, thanks for the kind words everyone!

  8. Found you through Tip Junkie. You did a great job on this shower. I love, love, love the diaper castle. And thanks for sharing the link to that Jessica Sprague banner kit. My niece has been asking me to make a banner for her room and that one is very similar to what she wants.

  9. Kira-the shower looks like quite the amazing event! Your craftiness will never cease to amaze me!! I'm so glad the diaper cake was such a hit! :) It was such a joy to make, and I was so sad to party with it, so i'm glad it was well received!

    OH, and i'm throwing a shower next month, and fully plan on stealing some of your ideas! Hope you don't mind. :D


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