a baby shower

Myself and three friends – brooke, holly and rita – threw a baby shower for friends of ours. this was the first baby shower any of us had thrown, and after many emails (i believe the count is 58!) and a planning meeting over tapas and sangria, we planned and pulled off a great baby shower–if we do say so ourselves.

here is the invite, created and sent through paperlesspost.com. highly recommend. they have so many cute, customizable invites to choose from, and it’s all online, making it easy to send and track who’s coming.

invite

there was so much delicious food i forgot (or chose to ignore) my third resolution of losing weight. holly made a tasty corn dip and bacon wrapped water chestnuts, rita made insane chocolate peanut butter ritz cracker ‘cookies’ and served semi-healthy veggies and dip. and brooke made this so good spinach and artichoke dip (a personal fave) and fruity pebble rice krispie treats. we also served mimosas and poinsettias (champagne with cranberry juice). i brought lemon cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting. the cupcakes i have to admit were a box mix (martha stewart not approved) – Betty Crocker Super Moist Lemon – but the cream cheese frosting was homemade (recipe below images). i topped them with fresh blueberries and some lemon zest. for being semi-homemade i think they turned out pretty tasty.

cupcakescupcake
cream cheese frosting:

1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (to taste)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

beat softened cream cheese with vanilla until smooth, then add softened butter a little at time, beating until smooth. finally, add powdered sugar to taste (the recipe called for 2 cups but after 1 1/2 it was sweet enough).

i also contributed decorations. i decided to do a clothes line with adorably tiny baby clothes and items (first seen at my sister-in-law’s ah-mazing shower).

clothesline

the clothes are hung on the line with clothespins that i covered with scrapbook paper to help them look purty. to cover, i traced the outline of the clothespin on the backside of the paper several times and cut out. then i brushed some mod podge (that’s the only glue i had on hand) on the clothespin and placed the paper cut outs on. and that’s it! it took maybe 20 min to trace, cut out and cover the front and back of approx 15 clothespins.

clothespin
i also made tissue paper pom poms.

pom poms

i found a tutorial for these on casasugar.com. i think they are whimsical and fun and can brighten up any party. next time i will use more sheets of tissue paper. i think i used 6 or 8 sheets, next time i’ll try 10 for more oomph. and here is a photo of them from farther away; a couple lovely guests are on the left and my co-hosts are on the right (rita, holly and brooke).

ladies at shower
(the dark blue one fell down as we were adjusting the lights but that was ok; we–me–didn’ t like it anyway because i only had 3 sheets to use and it was skimpy)

the shower was a fun time with great food, fun games, lots of cute presents to ooh and ahh at and drinks that went down like water–all signs of a great party. in closing (now i’m sounding like rita the lawyer), here is a pic of the totally cute parents-to-be, crissy and chris.

crissy & chris

we all can’t wait to meet paxton!

(i would like to apologize for lots of grain in all these photos; i had to use a high ISO. and for not a lot of pics of the action, i was more interested in partaking in the party.)

up next…i’ll share the personalized burp clothes i made for paxton.

{justine}

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4 thoughts on “a baby shower

  1. Great post! Sounds like you had quite the time being a co-hostess with the other ladies. I look forward to throwing you and the bro a shower one day.
    I will be looking at all of the websites you reccommend. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pingback: weekend recap | you're so martha

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