A Very Un-Baby Shower

I have been meaning to post about the shower and just hadn’t gotten around to it. I knew February was going to be a busy month but in my wildest dreams I never expected for it to end up like it has. So I will take a break in the NICU posts and tell you about the weeks leading up to Baby G coming.

My family started coming in the week of the shower. My mom flew in Tuesday, my Tampa SIL and nephew drove in Thursday afternoon, and my little sister and Grandmother flew in late Thursday night. My mom and SIL had planned to stay for two weeks but my little sister and Grandmother could only stay through the weekend. It was fantastic to have everyone here though and I was blessed to have so much family here for the shower.

I had my baby shower theme picked out since almost the beginning of my pregnancy. I had decided on an “Alice in Wonderland” theme before we knew what we were having and narrowed it down to “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” when we found out it was a boy. The planning of it wasn’t totally traditional as I was involved in a lot of it and my local SIL and two good friends were all planning it together. I had some specific ideas of what I wanted and didn’t want after looking through a lot of things online but the shower came together really well.

We started out with the invitation which the color scheme of black, teal blue, and red was set from. I wanted it to look haphazard and a little eclectic like the tea party Alice attended with the Mad Hatter and his friends. The main food table had different sizes and color platters and containers of little tea party foods such as mini quiches, little fruit kabobs, small tea sandwiches (egg salad and pimiento), pinwheels, etc.  The color scheme on this table (which was all set on a large lacy-looking tablecloth) was teal and white. There were bunnies, teapots, teacups, flowers and other odds and ends on the table and large blue and white tissue paper pom poms hanging above.

   

   

The dessert table was themed red and black and had a cupcake stand with beautiful white icing-topped cupcakes with red sprinkles wrapped in fancy heart-edged red wrappers. There were a few other dainty desserts on various platters and the open pass through behind was decorated with tiny tea sets.

There was a “Queen’s Corner” where I sat; decorated in black and red with roses. A mirror replaced our TV on the mantel and more bunnies decorated the small hearth below. I had found a nice black dress online and had diamond patterned stockings to go with it. My “Mom-to-be” badge and my wonderful mini top hat completed my ensemble.

I had seen the mini top hats online and had recruited my younger sister to make them for us for the shower. My hat was a black and white diamond pattern and was embellished with teal, white, and black. One of my friends had my “Mom-to-be” badge made to match and it turned out beautifully. Everyone else’s hats were black or white and were decorated to match their outfits. Each hat turned out fantastic.

We played a few games like guessing my belly circumference (the winner cut her piece of ribbon dead on), guessing baby food flavors, and the guests trying to decide whose features I’d rather the baby have; me or his daddy.

    

There were little accents all over the room that played into the theme. There was a wonderful mushroom lamp on a small table by the door with a framed excerpt from the book and some cards for guests to write their best wishes for us, a little basket of take-aways that was labeled “Take Me” by a tiny topiary with small red roses on it, another topiary on the drink table stating “Drink Me,” while another one on the food table stated the obvious “Eat Me.” There was a tiny field mouse on the food table and several keys scattered throughout. There was also a lovely frame hanging on the front door with a message to “Read the Directions, and directly you’ll be directed in the right direction.”‘

   

We had a wonderful time and the weeks of prep and effort were worth the result. It was elaborate and over-the-top and exactly what I wanted it to be. In fact, there were things we had intended to do that just didn’t get accomplished that would have made it even more elaborate. It was ok that we didn’t get to them, but it would have been even more amazing had we been able to.

I’m really glad we planned the shower for when we did, by the way, as my sweet little boy ended up coming the next weekend. Originally I had wanted my shower to be nearer to the end of February but with all the other events planned in February (other birthdays, friends going out of town, etc) the weekend we chose was literally the only one open. Guess God was already setting us up for an early birth day even then.

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The Showering of Baby P

Today was H’s baby shower. The theme was Cowgirl and I’ve been working on the decorations for a few weeks. Since I’ve been so tired I haven’t done a lot of working on it so I pretty much crammed everything into the last week or so. Everything turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Fixed

The banner I made using my Cricut and the Storybook and Old West cartridges. I was really happy with the way it turned out. Here’s another picture of the whole thing. The pictures are SOOC so nothing has been touched up. I’ll get to that later. Hopefully. **Update… I am fixing some of the pictures, so some are now touched up a little. I’ve noted the ones that are.**

The food was all labeled with sheriff’s stars I found at Wal-Mart in the party section on clearance.

        

Pink and silver buckets were lined with pink and brown bandannas (the brown ones I dyed) and a lot of the snacks and finger foods were served from those.

    

Here is a close up of the S’mores pops – H’s friend D made them and they came out so cute. I didn’t eat any as I still am not interested in most sweets (in fact I didn’t touch anything on the dessert table) but everyone else said they were really good. We stole the idea from another Western themed baby shower we saw online. Well, maybe not stole… just borrowed.

Lightened

The drinks we served from mason jars (also a borrowed idea). We had sweet tea (of course), pink lemonade, and water. The water was in a really nice drink dispenser of H’s Mom’s that worked out perfectly. We laid out lid-less mason jars for the water.

For my gift I made a diaper cake. This is the fourth one I’ve made and the second “themed” one. It went over really well; everyone seemed to really like it. I had the hardest time finding the horse to go on it. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find ANYTHING. Not that I could find one I liked, i just couldn’t find a darn horse. I ended up going to CVS on a whim and found this little guy. When I first picked him up I thought, wow, this is definitely not the cutest horse ever. But after I got him home and trimmed up his crazy eyebrows, posed him, and put the bow on, it really made the cake.

I also made a “Mom-to-be” ribbon for H to wear. The base part I bought at Michaels awhile back and I added the star and writing and the brown ribbons. Trimmed a few things off that came on it already to fit the theme I wanted and I was really happy with the way it turned out. I only wish that had been an option for my other friend’s shower. The pin I bought her was ok, but nothing like this. Maybe if she has another I’ll be able to do a nice one for her too.

Touched Up

So now the shower is over and I feel as though I’ve been hit by a truck and then run over repeatedly. I wish I had tomorrow off from work as I’m pretty sure I’ll be dragging tomorrow too. Lunch will be shower leftovers I think. We had plenty left over to bring home. Not that that hurts my feelings much as I love me some little meatballs in my grape-bbq sauce, fiesta dip, and fresh veggies with ranch. Oh, and I managed to snag a bag of sausage cheese balls too. H was kind enough to share. I will leave you with a picture of K, H’s 4 year old, in the hat I re-decorated for the event. She didn’t actually wear it to the shower, but I managed to get her to let me get a picture of her in it afterwards at the house.

Ok, this one is not straight from the camera. I modified it and it looks WAY better. Oh my, lots better.