Monday, November 16, 2009

Carol's baby shower - Prep Time...

As soon as I found out a good friend of ours was expecting, I knew I wanted to throw her a baby shower.  So I got together with a couple of close friends (plus the parents-to-be) and started exchanging ideas and planning it.  We decided on a brunch for the girls only, and I offered to host it at my house (that meant shooing the hubby to the basement.  Not to worry, I gave the man some beer and the TV remote and he was fine.) My friend told us her cousin was in charge of the party favors, which were going to be wrapped in a pink and brown paper/box.  With that in mind, I started looking for materials (ribbons, paper) in different patterns of this color combination: stripes, damask, polka dots… I was surprised I couldn’t find much at my local craft store, as I regard this combination as a classic – and beautiful – one.  So I turned to the internet, and found what I was looking for (and more!) on image banks and the like. 
I thought the mix of patterns looked cute and added visual interest to the color scheme.  I set to work on the names of the foods and beverages we would be serving at the brunch, and “dressed” a couple of cake stands with polka dot ribbons.

I found these pink plastic pacifiers and thought I could do the same I did for our baby shower back in 2007. This time, instead of martini glasses, I would put them inside champagne flutes and let guests choose their drink – a traditional orange mimosa or a cranberry mimosa.
The beverage dispenser is from Pottery Barn and I got it especially for the occasion :-)
I found this “decorate-a-bib” shower game at Michael’s.  Basically, it’s just white bibs with color markers to write messages/draw/decorate however you like.  This way, not only we could have a light and fun activity during the shower, but my friend would remember this special day and each one of us as her baby would go through dirty bibs, one after another… (may I say “redecorating” it, with puréed foods?)
I got some fabric flowers in different shades of pink at Ikea, just in case I didn’t have time to go to the store to get fresh flowers on the day of the brunch. The antique teapot was a recent purchase from Etsy, and I was excited to finally be able to use it!

You can se the baby shower post here!

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