Baby Time! A very good friend of mine is expecting her third child shortly.. and I had the wonderful honor of throwing her a baby shower 🙂 I must admit, it was a little difficult to pull this off while attending nursing school.. but I started early, had a wonderful co-host and my vision came through.. it turned out so beautiful!
Another few views of the dessert table.. which was the highlight of the event 🙂
Details! Everything was in the details.. and I have a few people in particular to thank, so first.. my lovely co-host, Jeanette! She was amazing during this baby shower! I was (am) in Nursing School and only had a few days to do stuff on my own in between semesters, so I bombarded my friend with tons to do.. and she pulled it off 🙂 Thank You so much to an awesome friend for all her help in making this shower happen!
So, what all did we do? LOTS! We will start with the crafts!
Notice the backdrop? I owe that to my awesome husband! He built a backdrop based on this pin I found off Pinterest: Building A Backdrop. However, my husband decided to build it with PVC pipes rather than wood so it would be easily transportable to and from the baby shower (it was!) – we made it 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide. He drilled a hole a few inches from the top, tied a rope from one end to another and that is how we secured the King Size sheet to the backdrop. For the decorations, I cut out 4 inch circles from my Cricut (George & Basic Shapes cartridge), used the twine rope to hot glue them into a a banner type thing and secured it to the back where the sheet was held by alligator clips. Beautiful backdrop! Thank you hubby, love you!!
For the island – I wanted to decorate that a bit.. so, Jeanette had a couple cans that I decorated with scrapbook paper, tied some twine rope on it.. and instant hold for the silverware! It is elegant, simple, and so beautiful.. took less than 5 minutes to make both of them – awesome! And the background has the vases that I painted white. I used acrylic paint – poured some inside, turned the vases upside down to let the paint drip out.. and beautiful effect! Fake flowers in the vases from hobby lobby 🙂
Also on the island were the dessert boxes to go. You didnt expect all 16 guests to eat everything on that dessert table.. did you?!? Of course not! Dessert to go boxes 🙂 I bought these boxes a long time ago.. for my daughter’s 5th birthday (about 15 months ago). I still had 18ish of them. They would not disappear! So.. lets make them disappear 🙂 I bought labels at Office Depot, used a foot stamp I bought from Hobby Lobby and decorated the boxes. This is what I came up with:
For the dining room table, I didnt want a lot on there. I wanted it to be simple: simple blue table cloths, baby confetti, and in the center is a beautiful ribbon topiary! I have made these before.. and love making them, but they are very time consuming! So, Jeanette did the ribbon part of the ball! For the bottom – it is simply a flower pot with scrapbooking paper cut and modge podged on. I used moss for the inside. Beautiful!
Lets talk about the presents! In particular, the diaper carried cake. I found this amazing You Tube Video giving step by step directions on how to make it, and knew I wanted to do it! It was so easy and only took about 45 minutes to make – beautiful! I just wanted to do something different.. b/c for Leia and Jeanette’s baby showers, I made diaper cakes – I wanted something new and different.. so hence this 🙂 Included in this diaper carriage cake is 82 size 1 diapers, baby washcloths, onesie, bib, puppy dog lovey, receiving blanket and a big fuzzy blanket.
Lets talk about the onesie bouquets! My inspiration is this beautiful artist on Etsy – check out her store and what she sells: Baby Blossom Co. I did not order these that I made from her, but used her creations as my inspirations – so she deserves full credit her! Mine were no where near the beauty and elegant (or sturdy!) as hers.. but I tried 🙂 Took forever too! Huge thanks to Jeanette for helping out with the blankets and clothes used in this project and the diaper carriage cake!
Notice those cute little favor boxes there in the above picture? Lets talk about those! Those party favors.. oh my. Will save you the long story, but they turned out beautiful! And, btw, a few have asked where to get the burlap at, which is at Hobby Lobby. It is in the fabric section, and expensive (use a coupon!) – but that is where I got it at. I used my cricut to cut out the tags, stamps to stamp “Thank You” on one side and the date “09-01-12” on the other. Hot glued everything together.. and beautiful! Whats inside? Onesie bird feeders 🙂 Soo cute! Recipe for the onesie bird feeder is here: Homemade Bird Feeders.
And.. just a shot of the table with the baby Trent banner! (Note: On the table to the right are wrapped gifts in brown paper – these are the “sibling” gifts. Wont give any details about those gifts here, but will try to update that post giving credits soon. The kids havent opened these gifts yet so do not want to give anything away!)
Lastly.. FOOD! What was on the dessert table you asked? Well.. okay.. guess I’ll reveal everything 🙂 I made homemade cards for all the items, which are adorable, and all the recipes were amazing too. Will list the items along with the recipes and pictures (and necessary inspirations / credits) below! First.. lets start with the cake!
This was a simple white cake with a strawberry cream cheese frosting (frosting recipe on here, cut down on powdered sugar and sub vanilla with strawberry extract) with homemade marshmallow fondant. The inspiration came from this post: Baby Shower Cake. I havent worked with fondant in a while (6+ months), so had some difficulty with the fondant since I was rusty.. but turned out okay.. I guess.. 🙂
Cupcakes! Becca’s favorite cupcakes are chocolate peanut butter 🙂 I found this recipe off Annie’s Eats for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes, and have made this recipe several times. The chocolate cake in this particular recipe is dry – I do not recommend it. Made the recipe twice using that chocolate cake.. and both times it was just so dry. So, I changed up the cake and used this recipe from Annie’s Eats: Chocolate Cake. It was delicious! Inspiration for the toppers came from here: Cupcake toppers. I used fondant to make the flowers and blue colored chips and footprint molds to make the feet. Cute!
btw – the cupcake wrappers were made using scrapbooking paper and the cupcake wrapper cartridge with my cricut! Also used them for the fruit cups. Speaking of which.. the fruit cups 🙂
Lets see.. chocolate lollipops! Loved how this was displayed! Got the inspiration of using the jelly beans from this post and knew I had to do it. Found these yellow pails at Target’s dollar section, decorated them, and loved the result! The chocolate lollipops are just used making the chocolate molds and footprint molds with regular chocolate.
Brownie Batter – mmmmm! This was such a good recipe! Found the recipe off Pinterest: Brownie Batter, and knew I had to have it! It was very good 🙂
The homemade onesie graham crackers were also a hit. Always amazed how well these things are received!
Beside the graham crackers were yogurt covered pretzels. Nope, I didnt make these.. not even going to try 😉 Bought these from Greenfields down the street!
Sugar cookies! Ack! These things were annoying! I wanted to do homemade. I didnt have time. Jeanette tried them, made them, turned out beautiful, husband ate them all, told me she didnt have time to make them for the shower, so.. what to do? Lily’s cookies (who made the zhu zhu cookies for Keri’s birthday), were too expensive. Just couldnt do it.. did not need 24 cookies! (They have a minimum order for custom cookies). So.. what to do. Sugar cookie bars! Found this recipe.. tried it.. meh, it was okay. They were really dense in my opinion, but a few seemed to like them.. so be it 🙂 Not sure I’ll make these again though.. we’ll see!
Lets get to a couple things that Jeanette helped me out with, shall we?! I didnt bake everything.. just not enough time! So, Jeanette helped me out by baking these delicious lemon cookies. They are always so yummy.. and so easy to make!!
And what is lemon cookies without lemonade?! Have to have the homemade lemonade! Jeanette made the lemonade from a true tried recipe – delicious stuff! Now, this was my pride and joy.. the lemonade bottles!! (Bought Here). HAD to have these! I’ve always wanted these.. had to get them! They are beautiful!! And of course my inspiration for the lemonade bottles / tags is here – beautiful display! The 10.5 inch straws were bought from the Esty Store: Isakay Boutique. I made the tags myself. LOVE my lemonade bottles!!
Speaking of Etsy.. lets talk about the water bottles. I did not have the time to make water bottle labels this time! So.. Etsy to the rescue 🙂 I contacted Modern Beautiful off Esty and they made these water bottle labels for me. Love them!!
Back to Jeanette! And.. something healthy, I think. Cucumber bites! The colors matched what I needed.. and I needed something healthy to put on the table. So, found this recipe and Jeanette made them for me! Turned out so lovely!
Back to the sweets. Last one.. Oreo Truffles. Mmmmm! These things are so addicting!
And.. thats the important stuff.. oh, one more thing.. the most important thing of all – the guest of honor 🙂 Becca and I at the shower. It was such an awesome experience doing this for her, loved every moment of it and hoping everyone else loved it to!