Because of such a busy Spring, there are a few events I want to fill you in on over the next few Thursdays. You can call it my version of throwback Thursday. 🙂
The first event that I want to fill you in on is the baby shower a few friends and I hosted for another dear friend. Last Summer, I mentioned my friend Mariah got married in August. Just a few months after saying their “I dos”, they were saying “a baby is on the way!”.
The date of the baby shower was determined by the MCC sale date because we felt there would be more people available that weekend. Oh, wait. You don’t know what the MCC sale is? That’s ok. Because next Thursday I’ll fill you in on those delicious details. 🙂
Because the baby shower was happening in the Spring, it was almost immediate we settled on the theme of Peter Cottontail. Why? Because Pintrest had adorable ideas.
The original thought was that we would host it at our house in the basement. But the closer the baby shower came and we received the guest list (there were over 50 people on that thing!), it became very clear it wasn’t going to happen. Plus, we still weren’t sure when our basement project would get started. It would have been my luck that the weekend before the shower, they showed up to have anything ripped up and concrete dust everywhere. So, we had to go to plan B. Our local senior center. And it worked out really, really well.
When our guests arrived, they were greeted with a washtub full of pansies along with a chalkboard sign welcoming them to the baby shower. I didn’t get a picture of it. I’ll blame it on baby shower brain. But, it was adorable.
Not only were there fifty people on the list, there were quite a few small children we knew would be in attendance. We wanted to make sure everyone felt welcome. Including the little ones. So, along with a pot of pansies to welcome guests right inside the door we had a small pail of chalk so they could draw on the sidewalk outside. I found the carrot chalk in the dollar aisle at Target.
Once the guests came into the main room, there were tables set up for guests to gather until the shower began. Knowing there were going to be quite a few guests and wanting them to feel as comfortable as possible, we wanted them to know where the bathroom was. That’s important, right? So, we had them follow the bunny tracks. Literally.
We kept the table decorations pretty simple. My friend Mandy had the white table cloths, but ended up buying burlap to place in the middle of the table. We also placed a piece of fake grass (I found these at Hobby Lobby) and then put a few plastic Easter eggs on top, with a chocolate bunny in the middle. Mandy planted herbs in terracotta pots which were then placed around the grass. The herb pots were then used as parting gifts for our guests.
When Mandy and I first walked into the Senior Center, we first noticed the black, white, and red chairs. The black and white chairs were fine, but the red clashed. Bad. Real bad. So back in the storage closet they went! 🙂
Once we felt like most of the guests had arrived, we began our first game; break the water! You all probably know what the game is, but the basic idea is that you give each guest an ice cube with a tiny baby frozen inside. Don’t think about it too hard. It’s kind of a weird game. The only instruction I gave our guests was the first person who could “break the water” won the game. Keepin’ it simple.
After this first game we opened up the buffet so our guests could enjoy some light snacks and beverages.
Need a close up of the cake? I thought so, because that cake was adorable and delicious!
We knew that guests who were at the beginning of the line would be finished eating before everyone else got their food, let alone had time to eat it. That’s where Dana came in with her game.
I’m not exactly sure what her game was called, but involved having people close their eyes while they searched for baby safety pins in a pan of dried rice. When people first saw the pans they exclaimed this would be easy. There were only a few people who were able to get five or six in the minute they were given. HA! 🙂
The mom-to-be decided to give it a try…
Once everyone was through the line and had a chance to eat a bit of their food, we had Mariah sit in her “throne” to open up a few gifts. People aren’t very excited she’s having a baby.
I should mention this picture was taken pretty close to when people started arriving. When it was time to open gifts, this table was overflowing with items to help welcome a sweet baby into the world.
While Mariah opened and Dana and I helped organize the gifts for Mariah to take home, Mandi was busy too. She had a genius idea to not just make a list of what items Mariah received and who gave them to her, but to do this on Thank You cards.
That way when it came time for Mariah to write her Thank You notes, she was all set. Mandy even put the address on the sticky note!
Anticipating the gift opening would take a while and the little ones could get restless, we set up a play area in the back. This play area had books and even a gift bag for each of the kids at the baby shower.
Remember our table settings? They ended looking like this towards the end.
Towards the end of the shower we were getting a bit worried about the time, as hostesses. With as many people as there were and as many gifts, we were getting a bit anxious on finishing in a timely manner. It’s one of those things you worry about and then wonder why you worried about it after the fact. It was literally four o’clock on the dot when we wrapped things up and sent our guests on their way home with their beautiful parting gifts.
Love these ladies!
Mariah, it has been wonderful to see you become a momma within the last month. Much love to you and your little miracle!