Thursday, January 28, 2010

2010 Brings BABIES!

I know what you're thinking.... and no, its not me. However, my cousin Trevor and his beautiful wife Miriam are pregnant with their first child - a girl to be named Isabella! To help them prepare, my mom, aunts, cousin, and I gave her a lovely shower. Check out the pictures and details below!The shower and lunch were held at the Polo Grill and Bar in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. We had delicious wraps, a leafy green salad topped with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds, and homemade potato chips. Yummy!
My Aunt Kim made the beautiful centerpieces. She bought daisies and roses from the grocery store, added some amazing greens from her own yard, secured them in floral foam on top of a plate, and set on top of the vase. We filled the vases with slices of lemon and cranberries, and floated them in water. They were stunning, and a cheap and easy way to make a centerpiece!

We played a few games, two of which were a baby word scramble and baby bingo. I found these games online and printed them out in color at home.
Another cute activity was something my mom made, using Martha Stewart double sided craft paper and some scrapbooking embellishments. We asked all guests to write on one card some words of wisdom or motherly advice for the new mom to be. Then we punched holes in the top and put them on a ring, allowing her to easily flip through our sentiments.
In lieu of a plated dessert, we thought it would be fun to have a cookie favor that all the guests could take home with them. A local bakery made them in the shape of a onesie with baby Isabella's name on them. My cookie was gone about 5 minutes into the car ride home - they were delicious!

The baby shower was a success and Miriam got some really lovely things. I think my favorite gift she received were these letters to hang above the crib:
What you can't see in the picture is how each one was painted with tiny objects, like ladybugs and flowers. They were beautiful!

There are a few more parties to come this spring, so be sure to check back often for lots more recipes and party planning ideas!

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