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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Baby shower for C

Okay guys, can I just tell you HOW EXCITED I am to be an Auntie?!  Between the two of us, my husband and I have 6 younger siblings, but because we got married young (22!  and every year it seems younger!)  and none of them did, we have had the ONLY kids on both sides of the family.  Until now!  We've had three siblings get married in the last year and  half (M&M, B&H, A&B) and now we're getting a niece!!!!  I've waited so long!!!

So anyway, all of my husband's family was in town over the weekend because his sister came home from her mission for our church.  Couldn't miss the opportunity to throw a baby shower for my first niece!

I went with a coral and teal color scheme.  Coral because that was one of the wedding colors B&H used, so I had decorations I could use from the wedding!  Teal because I used my great-grandmother's china, which has a teal border around the edge.

Designed in Photoshop.  Hot Air Balloon from the digiscrap kit By the Light of the Moon by Etc. by Danyale

My favorite part from the B&H wedding was the fabric banners I sewed, and I've used them a few times since.  They are so festive and fun.
I also used the flowers from the centerpieces, added a few in teal, and hung them from the ceiling using fishing line.
Last but not least, I hung teal balloons with fishing line.  Used the marble trick (stick a marble inside before blowing up and tying off, thanks Hungry Hungry Hippos) so they would hang down straight.

We all know that's what this is really about, right?  Everybody comes hoping for great food!  And rumor has it...I delivered.  :)

The menu
Antipasto kabobs (recipe coming!)
Chicken Salad on croissants
Veggie Tray

Mint brownies (recipe coming!)

Coconut Limeade (recipe coming!)

I am not big on cheesy games.  So it's always interesting trying to find something fun and cute but doesn't trigger my gag reflex.  Here's what I came up with:
As the guests arrived, they each gave Mom some advice
and wrote a birthday wish for baby, to be opened on her birthday at that age.
With food, each guest took an ice cube with a little plastic baby frozen into it.  Once the ice melted and the baby was free, they had to shout "My water broke!"  The first few people won a prize.
After we finished eating, we played the Name Game.  Ahead of time, I looked up the meaning of the names of all those attending.  Then each guest wrote down a guess at the meanings of all those names.  I found that most of them didn't even know the meaning of their own names!  But I told them to get creative in their guesses, because they could get a point for a correct answer AND the momma to be would give a point for her favorite WRONG answer.  This turned out to be a hit!  Everyone really enjoyed it.

Then we moved onto opening presents.  Before each present, I asked a question, and kept tally of points.
Who came the furthest to be here?
Who has the most kids?
Who has lived in the most different states?  Cities?
Who had the longest labor?  The shortest?
Who has the most siblings?  The least?
Who has known mother to be the longest?
Whose birthday is closest to the due date?
Whose birthplace is closest to where the baby will be born?
Who has had braces….the longest?
Who is the shortest?  The tallest?
Who has the biggest feet?  Smallest?

 At the end of presents, the winners got to pick a prize.

There were two kinds of prizes.  Body wash (thank you B&BW semi-annual sale!) and a loofah with a tag that said "From our shower to yours!"
And a pedicure kit with either nail polish or a foot repair cream with a tag that said "You nailed it!"

As a thank you for coming, each guest got a little bag of my famous homemade honey caramel popcorn.

And that's that!  I don't get the chance to have parties like this or make food like that very often!  So this was a lot of fun for me.

I'll be back later to tell you a gross story.  Stay tuned.  :)

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