This is the baby shower that almost wasn't. For days now the mother to be has been threatening to go into labor about a month early, one of the hostesses (me!) got sick, and the weather could not have been more uncooperative. In short, I thought the chances of this baby shower happening with success were slim and none. Fortunately, on Sunday afternoon everything turned out just ducky!
Welcome! You may remember I posted here about making a wreath using the yellow and blue theme to use on my door for the shower. I gave the wreath to our guest of honor after the shower to use at home on her door. I temporarily replaced the ferns in my urns :) with yellow mums. But come on inside...before you get wet.
Last week when Marty at A Stroll Through Life had her party, I made a "test cloche" for the shower. I used silver keepsakes from my own children (because they have left it all here!) and yellow roses in the foyer. One thing I did learn. If you plan to use live flowers in a cloche for a special event, do not cover with the cloche until right before the event is to take place. It tends to form moisture. I don't know why and don't need to know. I am not the Alton Brown of cloches or baby showers. :)
We'll stack the gifts in this antique crib. I came home with this from an estate sale a while back much to the horror of Beloved and my children. There were no hidden messages in the purchase. I have always wanted one and this one was a good price. I do hope to one day use it for more than stacking gifts :)
I arranged yellow roses in this darling wicker bassinet I bought online. The shoes belong to Sunshine's godchild and have votive holders filled with roses. I really think old scuffed high tops would have been better, but I could not locate a pair.
The shower was an all girl tea-like affair, so we served dainty finger foods, cake, and punch. The cake, which anchored one end of the table, was a precious three dimensional duck made by a local school teacher who bakes on the side.
We served punch from my grandmother's cut glass punch bowl on the other end of the table. I am happy to have any excuse to use this bowl. It was my paternal grandmother who first taught me to appreciate pretty china and crystal. She'd be glad to see it welcoming a new baby.
We served a variety of finger sandwiches--tomato basil, chicken salad, and cucumber spread. Pastry cups were filled with shrimp salad. There was a cheese tray with grapes with crystallized sugar.
We served strawberries filled with cream cheese icing.
My daughter wanted to serve the strawberries on her Annieglass cake pedestal. It was a recent wedding gift and she was anxious to use it....another generation to appreciate pretty china and crystal :).
I cut the bread for the cucumber sandwiches with a duck cookie cutter. The recipe which is always a hit with both men and women was in one of my very first posts. You can find it here.
Finally, as the guest were leaving we gave them an edible favor. I had these at a baby shower last year and have been waiting for the chance to use the idea.
The "pacifier" is made of Lifesavers and jellybeans "glued" together with icing! I found enough blue and yellow jelly beans in one bag to continue the color scheme of the shower.
I used a tube of white icing. First spread icing inside and slightly around the hole of one Lifesaver. Attach another Lifesaver perpendicular with the edge of the second Lifesaver. Allow these to dry. Then fill the center of the first Lifesaver with icing and insert the jellybean in the color of your choice. Allow to dry. I attached the curling ribbon just for more color.
The shower was a success and the guest of honor is ready any time the little one decides to make his appearance. Susan will be showing you gorgeous tables for Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Just click on her button to join her. On Friday click Michael's Foodie Friday button to join her at Designs by Gollum for lots of food fun! Thanks for joining us at our party!