Saturday, February 25, 2012

Baby Brunch


This morning I had the distinct pleasure of hosting my friend Melisa's Baby Shower.  Melisa has been one of my dear friends since the very first day I moved to North Carolina.  We met at the YMCA--I was working the front desk and she came in for a tour and to purchase membership.  And as they say...the rest is history!
We had so very much in common.  Both of our husbands are school teachers.  We both moved from way up north to the south nearly the very same week.  And our birthdays are literally days apart (next week if anyone is counting!)  So naturally we began working out together and a friendship quickly grew.  She inspired me to run my first marathon and together we planned our futures in North Carolina.  Home buying and children were on the agenda...I got to the house first, and well she got to the kids first!
This is already her second...boy do I have some catching up to do (not!)
Pinterest is my new favorite hosting tool, and with the help of some dear friends from church I was able to pull together this deliciously shabby chic Baby Brunch!  Check it out!
Food was all homemade by moi, with the exception of the veggie tray that Kristy brought and the beautiful cupcakes I enlisted from my friend Whitney.  She is so talented!

We played a few baby shower games including the purse game and the Woah Baby Game.
Woah Baby

Each baby shower attendee gets 3 (or more) clothespin to clip to their outfits.  Anytime someone says "baby" and is caught by another attendee, they must give up one of their clothespins.  The player with the most clothespins at the end wins!  Fun prizes for winners are always appreciated!

Purse Game

Create a list of 15 or 20 items, some commonly found in purses, and others more obscure.  Create a point system for each item, with the most common items being worth one point, and less common items being worth up to 10 points.  As you call out each item, each player must produce that item and tally their points.  The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.  And as above, prizes are always appreciated!

The best part of the baby shower was the Headband Making Station!
I purchased stretchy ribbons and decorative flowers from a craft store and using a hot glue gun we created headbands for the new baby!  This is so super simple and fun and the mom-to-be benefits with extra gifts!  A 10" headband will fit a new born.  Go for 12" or 14" for 3-6 months and 6-12 months. 

Using mini-chalkboards added a beautiful touch to the party.  All the chalkboard frames were made very inexpensively by painting old frames and inserting a piece that was painted with chalkboard paint.  All of these were on loan from my friend Julie.
The menu consisted of Fruit and Granola Parfaits, Tofu Salad Stuffed Shells, Lemon Coconut Mini-Donuts and Chocolate Cupcakes. Click through each link to find the recipes!
I believe the parfaits were a smash success, and the use of mason jars added a chic touch.
I had so much fun!  Thank you Melis for letting me plan this shower for you!

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