Saturday, May 7, 2011

Showering like a Pro!

I just love a good party and last weekend I was able to host a baby shower.  Half the fun is in the planning, the coordinating and the making, don't you think?!  This was a shower for a two co-workers so we did a couples shower and none of the guys walked out early so the food must have been up to par.  I mean that's pretty much the only reason the guys come, right?  That, and carrying the stuff out to the car, right ladies? 
This shower was for a baby boy, Severyn James and an unborn boy or girl (the parent's decided not to find out which I find extremely cool and not the norm-- such rule breakers!)  
Does the topping look familiar? YES, I rescued Easter basket grass and repurposed it for a little fancy fun on these diaper cakes.  The silver base is a cardboard cake plate I picked up at our local party supply store.  I built the entire thing around a roll of paper towels.  I used a round paper "loop" as a template to build each layer in.  Next, layered the diapers (size one) in a circle, tipped on their side.  Once it was packed tight I wrapped fabric and ribbon around the layers.  I topped it off with decorative fill and embellished with goodies for the new baby and parents.  I chose spoons, stuffed animals and bath toys.

This was a brunch shower so the menu included:
Egg Bake, 1 with bacon and a bread base and 1 with sausage and a hashbrown base
Yogurt & Fruit Parfaits
Donut Hole Flowers
Assortment of Breakfast Breads
Citrus Punch

Here are a few other pictures of the fun!
Cupcake toppers are a toothpick sandwiched between "new baby" stickers.  They were super easy to do and saved me about $4 from store bought toppers.  Plus I like to make my own.  
Here are the donut flowers.  I set donut holes in a mini cupcake paper and speared them with a wooden skewer.  A ribbon tied about 1.5" from the top of the stem kept them from sliding down the stick.  The ribbon could look like leaves if you make them green.  This was easy enough for huz to assemble right before the shower started.  And see my punch bowl in the background?  I was stoked that I got to use this before we packed it away for our move.
Last but not least was the banner that I hung over the breakfast nook.  This was a DIY specialty with my Sizzix Big Shot Pro.  It was a snap to crank out and took about 10 minutes to assemble.  Just layer the triangles and thread a 3/8" grosgrain ribbon thru the punched holes.  That's a baby shower in a snap.  Congrats to the two sets of parents, I'm so happy for you!