Pink and frilly baby shower

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This past Saturday, we got to throw a very pink and frilly baby shower for Reagan and baby Hadley who is on the way. Gina and I were already dreaming of hosting a baby girl shower before we even knew gender (even though we were pretty sure we knew). We knew we wanted it to be over the top pink and girly. I think we achieved that goal. Here's a peak into the day.

Even the outside got a girly make over. Tissue paper wreaths on both doors. Travis made us a wooden sign for the yard that turned out super cute. And balloons and a tulle bow on the mailbox helped point the way to the party. The weather on Saturday was just perfect.

Inside, Gina did an amazing job with the flower arrangements and in the process found a great source for wholesale flowers. And we made a banner for the fireplace out of ruffle, pretty printed fabric and of course a pair of monogrammed bloomers. 

My favorite trick for parties is to hang something (streamers, fabric, etc) from curtain rods to make a backdrop. This is especially true in the kitchen were our normal curtain valence is great everyday but never matches a party theme. For this one we just use basic pink and white paper streamers and tied strips along the curtain rod. I think it turned out perfect behind the food table.

We had so much fun planning the food and in the middle afternoon you can let yourself get a little carried away with sweets since it is not meal time. We did have little chicken salad and pimento cheese sandwiches, fruit, and cheese and crackers to off set the cookies, cake pops, marshmallows and rice krispie treats.

One of our favorite parts despite the incredibly cute works of art that were the cookies, were the dipped marshmallows that were so stinking cute and easy to make, on sticks and used as vase filler. Another inexpensive colorful vase filler was gourmet popcorn. We got the watermelon flavor from What's Poppin' locally...but we all agreed it did not taste very much like watermelon (probably a good thing) and was just a good sweet popcorn. Most importantly it was bright pink. : )

The cookies were just spectacular. Telah's Cozy Cookies always does an amazing job. We were totally smitten by the little details on the girly "onesies." For drinks we had water, pink lemonade, and sweet tea. 

Our pantry buffet made an appearance back out in the living room to make space for a wish book, favors and a display frame for newly made headbands. The wish book idea came from one of my baby showers. The idea is that everyone fills out a little card with wishes for baby Hadley based on prompts like "I hope you become..." "I hope you aren't afraid of..." etc. We had a little album with scrapbook paper backgrounds ready to go to put the cards in as a gift for Reagan. I know I love looking back and reading Perry's wish book. I know Reagan will too. We had secretly had her and Jay's parents send theirs in ahead of time so they would be there as an example. It had the expected result of tears when Reagan saw it...just like we planned. : )

Other party activities included writing sweet, encouraging or funny messages with sharpies on diapers. To bring a smile to Jay and Reagan while they change those diapers all day and night after Hadley gets here. My favorites were "give to Jay" and "wish I was there" (written by Reagan's mom).

We had a headband making station (aka bow bar) set up in the dining room. We knew we wanted to do one of these, but it took us a while to figure out exactly how to go about it. We learned you can buy cute pre-made elastic headbands at hobby lobby, but the pre-made bow selection was more limited (and expensive) we decided to DIY the fabric flowers. That will be a good skill set to have in case we ever have a little girl...or have another bow bar at a shower. All that was left for guest to do was to pick a headband and embellishment(s) and glue them together, write their name on a tag and clip it to the display frame. Easy peasy. And so so cute.

We had a great time visiting, eating, laughing, and watching Reagan open all her precious gifts. She got lots of cute things.

We were so happy that Reagan's mom, sister and mother in law were able to come in town to help us celebrate. Love those sweet ladies.

I am so not a fan of some classic baby shower games (um no to melted candy bars in diapers), but we wanted to do something fun as a group and knew Reagan would be game for a quick round of "guess how round Reagan and baby Hadley are." We passed around a ball of yarn and a pair of scissors and each person cut off the length they thought would go around Reagan's belly. As seen in the first picture below, some of us thought Reagan was giving birth to a litter. lol. Kristin Engelkemier won with an almost perfect length of yarn and got a little bottle of pink nail polish as her prize.

Baby Bethany got to attend her very first baby shower. We were so glad that Kali and Bethany were able to come.

It was such a fun afternoon. I hope Reagan felt how loved she is by all these lovely ladies and how loved Hadley is already. We can't wait to meet that sweet girl in just a couple more months.

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