You’ve all heard me talk about my Fairy God Children and the joy I have found in being a Fairy God Mother. Several months ago, my Fairy Godson, Zach, came to let me in on a big surprise and asked me how I felt about being a Fairy Grandmother. Of course this thrilled me to pieces! My first Fairy Grandbaby was on the way! Needing an outlet to focus my excitement, I immediately enlisted Jorjanne and Tara to help me plan a little baby shower for the parents-to-be.
We decided to host the party in the dining room of our Café (as my house is too tiny to hold all those people). Zach and Natalie are having a girl, so pink, pale green and mint blue were the colors for the day. Natalie is using a beautiful floral pattern in the nursery so we decided to carry that theme through to the shower. The theme of the day was to “Shower” the baby with love.
I got a really cute idea from pinterest to hang umbrellas from the ceiling. I recruited my Dad to help with the decorations because, as I have told you before, if I can dream it up, he can make it happen. We may or may not have gone a little overboard with the umbrellas. Here is my inspiration picture from pinterest: cute, sweet umbrellas.
Here is what we came up with: three gigantic pink umbrellas. I always say, go big or go home! Hahaha! The dining room is rather large with high ceilings so the extra-large umbrellas brought a nice touch of whimsy.
I have a large collection of vintage containers used by florists for baby-themed arrangements. These were perfect to use for silverware, food items and table decorations. I used fresh greenery snipped from the yard to fill the containers used on the guest tables. This is one of my favorite quick and easy things to do. We didn’t use any water or oasis as the party was not to last long.
The menu was kept simple for this Sunday afternoon soiree. We served cranberry pecan chicken salad on fresh baked croissants, cheese straws from Holt’s bakery (a local favorite), strawberry truffles and a pink ombre cake.
The cake (made by Tara) was absolutely gorgeous and quite the crowd pleaser! Tara is going to share her recipe and tips for creating your own ombre cake a little later in the week.
The afternoon was a little chilly so we served white hot chocolate garnished with pink marshmallows.
I love to use unconventional items as the “guest book”. You may remember that, at Tara’s wedding, we used a book full of water colors and photographs of old churches, including the church where she was married. At my own wedding reception I used a vintage art book of Van Gogh paintings that Matt brought to me as a souvenir from one of his trips to Italy. For this party I used a very sweet little print that said “You are Loved”.
As guests arrived, they stopped to sign the print and leave well wishes for the new baby. As usual we had a gift table full of festively wrapped gifts! The couple was blessed by many thoughtful and generous gifts from our Fourth and Cherry family.
This little party is a great example of keeping things simple but oh so sweet! You don’t have to break the bank to host a special get together to honor those that you love. Whether it be a baby shower, wedding shower or birthday party, if you infuse your gathering with love, then your party will be enjoyable and memorable to all of your guests!