My beautiful, wonderful, cheerful, cutest-pregnant-woman-ever friend Bethany is getting close to her due date, which means it’s party time!
Bethany wanted Bible stories incorporated into the shower, so I decided the food was the perfect place to do it! The menu included:
- “Noah’s Ark” Animal Crackers and Cheesecake Dip
- “Jonah & the Whale” Goldfish
- “David & Goliath” Rock Candy
- “Moses & the Burning Bush” Pretzel Sticks & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- “Shadrach, Meschach, & Abednago” Li’l Smokies (I am most proud of this name/food combination!)
- “Parable of the Mustard Seed” Honey Mustard Pasta Salad
- “Joseph & the Coat of Many Colors” Rainbow Ribbon Strap Candy
- “Jesus Feeds 5,000″ Rolls &; Swedish Fish
- “Pillar of Clouds” Strawberry Marshmallows
- “Prodigal Son” Peach Gummy Rings
- “Adam & Eve” Apple Slices (which were forgotten in the fridge…oops)
I made all the little signs in Silhouette Studio (the program that came with my Silhouette Cameo) and bought all of the platters, stands, and bowls from either the dollar store or Goodwill.
And there was water and lemonade. The lemonade was supposed to have raspberries floating in it, but…those were left in the fridge, too.
I set up most of the games on this table. We had:
- a Kid’s Station
- Biblical Parent-Child Match-Up
- Wishes for Baby
- Measure Up! (guessing the size of Bethany’s baby belly with yarn)
- Guess How Many (guessing how many clothes pins and candies were in the big plastic baby bottle)
- Diaper Raffle (everyone who brought a package of diapers to the shower got a raffle ticket, which was put into a drawing for a chance to win the big pink basket of spa items)
- Onesie Decorating
The Kid’s Station included some coloring books, crayons, puzzles, and Bible card games – all bought from the dollar store!
The Biblical Parent-Child Match-Up – Names from here
and then designed in Silhouette Studio.
Wishes for Baby – idea from here
, then revised and designed in Silhouette Studio.
Measuring the baby belly with pink yarn!
The onesie decorating table – fabric markers and tons of white onesies (in sizes ranging from newborn to 9 months).
Bethany’s sweet little niece working on a masterpiece.
Bethany’s other sweet niece getting tips for drawing butterflies from her friend, Aneeka.
I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to bring for prizes, but then I found World Market. Holy cow, I love that place! I ended up buying a pink (of course!) hand soap and lotion set and then I hit the jackpot. They had a whole section dedicated to “Bath Treats”…my favorites were the Strawberry Shortcake scented bath sprinkles, body wash, and soap lollipop. How adorable is that?!
Working on the parent-child match-up.
The Diaper Cakes
I wanted fun and colorful, yet useful centerpieces, so I bought 276 diapers and rolled (and rolled and rolled!) to make them into 5 cakes (along with about 20 baby washcloths to fill in the few extra spaces). And Bethany wanted lambs, so I thought this was the perfect place to incorporate them! I bought the size 1 diapers, rubber bands, lamb rattles, cardboard cake circles, and the ribbon for the bottom tier from Amazon (love that 2-day shipping with our Prime membership!). The top tier ribbon and the yellow paper strips were from the dollar store.
Bethany’s husband’s stepmother made all of the cute little favors. She made sugar cookies in adorable little shapes with pink & white frosting, little mint boxes, pink favor boxes full of candy, and “Baby Girl” mints. They were perfect!
Bethany, Rachel, and I all work at different schools now, but I absolutely adore these two girls and was so glad we could all spend some time together!
Rachel is still as crafty as ever and made a bunch of insanely cute stuff for Bethany and baby girl! She made everything from a monthly scrapbook to these adorable little pillows for photos to keep track of baby girl’s age. She made pillows with each of the month’s names and one side that says “month” and then she made blocks with all of the numbers.
And she made an owl, too! Love, love, LOVE these girls!
And Bethany’s newest baby niece was able to come to the shower! I haven’t held a newborn since my own niece was born (almost 2 years ago! Crazy!), so I was lovin’ the baby time! Such a tiny, sweet little angel!
I had a great time at the shower, but I was so disappointed that I didn’t plan a few things better! Daniel and I arrived at our church to start decorating 2 hours before the shower was supposed to start (yes, my husband is super awesome and helped me set-up and tear down/clean up after the shower!), but apparently that wasn’t nearly enough time! I was planning to add so many more little touches. I have a whole bag of untouched streamers and decorations that I didn’t have time to put up. I wanted to put the pasta salad in individual cups to make it look nicer and easier to grab. There were quite a few things that I wanted to add, but I have a lot to learn about hostessing, but it was a great opportunity to learn!