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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Baby Shower Fun

Yesterday I hosted a baby shower in honor of my good friend April.  She and her husband are expecting their baby boy early next month and we cannot wait to meet him!  I was thrilled to host her shower and tried my best to make it extra special for her.  I coordinated the homemade invitations and the decor to go with her gorgeous green and white nursery.  It was a brunch shower and the food turned out wonderfully!  I will be featuring several of the recipes on the blog throughout the next few days.

The spread (minus the cake – it arrived a bit late):

The gorgeous and delicious cake!  (No, I did NOT make this!  My talented friend Danielle did.)  It was a lemon creme cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream under the fondant.  AMAZING!

The menu was as follows:
Beverages:
juicy iced tea (green tea mixed with pomegranate juice)
strawberry lemonade

Food:
mini lemon poppy seed and blueberry muffins
apple cheddar and chocolate chip scones
tropical fruit salad
smoked salmon rolls
pesto palmiers
pineapple chicken salad sandwiches
stuffed strawberries

Favors:
Oreo truffles

Here are some other detail pictures:

Handmade invitations by moi.

Ten of these tissue pom poms hung over the dining table.

I dyed these onesies with Rit dye for a cute background during games and gifts.
Reuseable Blumeboxes filled with daisies were a great way to spruce up several surfaces.

Boxes of green and white drizzled Oreo truffles for favors.

Mommy and Andrew after it was all over – what a fun party!

  • http://penniesonaplatter.blogspot.com Nikki

    What a beautiful spread! Your home looks gorgeous too! Nice party!

  • http://joelens.blogspot.com Joelen

    What a great menu and the decor is great too!

  • http://thematzats.blogspot.com Cynthia

    What a wonderful menu! Will you be posting your recipe for apple cheddar scones? They sound wonderful.

  • http://chelley325.wordpress.com Chelle

    You’re a mini Martha Stewart! Everything looks so beautiful and I’m sure it was a wonderful shower! I’m sure your friend April felt so special :)

  • http://delishfood.wordpress.com ash

    it all looks beautiful!! where’d you get the wonderful invite paper??

  • Annie

    Cynthia, I wasn’t planning on posting the scone recipe because it was a recent pick for Tuesdays With Dorie, and is all over other blogs. You can find it at http://theflouredapron.wordpress.com/2008/06/30/twd-apple-cheddar-scones/ .

  • Annie

    Ashley, the green invite paper is actually just pieces of 12×12 metallic scrapbooking cardstock from Michael’s that I cut to size. The white paper is from Paper Source.

  • http://www.myapplesandoranges.blogspot.com Jade

    This looks great Annie! Love the color scheme, the blumeboxes, and invites – so cute! She must have loved it. Really thoughtful.

  • http://www.justjaime28.wordpress.com Jaime

    So adorable!

  • Jenn

    Wow! You did an amazing job. How do you find the time?!

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Cathy C

    WOW you did an amazing job – everything looked so wonderful.

    Cheers
    Cathy
    http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

  • http://www.goodthingscatered.blogspot.com katie102006

    Oh my gosh, Annie! I can’t stop coming back to this post! You did SUCH a great job. Everything looks BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE IT!!!!

  • http://kathyandryan.blogspot.com Kathy

    Amazing Annie! I’m throwing a bridal shower for my cousin in September, and have been trying to figure out menu ideas, so this will be helpful. You did a great job. I’m happy to see some pics of Andrew on your blog too – super cute!

  • http://comforttable.wordpress.com kitchenbelle

    Are you planning to post the recipe for the pineapple chicken salad? That sounds so refreshing and delicious.

  • Jennifer

    I have been enjoying your blog for quite some time but decided to de-lurk to say….what a beautiful shower! I love everything.
    The invitations are gorgeous.
    You really give Martha a run for her money.

    jen
    http://www.babyemilygifts.com

  • http://kathyandryan.blogspot.com Kathy

    Hi Annie, Where did you find the recipe for the tropical fruit salad? Thanks!

  • http://adayinthelifeofkb.blogspot.com Kelly (me&mb)

    What a beautiful shower! Everything looks great.

  • http://www.danielledeskins.blogspot.com Danielle

    I found your blog through a friend of mine who cooked a few things that you had posted about. She gave you rave reviews so here I am! Several of your posters have akined you to Martha and I agree. You are quite talented. I have a question about your pom-pom balls. Are those Martha’s? And did you have any trouble making them? I have seen those before and several people commented on how fickle they are – do you agree? Thanks and I look forward to reading more of your posts now that I’ve found you.

  • Annie

    Danielle,
    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the blog :) You are right, the pom poms are the ones from Martha’s website. I didn’t have any trouble with them at all. I’ve made them for previous showers I’ve thrown and find them to be a quick, easy way to display shower colors and brighten things up.

  • http://www.do-it-yourself-invitations.com Delilah

    Simply gorgeous! Very creative. I really loved the cake, and the mantle decoration.

  • http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.blogspot.com Stephanie Graves

    Looks amazing! You did a great job with the food and the decorations! What cute ideas!

  • http://www.bobbiandmike.com/blog bobbi+

    AYKM?! Seriously… can you be less perfect for just TWO seconds… you make it impossible for my husband to believe that I’m as good as it gets! ;)

    LOVE TO YOU!!!!!

  • http://amberskitchen.blogdspot.com Amber

    Wow, what an amazingly awesome shower. Everything looks fantastic.

  • Emily

    Hi, I got here through the nest WC board. I swear…I think I’m going to steal your ENTIRE baby shower for one of my very best friends. I LOVE everything! The food looks and sounds delicious (and DOABLE) the decor is elegant and beautiful, yet simple. My girlfriend LOVES green and is not finding out the sex of her baby. I’m SOOO glad I found your blog! Please…please, can you tell me how you made those gorgeous invites? I’d pay you to make some for me! Wonderful wonderful stuff! Thanks again! Emily

  • http://www.blumebox.com whitney

    Annie,
    It’s Whitney from blumebox.I just wanted to tell you what a gorgeous party you planned for your friend.

    I was wondering if you might be willing to share those images with us to use in our ideas gallery? Ideally if you have any close-up shots of the blumeboxes. If not a large format would work just fine as well.

    We love to showcase creative ideas people are dreaming up. The fresh lime and white color pattern is so stunning!

    Look forward to hearing back from you.
    Best,
    Whitney

  • Danielle

    Love that cake ;) Sorry I couldn’t make it to the party in Dec… peds Surgery called :( I’m gonna try out some more of these recipes on here now that I found the link again.

  • Susy

    hey annie, some of my friends and i were curious about the invitations. did you use a flower stamp and embossing powder or did you buy the cardstock with the white flower already imprinted on it? thanks!!

  • Annie

    I used a stamp and embossing powder.

  • Liesel

    Hi Annie, I was wondering if you could share how you made the juicy iced tea. I found a recipe online but it is for a much smaller quantity. How did you make so much? Thanks!!

  • Annie

    I just multiplied to get the quantity I needed.

  • Cinnamon

    Annie, whatever did you mail those invites in???? Plain envelopes wouldn’t do it justice?

  • Annie

    Envelopes that matched the paper.

  • Cinnamon

    I am hosting a shower & I love your simple yet elegant idea. Did you do an umbrella or wishing well for your friend?

  • Shannon

    Random question for you (and I think this is the second time I’ve asked you about home decor)….do you recall where your dining set is from? I like it for its simplicity, but it also looks nice and sturdy.

  • Annie

    Pier 1, but the line was discontinued a long time ago.

  • Gail

    I just found your site and I’m so happy I did. You have amazing talent in so many areas. I am giving my daughter-in-law a baby shower in April and will use some of your wonderful ideas. Thank you for your talent and care.