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Virtual Baby Shower

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – one of the things I love the most about food blogging is all of the great friendships I have made.  I have met a lot of really wonderful people through the foodie community, and this is proof.  A month or so ago my friend Courtney approached me about the possibility of throwing me a virtual baby shower.  How sweet is that?  I was thrilled about the idea, so she took charge and rounded up my food blogging girlfriends.

Everyone contributed a different dish for the baby shower – some sweet, some savory, and a mocktail as well!  I feel blessed to have so many wonderful friends willing to take the time to participate, and I am blown away by what a fantastic job they all did!  Delicious food and truly beautiful presentations.  I have included a photo and brief description of each dish, but please visit the blogs of the ladies to get more details and the full recipes for all these amazing creations.


Ashley of Delish made this lovely mock-champagne punch with ginger ale, pineapple juice and white grapefruit juice.  I’m definitely a cocktail girl and I have been missing them the last month or two so this is a perfect way to feel like I get to enjoy a celebratory drink with the rest of the girls.


Shawnda of Confections of a Foodie Bride made these gorgeous pink corn blinis with crab and avocado crema.  This is right up my alley.  I’ve never had blinis before but I can tell that this combo would be fantastic.  They look so fresh and light.  I will definitely be trying these in my own kitchen!


Amy of Sing for Your Supper made these adorable little chicken salad bites.  Chicken salad seems to be the quintessential bridal or baby shower food.  I don’t know why.  Probably because it is delicious!  I love the presentation in the little phyllo cups so that guests can enjoy a bite or two without committing to a full sandwich.  The radish garnish is beautiful as well.


Elly of Elly Says Opa! made these stuffed mushrooms as her contribution.  Her version includes pancetta, goat cheese and cream cheese – yum, yum, and yum.  In my opinion, and as has been proven time and time again at my parties and get togethers, not many appetizers are as addictive as stuffed mushrooms.  They are nearly always the first thing to disappear and it seems you just can’t make enough.  Great choice, Elly!


Nikki of Pennies on a Platter made these baby hummus sandwiches.  I suppose if there were any food more typical of showers than chicken salad, it would be finger sandwiches.  Who can resist such cute, dainty little bites?  I love that these are hummus and veggie sandwiches rather than something more standard like deli meat – plus, pregnant women shouldn’t be eating deli meat anyway!  I tend to eat hummus as a dip but I have just recently discovered the wonders of hummus and veggie sandwiches, so I am thrilled to see them here.


Josie of Pink Parsley Catering made these pimiento cheese fritters with sweet-spicy red pepper jelly.  I’ve never tried pimiento cheese before, but according to Josie it is a must-serve food for showers in the South.  I know I wouldn’t be able to resist fried cheese with a kick to it, and the pepper jelly for dipping is a perfect accompaniment.  I can’t wait to try these in my own kitchen!


Tara of Smells Like Home knows the way to this pregnant woman’s heart.  It is through my stomach, by way of chocolate – specifically chocolate malt sandwich cookies.  I’ve mentioned many times my love of chocolate cookies, so taking two chocolate cookies and sandwiching them with chocolatey filling?  Yeah, I’m all over it.


Shanon of The Curvy Carrot made these dainty little pink velvet cake truffles.  Shanon is one of my best friends in real life, as well as a talented blogger herself.  Since she knows me better than almost anyone, she knows red velvet is my favorite flavor of cake.  With that in mind, she made this pink velvet spin that is perfect for a baby girl shower.  Since we are friends and coworkers, I did have the opportunity to try these and I can tell you, they are fantastic.  Every bit as delicious as they look.


Kelsey of Apple a Day made butterscotch blondies with chocolate ganache.  This girl knows me well, so she combined two of my favorite things in one dessert – butterscotch and chocolate.  But not just chocolate – ganache, my favorite form of chocolate.  These little bars would be sure to disappear in no time with such an irresistible combination of flavors.


Lauren of Lauren’s Kitchen made this unbelievable brownie cheesecake trifle.  Brownies, cheesecake spread, strawberries and Oreos?  Holy yum.  I am so glad I do not have gestational diabetes because I’m really going to have to try this, stat.


Courtney of Cook Like a Champion and the wonderful hostess of this virtual shower made this positively stunning strawberry champagne ruffle cake.  If this is not the perfect cake for a baby girl shower, I don’t know what is.  Pretty, pink, and ruffled – it looks just like so many of the little outfits waiting in my little girl’s closet :)


Baby Girl and I say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  I feel extremely lucky to have such gracious and talented friends who are eager to welcome this little one!

  • http://thenovicechefblog.com/ Jessica

    What a great virtual baby shower! Everything looks great ladies. And you have the most adorable baby bump! Congrats again!

  • http://palegirlinthecity.tumblr.com (Another) Annie

    I love the virtual party posts, because they introduce me to lots of talented bloggers and they make me want to have a party right away. All the dishes here are adorable and look absolutely delicious. Great post!

  • http://thefrugalgirl.com Kristen@TheFrugalGirl

    That all looks SO delicious.

    and you have a very cute belly. :)

  • http://www.asgoodadayasany.wordpress.com Marilyn

    Oh! This was so clever. And you have spiced up my ‘shower foods’ repertoire. Thank you. Blessings on you, Baby Girl and your whole family!

  • http://www.pantrytales.blogspot.com Nicole G

    What wonderful friends and all those choices look awesome! I am definitely trying the truffles, the trifle, the delicious cocktail, and the cheese fritters! And by the way, Annie, you look great! Such a pretty pregnant lady! :)

  • http://www.pantrytales.blogspot.com Nicole G

    What awesome friends! I am definitely trying about 6 of these recipes! They look delicious and great presentations! BTW Annie, you look great! Such a pretty pregnant lady!

  • http://blognewblack.com Blog is the New Black

    What a sweet idea, and what a great shower! :) That cake is outstanding! You look radiant! Congrats.

  • http://lifeandkitchen.com Lindsay @ Life and Kitchen

    That’s awesome! I think that Courtney should have to send you a slice of that amazong cake!

  • http://Www.thecurvycarrot.com Shanon

    Love you!! This baby shower looks so awesome-can we do it in person??? Seriously, everything looks delicious!

  • http://keepitsweet.wordpress.com Lauren at KeepItSweet

    What a wonderful idea! I’d love to go to an actual shower with all of that food!!!

  • http://theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    Aww that is just such a sweet and adorable idea! All of the dishes look so cute and delicious!

  • http://www.jennalaughs.com/ jenna laughs

    Aw, so sweet!! Congratulations, Annie!!

  • http://www.cooklikeachampionblog.com Courtney

    Thank you for being so wonderful and allowing us to be a part of welcoming your sweet little girl! I had so much fun, and I certainly wish we could’ve done this in person. :) I can’t wait to “meet” the baby when she arrives!

  • http://cookingwithlt.blogspot.com Laura

    Annie, you look fabulous! This would definitely be an ideal baby shower spread. Great food ladies!

  • http://soulfulcollegegirl.blogspot.com Sara

    What a cool idea. All the food looks wonderful. Congrats on your new arrival!

  • Lori

    Annie,
    I enjoyed the virtual shower and plan on making quite a few of the recipes. You look radiant!

  • http://theavidappetite.com Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    This is such a sweet idea! Everything looks out of this world and you look gorgeous!

  • http://www.sprinklesofflavor.blogspot.com/ Lynn @ Loco Cocoa’s Treats

    Lovely creations for a great celebration!!! Will have to bookmark some of these recipes! The blogging world is great!

  • Kate Gallimore

    it’s 9am and I need the brownie cheesecake trifle. STAT!

  • Laurel

    Looks like a baby shower fit for a queen! I can’t wait to add some of these recipes to my repertoire. Love your blog, Annie!

  • http://confessionsofcityeater.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    It’s a shame the shower was virtual! You would have feasted on so many great things!

  • http://www.closetobliss.com Dani

    What a wonderful idea! Everything looks absolutely delicious and pregnancy looks great on you – you’re glowing! Sometimes the blogging community blows me away, and this is one of those times.

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com Nikki (Pennies on a Platter)

    So glad that Courtney arranged this for you. It was fun! Love the round up!

  • http://lacucinadilauren.blogspot.com Lauren

    I want to do this in person too! I’m not sure what would be more gratifying – meeting all of you finally, or eating all of this delicious food. :) It was an honor to celebrate you and your baby girl. You look beautiful!

  • http://poetinthepantry.com The Poet Herself

    What a fabulous way to celebrate! Love it! Congrats and best wishes to you!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Isn’t so amazing how eager and supportive women are when it comes to fun events like this? What beautiful treats and a lucky lady you are to have such talented food blogging friends to host a baby shower for you this way. Best of luck in the rest of your pregnancy! You must be thrilled to have a little girl join the family!

  • Angie B

    Annie, you are looking more beautiful as the months pass by. Don’t you wish you could dig into that cake! What a delicious baby shower.

  • http://bakeitafterall.blogspot.com Meghan

    This is such a great idea!!! Everything looks fantastic! I hope you at least got to try Shanon’s dessert :)

  • Annie

    I sure did! They were delicious :)

  • http://www.mrsregueiro.com Krystal R

    What an awesome group of virtual girlfriends/bloggers, what a fabulous baby shower. Everything looks soooo tasty and delicious, I bet you would have had a bit of everything. Congrats again on your baby girl, you are glowing with love for her already!!

  • Posti4

    What great food ideas! You look so great! Are you still practicing medicine during the pregnancy?

  • Annie

    Of course!

  • http://www.ourlittlebeehive.com Felicity @ Our Little Beehive

    Everything looks amazing; I’m so hungry now! Congratulations!

  • Posti4

    Well Dear your page should read Annie Eats..but she does not sleep! Ha ha

  • Katie

    Somehow, though I am a huge fan of your blog, I missed that you’re pregnant- congratulations!! This is an awesome post, I am drooling and wishing I was pregnant so I could have an excuse to make all of this. I had a baby girl last spring and know that your blog gave pregnant me lots of yummy things to eat- thank goodness I didn’t have gestational diabetes either lol!

  • http://eatgood4life.blogspot.com/ Eat Good 4 Life

    How nice that your virtual friends agreed to do this for you. You must be really happy about that, who wouldn’t? and the recipes/pictures are awesome. Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy and don’t work to hard :-)

  • http://www.glorioustreats.blogspot.com Glory/ Glorious Treats

    Very sweet! Lots of delicious looking treats! Annie, you look gorgeous and adorable! Love the top, I was just reading that grey is a hot color for 2011 =)

  • http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com Amy (Sing For Your Supper)

    This was SO much fun and I’m thrilled to have been a part of it! Everything looks so good- I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have! Congratulations, Annie and family! :)

  • http://russandheidih.blogspot.com Heidi H

    That cake looks amazing! On an unrelated food note, I love that top you are wearing. Where did you get it? I always have a hard time finding cute maternity clothes.

  • http://blog.sailorscorpio.com/ Meredith

    My my, look at all that gorgeous food. I’m going to have to check out these other blogs — in between the serious news, I love seeing pictures of food in my reader. How nice of all these ladies to throw you a virtual baby shower! That’s so sweet of them.

  • Annie

    It’s from Gap Maternity and I love it. I actually have it in black from my first pregnancy as well. That’s where I buy about 75% of my maternity stuff. I also like Ann Taylor Loft, and Nordstrom has cute maternity wear.

  • Michelle

    Pregnancy suits you well. You look stunning! Congratulations.

  • Paula B.

    Oh my! What a wonderful group of friends you have, and their creative contributions are amazing! And, your picture, might I say you are glowing!!!

  • Jo H.

    Pregnancy suits you, you look beautiful! What a wonderful group of friends you have! Congrats again on your baby girl!

  • http://spice-is-nice.com Jacqueline.m.nagel@gmail.com

    Wow, you certainly have made some great friends! I can’t believe you’re due in 10 weeks! You look great!

  • http://www.thecloudandthekitchen.blogspot.com Aku

    This is totally adorable, I love it! Hopefully once the little one is born you can indulge in your desire to give all these a try for real!

  • http://www.readit-and-eat.blogspot.com Ashley T.

    How sweet are they! Yummy looking foods, and I love the ruffle cake. Adorable! You look great!

  • http://www.j3nn.net J3nn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    Awww, virtual baby showers are so much fun! All of the food looks amazing!!

    You are simply glowing! Such a pretty pregnant mommy :) Congrats on your little one!

  • http://ellysaysopa.com elly

    So glad we were able to do this for you, Annie. You look SO cute! :) I can’t wait for Caroline to get here, and I am so excited for you!

  • http://www.kitchen-concoctions.com Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    What a cute idea, a virtual baby shower! I am planning and throwing a bridal shower (in real life!) and will have to try some of these recipes!

  • http://www.nathanandrachelatwood.blogspot.com Rachel

    I had no idea you were pregnant! You look so great! And all of those yummy dishes look so delicious! Congrats, Annie!

  • http://theyearofthecookie.blogspot.com Tawny @ The Year of The Cookie

    Those chocolate cookies look right up my alley! Really all the food looks delicious though, too bad this shower was virtual!

  • http://www.honeywhatscooking.com Honey @ Honey, What’s Cooking?

    what a marvelous idea! I would never have thought of that. Your blogger friends are so sweet… I wish the INternet could figure out a way for you to taste the items at your party. :-) Congratulations to you and your baby girl!!!!

  • http://www.melissascuisine.blogspot.com Melissa

    What a fun idea! All the treats look incredible–you have a talented group of friends…now I’m off to check out their blogs!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Such a sweet idea!!! All the food looks delicious!

  • http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.com Kelsey

    I’m so glad we could do this shower for you Annie. You certainly deserve to let others pamper you with your favorite treats. Congratulations on your baby girl!

  • http://homeiswheretheheartisblog.blogspot.com Laura

    What a wonderful virtual shower! I’m bookmarking this for next month when I host an in-real-life baby shower for a good friend!

  • Carly L

    Was that your baby girl’s name I saw on one of the posts? If so, that’s my daughter’s name. She just turned 1 and is so sweet. Great name, if that’s the one you’re using :) Classic and timeless!

  • http://www.happywhennothungry.wordpress.com Happy When Not Hungry

    What a wonderful idea! This virtual baby shower looks great and is giving me ideas for my sister’s baby shower in April. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kris

    This all looks fantastic and so do you. You’re truly a stunning Mom to be.

  • Célia

    I love your picture, you look so happy and this belly is so cute!
    I hope the baby girl will come full of joy to this world ;)
    Congratulations to everyone for the virtual baby shower, great idea very nicely done!

  • April

    The food looks delicious, and congrats on the sweet baby girl, I had no idea! Oh and I just saw your neopolitian cake, can’t wait to make that for Valentine’s Day :) Yum!

  • Joy

    I’m making those stuffed mushrooms today & I can’t wait to try them!

  • http://www.tipjunkie.com/oh-baby-cute-baby-shower-ideas/ Laurie

    What darling baby shower ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. {{knuckle bumps}}

  • http://www.bigbearswife.com Angie

    Congratulations!! and thats an adorable online baby shower :)