Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Book Themed Baby Shower

I shared with you all that I'm going to become an Aunt next month and I am so incredibly excited!

The second we got the news, my little sister, mom and myself started our Pinterest shower boards. I think in general we all had a similar idea of the kind of shower we wanted to throw for my oldest sister and her little lady.

We came together and decided on a book themed baby shower, and it was so much fun to plan.

We purchased the invites from Etsy and just sent the information to fill in the invitation and we were sent a copy that we could print out ourselves along with a card stating to bring a book with a note instead of a card.

In lieu of cards, we asked that people brings books and sign them or add a little note to the baby. We had roughly 20 guests and only one duplicate book!  Some people just signed their names, a few added notes, the ones I enjoyed the most were books signed from little cousins.

I simply uploaded the invitation and card to FedEx, picked my card stock and they printed and cut everything down to size for me.

Along with the invitations we also purchased a matching banner that we hung with twine over the food table.

Decorations were kept simple with the addition of another banner that was hung in the family room with new outfits mixed with old clothes that my grandmother wore when she was a baby.

My mom kept our books from childhood so we had small stacks of books wrapped in twine that were set on coffee tables as well.

When the guests walked in we had a non alcoholic punch available along with wine, prosecco, orange juice and cranberry juice.

I mentioned this was a book themed party, and this is really where it all ties in, all of our food was inspired by children's books.
Cheese plate - The Stinky Cheese Man
Vegetable cups - Peter Rabbit

Fruit skewers - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
For the main meal we served:
Deviled eggs - Humpty Dumpty
Chicken salad sandwiches - Chicken Little
Spinach salad - Popeye
Broccoli & ham and salmon & capers quiche - Green Eggs and Ham
Cheesy hashbrown potatoes - The Potato People

And for dessert:
Madeline's - Madeline
Chocolate cake - Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake

When it was time to open gifts we played a game that kept everyone involved. This usually seems to be the time during showers where people lose focus, especially if you don't have your own kids, so we played Bingo (print out from etsy)!

Everyone received a card and marked off gifts as they were opened. There was a wide selection of cards, I don't believe any two people had the same one. It really kept everyone engaged and interested in the gift opening.

We also played the 'Don't Say Baby' game during the shower.

When it was time for people to leave, they were given book worms to take home with them! 

The shower went off without a hitch. It was fun to be on the other end of attending a shower by being the host.. Hopefully I'll be able to do more of this as the years go by.

A book themed shower is such a fun idea that you could do for any gender baby shower and use your favorite books to come up with the menu and drinks!

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Bowling, Baby Shower & Bike Rides

This weekend was jam packed with fun activities. It started with a little bowling on Thursday night.

 I was doing so well the first game and unfortunately lost by one pin. The second game was a total flop for me. I feel like I usually represent a bit better in my bowling game.

A lot of you don't know this, but next month I'm officially becoming Auntie Ali! This weekend my mom, little sister and I threw my older sister a book themed baby shower. Friday afternoon we spent decorating and prepping the food for the next day.

It was so much fun to be able to plan and throw a shower with and for family. I'll share what we did and what we served in a later post, but for now, here's a sneak peak.

When the baby shower wrapped up and the dishes were washed and packed, a few friends came over to watch some basketball and play a new-to-me card game called Utter Non-sense. It's similar to Cards Against Humanity except this game, the card is an accent and the person who's turn it is has to choose who did the best accent. I did not fare so well in this game, but I did win one round with my Mexican accent and this card.

Sunday was a gorgeous day so I mustered up the strength to join a friend on a bike ride adventure. My bike and I usually stick to the trails in Minneapolis but we finally made it on to some city streets. We biked from UpTown all the way to the Surly Brewery for a couple cold ones. I had not been to the new Surly location and it is very impressive. On the way back we stopped at Fulton since it was on the way. Round trip I believe was around 16 miles. Let me tell you, I was pooped after that, especially fighting the wind on the ride home!

Sunday also brought an exciting moment to my little Etsy shop - another purchase all the way from New England! Don't delay, get your shirts today!

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