Yay for our first guest post! My sister organized such an amazing baby shower for us and baby girl that I wanted everyone to see and read about in more detail. So, here are the deets in my sister Olivia’s own words!
Colors: Grey, yellow, white and black
Colors: Grey, yellow, white and black
These were the starting ideas for Christina and Travis’ couples baby shower based on the décor for the nursery. I was so happy to plan not only my first baby shower but to help welcome my first (blood-related) niece into the world! I’ve planned all kinds of parties from bachelorette to Fourth of July, Super Bowl to an Italian mob themed dinner party- complete with guests in costume. But this was a first, and it took a few weeks before the ideas really started to flow. There were so many ways that I thought the theme could be interpreted. Pinterest helped, but again, there were so many options and I got a little overwhelmed until one day, I went to a thrift store to buy some things for my Halloween costume. I knew that no matter what, I wanted to incorporate records, specifically for the cupcake platters. The thrift store had so many vinyls to choose from (and they were cheap) they brought the theme to life AND the selection amazingly captured the essence of my family, my sister and her husband.
I was inspired!
I walked out of the store with 6 albums, and a few loose records to make the cupcake platters. From there, all I had to do was put them in 12×12 frames from Michaels, and VOILA- they were transformed into wonderful pieces of art that could be displayed throughout the party and used later to hang in the baby’s room. I also used an additional album to extend the theme to the guest book.
From there, the ideas kept flowing and everything else fell into place.
The invites used a collection of music lyrics (many from bands that my sister, Dad I have seen together) that were carefully put together to make sense and give the all party details. I also made circles, with a sticker that had the registry details that gave a record album effect. And the icing on the cake… the post office happened to have a series of rock and roll stamps available! I couldn’t have planned it better.
(NOTE: The hearts seen above on the invite are just to cover up personal information and were not on the final invitations)
Ok, on to the food: 4 words… MAC AND CHEESE BAR! This idea was inspired by a new restaurant in San Diego that I knew my sister liked, featuring variations of the traditional dish, as well as a dinner we had with friends a few months before the party. What can I say? It’s as easy as it is delicious! I used this recipe and it was a HUGE crowd pleaser! I doubled it, cooked it in the oven, refrigerated it over night then transferred it to the slow cooker the next day to stay warm for the party.
Mac and cheese bar options seen above:
Bacon Pickles (I asked my sister what she craved the most in her pregnancy)
Tomatoes Panko Bread Crumbs
Parmesan cheese Blue cheese
Jalapenos Hot sauce
Other toppings: Grilled shrimp, Brussel sprouts and hotdogs
Favorite combo at the party: Blue cheese, bacon, panko and hot sauce!
And finally, the favors. This idea started with something I found on Pinterest- a chocolate chip cookie wedding favor in a CD envelope. I liked the CD envelope idea but took it one step further by making large chocolate sugar cookies instead. Before baking, I punched a hole in the center with a plastic straw to give it the “CD look”. Not only were these easy to make ahead of time but it required only a simple topping of royal icing.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: use meringue powder instead of egg whites when making royal icing for pregnant women)
And that’s it! You’ll notice a few extra touches around the party to keep guests busy, like- suggest a baby name, decorate diapers and a few music lyrics in frames to guide the guests.
I must say that I had a great time planning and putting together this celebration and could not have done it without Christina and Travis’ good friends Mike and Ines, who hosted the party at their home.
There were definitely times in the planning stages that I had to stop myself from going overboard, especially once I got rolling. Part of this was from the fun theme but the real fuel and excitement came from the overwhelming happiness that came from just thinking about welcoming my niece into this world!
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