My little sister, who should still be using markers to dye the hair of her own baby dolls, had the audacity to grow up, get married, and get pregnant with an actual baby. I mean, yeah, she’s 27, but still, the very idea! SO weird to see her pregnant.
Anyway, my beautiful sister is due in late August, and I can’t wait to meet my niece, Miss Kenley. Hopefully by then, Ellie will have mastered “nice-hands” sufficiently for Kenley not to require body-armor for a visit.
Of course, as the favorite aunt, I was thrilled to throw the first baby shower for my sister, and I wanted to share it with you.
Theme: Children’s Books/ Nursery Rhymes
After a quick meander through Pinterest, I knew this was the theme. Hannah and I learned to devour books about two minutes after exiting the womb, and we’ve maintained a lifetime love affair with the written word. I remember sitting in our playroom as kids, writing words on notebook paper, trying to teach her how to read. I remember our mother tucking us into bed as we snuggled down for a chapter of Pollyanna or The Little Princess. I remember a trip to Atlanta for LASIK surgery that coincided with the release of The Deathly Hallows, and we stormed the local Books-a-Million together. We sat completely ignoring everyone else in the vehicle, reading our copies all the way home.
Anyway, Pinterest was split between purist nursery rhyme themes…
From Pinterest via Debra Pierce Grey
…and modern children’s book themes.
From Hostess With the Mostess Blog
I liked food match-ups and decor ideas from both, so after some deliberation (and about 14 phone calls to my mother, co-planner), I decided to merge the two. After all, the cow jumping over the moon and the hungry caterpillar are equally important parts of childhood.
I went with traditional nursery rhymes for the invitation, but instructions asked guests to bring a book in lieu of a card to start Kenley’s library. I found these at Love B&P Designs. The designer was happy to make any changes I wanted, and I was happy with the result.
The Baker’s Man Cake
Made in Tupelo by the same woman who made both our wedding cakes (e-mail me for her contact info.), this monstrosity was a work of art almost too pretty to eat. She made the layers out of pound cake so they’d be thick enough to hold the weight. Beautiful and quite tasty. (Yes, I know “hungry” is misspelled. A little icing oops!)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Cookies
My sweet Mama made peanut butter, pecan, and sugar cookies, because, you know….one kind of cookie just wouldn’t be enough. And yes, the ones on the bottom are perfectly stamped with “Baby Girl.” (My mom….the cookie show-off. 🙂 )
Three Blind Mice Cheese Platter
I somehow failed to get a picture as it was hiding behind the Mary, Mary Contrary Garden. Just imagine it there.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Meatballs
Simple, easy, and a crowd favorite. And lucky for our guests, we decided at the last minute not to drop them from the sky.
Curious George Banana Pudding Cups
Because my Mama makes the BEST banana pudding.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Tray
Which totally balanced out the cake, cookies, and pudding.
Pinkalicious Pink Punch
Again, no picture. Sorry. I was busy hugging folks. As the name suggests, it was pink. And delicious.
Those, my dear friends, are Oreos covered in white chocolate. My mother bought special molds just for this purpose, and painted each individual cookie. I don’t completely understand the steps in how these came to be, but oh. dear. God. I love me some Oreos. There aren’t words for this level of Martha-Stewart-ish-ness, so we’re just going to go with LOVE.
To make the book banners, I printed pictures of the book jackets on my own color printer from home. I then took them to Kinko’s and used the color copier to amp up the color a bit and enlarge the smaller ones. I bought an assortment of scrap-booking paper at Hobby Lobby, and proceeded to sit at my kitchen table with scissors and glue for a few hours. I finished up Season 4 of Parenthood on Hulu while completing these banners, so yeah…there might be a few tear smudges on a couple of them.
Anyway, I grabbed some ribbon, and I found those adorable little clothespins in the Wal-Mart baby shower section. Perfect! I added a few beloved stuffed animals and displayed books on the mantle as guests arrived. As you can see, story time for Miss Kenley will be a grand event.
I asked guests to complete a “Wishes for Baby” card as they first arrived.
You can find them HERE.
However, one of my favorites was THIS BOOK QUIZ relating to children’s books. Salutations Celestial Orb is a classic!
And that folks, completes a review of the baby shower. Please feel free to check out my baby shower Pinterest board HERE.
(Note to Hannah: You’re going to be an amazing mother. You are smart, strong, and so brave! You’re going to show Kenley how to go boldly after her dreams, push through the hard times, and serve God and others with passion. She’ll know that a good piece of cake, a Mama backrub, and some giggles can cure just about anything. She’ll know how to make up songs to brighten the most mundane of daily events. She’ll know such LOVE. We adore her already, and we can’t wait to see Ellie and her playing together. Love YOU!)