Monday, October 10, 2011

Sweet Shower & Baby Brunch

This weekend we had a full plate - throwing a baby shower with my sister-in-laws for our niece, entertaining for football Saturday, and enjoying some beautiful weather and the change in the seasons outside.

Our niece and her husband are expecting their first baby (a boy! :) ) in December, so the other Aunts and I got together to celebrate and send them home with some "swag" for their new addition.

We chose a simple brunch, so we could celebrate in the morning, then have the rest of the day for everyone to enjoy (and let's be real, here... the Hawkeyes didn't play until 2pm, so we had a narrow window of opportunity! :) )


We had some delicious muffins, fresh fruit, an awesome breakfast casserole made by another one of my talented sisters-in-law, and topped it off with some fizzy lemonade, fresh sun tea and hazelnut coffee.

I added some tissue poms to perk up the color in the kitchen - poms are seriously the easiest, most inexpensive way to add a decorative touch and a pop of color to any party or room. [I'll show you how to make them a little later this week.]




Since we would be using the table for the meal, I didn't want a big centerpiece to get in the way of visiting, so I used circles of varying sizes cut from scrapbook paper to add color like a "runner", and added egg cups with M&Ms - since they're also brightly colored circles - for some texture (and a treat! ).   I forgot to photograph them close up, but what you see in the center is a collection of short and tall baby food jars used as votives on the table.  I use baby food jars all the time
(like Here, Here, and Here) - I think they look like mini-mason jars, and they're a free and easy way to create an upcycled look. 
Not to mention, they were perfect for a BABY shower, right? :)

I carried the circles into the living room with this super simple bunting across the Mantle of Doom... to make it I just cut out 3 different sizes of circles out of different coordinating scrapbook paper, and then layered them together.  I just strung some simple grosgrain ribbon through and twisted it for interest, and, well, there you go.
Easy Peasy.


 As you can see, when she wasn't raiding the M&Ms, The Redhead made herself nice and comfortable with the Mommy-to-Be in the guest of honor chair.



Somebody really should tell her this day was not about her!
What a slacker her mother must be :)


In all, we really had a lovely day! 
We enjoyed yummy food, got to see family we don't regularly get to see, and most of all got to celebrate Sam and her husband AJ's sweet little bundle on the way ! :)


Cheers,


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