Saturday, February 18th marked one of the most delightful gatherings of women I've ever witnessed. My co-host Rachel and I had planned the details of Emily's baby shower months in advance and it could not have been lovelier. I have never seen such an enthusiastic and almost complete RSVP as I did with this shower.
The morning of Emily's big day, her mother Irene, Sister Jessica and sister in law stopped by with a bundle of roses, grapes, thank you cards (pre-return adressed), and a photo display of baby Emily. Upon first meeting Irene I felt I knew my dear friend Emily all the more. Yep, she was indeed Emily's mom and what a wonderful mold to have been shaped from. The rest of the day followed suit as I met Emily's other sister and extended family. I knew Blake's mom but got to chat with his sister and grandmother for the first time as well. After receiving one of the most touching thank you notes of my life from Emily's grandmother Buela, I knew this was a shower to remember and details I needed to record here today...
The theme 'She's about to Pop' was inspired by a pinterest pin from Emily. We carried the 'pop theme' through with buckets of sweet and salty popcorn.
Thanks to Rachel's idea to set out an array of fun and flavored sodas/water our drink station was decadent. I also found a recipe for Nashville's Fruit Tea which was incredibly delicious.
Our food table was sweet and savory and my favorite item was probably Rachel's olive bruscetta. I'm guessing that it was french bread + cream cheese + olive tapenade. 6 little pieces were left over and I ate them all by the end of the day. Rachel also made 40 adorable chocolate and vanilla cupcakes topped with homemade buttercream pink icing. I believe I ate about 4 of those as well. I'd also love to share this cake mix cookie recipe which was altered to fit the mixes I found at Target, Funfetti and Strawberry - big hits!
For games, we did the 'guests can't say the word CUTE or else they give up a link' game. We played with ABC baby links which were gifted on to Baby C after the party. Our two winners competed in a timed shape sorter contest in order to determine who took the prize. Our second game was a POP-Quiz in which Emily surprised even me with her answers! Baby C's Grandma, Emily's mom, proved to be most knowledgeable and won the prize.
Before gift time, we took a moment to invite the Lord to be a part of Emily's special day and Audrey read Psalm 139. You'll recall it's precious reminder that God is the one who creates.
In closing we prayed for Emily and guests were invited to pray specifically for the short but heavy times ahead - final weeks of pregnancy, delivery and hospital stay, first days at home and Emily's first 3 months with Baby C. These specific time periods of Emily's road to motherhood were also written down on the guests gum-pack favors in hopes that prayer would continue from here. It's so important to pray for new mothers and to emphasize God's love as all of her life is changing.
Gift time was so fun. Emily opened big items, like her stroller, and small items, like a framed poem by Blake's grandmother. I've never seen such an outpouring of love over a little baby girl. Needless to say, I think Baby Girl C might be outfitted just as stylish as her mama.
- 1/4 c. White popcorn kernels
- About 4 tbsp. veg oil to cook and coat
- 1/4 c. powder sugar
- a few dashes of salt to taste
- crystal sprinkles
Pop the kernels however you like (microwave is fine and delicious). If you are popping in a manual popper, then cook the kernels in about 2 tbsp. of veg oil and coat with another 2 tbsp. after popped. While still warm, add a dash of salt to taste and then sprinkle the powder sugar over the popcorn and toss to coat evenly. For fun, add crystal sprinkles and toss lightly (I specify 'crystal' meaning the kind that looks like colored granulated sugar, regular sprinkles will just fall to bottom).
Nashville Fruit Tea
- Tea bags for 2 gallons tea
- 1 1/2 quarts boiling water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 (48-ounce) can pineapple juice
- 1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice
- 1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade
- Toss in some mint for good measure
Place tea bags in bowl or pitcher. Pour boiling water over tea bags. Add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Let tea bags steep in sugar water several hours or overnight. discard tea bags. Pour tea into a large bowl. Add juices, stirring well. Pour equal amounts into two one-gallon jugs. Add water to each to fill jug. Refrigerate. Shake well before serving.
Makes 2 gallons.