|In the 10 years since I was in my major baby shower social phase, I think paper invitations have become a little old-fashioned. Evite & other electronic invitations seem to becoming the norm.|
For awhile about 10 years ago, I was in the baby shower social phase where I was either going to or throwing baby showers pretty regularly. Like Reba with the wedding showers she is throwing a lot lately for her friends' engaged children, I set up a few standards early on as a hostess to make the process easier.
|My favorite brunch offering: A mimosa served in a fluted glass with a strawberry as a garnish|
Image courtesy of weddingbycolor.com
First, I tend to offer to throw a brunch. It is a lot more forgiving to the inexperienced chef and easier to prepare which usually also means easier on your budget than a large dinner party.
Second, I set up my standard menu. DRINKS: Mimosas (orange juice& champagne) garnished with strawberries as seen above, Bloody Mary's, Iced Tea and Coffee. I would make a drink station on my buffet table with 3 pitchers of OJ, Bloody Mary's, and Iced Tea beside an opened champagne bottle, empty high ball glasses and an ice bucket. Easy peasy. Before guests arrived, I would also serve about 6-8 champagne glasses with mimosas on a silver tray and put them on the drink station beside the pitchers. Champagne, imo, starts a party off on a winning note. I mean, how can you not be happy with a champagne flute in your hands, right?
|This egg casserole is very similar to mine, but I prefer the green chilies that spice up the version I use.|
FOOD: Egg casserole, Sausage, Bacon, Ham, Fresh fruit, Brie, Pastries, and a Cake. I would buy a small Honey-baked ham and put it beside bread rolls from a bakery and a small bowl of honey mustard for people to make small sandwiches. Beside this, I usually placed my favorite dish, an egg sausage casserole that is DELICIOUS! There are many versions of this recipe, but this is the one I swear by.
EGG SAUSAGE CASSEROLE
9x13 casserole dish
6 slices La Madeleine Sourdough bread
1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage
1 cup yellow onion
1 can (4 oz) green chilies
4 cups shredded cheese (whole bag)
6 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon seasoned salt & dried mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups half & half
Lightly butter the casserole dish sides. Line the dish with the slices of sourdough bread. Saute the sausage and the yellow onion. When done, pour the sausage and onion into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients into this bowl. Mix and then pour over the bread lined casserole dish. Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least a few hours. Then, cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Some people cook the casserole the night before the party and just warm it up 30 minutes before guests arrive. That's just a personal preference.
Upper Crust Bakery
For fruit, I buy strawberries and blue berries because they look so pretty together. I usually warm up the brie slightly, pour a sweet garnish such as fig preserves, jalapeno jelly or Fischer & Wieser Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce on top and provide some baguette slices alongside it. I like a cake called Gateau Marisa by Upper Crust bakery in Austin for dessert. While at the bakery, I usually buy an assortment of cookies and sweet bread to put on a platter. The night before the party, I put pieces of paper in the serving piece (e.g. bowls, platters, plates) to see how they fit on the food table. The next morning I spend most of my time putting the food on the table rather than cooking because the casserole, sausage and bacon are the only warm dishes and all of them are pretty simple. Once they are heated, they are ready to serve.
|My home decorated for a couple baby shower for our friends, Mike & Eileen. We had such a good time at this party. It started at 10 a.m. and most guests stayed until 3:45 p.m. Yes, that is a long time, but we were all neighbors and friends and truly enjoyed each other's company. I set up 3 trivia games for us to play that helped make it not seem so girly for the guys. We opened gifts. We ate and drank and visited. The most amazing part was we had no guest bathroom for this party and no one asked to use the restroom. The bathroom remodel that I shared in my previous entry RE-modeling: My First Home was SUPPOSE to be done by this party, but of course it wasn't. I was pregnant myself at the time and as you can imagine, *SUPER* annoyed it wasn't done, but the party must go on. Our own bathroom was also messed up at the time because we had the plumbers replace the pipes in that one, too, and they hadn't fixed all the drywall back yet, but it was functional at least. In a jam, I would have offered our bathroom to a guest, but I guess, everyone was too polite to ask since they knew our situation. Crazy, I know, but it didn't get in the way of a fun gathering. I lined the mantle with terracotta pots I painted different bright colors and filled with seed packets and a poem about growing something in honor of the impending birth. I got the idea online at the time. The pots were wrapped in matching tulle and tied with ribbon. I found little rubber ducks to place between the pots and I hung a line of baby clothes on a line. There is a heart shaped topiary and a cupid between the chairs for the honorees. Beside them is the gift table where I placed a diaper cake I made as a centerpiece for the gift table.|
|I actually made this diaper cake. Back in my baby shower throwing days, diaper cakes were still novelties spread by crafters online via a few step-by-step instructions on how to make them. Within a couple years, companies began to sell diaper cakes.|
|A musical owl cake by babycakesdiaperbakery. This beautiful, sweet diaper cake is $60.|
Image Sources babycakesdiaperbakery.com & lilbabycakes.com
|Look at that perfect blue color to represent water. Add in the miniature ducky and who could resist these babies?|
|I like the white "soap" clouds in this cupcake design. Don't they look yummy?|
Image Source cherryblossomcupcakes.blogspot.com
|This is more what I wold like to do with the smaller cake surrounded by cupcakes. I am not sure I would use the cookie surround on the cake. I would probably just use a cake plate for the height, but isn't this adorable?|
|These pots were not my favorite favors ever, but they did add a lot visually to the party's decor. I like it when the party favors function as party decor as well.|
|These are very similar to the favors I had for the baby shower for my cousin. I much prefer the cellophane packaging tied with a ribbon used here though. I think they would add a lot of punch to a rubber duck party's decor displayed all together.|
|I like the simple design of this guest soap. If I received this as a favor, I would actually use and enjoy it. It's nice when favors are actually used.|
|Bath salts in a glass container with a ribbon and a stamped duck design would also be a cute favor.|
With as much cute things as they have now on etsy.com, it would be really hard not to overspend on a baby shower now just on the decor. The occasion is already really sweet and all the designs out there just up the cuteness factor. Of course, you don't have to have much decor to have a fun party. As long as the company is good and there is food and drink, the party will be a success.
Written by Eldarose
|St. Patrick's Day Table using lots of recycled items for decor is HERE|
|Phase 1 of the Backyard RE-modeling in my new house is HERE|
|RE-modeling my first house is HERE|