March 08, 2009

Owly Baby Shower

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"Whoooo doesn't love a baby?" That was my baby shower theme. These are the photos from yesterday's festivities - and YES, I got my cupcake... but was not impressed with the fact that it didn't start my labor like I had hoped. See that little finger indentation on the icing? That's my friend Ammie's little girl's mark. Party tip: make sure you watch the little ones if the cake is out on the counter!

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Morgan was wearing her 'inspiration' shirt - complete with the little bird and branch that is very similar to what we'll be painting on her wall. I tried in the last two weeks to get the energy up to go paint the murals in the baby room, but it wasn't meant to be. There will be plenty of time for that later, I hope.

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Decorating with owls was quite fun. The theme was expanded on with birds nests, ribbons and eggs. I used some older owls I have collected over the years - including this Avon owl that I've had since I was a wee little girl. We gave him a pretty new collar and he stood watch over the perfectly colored jelly bellies.

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By far the biggest hit was the cake my friend Ammie ordered. We got the cupcake idea off of Flickr and altered it to be a buttercream icing creation. My downfall is buttercream icing. It wasn't as pretty as fondant, but it was EXTRA yummy.

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We also had chili dip, artichoke dip, chips, crackers, cheeses, fruit, candy, and an incredible punch to go with our cupcakes and cake. The punch was my own creation. Here's the recipe:

BEE'S BERRY PUNCH

Adjust the amounts of each ingredient to fit your taste and the size of your punch bowl.

chilled ginger ale
frozen piƱa colada mix (run hot water over it to soften before putting in the punch)
bag of frozen mixed berries
raspberry sherbet
chilled berry/cranberry juice
crushed ice

Everyone enjoyed the punch. We got a lot of compliments on it. I wanted more myself, but by the time people started leaving and I had a chance to make it back over to the punch bowl, there wasn't any left.

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Aside the punch bowl was the "diaper cake". Another baby-shower Flickr idea. I told you that Flickr was the bomb. So many creative people out there! We used wadded up grocery sacks as the center of each layer and rolled diapers to go around the edge before tying them off. It just so happened that I had a package with light green and white - which went perfect for our nursery-color schemed party. The tip top has a nesting stuffed owl. I had planned on tying off some pacifiers with ribbon and letting them dangle from the nest - but time got away from me and I forgot to add them.

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Ammie found this cute white cupcake stand at Target. I glued a tiny orange bow at the top. We added ribbon to all the white table-top accessories. I thought her flowers she got half price at Lowe's were a nice touch to the table-top, too. You don't have to break the bank to have a nice looking party spread (well, if you know how to decorate cakes yourself, that is!).

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Interestingly, I found out that Ammie had planned to do her two year old daughter's room in an owl theme, too. Not quite the same colors (she was adding in pinks), but her Pottery Barn owls were a cute touch as party decorations. Great minds think alike. I was glad little A let us borrow her owls (even if she did pull them down a few times to tell us which one was her favorite).

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This was our artistic contribution to the party. I made an owl out of card-stock, scrapbook paper, and ribbon - colored with crayons and markers - to hang on the wall over a row of chairs. The little ones enjoyed coloring a few of them that I drew on paper, too. It kept the tiny hands busy while the grown-ups scurried to prepare for the guests.

During the party we played a few games - the guys got to identify the chocolate 'poo' in newborn diapers and the girls had a relay race to see who could dress and diaper a doll. More of the younger girls played than the grown-ups during the women's race. The doll owner finally got tired of sharing and took our prop, so we ended that contest early. We gave away two Starbucks gift cards to the winners of each.

All in all, the party was a lot of fun. I had to enlist my husband at the end to help open gifts because I started having some contractions and was unable to bend forward to look in the bags. I feel like I swallowed an exercise ball, I'm soooo big.

It's nearly 11pm on Sunday night and I'm having contractions as I write. All our bags are packed and now that we've had the shower, the carseat is ready and installed in our vehicle. We're as ready as we can be for the little 'hoot' to get here. If he comes tonight, we'll know for sure he's a night-owl.

I'll try to 'tweet' when I can if we head to the hospital. Until then, I may be hard to find online.



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25 comments:

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

What a special day! I am so glad that you didn't miss it. Everything was beautiful.

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

That is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and creative showers I've ever seen! I'm sending this post link to my friends because we have to borrow your creativity for some future event.

I'm so happy you had such a beautiful shower, and can't wait to see pictures of you with the little guy in your arms very soon. :-)

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

cutest cake ever!

live4evermom said...

Glad you got to go to your shower. Now bring on the contractions.

Toni said...

The pictures are amazing, the spread even more! What a beautiful shower you had. And I loved your theme!

dianne - bunny trails said...

It was all so lovely! You two could start a decorating biz. You're awesome. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a terrific time, too. Glad your shower went so well. Hope your Viking makes his appearance soon. For your sake.

love,
dianne

The Happy Housewife said...

Your shower looks wonderful. I am so glad the little viking held stayed put so you could get your cupcake! I love the Owl theme, it is soooo cute!
Toni

Anonymous said...

I am a friend of Dawn at "My Home Sweet Home" - she told us to check out your awesome baby shower, and I am so glad she did!! What a precious theme -- I loved all the "nests!" Blessings!! Melissa

Nikowa@KHA said...

Such a wonderful babyshower!!!!

Congrats girl!

LOVE the owls :)

JodyJ said...

I loved your OWL themed baby shower, beautiful!! Everthing looked like it could have been in a Martha Steward magazine.
I read your previous post where you were driving around in the little scooter in the mall... sounds like a lovely idea. I am also in the last stages of pregnancy and my hips and back would sing if I treated them to an assisted shopping excursion!!!

saradickens said...

It was a beautiful shower. And the cake was derish. :) I hope your mom told you we said bye...you and Kev were both in conversations and I didn't want to interrupt. Keeping my fingers crossed for labor! Break water break!

MrsD/Jacque said...

Sounds scrumptious! Loved all the decor. I had to laugh that some of the cupcakes looked like the Twitter bird, lol

Glad you could make it! Tell Morgan (((HUGS)))!! and blessings as you wait for the little guy!

Can't wait to meet him via blogworld!

Karin Katherine said...

What a gorgeous baby shower you had! It took me four kids to get a baby shower. I love that you are celebrating. I think EVERY child and pregnancy should be celebrated.

Karen said...

WOW girlie! That was the most beautiful & unique baby shower I had ever seen. I love buttercream icing. I made cupcakes for the triplets first 2 birthday parties and my homemade icing was a hit.

Keep Us Posted & I'm praying for ya.

This also makes me regret not finding an owl for your swap gift. I looked but had no luck. :(

(((hugs)))
Karen @ Lil Momma's Haven
@lilmommax4

Beverly said...

This looks like such a great party! The decorations were perfect, the cake/cupcakes were perfect, everything was just beautiful! Now all you need is the baby! :)

Anonymous said...

So am I missing something or did you throw yourself a baby shower?

Heather said...

Beth - :) Yeah, I'm glad I didn't miss it, either.

Dawn - Thanks! Yeah, I told Ammie we needed to go in to business together. What a fun thing to do - decorating and designing showers and weddings. It is right up my alley. I would enjoy being a prop stylist, too - taking photos of props for magazines would be a dream job.

Chickadee - I loved the cake. I had about four or five cupcakes over the period of the past three days and darn-it, they don't induce labor! :(

Live4evermom - Amen!

Toni - Yeah, the theme is one that reminds me of my own childhood. I've always been an owl lover.

Dianne - Keep praying about the Viking. Got an appt. today at 9:30 and I'm ready to go! Someone at my hubby's work said that today would be the day because it is a full moon. Not sure I believe in superstition, but today is as good a day as any!

Toni (HH) - I'm ready for Viking-Boy to make his debut!

Thanks Melissa! My friend Ammie bought most of the decorations. She called me from Micheal's and told me she found those vases to set the plates on, the nests, the ribbon, and then the cupcake holder at Target. We enjoyed working together to create the theme. She's great about that kind of stuff, too. She's a very talented decorator and a great cook.

Nikowa - Thanks for the congrats, but hold off a bit... wait for the Viking to get here! LOL If I have to wait, so do you! :) He's killing me right now moving around in there. Feels like he's about to pop my water.

JodyJ - What a compliment! Congrats on your little one. Hope you have a safe and easy delivery.

Sara - Sorry we missed you leaving. Keep praying for the little brat to get here quick! ;) Love ya!

Jacque - I never thought of the twitter similarities until you mentioned it. :) LOL Love that. I'm certainly addicted to tweety-ville. Sometimes I feel it takes away from blogging, though. Used to, you had to flesh out an idea before you shared it on your blog. Now you just dribble your brain into 140 characters in Twitter and you feel like you've "shared". Reminds me of that song from the 80's "Video Killed the Radio Star".

Karin - Man, 4 kids before your first shower? :( That's no fun. I agree that every kid should have a shower. I had one for my son, but some family members didn't agree that my daughter should have one... so we had to go buy everything for her ourselves. I was more than willing and of course, I CELEBRATED her. ;) A few people gave us some personal items for her such as blankets and pillows. I wish I had put my foot down and had a friend do a shower for her, though. She's the only one of my 3 that didn't get one. Poor baby.

Karen - THANKS! Me and you, baby - buttercream icing addicts. ;) You'll have to email me your recipe for the home-made stuff. I haven't ever made it. I am totally interested in cake decorating, though. I have made a few cakes - a princess cake, an earth cake, a rocket cake... and I had my hubby's cousin make a few others (she's so talented). She made me a bee and lady bug, and two western themed ones: a cowboy hat and a Marshall's Star. I've had some great themed birthday parties for my kids in the past.

Bev - Too bad you couldn't have flown down! Drat all that freeway between us. Yep, all I need is the baby. Come on little V!

Anonymous - Yes, you are missing something. LOL My friend Ammie threw me the shower, but she's a great friend and we love to do stuff together - she knew I would enjoy helping with the decorations and food since I enjoy throwing parties, planning events, cooking, decorating, and being crafty, too. We did it together. She did a Murder Mystery party for her 16 year old daughter on the SAME night as my shower. Masks, clue games, dancing, and the works. I wish I could have gone to that! She said it was a blast for all the teens. I was resting my swollen feet by then.

Melissa said...

You weren't kidding about the really cute owl things!! HOpe all goes well with your delivery. Looking forward to those pics!! :)

ljc said...

Everything is so adorable! I love the OWLS!!! And the color scheme.

Shannon said...

I came across this adorable owl shower post and was hoping you would allow me to feature it on my blog at www.creativepartiesandshowers.blogspot.com

Please let me know if that would be ok with you.

Thanks
shannon

Shannon said...

oh goodness, I just read the above info...that's totally NOT what I was trying to do (the business link thing) I really just love your shower idea and thought it was perfect for a feature on my blog.

shannon

Kara said...

Wow, what an adorable and amazing shower! Everything is just perfect, from the cake to the decor. I love it!

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Karin said...

I'm doing my daughter's first birthday in owls and you gave me TONS of ideas! Thanks!!
Also, I love the white tiered cake stands. Esp that they are square, very modern. Would youmind telling me where you found them. I have searched ALL over! Thanks for your help!

Cake Decorating said...

Aww! This is really cute! And my son didn’t cooperate with his cake, it just ends up being a really long a tiring day for them!

 

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