Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baby Shower

We had a baby shower this past Saturday. I've been too tired to write about it til now, and all my free time has been spent with family that's been in town, so I'm just now getting to it. It was a wonderful day though, and we were thoroughly blessed by our family and friends with gifts and treasures for our little guy. It was a day we waited for for a long time. It was one of those occasions that you hope will one day exist in your life, but that's all it is- a hope and a dream. But this past weekend it happened and it was very surreal.

The shower was hosted by my mother and my mother-in-law and took place at my in-laws house since they have a great room, with lots of space and great light.

Here is the buffet table. Everything was homemade with the exception of the chocolate cake. The menu consisted of stuff I had cravings for. My MIL made sausage balls and fresh pineapple kabobs, ham and asparagus roll-ups filled with Boursin cheese, limeade punch, and home grown salted and toasted pecans. My mom made deviled eggs, fresh strawberries with romanoff sauce, the veggie tray with Ranch dressing and provided the mints. I made a vanilla bean Bundt cake as well as mini cheesecakes. Some were plain with lemon curd and berries and the others were cookies and cream.

You can click on the picture above to make it larger, but I also painted some wooden frames and put copies of sonogram pictures of "Mister" in them, from the gestational age 10 weeks til 28 weeks. He's grown quite a bit since then!

The flowers on the buffet table were arranged by my MIL's neighbor and the pennant banner was purchased from Hobby Lobby.

This is the best cake EVER! It was purchased from a local bakery and is the family cake of choice- Chocolate Italian Cream. It's a moist chocolate cake filled with pecans and coconut and iced with chocolate cream cheese frosting. It's just heavenly. I made the vanilla Bundt above because there were people there with allergies and I wanted them to be able to eat cake too.

I found these adorable napkins at a local hardware store. I thought they were so stinkin' cute and loved that they stood up on their own as table decorations.

Here's another project that kept me busy for the shower. I wrapped Hershey miniatures in strips of coordinating scrapbook paper and secured them with a piece of Scotch tape.

We opened all the generous and thoughtful gifts, then Autumn played in the middle of all the tissue paper. Of course, this was all after she slept in the middle of the room snoring, and after she begged a few people for cubes of cheese :-)

We played a few shower games:

  • Never Say Baby- Everyone got a clothespin to wear. If someone said "baby", they got to take your pin away. At the end of the shower the person with the most pins won. My sister played mute and won that game. She had about 7 pins toward the end of the shower.

  • Guess the Baby Food- Attendants were able to smell and look at baby food jars and pass them around the room, trying to guess the mystery ingredient. Only one person guessed all 5 jars correctly. My grandpa said the chicken jar smelled like "burnt tires". ha!

  • Baby Songs- Guests had to list as many songs as they could within 5 minutes that contained the name "baby" in title.

  • Baby Word Scramble- There were 24 common baby words that were scrambled up and the the guests had 5 minutes to unscramble them. Some of the words were "poopy diapers" and "bassinet" but were spelled "oyopp sperdia" and "nestasib".

  • How Many?- We passed a glass baby bottle filled with colorful jelly beans. People had to guess how many jelly beans were in the bottle. The person closest without going over won a prize.

Mr. H, baby and I posing next to some gorgeous orange roses my friend brought by. At this point I was 29 weeks, 3 days.

To say "thank you" I made powdered sugar covered pecan butter balls for favors. I wrapped them up in blue craft bags and put custom labels on them and a pretty blue ribbon. I had big plans for decorated elephant sugar cookies, but at the last minute a friend of mine wasn't able to make them. Which turned out to be okay, because these were melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

All in all, it was a wonderful day!


Memória said...

Thank you again for inviting me to your lovely baby shower. You looked absolutely radiant and received so many great gifts! It was a very lovely shower.

Mrs. A said...

Monica you look beautiful! And looks like such a wonderful shower! Congradulations!

Anonymous said...

No wonder your tired! WOW!! So much fun! You look awesome and so radiant. I'll say it again, I am SO happy for you and Mr.H!!

Kristi said...

I'm glad I was able to share in your special day! (and meet memoria!) The food was all delicious, just a all around great day.

I loved the little napkins, too cute!

Sophie said...

Lovely spread :). Glad your day was a special one. he treats you made look delicious!

meemawfish said...

You look so pretty and definately have the pregnant glow. Mr.H has it too.


Cindi said...

It looks like it was a wonderful shower! You make a gorgeous mom-to-be, too. You certainly did a lot of work for your shower, so it's no wonder you were tired! I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes SMOOTHLY!

Allie said...

I love all the detailed pictures and descriptions of your shower! You and Mr. H look awesome. I am so so happy for the both of you!

Ingrid said...

You look beautiful, Monica! Everything looks wonderful and I'm not surprise you're tired or that you were so involved. :)

I'm happy to your special day was a good one!

Virginia said...

Adorable! And I'd be exhausted too! So glad you got to have this day.

AbsoluteMommy said...

I'm so glad you had a great time at your shower. I have been visiting your blog almost every day since your last post. I'm half stalking you and half worried about you. So glad you and the "mister" are great!!
Love and blessings,

shemekia80 said...

Reading your story has given me hope. I have loss two angels to IC the last one on June 25, 2011. Reading your posts have given me hope, I recently learned about Abbyloopers and the TAC and I am on a mission to save the rest of my babies lives. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope to one day have another baby that I can bring home. To read my story please see my blog My TAC journey to bringing home baby. Congratulations!

Monica H said...

Megan- You can stalk me all you want, but no need to worry. I'm going to the doctor every week for a check up and everything is A-okay. I get another u/s next week so we can see the baby again. can't wait!

Shemekia- I am so sorry for your losses. I really do believe you'll bring your baby home one day. I just wish it didn't take losing your two precious angels to get where you are. Peace and many blessings to you.