Last weekend we celebrated my beautiful sister, Susan and her baby boy to be with an adorable red & blue, relaxed shower at an adorable rustic barn location.
It made the most sense to rent a venue with a larger guest list (what can I say? My sister is quite popular :) ), and this place, which just happens to be on the property I got married on almost 7 years ago (!!!) was perfect.
We knew that feeding a full-blown-lunch was going to be a bit out of hand, so we went with a simple Treats & Sweets idea. I'll explain a bit more on that in a minute.
I re-used my sister's blue mason jars from her wedding and hit up produce junction a few days before for some red carnations & daisies. The center placemats are just Target, clearance ($1.14 each!)--and helped bring the tables to life a little bit.
I had decided I wanted the pre-set table look, because? Well--frankly, it's cute, and makes the tables look really pretty upon entering. I pre-wrapped all the napkins (yea, that was fun..haha), and they each had a fork & a fun stripey straw in them. Everyone loves stripey straws :)
We had the write-on-the-diaper thing (shown above), and also some adorable flashcards I pre-printed on cardstock featuring the alphabet, numbers, and even shapes at each table with a tin of fresh crayons. On the back, I printed "Colored with Love By" on them & I'll be taking the finished products to get laminated, then hole-punching, and putting on a metal ring so Baby Boy can have as he learns and grows :) People enjoyed having something to do as she opened gifts.
The finished product was adorable:
We also had a "Wishes for Baby Boyda" printable, one for each person at the table, that I got from this etsy shop here.
Anyway, back to the food. We went with the Treats & Sweets idea to keep it simple. With so many people, providing a full blown lunch seemed a little overwhelming. But we had a great friend help make some beautiful fruit & veggie platters, cheese/crudites & then there were sweets and treats GALORE. Think cupcakes, cake, cheesecake, chocolate covered pretzels, muffins, truffles, candy and more...this part was a joint effort from a few of us (my mom, sister-in-laws, etc) :)
|cake by The Kake Lady|
Complete with hot chooclate, coffee & tea, of course.
It was a really great time. It was relaxed. There was no pressure to play those games we all dread. It was a chit-chat, grab a coffee, and hang out kinda shower--and it was just right.
Susan and Jeff (and baby) got some wonderful gifts from wonderful people, and it was a fun day celebrating this little baby boy we can't wait to meet!
If you have any questions, I'll answer them in the comments.
(thanks to my sister in law, Lyryn for most of the photos above!)