Monday, March 2, 2015

A British Baby Shower For My Nephew

Yay, for it officially being March! But also: Can you actually believe that? I feel like it was just NYE and we were all making resolutions that we had no chance in h*ll in actually succeeding in accomplishing. Where does the time and failed effort go?

Anyway, I'm excited about this month because I get to meet my Nephew (!!!!)- and that's officially the first time I've ever said that sentence. I'm dying to know what this little boy looks like, what he ends up liking and disliking and more pressing: Will he have a weird little muddled accent with an American Mom & a British Dad? Time will tell.
This excitement manifested itself as I hosted the baby shower two weekends ago. Man, those things are a TON of work. From the food, to the decor, to the invites, to the games... that took a lot out of me. But with my team of ladies helping (my Mom, Stepmom & Cousin's Wife), we were able to put together a great afternoon for my Sister. And though I was a little bit rude about Pinterest here... I must say that referencing it for ideas was a HUGE help. So here's me returning the favor to the Internet world: Here's the Shower I threw.

The Theme: All Things British

I know that British influence is going to be very important in the raising of my Nephew and ensuring that he's fully aware of his father's homeland. So I thought that that would make a great theme for the shower (even though I'm told they don't even do baby showers over there). I ordered the invites on Etsy & then I created those London templates myself for various areas of the party.

The Food: British Eats & Shower Staples

Cupcakes (duh- that's like the rules of feminism at a shower I think), veggie platters, scones & jam, cucumber tea sandwiches, grapes (which I'm fairly certain were on anabolic steroids- huge!), chips & guac, hummus, Madeleine Cookies & British candy. Basically British food/British stereotypical eats as well as some general shower staples.

The Drinks:

Mimosa/Sparkling Water Bar
I was really excited about this mimosa bar! First I grabbed a various amount of seltzer water cans & put them in Target party favor bags (like these) and the cans seriously fit perfectly in them. Then I wrote the flavor on the outside & adorned them with string. Then, I cut up a bunch of berries/kiwi and put them in little bowls at the serving bar. Finally, I filled a party server with ice, champagne & various labeled juices. That way people could make an alcoholic or non-alcoholic fun drink using the different flavors, fruits, juices & drinks.

Tea Bar

We had various hot teas ready to go and a bevy of old/new tea sets for guests. There was cream, honey for everyone to cater to their preference.

The Games:
My Sister had a lot of opinions about games she DID NOT want. I had to find a few different ones that weren't as traditional as the whole candybar diaper thing & guess her circumference game.

Decorate the Diaper

Pretty simple: Diapers, Sharpies & a little humor. Just jot down a thought, piece of wisdom or affirmation on the diaper for the parents to read when things don't smell so good. It really bugs the living $*%* out of me that I forgot the word "FOR" in the sign.

What Will The Baby Look Like?

Seriously the funniest game ever! We printed a TON of pictures of my Sis & Bro-In-Law and then cut up their features in various ways. Sometimes just one eye, sometimes their eye with their nose, etc. Then we had all the cut outs, head shapes & markers so guests could piece together what the baby will look like with their blended features. Obviously, the uglier the better. Then my Sister got to pick the winner of all the horrible creations. It made everyone laugh the entire time.

and finally...
My cousin found a fun game where we guessed British baby words against American ones. It was cute and fun. 

The Favors:
I went to Home Goods & Marshall's and purchased a ton of fun glasses for the guests. Not only did they use them at the party to make their own drinks, but that ended up being their party favor as well to take with them. The funny thing was that I bought so many separate straws for the party and every cup came with its own straw. However, they sure do liven up the decor so it was all good.

All in all, it was a great, busy, festive party...
^The sign on the way to the bathroom.

^The only picture of me from that day. 

So phew, that was a lot of work and even more pictures on this post. Ai-yi-yi! But man oh man am I ready to meet this little boy now. :)

Hope your Monday is going well! I've got such a full plate at the office bright and early so as I write this Sunday night I'm desperately trying to enjoy my last few hours of relaxation. 


Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that was quite the shower indeed. The planning sure must have took a lot. Sure you'll spoil him a ton.

Jax said...

Omg, you really did an exceptioinal job!! I'm beyond impressed. You're sister really pulls off the pregnant look well. I looked like a monster preggo, so I always get jealous at the good looking pregnant ladies. haha

Unknown said...

You went ALL OUT! That all looks incredible! I'm not even sure we have baby showers in Australia, but now I want one!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

Thanks all!!!!! ❤️❤️

Kara said...

Looks amazing!!!! Job bloody well done! Your sister sure is lucky to have you :)

Unknown said...

Impressive! What an event, it all looks and sounds amazing. Those game ideas are genius :)