Oct

9

Oh, Baby

My cousin Bailey is expecting her second child — another boy — in January.  These are photos from the shower I threw for her this weekend.

This is the diaper cake I made.  The instructions said 60 diapers and 60 minutes; it took me 73 diapers and three hours.  You can barely see the little "roses" made out of baby socks, which I thought were the coolest thing ever.

This is the diaper cake I made. The instructions said 60 diapers and 60 minutes; it took me 73 diapers and three hours. You can barely see the little "roses" made out of baby socks, which I thought were the coolest thing ever.

This is the whole reason I hosted the shower.  Someone linked to a similar cake a long time ago, and I immediately thought to myself, "I have GOT to have one of those."

This is the whole reason I hosted the shower. Someone linked to a similar cake a long time ago, and I immediately thought to myself, "I have GOT to have one of those."

This is Bailey, the guest of honor, and her derby teammate Amber, aka "Tara Niploff."

This is Bailey, the guest of honor, and her derby teammate Amber, aka "Tara Niploff."

This is me and my youngest sister, Kyli.  She came a couple of hours early to help me, and thank goodness she did!  She is the shower-throwing QUEEN.

This is me and my youngest sister, Kyli. She came a couple of hours early to help me, and thank goodness she did! She is the shower-throwing QUEEN.

The Menu:

  • Cholives
  • Sausage Balls
  • Cheese Cubes
  • Vegetable Platter
  • Fruit Platter
  • Cockdoggies
  • Ham and Cream Cheese Pickle Rolls
  • Pinwheels
  • Mixed Nuts (except I picked all the cashews out and devoured them the night before)
  • Blue Punch

We played a couple of games that no one seemed to have played at a baby shower before, so that was nice.  She also got lots of nice gifts.  For party favors, I made cinnamon buns with notes on them that said, “Thanks for helping Bailey celebrate her bun in the oven!”

My favorite thing about the shower, though, was that it was very ecologically friendly.  We used my “picnicware,” so none of the plates or utensils were tossed in the trash.  We did use plastic disposable cups, but I handwashed all of them for reuse except the four that cracked, which went in the recycling bin.  Instead of napkins, we used tiny terrycloth baby washrags in white and pastel blues that Bailey got to take home at the end.  By the time it was all over, I had one dishwashwer load and one sink load of dishes and two Wal-Mart bags of trash.  I thought that was pretty good for 20 people!

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