a Couples Baby Shower

• 23 June 2009

My partner in shower-hosting, Susan, and I threw a couples baby shower for our friends who are expecting their first child in just over a month. I've never participated in or hosted a co-ed baby shower before so I was a bit nervous. Luckily, Susan did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people so we felt like we {kind of} knew what we were doing.

Since men were invited we opted to grill the dinner that evening--it seemed like something that would put the men at ease given all the girly stuff we had goin' on that evening (favors, flowers, pom poms, etc.) We focused on green and yellow for colors, with tiny accents of strawberry pink. Again, we didn't want the guys to feel out-of-place. As far as I know, our plan worked and everyone seemed to enjoy just hanging out. We had a few games planned but the rain made them impossible. Honestly though, I'm sure the male guests were happy to do without them...but that stroller obstacle course looked awfully hilarious. Next time...

The evening's menu included:

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard
Hearty Baked Beans (a la slow cooker)
Mixed Greens with Bacon, Chives & Radishes
Fresh fruit salad (melon, pineapple, raspberries)
Fresh-squeezed Lemonade
Lemon Yogurt Cake with homemade Whipped cream and Strawberries

Party Accoutrements:

Favor boxes: Martha Stewart Crafts (filled with Jelly Bellies in matching colors)
Straws: purchased in France (I'm toying with the idea of bringing some home to sell in my shop...would you like that?)
Invitations: card stock backings and Japanese paper from Paper Source
Pom Poms: see tutorial here. Make sure you use 10 sheets instead of 8 (many thanks to Jordan for sharing this idea last year on her blog).


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