A Baby Shower for Marin

• 14 December 2009

















































































I recently threw a shower for my friend, Marin, and just in the nick of time too...she gave birth two and a half weeks early! The inspiration for the color theme was a pretty Japonese chiyogami paper I bought in San Francisco's Japantown two years ago. I've been saving for the right occasion, and this was it!

The shower was an evening shower so I served a mix of sweet and savory plates (mostly sweet!):

* Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
* Baguette slices with store-bought dip--Alouette Artichoke + Garlic
* Gingerbread Pumpkin Mousse Trifle (deserves it's own post...soon)
* Crudités with Herb Buttermilk Dip
* Fresh raspberries
* Milk shots with Chocolate Chip Cookies

Decorations for Marin's shower were simple...white tulips...a garland across the fireplace...and mini-pom-poms hanging over the table. Less is usually more, right? When it comes to games I am always torn. I like the idea of a little mixer, but it can be challenging to find a game that isn't silly. I loved Brooke's idea of a little questionaire, so I went with it and loved it. I'll definitely add that to my list of shower "musts". One last note on details...with all of us holding identical water bottles, I wanted to make sure there was a way to keep track of our drinks. I decided to make each guest a little nametag to wrap around the neck of her water bottle. It worked...no mix ups!

26 comments:

N said...

did the mommy questionaire earlier this year for a friend and we all loved that idea too. looks like a beautiful shower.
noelle

Scattering Lupines said...

Love the milk shots with chocolate chip cookies!

Julia said...

you, my dear, are amazing. how many gatherings did you host last week? quite the woman and i'm glad to know you!

Where The Wilds Things Are said...

I love it all! Your sister hosted a beautiful shower for me over six years ago. You Hatch girls are amazing! I appreciate your attention to detail...something I could work on:)

Chaucee said...

This looks like such a beautiful party!

John & Jennifer Savage said...

My favorite touch are the cookies on top of the milk shots! So cute and easy. And I love how clean and classy and delicious your table looks. I'm taking notes.

Brooke Reynolds said...

The cookies with milk are genius.. and I'm so glad you liked the questionaire. Looks like a lovely shower.

The Good Report said...

Wow. You do parties right. One of the best I've seen. I'm dying over the card with the onesie. Too cute!

Quinn said...

This shower looks completely gorgeous! The color scheme and that lovely oriental print is absolutely fabulous!

Lindsey said...

Wow, everything looks amazing! Would you mind sharing more detail on how you did the cookies and milk...where you found the glasses, was it a problem keeping it cold, etc. Thanks!

Anne Living Life said...

Very pretty baby shower! Love all of the attention to detail.

Elizabeth said...

Very classy!!

stephmodo said...

Lindsey,

I used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, but tried to make them smaller. I wasn't all that successful, but hopefully the second time will be better! I used plastic glasses I brought back from France, but I bet you could find glass shot glasses here in the US. When I set up I had all the glasses ready to go, same with the cookies. Just before guests arrived I poured milk into the glasses and then arranged them on the platter. Hope that helps!

Angie said...

Stephanie--Any ideas on where to get simple, classic serving dishes? Yours look great!

stephmodo said...

Angie, those serving dishes are actually my dinner plates! I love them. I've converted from Williams-Sonoma to these porcelain ones from Target. They are very sturdy and great quality for the price point. Plus, they double as serving plates too! I just checked for them online and I don't see them anymore, but I wonder if they carry them in stores. You may want to look. Crate & Barrel also offers great white square dishes/platters too. I'd love a few of those at some point myself :)

Starr said...

The cookie-covered milk shots remind me of traditional tortilla tapas -- very clever.

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE this post. The food, the decorations, the colors--everything looks amazing!

Angie said...

Thanks Stephanie! What great dinner plates. I've seen the dishes at Crate and Barrell and they're really cute--I'll check out Target too.

lynne said...

SO pretty! def. to bookmark...

Kris said...

Awesome job, Steph!

Isa said...

What a darling card! Love it. :)

Ashley said...

Beautiful! Every detail is perfect. Marin is lucky to have such a great friend.

lindsay marie said...

I love all of this SO MUCH!! the milk shot are great!! Thank you!

Mrs. M said...

I Agree with Everything! Timeless, beautiful, and as always - attention to detail. Thank you Steph for a wonderful gathering just in time before our little Christmas present arrived. The banner still hangs above her crib.

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Lauren K said...

Stephanie!
You're the BEST! Thanks so much and you're posts on the showers are really good for ideas! I so appreciate it!

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