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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:

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

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  2. Love the milk shots with chocolate chip cookies!

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

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  4. 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:)

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  5. This looks like such a beautiful party!

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  6. 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.

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

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

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

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  10. 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!

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

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  12. 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!

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

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  14. 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 :)

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

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

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  17. 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.

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  18. SO pretty! def. to bookmark...

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  19. What a darling card! Love it. :)

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

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

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  22. 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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  24. 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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