Baby shower round up: cowgirl up

September 2, 2011 § 4 Comments

My cousin is welcoming a little gal to the family in just a few short weeks, and we had a great time putting together a shower for her.  Galilee Bell is going to have a cowgirl room, so we followed suit and decided to get her cowgirled-up.

Amazingly, I did manage to get a really sweet quilt wrangled and done for little missy before the big day, but in the rush of things, I didn’t take any photos!  The super talented Aunt Peggy helped me stitch the last of the quilt together, and in my hurry to get just one (okay…three!) last three things stitched, I didn’t mess with the camera.  But, the day of turned out amazing, and here’s all the cuteness:

You can’t possibly have a cowgirl shower without sweet tea and pink lemonade, but this lemonade has a twist, or rather a pump.  We added in some vanilla syrup (like the kind used in coffee) to taste–talk about a quick and easy punch alternative!  These sweet boots (center) are my husband’s from when he was a tyke, but they fit perfectly in the hall tree and helped set the mood when you walked in the door along with the cowboy hats we hung.  The other decor touch was a sweet rocking horse wall hanging that had actually been in my cousin’s room as a baby.  My aunt dusted it off and replaced all the ribbons to bring it up to date and ready to give some other little girl dreams of rainbows and ponies.

The quilt we did get photos of is this darling wall hanging.  Inspired by the Martha Stewart shirt pocket wall hanging, my super talented aunts went the denim and corduroy pocket route with a little animal print thrown in for good measure.  They had the center square embroidered with baby girl’s name, and we filled all the pockets with fun goodies for mom-to-be.  And, of course, no cowgirl is worth her salt if she doesn’t have a trusty stick horse!  The pink bandana fabric tied it all together, and we ran a sweet lasso-inspired decorative stitch around the binding of the entire square.

Speaking of personalized flair, we had a fun time adding her name to a number of touches throughout the shower.  The fabulous designer Kara Leone, who did the number print for Baby Mac’s room, whipped up a special cowgirl-inspired print complete with Galilee’s name on it! Then the aunts-to-be baked up these sweet sugar cookies pressed with “Welcome Galilee” using the really cool Message-in-a-Cookie set from Williams Sonoma.  And, the grandma-to-be picked up this sweet charm from a specialty shop in Louisiana for momma to commemorate her two blessings.

We found cute little metal signs that momma can use in the nursery to decorate the tables throughout the shower.  Soft peppermint sticks and candy-filled mason jars took center stage with a collection of My Little Ponies and pink bandanas.  Did I mention we used pink?

The Welcome Galilee cookies were joined on the dessert table by these amazing Texas Sheet Cake cupcakes.  I’ve regaled you with tales of Texas Sheet Cake before, but the adaptation to a cupcake was genius!  The key I think is the liner that we used.  You can order these tulip style liners from Amazon and they’ll prevent any dripping from occurring.  You can see here that we used them in brown and white and just used a cupcake holder to display them.  The fabric underneath is just a sheer pink and paisley fabric piece overlapped on a white table cloth.

There was tons of great food, and these little smores cakes in a jar were no exception.  A girlfriend of mine pointed me to this recipe over on How Sweet It Is, and I was so glad to finally have a place to try them out.  I modified the recipe slightly to fit these smaller ball jars, and I used miniature marshmallows to give the top more texture.  The dream team of hostesses found this set of rub on scrapbooking decals, and what do you know, they worked perfectly on our metal lids!  They were meant to be a take home, but after everyone popped the metal tops off and put ’em in the microwave for 20 seconds, they were eaten right there on the spot!  And let me just say…they. were. good.

Luckily we had a back up take home favor–these cute bags of trail mix in pink satchels.  My talented cousin cut out squares of pink checked fabric and tied them with twine with little tags that read, “Happy Trails to you.”  It was a nice alternative to all of the super sweets that we had at the shower, and pretty inexpensive as far as favors go.

So much fun getting Miss Galilee ready for her debut.  Now all she has to do is show up.  I’m pretty sure I can think of at least one person who is quite ready for that to happen!

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