Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails: a shower story

September 9, 2011 § 3 Comments

One of my very dear friends is welcoming a sweet baby boy in just a few short months.  I secretly think she’s doing it so that Ben will have someone to play with, but she tells me that she and her husband had this planned for a while.  Anywho, what’s a baby without a welcome party? Since she has a little bit of everything boy going on in the nursery, we decided the shower should also be all things boy, so we decided on a Frogs, and Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails theme!

This shower was exciting for me on a lot of levels, but mostly because of the food, the desserts, the theme, and the invitations! The invitations (look at the first pic!) were designed by the fabulous Kara Leone, who I have bragged about a multitude of times here.  After hours of online searching turned up only one mediocre invite, I pleaded for her help, and she managed to hit another amazing home run.  She drew the dog and frog and snails! Love that lady.  More about her later because we were able to use the invitation design in a number of ways throughout the shower.

My fabulous friend offered up her lovely home and was the hostess with the mostess.  She even made these super cute polyhedron ceiling hangings that we found over here.  Two different colors of paper plates, some staples, and some patience yielded these show-stopping hangers. She put them together and had them hung over the food table to add a fun touch.  The food table was decked out with all kinds of amazing finger sandwiches, a beautiful vegetable spread in vases, and an incredible pasta salad.  Not to mention some cute labels for everything adapted from Kara’s design.

The vegetable spread was put together in a group of vases, and we were able to use the beautiful blue dish, courtesy of Grandma Amy, for the dip.  It was a really colorful take on the typical veggie spread, and the pop of color really made the table. Kudos to the creative gal Ashley with the vision for this piece.

Of course, veggies were just a first course.  There was the lemon cake with vanilla bean buttercream that I mentioned to you before, and these amazing cake balls.  I will tell you that the cake ball adaptations with less frosting and no lollipop sticks turned out fantastic, and they filled this tiered tray beautifully. Of course, we tied them with puppy paw print ribblon and some Minny Muu fabric from their Little French Town collection.  These were joined by the lemon cake, the train cake, and some adorable duckie cookies that had an orange glaze on them. Needless to say, there were a few desserts.

There were also a few decorations! These little hats and onesies took their places over the mantle, and my friend did an amazing job attaching the little beanies to the frame to create a beautiful center piece.  She had a sign with the them, along with wiffle balls in multiple colors and adorable pull toys to match decorating the mantle for mom-to-be to take home with her. And…there were a few gifts. Just a few.  Girls…we go overboard.  Sigh.  There were even customized onesies with baby’s name on them! We all took a theme…airplanes, sports, puppies, cars, construction…and brought a corresponding outfit for the clothesline.  It turned out adorable, and big shout out to the hostesses who made that come together in a unique way.

There was a shower.  So, I made a quilt.  This one was inspired by the primary colors in the little tyke’s bedding, but I did manage to get a few creative touches in there.  After a tutorial from Grandma Amy, which I’ll tell you more about later, I was able to combine the quilt top with a super soft backing so that this little guy would have a snuggly tummy time blanket to use this winter.  The fabrics are a mix of Grandma Amy vintage, Minny Muu imported from Japan depicting “A Little French Town,” and some appliques that I pieced to mimic the drawings in the Minny Muu.  It turned out great, and I’ll be sure to share more details about this piece later.

The other thing from my sewing machine for this shower was the cute little pennant that greeted guests.  It was my first attempt at what I think is referred to as free needle embroidery. Grandma Amy came over and gave me a tutorial, but in no way am I qualified to pass on her tips here.  It’s basically a lot of trial and error and referring to your Bernina manual on the subject.  All I can tell you is that, if you’re attempting this, remember that your needle is the center line.  Not the right or the left, but the center.  A little rick-rack and this was pretty cute.

Before guests could leave, I hounded them into taking a little “dirt-to-go” as their favor.  These sweet little jars were topped with a one-of-a-kind thank you from Kara, and filled with a jello/mouse/whip cream/gummy worm concoction that I’ll explain better later.  The layered dessert fit in perfectly with our theme, and the personalized topper made them a real stand out. Yes to Success! We put them in baskets for guests to take as they left.

We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out or a better group of gals to host this shindig.  It came together in a truly memorable way, and I can’t credit these ladies enough.  Here’s to a happy, healthy, playmate for King Baby–Cheers!

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