Sunday, November 11, 2012

Emily's DIY Baby Shower

Yesterday was Emily's baby shower, and I was thrilled to host it.  Ten girls (and three babies) were able to attend.  Spending the weekend with my closest college girlfriends (who also happen to be Kappas) was exactly what I needed.  The fact that we were celebrating Emily's baby (who we lovingly refer to as Bobby Roo) was just a bonus.

I tried to keep the shower simple.  In an effort to avoid having lots of plates, cups, utensils, etc. to clean afterward, I tried to keep the food simple.  Mixed berries in clear punch cups fit perfectly in the cupcake stand I borrowed from a co-worker.  Dessie, one of the guests, brought the homemade chocolate cupcakes.  Jessica brought the veggie tray.  Michaun made the food for the favors - puppy chow with M&Ms.  It was a group effort, and everything came together beautifully.

Favors - puppy chow with M&Ms

Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Fruit cups

Michaun and I prepared two games for the baby shower.  The first one was a Baby Gender Name Game.  We looked up the top gender-neutral baby names from here and here, and made a list of our favorite top 20 names.  Then, we read the names one by one, and Emily decided whether she thought the name would be best for a boy or a girl by holding up either the pink lips or a girl or the blue mustaches or a boy.

Props for the Baby Gender Name Game

Action shot during the Baby Gender Name Game

The second game was baby jeopardy.  We got the idea here.  Michaun and I researched newborn baby facts and learned lots of fun facts here (like newborns sleep for about 16 hours a day, and they have more taste buds than their moms).  Then, we put together some questions and answers about Emily and Frank.  It was quite fun putting the games together and playing them with the guests.

Baby Jeopardy Game

Emily asked for hand-me-down and handmade gifts (though she still registered at Babies"R"Us and Pacifier), and I think everyone had fun putting together thoughtful gifts.  My friend Jennifer from thread made this adorable onesie for the baby.  I love the tiny little elephant, and so did Emily!

Handmade onesie from thread
The whole group

For old-times sake, we had to take a belly heart photo.  About a year ago, we took a funny photo of Heather's belly with Emily and I making a heart with our hands on her belly.  So, of course we had to do the same with Emily's baby bump.  Bobby Roo, we can't wait to meet you!

Baby Shower Sources
Tablecloth fabric: JoAnn Fabric
Cupcake stands: borrowed, but here is a similar option from Crate & Barrel
Favor bags: TJ Maxx
Yellow ribbon, mini forks, and tissue poms: Hobby Lobby

See a preview of Emily's baby shower here.
See Emily's baby shower invitations here.

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