YAY! Its that time of pregnancy where your friends and family all get together and shower you with gifts and compliments and love! WHO WOULDN’T WANT THAT! 🙂 Especially when your 9months pregnant… you girls know what I’m talking about!
Our baby shower like most parties planed by family and friends had a few chiefs in the kitchen but once everyone got on the same page it went swimmingly well! It was one of the best days of my pregnancy!
We went with a DIY ADVENTURE theme! My friend Jeannie has recently got me addicted to Pinterest so naturally when she started the planing the first thing we did was make a pinterest board. We pinned ALOT I then turned that into a presentation for a model of what we were thinking and then Jeannie and I made the decorations a reality, while my mom and sister made the PINK GLITTER & FOOD happen! I think you will agree with how adorbs it was and how much our friends LOVED every minute! So I have to say a big THANK YOU to Jeannie, my mom Noreen and my sister Elissa for making this day a reality! 🙂 (esp. since they had to fly out to make it happen!)
So more about the party!
We wanted to go with an adventure theme based off of a picture that LoveDesignShop had created for us!
The entire shower was made from the theme of this!
So added from this theme to the rest of the party… Brendon and I had been on so many fun adventures that we wanted our guests to come to our party and feel like that had an adventure waiting for them when they walked through the door.
First thing in an adventure is food obviously so we went with DIY candy & cookie making, I dipped the chocolate which you can find recipes on my youtube page DIY Candy Making! Doesn’t that look amazing!
Ill post a blog about how to make the chocolate dipped pretzels, shortbread cookies, pink rice crisps balls, and the chocolate dipped wafers. YUMM! The rest of the food was amazing too. We went with two kinds of sandwiches, vegetarian stuffed olive leaves, grilled chicken salad, chicken meatballs, shrimp, veggies and fruit platter and of course chips and dips. These foods were simple and easy for people to snack on. We had a few food stations for easy access. I think what I learned at the baby shower is don’t make food to complicated. Serve finger foods for people to munch on and a lunch type food, we had about 40-50 people at the party and we had food left over. The meatballs and olive leaves went fastest. People love to snack on finger foods.
We wanted our guests to enjoy the outdoors so most of the party was outside, after they grabbed a mimosa , beer, water or mocktail they headed outside.
The first thing we had set up was a craft table with help make #BabyBrenchel baby tutus, baby barefoot sandals, baby head bands, decorate a onesize and craft a necklace! It was a lot for the guests at first but once we explained this to them they understood what they were going for. I think if I could redo this part I would have had someone at the table the whole time to explain the crafting to them. I explained the crafting basics to a few people and they passed the word along. It was more about the guests being creative for baby brenchel anyway! Check out some of what they made!!
We had a help make BRENCHEL BABY an ABC Book this was fun because it gave the guests a chance to decorate a page and also get creative… but also a nice memory for us rather then a guest book. I think the most fun of this was reading the baby book at the end of the day.
For this idea all you have to do is get a scrap book, some card stock, a lot of stickers, markers and some stamps. The guests do the rest. We made a starter page for them to get the idea but they really took it away when they start adding their own ideas.
No adventure is complete with out some face painting, flash tattoos and kids crafts. Since this was a baby shower and we had asked guests to come out we didn’t want to leave their kids out of the party so we had plenty of little kids things set up by the TP.
I envisioned the kids playing in the TP with some of the crafts, and playing with the bubbles or the face paint doing a flash tattoo(but lets be real I did one too) but a lot of the kids just did the sticker tattoos and grabbed the bubbles.
Ok on to the backyard decor!
Jeanie and I spent a full day working on the hot air balloon lanterns for the theme, the dreamcatcher I made to go with the TP(this took about a day) and the TP Jeanie and I started and I finished(Ill post a blog about all the DIY stuff) and also as an accent for the nursery and we used the beauty of the back yard as the back drop for the rest of the decorations. We really liked the touches that the hot air balloons brought to the party and the significance was that Brendon had taken me on a hot air balloon ride to propose!
No party is complete without your take away bars. We had a popcorn bar and a candy bar! We also made up mini baby bottles filled with candy for the guests to take home and as an added touch with the thank you notes they will be receiving tea with cute reusable strawberry tea filters.
MORE PHOTOS THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS FROM FACEBOOK 🙂