Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tickled Pink Baby Shower

Happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms out there! This past weekend I was fortunate enough to celebrate motherhood with a lot of special women. On Saturday I co-hosted a baby shower for my good friend and Pisces sister, Megan Hoeppner. In just a matter of weeks, she and her hubby will become the proud parents of Maggie Dawn Suggs. And since we're all "tickled pink" about her arrival, we just had to throw her (and her momma!) one heck of a party!

With invitations going out to 50 guests, it was a very good thing I joined forces with Megan's college friend Michelle Dickey (who opened her lovely home for us) and the ever resourceful Brandy J. We divided up the responsibilities and got to work on the invites, party decor, food and activities. Brandy found this cute chevron invite and tag at On to Baby. Completely customizable (and FREE!), all you have to do is pick your colors, add your text and print!

I was in charge of the party decor, so I had Brandy print a couple extra chevron papers to add to this "It's a Girl" banner. We hung it on a wall near the front door and added some pink streamers for a fun backdrop. Then when each guest arrived, we had Megan's aunt snapped their picture with an Instax camera. I can't wait to see how Megan displays them!

Before Megan got to the daunting task of opening all her presents, guests were invited to nibble on this yummy spread of sandwiches, fruits and desserts...

...and visit the pink craft table to make iron-on onesies and bibs, predict Maggie Dawn's arrival date and weight (and put their predictions in a pink polka dot piggy bank!) and leave Megan some sage advice in a mommy advice book:

Once everyone was physically and creatively fed, Megan began opening one pink gift after another!

Is it possible for one baby to have too much stuff? No way! I will admit to being slightly jealous of Maggie Dawn's new wardrobe. Maybe she'll let me come over and play dress up with her and her mommy. I promise to play nice.

If you know anything about me, if there's a party, cupcakes are bound to be close by. I decided to go a little crazy and individually wrapped 40-odd cupcakes and attached the chevron tag (seen above) to them. As guests departed, they each got to take one home as a party favor.

The clear cups are just 9 oz. drinking cups I found at Wal-mart (Ssh! Don't tell Megan!). The cupcakes fit perfectly inside them and were protected from smudges, prying hands and hot temperatures. Just drop the cups into clear gift bags and tie on the tags with a bit of twine. (Disclaimer: I would begin shopping for said cups and bags well before the shower date. This procrastinator had to go to several stores before I found everything I was looking for. It also didn't help that I still had to bake, frost and package 40-odd cupcakes after 10 p.m. It's a good thing I'm crazy for cupcakes and little babies named Maggie Dawn!)

Brandy J., Megan, PK and Michelle - May 12, 2012
Megan, thanks for giving Brandy, Michelle and I a reason to celebrate. We're "tickled pink" for you!