My good friend Danielle is expecting a baby at the beginning of February. I am so excited for her and her husband. To help her prepare, my friend Nicole and I got together and threw her a baby shower last weekend. Given the time of year, and the fact that Danielle loves the holidays, we decided to go with a Christmas theme, and thanks to Pinterest, we really ran with it. There were just so many cute ideas out there!
Here are the invitations that I made (with a little help from my mom!):
The inside said "Danielle and Marcos are expecting a bundle of joy!"
We set up a hot beverage bar and we made crock pot hot chocolate, candy cane marshmallow stirs, and coffee, and we provided a variety of alcoholic mixers such as Baileys, Peppermint Schnapps and Adult Egg Nog.
The hot chocolate was good, but VERY rich, so if you make that, I recommend using a little less chocolate and condensed milk, and a little extra regular milk. The recipe as is is perfect for mixing with coffee to make a delicious mocha treat.
We also made a cranberry punch (with optional champagne), and provided a variety of wine and soft drinks.
For food we had the pinfamous cheese christmas tree, a pretty vegetable and pastry wreath, homemade baba ganoush, crock pot cocktail meatballs, and a christmas cookie buffet including candy cane bars, gingerbread cheesecake bites and crack toffee. Possibly my favorite entry on the cookie table were homemade pizzelles. They always make me think of my Grandma.
We offered little takehome bags on the cookie table as party favors, and that worked out wonderfully. People loved getting cookies to take home, and we weren't stuck with hundreds of cookies at the end of the day either!
For decorations, we really just decorated for Christmas, but with a few special touches. It all centered around the "bundle of joy" tagline. We had a Christmas tree that we decorated with red, green and silver balls, then I cut a million Js, Os and Ys on my cricut and hung them as ornaments as well. We wrapped the stair railing in garland, and hung little red and green stockings, each filled with little baby necessities, such as spoons, saline drops, pacifiers and bottles. Everything looked so festive!
Perhaps my favorite part of the decor was the photo wall. We just hung up strips of red and white crepe paper, and a "bundle of joy" banner that I cut with my cricut.
It was so easy to do, and the resulting pictures were adorable.
My friend and I had so much fun planning this shower, and I am really happy with how it all turned out. Danielle, I hope you enjoyed it! Congratulations, and we are so excited for you!