Monday, April 13, 2015

A Sweet Baby Shower

On Saturday, we celebrated the future arrival 
of Baby Ethan 
with a baby shower for Mother-to-be 
Erica, my sweet daughter-in-law. 

Come inside before the guests arrive, 
and take a peek.....

We had 3 balloons for the entrance, 
but the wind carried them all away
and we only found two :) 

Picture 'the girls' running around the
neighborhood, gathering them up <3

It was a beautiful spring morning, 
when we arrived bright and early
with carloads of decorations, food, 
and supplies to prepare for the special event. 

Here we are....from left, daughter Jennie, 
daughter-in-law, Jen 
(who lent her lovely home for the event)
Me, daughter Heather, and
Erica's best friend, Nikki - the gracious hostess. 

No time for standing around, 
we had lots to do.....

Let me show you around.  

The entry console....
(newly refinished by Jen with gray chalk paint)
 Isn't it beautiful?

Diaper 'cake' created by daughter Heather. 

The theme was 'Baby Elephants'
 in the nursery colors of blue and gray, 

Everyone addresses their own envelopes for the
new Mother's thank-you cards. 

(She has enough on her mind....)

'Bun in the Oven' 

Tiny diapers for 'Who has the poopy diaper?' game:)

Favors - chocolate kisses with personalized stickers
on the bottom of each one. 

The table, set and ready....

The pretty cake, provided by Nikki. 

Decorated mirror with 'advice' cards hung
with tiny blue and gray clothes pins
painted by Jen. 

My advice: 'Sleep when the baby sleeps and
call Gramma K when you need a break'. 

Popcorn cups,(chocolate - caramel - yum!)
 decorated by me :)
Tiny blue 'pacifiers' tied on 
with blue baker's twine. 

Even the cutlery got the special treatment
from daughter Jennie. 

Blue punch, of course! 

Canning jar drink glasses. 

Decorated hearth
with Baby's Breath. 

I painted the flower pot game prizes
with Chalkboard labels.

The Guest of Honor's chair
decorated by daughter Jennie. 

A jar of cotton balls
and domed baby shoes. 

'Guess how many cotton balls?' game. 

'Guess the flavor' baby food game. 

'Pacifier' mints made by me. 

You can find the directions for these and 
many of the other ideas we used, along 
with Etsy links for the banners, etc. on 
my Pinterest board, 'Baby'. 

'Lucky' tries to hide before being safely stashed 
in an upstairs bedroom full of treats and toys. 

Almost time for the guests to arrive, 
Heather and Nikki set out the food. 

On the menu:

Tiny meatballs with marinara sauce
Cucumber/herb tea sandwiches
'Caprese' cherry tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil
Garden macaroni salad
Lemon drop tea cakes
Blue velvet and vanilla layered cake

The guest of honor arrives! 

Happy guests

Time to eat

'Showering' the Mother-to-be with gifts. 

A precious bunting hand knitted 
by sister-in-law, Jen. 
It came with tiny striped hat and socks. <3

Erica shows off her baby bump. 

Beautiful Mother, Jayne and Daughter, Erica
3 generations....

Jayne gets the 'poopy' diaper! 

Posing with friends

All too soon the day was over, 
and as the setting sun turned 
the hills to gold, 
we headed home, 
filled with lovely memories 
of a beautiful day
in celebration of 
a precious Mother and Child. 

Thank you for joining me, Dear Friends, 
and sharing this very special time. 



  1. What a beautiful shower and very creative ideas! Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Hi dear friend !! Que bonito baby shower hasta chupétitos tiene !!

  3. she's a beautiful expectant mother. the pacifier mints are too cute!

  4. Congrats first off.
    Everything looked wonderful. Very well put together. I love pinterest also!
    My favorite though through the pics was probably the Bun in the oven idea. lol. And of course the blue mason colored jars on the tables and in the windows! Beautiful touch!

  5. Hi Karen, wow what a fun and nice baby shower! Looks like you all had a great time and love the decorations and food! Thanks for sharing the photos and day. Have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

  6. Looks like an elegant baby shower that was lovingly put together. All the decor is fun and great ideas with the popcorn cups and cute mints. Wishing all the best on the new bundle of joy, Heather

  7. What a magnificent party, with all the specialty food items.

  8. I love the decorations for this shower. So cute!

  9. Oh, such sweet little blue boat shoes. And the excellent idea of pre-self-addressing the thank you notes. Possibly the best idea, ever. LOL.

  10. What a happy time and everyone looks so beautiful. I love all of the special touches. It's so nice to be honored like that and receive pretty things for the baby. Sweet hugs, Diane

  11. The baby shower looked like so much fun. Everything was really special. Just loved all the photos and I am sure the memories will be very sweet.

  12. totally awesome baby shower -- tons of ideas here too..Baby showers are so MUCH FUN!
    You look great and all the little touches you did that added to the enjoyment -- like I said before you are such a wonderful mommy and friend and you will be a super grandma - I just know it!..


  13. A really sweet shower. Love all the little touches!

  14. I have never been to a baby shower, so I 'ohhhed' and 'arghed' by way through each photo... such thought and detail, all the fun games, the nappy cake and dummy mints were wonderful, I am deliberately using our English because I think it is such fun to see the differences.
    Wishing you all a safe and happy delivery and can't wait to see the newborn pics!
    Wren x

  15. Sweet friend, what a delightful baby shower! The decorations were darling and every little detail was simply beautiful! What a wonderful and exciting time for Erica :)

    Love and hugs to you!

  16. Could the details be anymore beautiful for this shower! My goodness everyone did such an amazing job!!! The cake and the bunting....and I LOVE the idea of addressing your own thank you cards....makes life just a bit easier which is so nice for a first time mom! SO happy you all had a wonderful time! I can't wait for your family to enjoy this sweet little blessing!! Nicole xoxo

  17. Dear Karen,
    what a wonderful idea with all those lovely arranged and made things for this Shower!
    It looks, like you all had a wonderful and lovely Happy Shower :O)
    Sending much Love and hugs for a blessed, week,
    Claudia xo

  18. What a wonderful Shower celebration and a perfect gathering for the family.I enjoyed every single detail, so beautiful surroundings as well! Wish you always have the blessing chance to celebrate happy family moments, dearest Karen.
    Love, Olympia

  19. You're so creative! I love the little mint pacifiers, I'll have to keep that one in my memory bank for when I become a grandma someday:) The pre-addressed envelope idea is genious, what a huge help that will be! Erica is a beautiful mom to be!

  20. Good Morning, what a wonderful baby shower.. Everything looks so cute. So many great ideas.. The Mommy to be is beautiful, I wish her safe and easy delivery! Great series of photos! Now, for baby Ethan to arrive!

  21. How wonderful!!! The decorations, food and everything is so beautiful, but none of course as beautiful as the Mom to be!! So glad you all had a good time and I hope that all will be well for Erica and everyone else. xx

  22. Oh what fun, Karen! Thanks for sharing the lovely event with us. A new baby in the family will bring such love, happiness and blessings. Exciting times will be arriving soon! xo

  23. Karen, everything looks so pretty for this special baby shower. I love all the ideas you made and the theme and colours. It's really sweet! Erica looks beautiful and I'm sure is anxious to meet Ethan soon, as you must be too. Blessings to you all. xx Pam

  24. Oh just loved it all Karen!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    So many beautiful, personal and creative touches. Love the theme for their nursery and those colors and the decorations for the shower to go with it were perfect. Your mints were the absolute CUTEST!! Love pinterest for the best ideas.

    Sorry you didn't get the poopy diaper - but I bet you'll have more than you'd like soon enough. Lol!! ;)

    That console is so pretty and was decorated perfectly. And that cake with the bunting on top - oh my goodness too adorable!!

    So excited for the wee one to come and for all of you! Blessings on Ethan and family. xoxo

  25. What a lovely post of a wonderful celebration for the upcoming birth of little Ethan.

    I loved your 'pacifiers'. Everything was really sweet.

    Congrats to both families.

    Job well done ~ FlowerLady

  26. What an exciting time for you Karen! Everything looks beautiful. Those tiny pacifiers are the cutest! What a great idea! Love the blue and gray color scheme and the cute little elephants. Such a happy day.

  27. How beautiful everything is, Karen. You are so blessed and will be so happy to have a sweet baby to love on. She is a pretty girl so I expect a "pretty" baby will be coming along. I love the color scheme, too.-everything is just darling. xo Diana

  28. Dearest Karen,
    Oh I know how much joy you had in preparing all this for Erica. She looks so happy and beautiful and her Mom radiates happiness too. It fills the heart with joy to see such a happy gathering and some more weeks to add before the cute gifts can finally be put to use.

  29. What a exciting time and what a lovely party you show us! Beautiful pictures too...
    Have a happy week and take care Karen!
    Warm hug,

  30. all I can say is you are amazing.
    Can't believe you did all that.
    Congrats. yvonne

  31. I think your daughter Heather and you have the same smile. The mother-to-be looks stunning!

  32. There is nothing sweeter than celebrating life! This brought tears to my eyes! The mom-to--be looks so happy, and so do you all! The decorations and games and food were all wonderful!!!!


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