Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Bowling Ball Belly

I was honored to be the one to host Gini's baby shower!  It was a labor of love.  When I say labor I mean it was a ton of work, and by love I mean it was so much fun putting it together and was totally worth it.  

Gini loves books, so I thought a library themed shower would be perfect.  I didn't receive many books before Grace was born, and I went crazy buying books for her because I was dying of boredom reading the same dozen over and over to her.  This should not happen to a book lover such as Gini!  I stole a lot of my ideas from Martha Stewart, including this invitation template.  It was originally in pinks and purples, but I photoshopped bright colors more conducive to baby boys and more importantly Gini's aesthetic.  I attached blue ribbon to the bookmarks and wrote the invitee's name on them.    

I made these book garlands that I also saw on the Martha Stewart website.  I sacrificed book pages from one of Jason's old fantasy novels.  I hot glued silk flowers, ribbons and paper stars to the string and attached the books with multicolored miniature clothespins.  

I also did a nursery rhyme theme for the food and games.  These were called Goldilocks and the three tea sandwiches.  They are moon shaped with paper star toothpicks.  

We also ate Humpty Dumpty deviled eggs, Jack Horner thumbprint plum cookies, Mary Quite Contrary fruit skewers, Jack and Jill's pail of mango iced tea and Sugar and Spice cake.  The cupcakes have images of Golden Books as toppers, thanks to the blog Aesthetic Nest which provided the template.

Our wonderful friend Anne was my cohost for the shower, and provided among other things the cake and cupcakes.  Here she is putting the finishing touches on the frosting.  

But enough of that, on to the actual shower part!  Gini was really excited to receive "Go the F*$& to Sleep!" from a pastor friend, no less!  She is surrounded by her aunt and mother who made a long drive from Ohio for the shower.  That is some serious pressure!  Luckily they seemed very pleased by the whole thing and even INSISTED on washing all of the dishes for me afterward.  Grace and kitty, her favorite stuffed animal, approved of the gifts from a perfect vantage point.  

I tried to catch everyone on their way out the door so that they could receive these lamb shaped sugar cookies I made as favors.  I discovered sugar cookies are hard!  Or maybe I was just impatient.  They tasted good I thought, but they only sort of look like lambs.  The little poem helped get the idea across.  

Gini is so absolutely gorgeous with her bowling ball belly.  We love you so much!  


  1. Looks like such fun! Wish I could have been there!

  2. That was the BEST shower anyone's ever had EVER! Thank you so much for all the crazy gluey things you did for me and little Nugget! I hope you had as much fun putting it on as I did exclaiming over all your amazing, minute details. Love you!! You're such an amazing friend.

  3. Wow, so much work but also so much reward! Everything looks beautiful - especially Gini!