Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hostess with the Mostest: Book Worm Baby Shower


Last May I received the best news in the world; my best friend since first grade/non-biological sister was pregnant! Aside from feeling sheer and utter joy for her I was also thrilled to plan her baby shower. Not only had KK and I been planning our weddings since childhood, but every other aspect of our lives, which of course included our children. I couldn’t wait to start organizing the details, and before she had even had her first ultra-sound I was in hostess mode.


Since her due date is in January, we decided to have the shower in early November. She and I no longer live near our families, so we decided to both make the trip home to the Bay Area. As summer came to an end we finally set a date for the first Saturday of the month and she put together her guest list. Knowing I wanted to incorporate her love of children’s books (as she is a 3rd grade teacher), a crock pot buffet (she loves herself a hearty soup) and simple touches of love, I created a theme. Deciding on a “literary” feel, my Thriving Mom and I got to work on the invites and got them out only three weeks before the big event.

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As KK planned her trip from Phoenix to Los Gatos, I too booked a flight North and started working with my family to pull it all together. We decided to host it at my grandparent’s home as it is party central (my dream wedding also took place here!).  I was thrilled to find that we could move this Fall affair outside and spend an autumn afternoon on the deck; 73 degree weather, thank you!


A mere four hours before the shower, I was picked up from the airport and rushed to start prepping before our guests arrived. My TM checked all the crock potting goodness going on - 5 cheese mac’n’cheese and vegetarian chunky stew - while I started to make my visions a reality.


I started to prep tables using red, gold and white table cloths. Then, I grabbed a collection of my favorite children’s books that my grandmother had so diligently saved. Paired with the leaves I had gathered that morning from the lawn of my mother’s home, I was ready to work. I simply stacked the books as the centerpieces and tossed on some leaves. Simple perfection!


Using Mason jar cups, we limited our beverages to spiced apple cider (warmed in a crock pot of course), sparkling cider, and water. Aside from our hot menu items, we prepared a winter salad, fresh from the oven garlic bread and an assortment of desserts.


Instead of traditional baby shower games (KK and I are not fans) we had a literature circle instead. The famous father of the soon-to-be mom, Donny O, read the classic "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day", while guests finished their lunches al fresco. My 40+ year educational veteran grandmother, Geena, also graced the deck stage reading another fan favorite. This allowed for Aunt B, my TM and I to clear plates before serving dessert and opening gifts.

To sum it all up, the afternoon was SO simply put together yet tastefully done. Not a rattle, pacifier, or diaper could be found on the premises; only classic children’s books, antique lamps from family nurseries of the past and the love of a baby soon to be born.


A book creatively wrapped with burp cloths... great idea! Way to go Mrs. Snelch!
We sent our guests away with fall bulbs to plant in honor of Baby Hamilton, a full tummies and an afternoon filled with great company. Another successful event for this Thriving Wife!


Have you ever been to or thrown a non-traditional baby shower? We'd love to hear all about it!


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8 comments:

  1. This is so cute! A friend of mine who is also a teacher just had a similarly themed shower this summer, and it was adorable. Love the idea of the crockpot buffet and the bulbs as favors. Such great details!

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    1. Kristin, thank you so much! It was such fun for me to put it together and start gathering "school-ish" items I found at garage sales and flea markets (like that awesome crayon truck). I just love planning parties and making sure all details are perfect! Thank you for commenting!

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  2. This is such a creative and unique theme! So many baby showers have cheesy/over used themes. It is refreshing to see such a fun concept pulled off so perfectly!

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    1. Rebekah, thank you! I couldn't agree more about baby showers all being pretty much the same, but that is totally not me. It was fun to create something totally our own and make sure every detail was just how we wantee it. Thank you for commenting!

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  3. great!

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    1. Glamorous Girl,

      Thank you for commenting! Have a great week.

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  4. I like the book theme for a baby shower, it's really practical and special at the same time. I'm sure your best friend/non bio sis loved her shower :)

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    1. Thank you for commenting! She totally loved it and I was so happy to make her and my future neice or nephew happy too!

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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