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