Friday, July 26, 2013

Snacks & Sweets Gender Reveal Baby Shower

mint gender reveal baby shower

When Nic found out she was pregnant, one of my first thoughts was, "Who is going to throw her shower?".  Thankfully, I think she too was thinking, "Will she do my baby shower?".  So, within seconds of our brains picking up on this similar wave length, we both sort of blurted it out, laughed, then squealed a bit with excitement.

From that moment on, we sort of put it on the back-burner as we were both knee deep in this trying to buy a home nightmare.  It seemed like so long ago we were snuggled in our winter blankets wondering when we were both going to have a real houses let alone be ready to host a party in one.  As Spring crept up I was starting to question what venue I would have to enlist to make this summer party a reality.  A public park?  The beach? Her in-laws gorgeous home (where she also had her rehearsal dinner)?  I tried to remain calm and remind myself it was far enough away that I didn't need to be freaking out about it...just yet.

Then it was May and I did start to freak out a little, but lucky for me the house hunting fiasco was on it's last leg and escrow would close LONG before her shower...again, a good reminder that it all works out! With just over a month to move in and make my house party ready, I had my work cut out...for me and my team of amazing-ness (Thriving Mom, Thriving Husband and The one and only, Busy Brunette, my Shell).

We had discussed the logistics months prior to my move because I like to have a plan in action ready at all times.  Nic wanted it to be short and well...sweet.  Instead of doing a lunch, she opted for an afternoon garden gathering with just snacks and sweets.  Since she was planning a big cake pop-tastic gender reveal at the shower she wanted to maintain a gender neutral theme with hues of mint and grey.  My clarification was, "So can I do like a vintage ladies garden gathering?", her response, "Perfect".  From that moment, I was off and running.

mint gender reveal baby shower
What color cake is in those mint cuties?!
She designed a perfect invitation for me and I had them printed and also purchased Paper Source envelopes (my favorite and also used for my wedding) to get them sent off weeks prior to the shower. I hung the invite proudly on hand made, pop of mint and grey Pom Pom Garland, thank you SO much to the talented Shell, aka, The Busy Brunette.

mint gender reveal baby shower
Pom Pom Garland handmade in shower colors by the ever talented Busy Brunette!
mint gender reveal baby shower
Door open to welcome guests to my humble abode.
When guests came through the house, I took their personal items, placed them on my dining room table and escorted them outside to the vintage garden party I hoped had only been dreamed of by Nic. I had them place their gifts in an old Radio Flyer wagon complete with burlap liner.

mint gender reveal baby shower
Love a good wagon and made loading the car that much easier!
Atop a canary colored vintage bar cart sat personalized glasses for each guest.  Using paint swatches to make mint name tags and secured with burlap, they were ready to have the added touch of grey straws.  The glasses had been collected over the previous months and proved to be the perfect party drinking glass.  (Thanks again Shell for the brilliance in that idea and thanks to my TH for sucking down all those Starbucks frappuccinos).

mint gender reveal baby shower

When guests arrived, I offered them lemon mint water, blueberry lemonade or champagne.  Once the drinks were poured, I asked them what they thought the baby was, a boy or girl. With their vote came one drop of red or blue food coloring in their drink. Now everyone mingling around the party were able to see what others thought they baby might be.  Even better, as the drinks watered down they became the perfect shades of pink or blue.

mint gender reveal baby shower

mint gender reveal baby shower
Of course Nic kept her drink neutral, since she already knew the secret!
Using my collection of vintage table cloths, napkin rings and flatware, each setting was ready for our guests.  I used my "P" flatware (a great gift from my MIL) and supplied each seat with a fork, spoon and napkin so they could fill their plates and eat with ease.  Each table was made complete with a mason jar full of blush and barely pink roses, this was after all a ladies lunch!

mint gender reveal baby shower
mint gender reveal baby shower

While guests arrived, chatted and sipped their drinks, I sweetly directed them to the "activity station" for our afternoon.  Thankfully, Nic is not much of a game person and I as I detest them I was thrilled she wanted to leave those out.  So, instead, guests were encouraged to fill out a "Wishes for BK" card.  It proved to make for great conversation and even some deep thinking!  Once their wishes were well described, guests grabbed a mint painted clothes pin and attached it to the row of hanging paper lanterns above the table.  The next activity at the station prompted guests to write their address on an envelope to make saying, "Thank You" that much easier for the mommy to be.

mint gender reveal baby shower
mint gender reveal baby shower

With the clock ticking on our short and sweet party, it was time to get snacking!  Guests headed up to the large (TH made) table, grabbed a gorgeous dish from my vintage collection and loaded their plates!

mint gender reveal baby shower

Our buffet included snacks such as mini Mason Jar quinoa salads, PB J and pretzel sammies, summer fruit salad (fresh from the farmer's market that morning), cracker and cheese palooza (Nic's fave), truffle popcorn and an assortment of hummus and veggies.

mint gender reveal baby shower
Mini mason jar salads: Quinoa with cucumber, tomato and mint!
mint gender reveal baby shower
My new fav...PBJ and Pretzel!! YUM!  Had to keep them fresh before all the guests arrived!
mint gender reveal baby shower
Hummus trio, another one of Nic's faves!
mint gender reveal baby shower
OH YEAH!
Despite having our cake pops with mystery colored centers for the big reveal, Nic also brought some pie pops to sweeten up our table, both courtesy of Cakewalk Desserts (which she also used at her wedding).  Also featured: fudge-y brownies, salted toffee crisp (also made by the great Shell), licorice and yogurt covered pretzels.

mint gender reveal baby shower pie pops
mint gender reveal baby shower
mint gender reveal baby shower
mint gender reveal baby shower pie pops
The mint fudge and cherry pie pops were also a huge hit! Special thanks to Andrea at Cakewalk for providing these!

With full bellies, it was time to open gifts!  Nic assumed the position front and center, and I dutifully was by her side recording each gift, folding the tissue paper for her to use in the future and recycling all that couldn't be saved.

mint gender reveal baby shower
Nic's TH will love that Dodger's onesie!
mint gender reveal baby shower
HANDMADE mint quilt by Nic's TM!
With gifts out of the way, it was time for the big gender reveal! What could it be?!  Only Momma knew...
mint gender reveal baby shower pie pops

mint gender reveal baby shower cake pop

 IT'S A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mint gender reveal baby shower

The afternoon flew by in a whirlwind of mint.  But, before guests walked out the door they headed to a vintage Pyrex to grab my favorite eco-gift ever, the Wrap-N-Mat!  Now the ladies could stock up on some more sweets before hitting the road...even I like a treat after a good party.

mint gender reveal baby shower
Nic with her besties!
The new Thriving Grandmama's: Nic's MIL (left) and Mom (right)!
mint gender reveal baby shower
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It was such an honor and pleasure to throw this party for my beautiful Thriving Friend.  She is going to make an incredible momma and I can't wait to be an Auntie...again!

***HUGE thanks to my TM who worked tirelessly before and during the party so I could enjoy it, thanks Mom, you are the BEST!  Also, the the great Shell, I cannot even begin to thank you for making the trip down to help make sure everything was perfect and I remained panic attack free.  You are the best friend/older fake sister a girl could ever have, I LOVE YOU!***

Note from Nic: I of course can't thank my amazing Thriving Wife Emilia enough for throwing the most perfect baby shower EVER!!! No detail was spared and yet we had an incredibly relaxed and care-free afternoon filled with laughter and belly rubs. BK has NO idea how lucky he is to have his Auntie Em! I would also like to thank Em's TM for her assistance, and Shell for the adorable pom pom garland that will now hang in BK's nursery! 



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3 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS PICS NIC!!! XXO Angela

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    1. Thanks Ang! Love you!

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  2. pregnancy planning is not a new thing but the number has increased than before because of consciousness. Many couples are planning about the pregnancy beforehand.

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