Monday, October 11, 2010

Babies new and babies due!!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for one of my best friends as well as meeting new baby Daxton, the son of one of Drew's best friends.

I started the planning process for the baby shower back in July sometime - I was waiting for the sex of the baby and the name. I had two themes picked out, one for a boy and one for a girl.  Once we found out the baby was going to be a boy I went with my boy theme "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" from the book by Dr Seuss. I planned on using a blue, red and yellow color scheme with fish incorporated throughout. In September my best friend came over and helped me design the invites. Since the theme was a surprise from the baby momma, I had to wait until now to post the invite pictures.
 The invites were all handmade. This is the outside of the card. We used a template to build the shell then I went in and added the patterned cardstock and the squares for the center. I diecut the word Baby Shower out using my Cricut machine and hand punched the fish. 
The card pulls up from the top to reveal the information for the party. The front of the card folds in on itself. I didn't take a picture but I added blue and red fish to the blank patterned paper spot so it looked as though they were swimming in a colorful fish bowl. 
Becca then stamped the "You're Invited" and the rest of the information onto the yellow pull out card. We recruited Jonar, Becca's boyfriend to hand write the information. He has THE BEST handwriting ever!

After the invites were mailed I had to work on the food menu and the decorations. All of the food was made by Becca and myself, most from scratch. The decorations were all put together by hand by me and I even made the banner using my Cricut machine. Below are some pictures from the party. 
 The centerpieces which had a little fish in between the flowers. The vases were filled with either blue or red glass rocks.
 The name cards showing where everyone should sit.
 The table set up with placemats that were handmade by Candice. We spent almost two hours in Joann's trying to decide what fabric to use and how we wanted them to look!
Veggie Crudites. Thanks to Mrs. In Training for the wonderful idea of putting them in glasses!
Assorted Goldfish crackers to go with the fish theme!
Made from scratch- mini ham and cheese quiche and Mediterranean Cucumber Cups!
Mmmm Meatballs!
Cheese platter
My favorite food item - the blue and red cupcakes with white chocolate fish candies on the top. We melted white chocolate and filled fish ice trays to make the molds. They came out so cute!
The full set-up
Instead of a normal bar I had a alcohol free Baby Bar. The Cran-Apple punch was a huge hit!
A close up shot of the cupcakes and fish candy. 
 The hand made Baby Shower banner which was hung using baby safety pins.
The two preggos! The shorter one is the one the shower was for. 
After the shower Andrew and I had the pleasure of meeting baby Daxton for the first time. Daxton was born about a month ago to one of Andrew's best friends. He is so sweet and adorable. I got to feed him and burp him. Andrew thought it was great practice for the future even though I've had plenty of experience with babies in the past! Silly boy.  Here are some cute shots of Daxton!
 So precious!

 This is the first time we've had a baby in the house and the dogs had no idea what to make of it!
 Proud father holding his baby.
 Feeding Daxton with Parker jumping at my feet.
Can't wait to have one of our own! :-D

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