A CHRISTMAS BABY SHOWER

Seasons greetings!

This time 2 years ago we were awaiting the arrival of my first grandchild.  With 70 days before her due date, and everyone coming home for Christmas, I decided to throw my DC dwelling daughter-in-law a Christmas Baby Shower.

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That way our California friends and relatives could help us celebrate the impending birth.  I wasn’t yet blogging at that time so today I thought I’d take you on a short journey back in time and share with you this festive holiday-inspired event.

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Decorations for the baby shower included these buntings that I made to decorate the fireplaces.  I cut triangles of fabric and using a hot glue gun, glued them to white cotton upholstery cording.  I purchased gold letters at Michaels and hot glued them to the cloth, spelling out “Oh Baby!” on one…

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and “Baby Elle” on another.

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Party favors were White Chocolate Mint Cookie Mix in a jar.

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I used squares of the same cloth used to make the buntings and red ribbon to adorn canning jars.  The cookie recipe was printed out and glued to the top of each jar.  It is a delicious cookie recipe which I’ll share with you sometime soon.

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The free clip art for the cookie jars came from Martha Stewart here.

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In the gallery that leads from my Great Room to the Bar I set up a Hot Cocoa Station, perfect for a cold winter’s day on the mountain.

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Cocoa fixings included biscotti, candy canes, miniature marshmallows, butter mints, cinnamon sticks, caramel chips, caramel sauce and Bailey’s Irish Cream for good measure.

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In the bar we set up a Mimosa Station, complete with two types of juices and chilled Prosecco.

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My besties and their daughters helped us toast the good cheer.

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Our Christmas Baby Shower was held on a Sunday morning so I served a buffet brunch.

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I prepared my recipies for both Mexican Style and Italian Style Crustless Quiche.  The delicious recipe for the Italian Style Crustless Quiche can be found on the blog here.  The recipe for the Mexican version is found here.

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Crispy hash browns and bacon was served along side.

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Fresh fruit was piled high, accompanied by my homemade granola and yogurt so guests could assemble their own yogurt and fruit parfaits.

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My friend Cindy made this yummy Lemon Pound Cake from a Starbucks knockoff recipe

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We also enjoyed this delicious and rich Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. I hope to share both of these recipes with you soon!

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And I made my wonderful recipes for Pumpkin Bread and Cranberry Bread. Stay tuned for the Cranberry Bread recipe coming soon to the blog as well!

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After brunch we included a couple of the obilitory baby shower games, organized by my friend Ruth.

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The first game involved trying to identify the contents of baby food jars.  It is more difficult than you’d imagine!

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The next game involved matching up baby names with their celebrity parents.

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Winners received pretty gift boxes of Nordstrom gourmet pasta and pasta sauce.

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The afternoon ended with the opening of gifts…

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one of which was a charming painting by my talented artist friend Brenda.

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It was such a lovely afternoon.  A few weeks later I was jetting off to DC for the arrival of my sweet little Granddaughter.

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So there you have it: A CHRISTMAS BABY SHOWER 

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Comments

  • Carolyn

    Amazing as always and such gorgeous kids! Looking forward to the recipes too.

  • Celia

    Thank you Carolyn. I hope to post the recipes soon.

  • Celia Becker

    Thank you Carolyn!