Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Seusserific Baby Shower

Over the past few years, I have gotten to expand the list of words that that describe who i am in terms of family. Daughter. Sister. Wife. And in two weeks, aunt. My sweet sister-in-law will be having her first baby boy on April 6. She and my hubs' younger bro are so super excited and so is the rest of the family. So naturally, we had to throw her a party. For those of you that read the other blog, this might be a bit of a repeat, but I wanted to write it up here as well. 


Baby Eli's room is done in Dr. Seuss, so we decided to go with that for the theme. I have always loved Dr. Seuss and was pumped to get to bring in all of the silly elements from his books. As soon as we set the date for the shower, I got to work making crafties. I absolutely adore crafting and love the way handmade items look at events. But it's hard to get myself motivated when I don't have a purpose. I have stacks and stacks of supplies for different projects just sitting on shelves in my house, waiting to be used. It's too easy to let life run away with you -- you get busy working, running errands, playing house and it just seems like there is no time. So I love it when I have a reason to actually make time for crafting.

And I had so much fun crafting for Molly's shower! I tried to keep the decor pretty simple and colorful. I made Truffula Trees from tissue paper poms and decorative stems that I found at Jo-Ann. I yarn wrapped Eli's name for the mantle and made a few mini truffula trees with yarn and paper straws. I also did a banner using one of my favorite quotes from Horton Hears a Who. I made the two table runners from striped and polka-dotted fabrics. I used the leftovers to make a backboard of fabric streamers.

Apart from the decor, I had a blast planning out the food in true Seusstastic style. I had some help from my fab mom-in-law and her friends on the preparation. We did Green Eggs and Ham mini quiches, Hop on Pop(corn), Yot in a Pot (little smokies) and Roast Beast sandwiches, with Pink Ink to drink. Molly's mom brought some delicious Poodles with Noodles pasta salad. For dessert, we had Yertle's Caramel Turtles, marshmallow Cat's Hats and Thing 1 cupcakes.

The Cat's Hats and Thing 1 cupcakes were especially fun for me to make. For the hats, I dipped both ends of the marshmallows in red chocolate to make the stripes, then stuck them on white chocolate discs with a lollipop stick. The cupcakes were red velvet with white frosting and blue cotton candy. I had seen these online and just had to make them -- although no one warned me about what cotton candy will do when it sits out for a prolonged period of time. They looked great when we first put them out, but little by little the cotton candy started to wilt, then melt so by the time we were well into the shower, the tops of the cupcakes were covered in a blue goo. Well, it still tasted good anyway...

We had such a good time playing a some little games, eating and chatting with one another. Molly's best friend Justine surprised her and drove down from Indy to be at the shower and she was hilarious. 

We asked the guests to all bring a book instead of a card and baby Eli got a ton of awesome books. Molly and Eli also got bunches of cool presents. 

I found these adorable red fish, blue fish soap favors here.

Throwing the shower was so much fun -- I am a planner, it's kind of my thing. And, I am so excited to watch our little family grow as Molly and Travis welcome their new baby into the world!

The new mommy-to-be!
Me and Molly