John asked me if it was ok for me to host a baby shower for his phlebotomist. We have been wanting to invite his employees at home but always worry about being able to control the kids since we don't really know them. I also worry that they might jump in the pool without any of us watching. Our house is not kid proof and even when our grandkids visit, we have to put breakable stuff out of reach and I did not want to do that if I can avoid it. I thought a baby shower would be ideal cause then, we can tell them that we will only have the women, which is customary. We will only have 3 males, John, his sono tech and the celebrant's hubby.
I am not used to hosting baby showers, this will be the first time for me. I have always been a co host for daughters' baby showers but the other daughter always did most of the work. I mostly just helped in funding and decorating. So, I started planning early. I created the party favors below. Is it obvious, she is having a baby boy?
I thought I would use Polish pottery since they are mostly blue and I have a lot I can use. The party will be this Saturday, from 3 to 6 so I decided to do a tea party outside, if the weather cooperates. I like to be organized so I already took out most of what I will use.
I am only using dessert and salad plates since we are only having sweets and oer d'oeuvres, being a tea party. One of the plate sets below is not Polish pottery. Can you guess which one?
They are the blue, white and yellow ones and they are made out of thick melamine. I bought them on clearance from Sur La Table for $1.99 each. I bought them because I thought they will blend well with my pottery and would be perfect for outdoor parties. All the rests are Polish pottery.
I bought candies wrapped in blue baby wraps and placed them in this compote.
I wanted to use cups with predominantly blue. I have enough Polish pottery to use but most of them are mugs and I wanted to use smaller teacups too so I mixed these with them.
I bought these yellow candles from Marshall's also and I plan to spread them around the table.
I am using 5 types of pots and serving 4 kinds of teas (Peach melba, Ginger beer, mango/lychee and Damson plum teas and a hazelnut coffee for the coffee drinkers. I am using English instant tea from Whittard of Chelsea, my favorite brand.
The labels help me organize. They remind me of what I still need to prepare and helps the guests identify what I am serving.
I am going to be making Filipino egg rolls and Thai shrimp and chicken toasts and will arrange them in these ruffled dish. The sauce will go in those ice cream servers in the center. These ruffled dish are some of my favorites among my Polish pottery collection. One is on a pedestal.
I am using the pewter colored tiered server for cupcakes and cookies. My friend Debjani gave it to me one Christmas and I love it! Thanks, Deb!
I found the glass sugar packet holders below from Marshall's last weekend. They were $1.99 each.
The coffee will go in the pot on the right and the peach melba tea in the left pot.
The Damson Plum tea will go in here.
I thought I would put the Ginger beer tea in the bigger pot and the mango lychee tea in the left pot.
I am still making some decorations and started baking yesterday. I will start decorating on Friday and will take everything out on Saturday morning. I already baked "Foods for the Gods", coconut pecan and oatmeal raisin cookies yesterday and froze them. I am making the eggrolls today and freezing them too to be ready for frying on Saturday. Two of John's employees offered to come an hour earlier to help me set up and I also asked 3 of my friends to come in the morning to help me.
I am excited but I have so much to do since I am preparing everything, shopping, baking and cooking everything. I really want this to be a success and I want everybody to have a good time.
Wish me luck!
Wish me luck!
Thanks for allowing me to share my preparations with you.
I appreciate the hostesses very much too.
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