Monday, October 21, 2013

The Day of the Baby Shower

In previous weeks, I have shown you all the pottery that I gathered to get ready for the baby shower I was hosting. The time finally arrived and I want to show you how I arranged everything on the deck.
 We never knew how the weather would be so I could not set up ahead of time. I started early in the morning with the sunflowers I bought from the store and then added more cuttings from the garden.
Although I pretty much got everything ready, baked and prepared everything I could, there were still some stuff like frying eggrolls and shrimp toasts, etc. that could not be done ahead of time.
 
 Luckily, 4 of my friends offered to help me and they all arrived at 10 in the morning. Not only did they work, they brought our lunch too. What am I going to do without them? The party was scheduled at 3 PM. My kirchen was a beehive, Noemie vacuumed, Brenda applied the shrimp and chicken mixture on the French baguettes, Riza separated my frozen eggrolls and Maribel cut up the veggies and fruits and got the trays together with the dips.
 I set the table outside and got everything all set up.
 The girls helped me decorate outside too.

 The party was scheduled for 3 to 6 PM so I decided to make it a tea party, just pastries and oer d ouevres'.
Food for the Gods, eggrolls and shrimp/chicken toast below.
Below, you will also see a Brie cheese with Kahlua pecan topping, served with crackers, the recipe of which I copied from FB. It was really good.
 I ran out of time to bake cupcakes but I found some with plain white icing and I just added the blue pearls to decorate them
 I baked the raisin oatmeal and coconut pecan cookies from scratch but bought the pre made ghost dough from Walmart and just baked them.


 On the left corner of the table below is Fruta de Crema, a dessert with cream and fruit cocktail and lady fingers, the recipe of which I also got from Facebook. This was so good and I want to make it again soon, just for John and me, lol.
 I also made finger sized egg salad sandwiches.
 All teapots are Polish pottery, filled with peach melba tea, beer ginger tea, Damson plum tea and hazelnut coffee.



 The guest of honor finally arrived blindfolded, with her sister and mom, lol. She did not know where she was, although she wouldn't know where she was even without the blindfold anyway,  since she has never been here.
 She was totally surprised and even her mom and sister were tearful.
 Isn't she tiny? I think I looked more pregnant than her, lol, even though she is already due in Dec.

 We had so much fun playing games, and eating, of course. I heard some of them say this was the best baby shower they have ever attended. That statement, plus seeing all the girls have so much fun, made it worth all the work I did.


 My friends helped me take down all the decorations too, which I gave to the celebrant to take home.

After John's employees left, my friends called their families to come and join us and we continued the party inside the house. The baby shower ended at 6 PM and the weather was beautiful and sunny all day. Around 7 PM, the rain poured heavily with thunder and lightning. How lucky could I be that it cooperated and waited till after?

I was exhausted and it took me 2 days doing nothing to recuperate but we all had a lot of fun.
 
Thanks for allowing me to share this with you. And thank you to the hostesses that I am linking to.
 
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
My Happy List Tuesdays
Kathy's A Return To Loveliness
Sandi's Teatime Tues
FriendsSharing Tea
Centerpiece Wed
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tues
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Centerpiece Wed
Kathleen's Let's Dish
Tablescape Thursday
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Kathryn's Anything Blue Friday
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
 

41 comments:

Vel Criste said...

Everything in this shower was done perfectly Christine! For a novice, you did an amazing job!!!!

Poppy said...

Christine,

Wow! I could feel all that energy of you and your lovely friends helping to get everything ready for the guest of honour and the fantastic party you organized and worked so hard for! CONGRATS! A success all the way around from all that scrumptious food to the decor and, (lucky you!), the weather!!

Poppy

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful shower, Christine. The fact that you brought out and served with that gorgeous pottery, made this extra special. And your menu was fabulous. So glad you friends came over to help. A lucky mom-to-be. xo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like a big success - you really did a great job. The food looks delish.
Have a great week.

Baby Gutierrez said...

Sooo wonderful! Your friends are sooo lucky to have you. As usual everything is well coordinated! Kudos Chrisitne!

Beth said...

What a fancy baby shower! WOW! Christine, you truly have the gift of hospitality.
Blessings, Beth

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I just knew it Christine! I mean, I knew it was going to look amazing and with all the fabulous food you make, simply wow! You are an incredible hostess! Yes, the mother to be is got the smallest bump ever...and due in Dic., wow!!! You did a beautiful shower for your friend, an event she will never forget! Thanks for sharing it with us.
FABBY

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, this is amazing, and you are a wonderful person to do this for that friend. You are truly the best, and this party is lovely!

XO,

Sheila

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

AMAZING JOB Christine!! Everything looked beautiful and the food look yummy!

Dining Delight said...

I always enjoy seeing the parties you throw! So much effort you put into them but oh how lovely they always turn out! The food is amazing - wish I could try each and every thing! Good for you trying new recipes for it too! I'm so happy for you that the weather held and you had a sunny day for the baby shower. I'm sure the mom-to-be and all your guests were so appreciative!

DD

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! Everything looks so pretty, fun and yummy! I love all the beautiful Polish pottery and serve ware, goes wonderfully with the entire theme down to the blue tissue balls...you did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing with us! Have a lovely day! Hugs, Poppy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Christine, you gave the young lady and friends a wonderful baby shower! The food looks great and the dishes are so pretty! You really are a fabulous hostess. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea.

Blessings,
Sandi

Millie said...

It all looks so delicious and pretty! How nice to have friends come to help. I enjoyed seeing all your pictures of this lovely occasion.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your food looks so delicious, Christine! Love the dishes you used. The fluted pieces are gorgeous. You really lucked out with the weather!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, you always create the most beautiful settings and you cook up the most delicious food. Beautiful shower. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs. Marty

Chubby Chieque said...

Graciousness--- you are a great friend and to a friend. Everyone who knows you are blessed to have you.

God blesses you more.

Hugs from D´Box,
/CC girl

Candy S said...

Christine, The baby shower looks like it was a fabulous event. The food looks marvelous, The pottery and china for the tables is beautiful. Your friend must have been so thrilled when she saw how beautiful everything was. Bless you girl, you are a great friend..... Candy

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Christine: The shower looks perfect! You really know how to throw a party. Love the dishes you shared today. Hope the the baby got lots of wonderful things. Blessings, Martha

Ann Krucek said...

You really do know how to throw a party! Your food buffets are so beautiful. I am glad the weather held out for the shower. Good Luck to the Mother to be!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, Christine. This looks like a most amazing party! So lucky for you to have such great friends to help you. a party is so much work, but oh so worth it.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Diane said...

Christine - you really know how to "throw a party"!! That lucky expectant mother was overwhelmed with your generosity, I am sure. So glad that the weather cooperated and how wonderful to have so many friends who are willing to help - priceless!!

tablescapesbybev said...

Love all the décor and the food looks opulent! The pottery is wonderful...

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Wow you did a fabulous job. You do the most cooking/baking of anyone I've seen! I would love to dive in and enjoy some of that food! All your Polish Pottery dishes look great. Can you believe I saw some of that at T.J. Maxx? Not much though but I was surprised. Thank goodness for all your friends and their help.

Sarah said...

Christine, I'm always in awe of the parties you host. You must spend days in the kitchen, in addition to the beautiful details of your serving table. I know the young expectant mom felt honored.

Lana Kim White Austin said...

You did it again....such wonderful, gorgeous decor and food that looked so amazing I wanted to jump through the screen and eat it.....and everyone looked so joyful.....a truly fantastic event....the Polish pottery/pitchers (I think you said Polish???) remind me so much of Italian ones, too. I LOVE THEM!!!!

Love/hugs/blessings,
Lana
www.lanaseuropeanvintage.com

Jacqueline said...

The pottery was just stunning especially out at the pool. Your food is always so amazing. Now wonder they said it was the best party ever. You are a wonderful hostess and I am sure she was so honored.

Marigene said...

You sure have gotten so much use out of the beautiful Polish pottery lately...what an amazing feast you put on, Christine.
Have a wonderful week...

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Oh Christine, you always make the most beautiful parties,, I knew this was you because of this awesome collection of these great dishes...love them so much and the food looks so delish, was a great job and such a wonderful surprise..

Lulu said...

Many people would be envious of you for being able to host a party outside this time of year. The Brie with Kailua and pecans is one of our favorites.

Maria C said...

What a fantastic table! How wonderful to have so many dear friends willing to pitch in! The menu sounds fabulous, and I love how you used lace curtains as your tablecloths. Very clever, and so beautiful!

Sweetladyelaine said...

What a beautiful party! You & your friends did an excellent job. Your pottery made the shower extra special. I am sure the mom to be had a fun time.
Blessings My Friend,

Solange Belém said...

Lovely!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Christine - you are a marvelous hostess - what a wonderful setting, gorgeous food for such a special event! I am so Delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

Tea in Texas said...

The baby shower was so beautiful and the mom to be was so surprised. You are always so gracious to have a party and always decorate fabulously. All the food was delicious in the photos and I know everyone loved the tasty tea treats. You have a group of friends who are truly there for you and I know you are there for them! Everything was wonderful! Have a Happy Halloween and I love reading and viewing each post!

Pam

Antiques And Teacups said...

Well you and your friends did a marvelous job! You must have had so much fun. I love all the teapots and Polish pottery. It is all so colorful and cheerful!
Ruth

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

You and your friends did a lovely job with the baby shower, Christine. Love all the teapots and china. You are such a wonderful hostess! Thanks for sharing and coming to tea.

Blessings,
Sandi

Snap said...

Christine,

You did it again -- marvelous party! Baby showers are so much fun -- just thinking about a new life coming in the world is so precious. I love Polish pottery and the teas sound like they were perfect selections for all the food you prepared. Happy Tea Day and Party On! :)

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

You do know how to throw a spectacular party, Christine - the Mom-to-be looks beautiful - such a fun, lovely party! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Terri said...

Oh my goodness! You are totally amazing : )
You bless everyone around you!
The tables look so wonderful, and all the decorations. I am sure everyone loved being there. Blessing on mother and baby!
Hugs,
Terri

Traci said...

Everything turned out beautiful! The food looks really yummy!

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