Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Boho Floral Baby Shower


This past weekend I had the pleasure of teaming up with another wonderful woman, Logan, to throw a gorgeous baby shower for my dear friend Chandra and her twin baby girls! Chandra had a sort of floral theme in mind to go along with her girls' bedroom. Logan took charge with the decorations while I followed up with all the food! It was the easiest shower to throw and so much fun.

I thought it would be fun to go through the different parts of the shower and share with y'all!

The Mom-to-be



Chandra is our mom-to-be in the middle. You would NEVER guess that she was in her third trimester with TWINS! Chandra and I met through our running club in in 2012 when we were training for the 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon. On the day of our first group run, we were told to find someone and introduce ourselves. I found Chandra walked up to her and told her that we were going to be best friends. I'm lucky she didn't think that I was a psycho. Unfortunately injury kept Chandra from running the marathon that year, but we ran together in January 2014 and then I was a bridesmaid in her wedding in May 2014. {Logan was too!} And the rest is history. She's an amazing friend and person. I'm so blessed to have her in my life. Logan and I would do anything for this girl! Okay, enough sap, let's get to the details!

The Desserts


Every good shower needs an awesome dessert table. Since Chandra and I share a deep love of sweets, we knew that this party needed a little sugar!


Cookies: Logan ordered cookies from her "cookie lady" and they were pretty much gorgeous. Yes, that first picture in this post is of beautiful cookies. And to top it off, they taste great too! If you need a cookie person and live in the Houston area, let me know!

Cupcakes: I ordered cupcakes from my go to cupcake bakery in Houston...Crave Cupcakes! I have them at pretty much every party I throw. This time I did 3 dozen mini cupcakes in strawberry, cookie 'n cream and red velvet! You can customize the toppers with different colors and designs to match your party.


It's a Girl Muddy Buddies: Thank you Pinterest! This was a super easy muddy buddy recipe with white chocolate instead of milk chocolate, and I added pink pearlized Sixlets to make it girly!


Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: Trader Joe's for the win! When your mom-to-be loves peanut butter more than anything, you NEED these at your party.

Pink Swirly Lollipops: These are from a local party store and I bought them simply because they were fun and pretty. Apparently toddlers think they're delicious because Chloe may have stolen one and she's obsessed.

 The Drinks


Water: Baby showers tend to have other pregnant mommas-to-be plus let's be honest, we all need to hydrate! We bought mini water bottles and Logan had labels made!

Red Wine Sangria: This is my go-to sangria recipe. My boss' girlfriend made it at a company Christmas a few years ago, and now it's what I make whenever I host a party.

Caramel Apple Sangria: This one is so easy...1 bottle pino gregio, 1/2 cup carmel apple vodka, 3 cups of apple cider. Add a bunch of apples, let it sit over night and serve! Feel free to up the vodka if you're feeling a little crazy.


The Food


Chips & Guacamole

Veggie Tray & Ranch Dip: baby carrots, celery, cucumber, grape tomatoes, green bell pepper. Ranch dip is light sour cream and a ranch dip packet poured into a green bell pepper

Summer Sausage, Cheese & Cracker Tray

Fruit Tray & Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip: apples, grapes, blueberries, strawberries.
PB Dip was another win for Pinterest. This one is easy and you can even just make it for a regular day lunch or snack at home.

Meatballs: The classic crockpot combo, meatballs + grape jelly + chili sauce = awesomeness.

Babies in a Blanket: A fun twist on the common brunch favorite pigs in a blanket, but with a twist. Instead of the wrapping the cresent roll around the smokie sausage, swaddle it! You can even add little eyes with food coloring if you're up to it!


Popcorn: As a little to-go treat, we had bags of "ready to pop" popcorn! 


The Decor



Logan was on point with the decor for this shower! She found a great lady on Etsy that did all the paper products for the shower. She sent Logan the files for the invites, signs, banners, labels, etc. All Logan had to do was take the files to Kinkos and have them printed. HA. All she had to do. That takes so much time and effort. I know because I've done it before. She had so many adorable touches that she went out of her way for...popcorn bags, water bottle labels, signs and everything!


I made these special onesies with my Cricut! Avery and Ellyson were prayed for for a long time. I can't wait to see their little faces in March.



We chose not to do any games and just have a mix & mingle type couples shower. We did want to set up a fun diaper station to write some funny saying for mom & dad during those midnight changes. No one likes waking up at 3am to change a poopy diaper, so reading something silly or encouraging from a loved one is always a pick me up!


Beautiful banners celebrating the twins. Another one of Logan's projects!


If you look back at the food pictures and the onesie pictures, you'll notice lots of flowers on all of the tables! We wanted to make sure there were tons of flowers everywhere. We used fake flowers instead of real ones and I think it was a great idea. They were set up the night before and didn't get the least bit wilted. We were also able to handle them a lot while trying to get them to stay in balloon bouquets and other odd places. Plus they can be used again!


Logan thought of everything for the decorations! While I did help with the actual decorating, all of the ideas were Logan's. It has definitely given me some ideas for future showers and parties though!


The Presents


No party is complete without presents! Michael, Chandra, Avery and Ellyson were showered with so many gifts. It's hard to believe that they'll be using everything in just 2 months.



Leave it to little Chloe to make her way into the pictures! She had a blast running around and playing with all the kiddos. She can't wait until her new friends arrive. I mean she does love her baby dolls after all!

Michael and Chandra,
I'm beyond excited for this journey you're embarking on. I know that you'll both be wonderful parents. The road to parenthood wasn't exactly what you planned, but your journey is your own and brought you these two precious gifts. Always know that I am here for you whenever you need me! I know having an infant isn't easy, so I can only imagine how crazy it will be with two! I love you both so much and can't wait to watch you grow together as a family over the next few months and all the years to follow!

xoxo,
Amy

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