My Very Own Baby Shower (I)


It’s Hatifa Jukaku (founder of HerBabyShower) here, debuting my very own baby shower (posting a two part series)! I was beyond thrilled to learn that we were expecting a precious, little baby girl. The execution of a classy, and timeless baby shower was all perfectly captured  by my family and closest friends. Here is their take on organizing my very own baby shower.

Decorations

The Goodnight themed books were the very foundation of inspiration in this baby shower. Star and moon lanterns were made and printed using Photoshop, then wrapped around jars with double-sided tape. We then added a purple satin ribbon around the bottom and as a handle. We placed a tea light candle inside and voila: a hand-held lantern to add soft lighting around the room were used as centerpieces. We cut out stars and moon from thick metallic card stock paper and tied them together with sheer ribbon to use as hanging decorations. We also went a little “Goodnight” crazy and placed goodnight themed books to fully round out and capture the theme (Goodnight Moon, Pajama Time, Lullaby Moon). Cloud puffs were made using white and purple toule which were strung together and spread out around the center table to add the “dreamy effect”. And last, but not least, the floral arrangements were made using cream roses with purple accents to add life and color to the room. My absolute favorite part of the decor were the edible passifiers;  concocted using two Lifesaver mints “glued” together with royal icing, and a yellow jelly bean on top.  We added a purple ribbon so guest could wear them during the party. The rest were used as decoration on the dessert table.

 

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Food

 

I am all about the delicious details:

 

Appetizers (“Midnight snacks”)

 

Artichoke Cheese Dip: served with bite size crackers and blue tortilla chips

 

Chole: a chickpea and potato salad served with sweet tamarind sauce, cilantro chutney and yogurt, topped with pita chips. Quick tip: we served these already prepared in mini-dessert cups so guests wouldn’t have the hassle of assembling all the sauces and chips (it also makes for deliciously good looking photos!)

 

Caprese Salad Kabob Sticks: fresh mozzarella, basil and cherry tomatoes splashed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

 

Fruit Medley: since we knew our mother-to-be was a big fan of fruit, we served a medley of fruits in a “pram” fruit carving made out of a mini watermelon. We filled the pram with the cut watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and honeydew melon

 

Warm brie: a classic Martha Stewart recipe using a wheel of warm brie with a maple-syrup/brown sugar sauce, topped with pecans and served with water crackers. Elegant, simple, and tasty

 

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Main Menu (“Nighttime feeding”)

 

Shayyo Biryani: a signature dish from our hometown in India which is chicken biryani with noodles instead of rice

 

Fattoush: a bright colorful salad with a variety of finely chopped vegetables and a lemony sumac dressing topped with crispy pita chips

 

Borani: we wanted to add Afghan flair to the menu in honor of the mother-to-be so we asked Hatifa’s mom to make this fried eggplant dish, served over a garlicky yogurt sauce

 

Afghan style flat bread: to soak up all the borani sauce

 

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Dessert (“Sweet dreams”)

 

Because the room had a perfect stand for displaying desserts, we had to make sure the dessert station looked nothing short of amazing

 

Cake:  after days upon days of brainstorming (aka Pinteresting), the final cake product was an amalgam of different creative ideas. A domed cake with a 3D crescent moon, decorated with stars. To ensure the entire cake was made from edible parts (because what fun is a cake if you can’t eat every last bit), the 3D moon was made from a thick biscotti dough so it would stand up. The stars were made from melted purple jolly ranchers that were cut into shape with cookie cutters, and the cake was a chocolate fresh-raspberry angel cake baked in a bundt pan with a buttercream frosting

 

Moon Pies: we wanted at least one item to be chocolate so we made chocolate cake-like cookies, piled on fluffy whipped cream frosting and sandwiched them together. To add elegance and match the color scheme, we coated the middle of the filling with Wilton’s sugar pearl sprinkles in pale yellow

 

Star Cookies: soft sugar cookies ordered from a bakery with a lavendar frosting and crytallized sugar coating

 

Chocolate Spoons: purple spoons dipped in chocolate and decorated with the sugar pearl sprinkles. Perfect for mixing coffee

 

Fruit tarts: mini fruit tartlets with a pale yellow lemony filling and decorated with a single blueberry

 

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Drinks
Moonshine: San Pellegrino Arranciata flavored sparkling water with handmade crescent moon moonshine tags. We punched two holes in the top and bottom of the crescent and stuck a striped paper straw through the holes so guests had a straw handy

 

Sleep potion: orange and cranberry punch with 7-Up added a beautiful purple color

 

Night Cap: coffee and tea station where we used a star-shaped bowl for the sugar and added handmade tags to the tea bags

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed the details of my very own baby shower! Stay tuned for the next post which will include games and prizes and favors, oh my!

 

About to Hatch Easter Baby Shower


Easter is a huge family holiday and also a great time for a baby shower. There are various ways to bind together the theme of Easter into your baby shower. Here are a few ideas:

Decorations

Eggs are a symbol of fertility and birth in countries all throughout the world. Eggs are also a traditional identification of Easter. You can actually have egg themed decorations at your baby shower ranging in soft pastel colors. Don’t be shy on using decor of chicks in addition to bunnies. Eggs are eggs and come in all sorts of varieties. Upon arriving, have your guests write nuggets of wisdom and/or advice regarding motherhood. Place them in a basic woven basket and have the mommy-to-be read them aloud at the end of the event.

Food

Keep the egg theme alive!

Souffle

Quiche

Omelets or an omelet bar

Egg salad

Deviled dggs

Tuna and egg sandwiches

For dessert? Easter candy!

Favors

Stainless Steel Egg Whisk-  A baby is about to hatch and stir things up for the lucky, new mom and dad. Can you imagine a cuter way to mix those metaphors into a fabulous baby shower favor than this?

Stainless Steel Egg Whisk

The Nest Egg- Do you remember how delicately you held a robin’s egg as a child? Just the way a new mother holds a baby. These favors sweetly brings that memory back especially for baby showers with a magnificently designed favor that celebrates the present and looks to the future.

The Nest Egg

Time For Baby Egg Timer- Time is ticking and they’re expecting! This practical and inventive favor will be appreciated by guests with its stylish packaging and clever play on words. Cute little pink or blue egg-shaped timers will be reminding guests of your baby shower day every time they set the timer from 1 to 60 minutes.

Time for Baby Egg Timer

About to Hatch Salt and Pepper Shakers- Is someone “eggs-pecting?” How “eggs-citing!” Here’s an absolutely adorable favor certain to spice up any baby shower and give your guests an “eggs-ceptional gift” to take home.

About to Hatch Shakers

The Best of All Things Come in Pairs


Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is a super exciting time. But that excitement doubles (out of control) when preparing for the arrival of twins. Themes provide a better focus while planning a baby shower (whether it be for yourself or a loved one) and allow you to concentrate on the sweeter details. A theme can tie everything together for a beautifully articulated event.

Two peas in a pod is a very popular theme that’s also flexible for however many multiples are expected.

two peas in a pod picture

Decorations

When selecting decor for your two peas in a pod twin baby shower, allow for several shades of green to take over, with accent colors depending on the twins’ gender (pale pink, lavender, baby blue, or pale yellow).

Food

So even though those green balls of goodness add flavor to dishes like pasta salads, you may not want to include peas in every dish you serve at the baby shower. Here are a few ideas:

Key Lime Pie Shooters

French Macarons with Kiwi Filling

Pea Pod Cake Pops and Sugar Cookies

Green Candied Apples

Mini Quiches

A Very Berry Platter

Favors

My favorite part of any party are the favors mainly because I love sweet details and I love seeing the creativity that goes behind favors (especially for themed parties). Here are a few ideas:

Two Peas in a Pod Salt and Pepper Shakers- These honestly add some zip to the saying “two peas in a pod”! The charming gift presentation also brings a cheerful touch to the joyous occasion.

Two Peas in a Pod Salt and Pepper shakers

Baby Feet Cookie Cutters- Granted this isn’t explicitly “pea” related, it still falls in to the category of adorable favors. Besides, who doesn’t want to take home cookie cutters to add to their collection?

Baby Feet Cookie Cutters

Peas in a Pod Candles- The candle set has two baby design candles, with a single strand of hair on each forming the wick, peering out of a snuggly green pea pod. Too cute.

Peas in a Pod Candles

Over the Moon With Excitement — A ‘Goodnight Moon’ Baby Shower


Why not draw inspiration for a baby shower from a classic bedtime story. “In the great green room, there was a telephone and a red balloon, and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon.” Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon” is an American classic, and the perfect theme for a baby shower or kids birthday parties.

Cow Jumped Over the Moon Pic

This book has been loved for generations and is a popular gift to give to expecting mothers or new babies. Drawing from the colorful pages, it’s easy to transform your shower into an adorable come-to-life book.

Gift Registry

First things, first. Before you start planning every detail for your shower, you need to get on a registry for gifts! For the essentials you will need:

Once you’ve registered for the necessities, register for some fun things that you would be interested in, like perhaps a Snuggle Bug photo album.

It’s All in the Details

  1. Banquet tables: Trade the traditional pastel-colored table cloths and transform the banquet, food and gift table into beds. To pull of this look, use some inexpensive bed linens and pillows and draw inspiration from the book by using playful patterns and vibrant colors. Don’t forget to place a teddy bear on each “bed”, as well.
  2. Balls of yarn: Just like in the book use colorful balls of yarn as decor throughout the shower. Use blue, red, yellow and green balls of yarn.
  3. ‘Goodnight Moon’ banner: Bust out those crafty skills and create a “Goodnight Moon” banner. You can find a variety of banner ideas floating around Pinterest, with the most common using twine or ribbon, burlap or fabric, and stencils. You can make a few of these banners to place around the shower.
  4. Cow jumping over … anything: One of the most memorable parts of the book is the cow jumping over the moon! You can have die-cuts or cow stickers pasted on the wall jumping over your clock, a floor lamp, anything really. Or you can create a moon from scrapbook paper. You can even purchase an “Over the Moon” vintage bookmark with a keepsake nursery rhyme gift box.

Moon Bookmark and Giftbox Favor

Get a few copies of the book and place them around the room. Your guests will be able to read the book and see where you drew your inspiration from. The thing to remember for this shower is to use bright colors: shades of greens, oranges, yellows, reds and blues. Distinguish the guest of honor by adorning her chair with red balloons.

Food

For some simple sweets, how about some cheesecake shooters? Just use some small shooter glasses and layer cheesecake mixture and graham cracker crust in a few layers. Top it off with some blueberries and a cookie pastry in the shape of a star. Mini cupcakes are always a hit. Make some custom cupcake toppers with some print-out “Goodnight Moon” sayings and quotes.

Party Favors

For a lasting party favor, give out copies of “Goodnight Moon” to all your guests. Or if you want to express your gratitude even more deeply, hand out these custom made candles imprinted with babies sleeping on a “moon”.

baby sleeping on moon