A Royal Welcome

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting a Pretty Little Princess themed baby shower for a little girl making her way into the world.

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For this event, I was fortunate enough to be able to work with Holli from HoneyBash Celebration Shop and to say she is a life saver is not enough. She is probably the most patient person ever…if I had to deal with me, I would have screamed! But she’s just awesome like that! I was asked to do the shower in the colors of pink and purple, with a touch of bling, so I was able to select one of the packages from her shop to use for the party. She definitely made me realize the value in using other people’s talents to bring an event together and I will definitely be partnering in the future 🙂

Most of the paper items in the party (banners, signs, food labels, and cupcake toppers) were designed by Holli and embellished a bit by yours truly; I constructed the fans and floral arrangements.

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Just a little crystal bling to make them fit for a princess!

 

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For this baby shower, I did all of the desserts, set up the candy bar, and even got to use some of my culinary talents on the food table; I make a mean pasta salad.

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The guests were welcomed with an opportunity to write well wishes for the mom-to-be. The book had to be fitting for a little princess…

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Before the shower started, we actually had a guest making balloon animals for the kids. Talk about a hit! She casually mentioned that she could make some to keep them entertained…I was trying to get one myself!!

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After everyone was full and content, we started the games. There were the traditional games with a twist, and some unique ones. We played:

  • Don’t Say Baby: This game is usually played with clothespins or necklaces and the object of the game is to take them away from someone who says “baby” or crosses their legs during the shower; the person with the most at the end of the shower wins. For this shower, we played with a “twist.” Four guests were given crowns at the beginning of the shower, but everyone was playing. If the crown wearer said “baby” or “Jazlynn,” they had to forfeit their crown. The four people at the end of the shower who were still wearing crowns all got prizes.
  • Guess the celebrity baby: People have to guess which celebrity’s baby picture was in the collage. The most correct guesses wins.
  • Baby animals: The correct name for the baby version of the animal has to be identified. Guests have 60 sec to identify them and the most correct guesses wins.
  • Baby Picasso: The guests have to draw their best rendition of a little princess on a paper plate; the plate has to be on their head and they have 90 sec to draw.
  • Never Have I Ever: The guests have to confess what they’ve done in this PG-rated version of Truth or Dare. If they’ve done something, they have to put change into the baby bottle piggy bank and all of the money is used to start the baby’s first savings.

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All in all, it was a success! We laughed, played, had a great time, and I made some new friends! Wishing many congratulations to the parents-to-be!

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Thanks also, to my amazing photographer Isaac! He’s an all-around great guy and wonderful friend 🙂

 

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Decor, Styling, Desserts: Creating Awesomenessity!

Printables: HoneyBash Events

Photography: Isaac Singleton Photography

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Showered with Love

Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of co-hosting a shower-themed baby shower for my dear friend Carolyn. Her sister is a member of Delta Sigma Theta and I had this awesome elephant that I wanted to use for something, so it totally worked out!

So, very simply, the theme was “Let’s Shower Carolyn with Love!” Her daughter has been named Madison and the colors were centered around the baby’s room colors. Aunt Tracey did all of the food catering and I got to do the dessert table, games, and favors.

When the guests entered, there was a table set up for them to sign in and to write well wishes for both mom and baby.

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that is a pretty cool elephant!

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double duty…guest book and bedtime story for the little one…

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The food was so good! I remember eating two plates. I’m just glad I wasn’t the only one…

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I found the little elephants in the $1 bin at Michael’s and decided that I wanted them to be white, for a cleaner and more uniform look. I thought to myself, “Self, they’re small, plastic, and harmless…a coat of paint should suffice…” Three coats in, I’m swearing by the application of primer on any and everything…

For the centerpieces, we had umbrellas, strung with “raindrop” crystals and elephants. If you know any member of this sorority, you know there’s never a shortage of elephants! I was very thankful that auntie had plenty to share!

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We played a variety of games, but what I thought would be the most fun to do would be to play “Never Have I Ever,” the G-Rated, baby shower version. The object of that game was to put a coin into Madison’s first piggy bank for every activity that you’d done. It was hilarious! Until I realized that I was putting the most money into it. I guess I should be thankful to have experienced so many things in life, because it sure cost me that day lol

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For dessert, we had cake and cupcakes. Mom requested chocolate and wedding cake cupcakes, so that’s what we had. I mixed the icings and flavors and ended up eating a wedding cake cupcake with dark chocolate icing. Can you say the best of both worlds? The only reason I didn’t get another was because I was a little slow on the draw against the other guests.  It’s for the best, I suppose…

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We had such a wonderful time and the most beautiful hostess for the shower. Now we’re all just sitting around patiently waiting for baby Madison, so we can spoil her in real life…

Make It Awesome!

Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice…

The pictures are in!

In early December 2012, I had the honor of hosting a co-ed baby shower for parents expecting a sweet little girl. The theme was Sugar and Spice; the colors were pink, bronze, and chocolate; mom, aunt-to-be, and almost everyone there are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I was just thankful they didn’t opt for pink and green… 🙂 Mom’s style is very simple and minimalistic and I was thrilled that she loved the way that everything was set up. It was a small challenge for me, only because I like a lot of stuff and for things to be full and busy, but she was very pleased. The best compliment was that the shower guests walked in and said they immediately recognized her taste and style.

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We had close to 80 guests and I must admit, despite all the pink, I had a blast! The guests were wonderful to attend to and we enjoyed hours of laughter. The shower was held at the Westin Beale Street. We played some of the traditional games and threw some newer ones in the mix, just for the guys…

The Westin catered the shower and the guests enjoyed 4 types of spicy chicken drummettes, coconut shrimp with peach mango salsa, ginger chicken salad on crisp wonton, BBQ shrimp shooters, and pulled pork and chicken nachos.

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So the games…

The running games of the day were the traditional Don’t Say Baby, Guess the Celebrity, and Guess the Number of Candy Hearts. Instead of using clothespins, all the guests were asked to wear pink pearls as an homage to one of the sorority’s traditions.

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The celebrity’s baby pictures were set up for the guests to postulate over. Can you guess who any of them are? I had to look them up again before the shower and I put the thing together…I counted the candy by hand and learned a very important lesson in the process: use bigger candy.

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The first active game on deck was Shake Your Groove Thang. The object of the game was to be the first person to get all of the golf balls out of the box. Pure hilarity ensued. The dad-to-be had some moves on him, but he didn’t win. The guys were such good sports about participating and I really appreciated that. My husband told me later that men don’t like coming to showers because women have a tendency to make them play silly games. Oops. I just wish I had a copy of the video…

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Next we played the traditional shower games…match the baby animals, unscramble the baby related words. One lady knocked it out of the park! We also found out that she was a new mom, and she graciously proceeded to school myself and the audience on exactly what a layette is. I shall henceforth refrain from calling it the footie pajama body suit thing…

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This was not the table was busted for Googling answers…lol

We also played the game where you had to bring out your inner artist by drawing your most fabulous rendition of a baby. On a paper plate. Whilst said plate is atop your head. I played this game at a bridal shower and rocked it! I didn’t even bother to submit my attempt to the mom-to-be…I left it to the real artists.

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A true pack of Picasso’s I tell ya!

After all these games concluded and the prizes were awarded for the guessing games, the guests got into the dessert station and prepared to watch parents-to-be open the gifts. The dessert station consisted of a candy bar and cupcakes made by myself: chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, banana with honey cinnamon frosting, apple spice, pumpkin spice, cinnamon spice with butter cream frosting, and ginger spice; I can assure you that it was no easy feat making sure all of them made it to the shower.

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There were so many gifts. They and their baby girl are blessed to have so many people to love, care for, and support them…we ran out of room on 12’ worth of tables!

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That little girl doesn’t even know she hit the shower jackpot!

All in all, everyone had a great time. I truly enjoyed working with this family and wish them all the blessings they can handle with their little girl, who made her way into the world on December 28th. Welcome to the world baby girl!

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And I extend a special and truly sincere thank you to the wonderful photography team of Lyndsi Metz Photography. They are truly an amazing and supportive couple! It’s not everyday that the photographer volunteers to shake his groove thang in front of strangers!

As always, I have to thank the hubby who was there to support me and decided to have a little fun himself and agreed to bust out some baby shower mood music. I really love that guy 🙂

Make It Awesome!

Surprise! It’s a Baby!

Ok, so the baby wasn’t actually a surprise…they’d been trying for a while. And then they got pregnant! YAY! So when my friend told me that she was pregnant, I was over the moon! I’m at the age myself where babies are awesome and I just want to love them and kiss them and squeeze them and hug them and then I will call them George. I guess it’s a good thing that my husband wants a family because I’ve apparently broken the snooze button on my biological clock and any baby within reach is subject to random amounts of mushy, babbling nonsense. From me.

But moving along…

My friend is having a baby!! We know how these things go…mom wants a girl, dad wants a boy. I talked to my friend about the possibility of doing a baby gender reveal. The premise for this sort of event is that you basically find a fun and creative way to announce if you’re expecting a boy or a girl. Most parents find out with the rest of their family and friends and get to be surprised with everyone else. My friend and her husband are not most parents. But I really couldn’t blame them…they’d already waited so long to get the baby in the belly that they wanted to know right away! They played along anyway and I’m so proud of mom that she didn’t let the secret slip; I saw from subsequent posts that she had to avoid certain phone calls to keep it to herself… *high five* to you lady!

Most gender reveal parties have a theme or other special meaning to the couple. I saw one where the couple did theirs via painting the baby’s room with the color corresponding to the baby (pink=girl, blue=boy). The theme for this party came after musing over a conversation with mom:

Mom: I think I want to do it with the ladies in my Bible study class. I want it to be small and intimate and this would be the perfect setting since the ladies will already be there.

Me: Ok cool! Well, let’s schedule it and I’ll come over before Bible study to set everything up. I’ll leave and let you ladies do your study and then I’ll return when it’s time for the party…

Mom: You can stay for the Bible study *smiles* we would love to have you!

Me: Nah, that’s cool…I wouldn’t want to interrupt *smiles*

Mom: Well aren’t you a Christian?

Me: Yes ma’am I am!

Mom: Well, one more Bible study in the week won’t kill you then *big grin*

Me: *laughs* Yes ma’am, I’ll come to Bible study…

We ended up not doing with the Bible study group, but that conversation got me to thinking and literally out of left field, EUREKA! The theme for the party!

Adding a Prince or Princess to the Kingdom of God!

I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to plan this party! First, the color scheme…purple and gold are the symbolic colors for royalty, so that’s what I chose. I made a royal mobile/chandelier to go over the table, but there was already a chandelier over the table, so that was out of the question… Never thee worry, we hung it over the crafts station!

For the table set up, we had purple and yellow chocolate covered pretzels and some more of the awesome jello cookies, similar to the ones in the birthday post…these were made lemon and grape to stick with the color scheme.

For the actual reveal, cupcakes were made with icing the appropriate color corresponding to the baby’s gender, and put into individual boxes that had Bible verses pertaining to child rearing attached to them. I know from being a kid, having nieces and a nephew and from being around other people’s kids, the most commonly heard phrases usually included petitioning God at some point for just a portion of help/strength/mercy/restraint…

Before we did the reveal, we had the activity, which involved trying to figure out if there was a prince or princess on the way. Only the parents and I knew the gender of the baby, but we all played along. To make your decision/guess, you had to make a crown corresponding to your estimation. If you thought the baby was a boy, you were asked to make a purple, blue or green crown. If you thought they were having a girl, you were asked to make a gold or red crown.

Everyone got involved, but I think the kids really had more fun than the adults…

Once we got everyone in the crowns, it was time for the big reveal! I passed out individual boxes to everyone and had them open them together. One lady had hers open LITERALLY a split second after I said “GO!” and within 2 seconds she was off the couch dancing around with excitement because she was right in her guess…

They’re adding a Prince to the Kingdom!

Dad was re-esctatic about it! (I don’t know if that’s a real word, but we’re going with it!) A son! All of their friends and family were so happy! I think everyone kind of knew, but they were still surprised and overjoyed. I tried to comfort mom and tell her that it was good to have a big brother to protect his little sister when she gets here. She said girls can look out for themselves… She’s absolutely right about that, but the future little sister will have a big brother to dote over her, protect her and keep the other boys away when mom and dad aren’t around!

So congrats to you on your son-to-be…Malachi, your family can’t wait to meet you! They are absolutely some of the most fantastic people that I’ve met in quite some time and you couldn’t be joining a more gracious bunch!

Make It Awesome!