Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sweet Baby Shower

DSC06414 dutch hydrangea

One of my book club sisters is going to be a grandma for the second time. Last Saturday she threw a beautiful shower for her daughter.

Michelle, The Roving Gourmet, dropped off the food before the guests arrived. The menu was perfect:: cold celery soup shooters, spinach salad, poached salmon, chicken salad, fruit salad. All delicious! 

DSC06423 baby shower luncheon

We ate outside in the back yard.  

DSC06416 baby shower table setting

DSC06418 baby shower ducky table runner

DSC06415 baby shower clothes line

DSC06419 baby shower garden

After lunch we were invited to decorate onesies and shirts with fabric paints.

DSC06428 decorating onesie

DSC06429 decorating onesie

DSC06436 you are my sunshine onesie

Several guest thought that the baby would be stepping into Daddy's car-mechanic footsteps.

DSC06437 Ford and sailboat onesies

DSC06438 whale and car onesies

Then came the gifts, and there were many.  The time moved swiftly because we played Baby Bingo with cards listing possible baby gifts. With every gift someone may ask "There wouldn't be a hooter-hider in that diaper bag, would there?" or "Could that be used as a pee-pee teepee?". You wouldn't believe the cheers when a night light was finally unwrapped. 

DSC06430 baby shower gifts

DSC06443 sisters at baby shower

The baby will be well dressed for the World-Series-Winning San Francisco Giants ballgames.

DSC06444 SF Giants baby gear

There will be no shortage of onesies and shirts.

DSC06448 baby shirt

Baby will even have one with his Facebook page.

DSC06446 baby Facebook onesie

The afternoon ended on a sweet note.

DSC06433 baby shower desserts

The tiny bundt cakes were from a place called Bundtini. Super yummy!

DSC06424 bundtini cupcake display

Next time I will share with you what I brought to the shower. 


Kala said...

Looks like you all had a fantastic time.

And I have never seen cut hydrangeas look so lovely as in that first photo.

Ruth said...

A wonderful documentation of your beautiful shower! I just love every bit of it, the game, the onesies, the flowers (glorious), the food (!), the setting outdoors which is cozy and beautiful, just brilliant. And you know why I am especially eager to know all your details. I realized last evening that there is indeed something special when a mother's daughter has a baby, perhaps more so than when her daughter-in-law does. One of my blog friends ("Grandmother" it just so happens is her moniker) reminded me that woman has all her eggs in her womb while she is still in utero. That means that my little poppy seed, now growing in my daughter, was in me when my daughter was in my tummy! How crazy is that? No wonder I feel pregant. ;-)

California Girl said...

DB: That is one fanciful and elaborate shower. How lovely to be able to provide this for her daughter and unborn GB. I guess it's a boy? Loved my baby showers way more than my bridal. The eggs in utero Ruth brings up is something I didn't know. No wonder women are pre-programmed to conceive.

Chesney said...

That is one elegant baby shower...and the food looks to die for! I love the idea of decorating the onesies.....that is the coolest!

Unknown said...

Ooooh, I hope I'm asked to host a baby shower! I want to copy this one...such darling ideas! I really love the decorating the onesies idea...sure beats guessing the circumference of Mom's belly! The food looks smack-yo-lips delicious!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, this looks wonderful. The food and decorations are amazing, and I love the idea of decorating the baby tees!

Ginnie said...

I've never seen let alone been to a baby shower like this in my life, DB. OMG! How very creative and...delicious, in every way! Totally charming. :)

Marilyn Miller said...

I love it! What a fun shower. The idea for painting the onesies is great. I once gave a bridal shower and asked each guest to bring cloth napkins to hang on the line, then had a basket for the bride to take them all home in. The food and those little bundt cakes look totally delicious.

Margaret said...

Your camera angles are fantastic and it looks like it was such a FUN event!

Vagabonde said...

I loved the little ducks and blue marbles on the table. The decoration was very pretty – the flower gorgeous. I wish I could give a shower to my daughter who is having a baby in July but she lives away and I would not know anyone there, plus she has to work to the eve of her delivery. This must have been so much fun. It was a very creative shower for sure – those onesies and shirts are unique.

EG CameraGirl said...

What a great party! There are tons of creative ideas in this post.

Sherri said...

Cute baby shower. I love the onesies... what a great idea.

Reader Wil said...

What a lovely post! This is a wonderful tradition, which we don't know in the Netherlands. We celebrate after the birth of the baby.The food looks delicious and the babyclothes very special.You must have had a wonderful time.Thanks for sharing this!
Thanks for your comment. Actually we had made an itinerary. We went from Christchurch southwards and drove around the South Island from holiday park to another park where we booked a cottage beforehand!

Robin said...

This looked like fun but what it really reminded me of wass my own amazing dinner and "party" you had at your home for Relyn and I two summers ago! The back patio, lovely food, late night laughter:) You are a fantastic hostess yourself my dear friend!

rochambeau said...

Hello there Dutchbaby!
THANK you for bringing us along too!
I so appreciate having the opportunity to see the party. Such a wonderful celebration your book club sister had honoring her daughter and her bebe to be. She has exquisite taste and a fine attention for detail.
My favorite was seeing the onesies uses like bunting and that you all got to be creative together and put your gift of love into those sweet little suits.


London Caller said...

What a feast!
It's better than Christmas. ;)

London Caller said...

News update:
The telephone engineer is coming to install my internet connection on the 11 July 2011.
Seems like forever…

Victoria said...

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog the other day. While traveling in Sweden, I've had limited access to the internet and am getting by with only my iPad which is less efficient than a computer!

Stopped by to say hi and just enjoyed all the photos from the baby shower... Love the idea of decorating onesies for the new arrival and will suggest it for the next infant due in my extended family.

Mikko Tyllinen said...

Fantastic pictures! Very beautiful!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
Those hydrangeas were a variety from Holland that I had never seen before. It was just too perfect for a baby shower for a boy. And yes, we had a fantastic time!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ruth,
Your announcement and your beautiful contribution this shower made this baby shower more special than ever.

I love knowing that I carried the seeds of my potential grandchildren! I look forward to the glimpses into your journey towards grandmotherhood, Ruth!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear California Girl,
Absolutely fanciful and elaborate, yet completely relaxed - at least from a guest's point of view. Yes, it's a boy; see my next post on birth mandalas.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
I had never seen hydrangeas with a star-vein in the blossoms like that either. I'm sure the cultivators had to discard many other varieties before they found this glorious one.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Chesney,
I'm really losing it now. I intended to respond to your comment but I ended up responding to Kala a second time. Gee whiz!

The food was fantastic. It was light, flavorful, and even nutritious!

I wish I didn't botch up the onesie I painted.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Susan,
And smack-ou'-lips we did! Copy away; the hostess said she found these ideas on the internet. The gift-opening bingo game was also great.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear lisa,
Decorating the t's proved to be a formidable challenge...

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ginnie,
The ladies in my book club are not only amazing women, but they all throw beautiful parties. I feel so privileged to be part of the group.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Marilyn,
Your napkin idea is fantastic! I love using cloth napkins at home - so much better than paper.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Margaret,
Thank you for noticing!

This was truly a wonderful afternoon with great company and great food!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Vagabonde,
Yes, the hostess did a superb job of decorating. I saw those duckies and marbles at Michaels not too long ago.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear EG Wow,
Yes, the hostess is one creative lady!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Sherri,
I'm going to send the new mother a link to your wonderful international children's room ideas.

Dutchbaby said...

Lieve Reader Wil,
I love the Dutch tradition of eating "beschuit met muisjes" with the birth of a baby.

Also, thank you for posting about the Hold Hands project for the people of Oslo. It helps me remember that the vast majority of people are good.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Robin,
You are so sweet! That was a fun-filled evening of laughter and friendship. I can't believe it's been two years already. I hope to be back in Oregon next rowing season!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Constance,
Thanks for dropping by and leaving such kind words.

I hope you had a great birthday!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear London Caller,
Michelle from Roving Gourmet is a fantastic chef!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Victoria,
Thank you for taking the time to leave word of your visit so soon after your big vacation to Sweden!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Mikko Tyllinen,
Thank you; I will take your words as a great compliment seeing what a wonderful artist you are. Welcome to Dutchbaby!

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