Build Baby Ellie’s Library baby shower

Build Baby Ellie’s Library baby shower

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On Saturday I hosted our family’s baby shower for my daughter in law.   She was having three showers so decided to go with a book theme with mine.  I had a mom who read to me every day so I know how books bonds parents.   Plus books will give her the world to see too as she reads them.    So everyone brought a book with their gift instead of buying a card.  Believe it or not out of 25 plus books she didn’t receive any duplicates.

 

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The cutest invitations ever made by a niece … thanks Eileen!! You rocked!

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I did not take any pictures of the food once all the desserts were there from my sister in laws.  I also didn’t take any pix of the table decorations.  I got busy and just completely forgot to take pix.  I did take pix of her opening gifts.  There were several people who sent gifts that were not there.  So I put those pix on FB so those who sent a gift seen her enjoying it.

I do a blog on Pinterest so you know there were a few details from it.  I did omit a few things from my original to do list.  I got busy and was then smart about what I could and couldn’t do.  (truly helped on not stressing too!)  I had planned on doing lil book signs for food and do regret I didn’t find time for them.

There is a HUGE difference on hosting a party at a different location.  I have hosted Christmas a few times with 25 plus people.  However when you have to carry everything you really change your game plan.  I have some beautiful crystal bowls but the thought of carrying them led to using mostly Dollar Tree serving ware.   I would have found some cute dishes to put the silverware in but using plastic cups was more sensible.  I still had 4 bins of stuff and coolers even after downsizing twice.

I had a few a mishaps … cake was not done to specifications.  I should have made a few more side dishes.  I forgot to make the coffee and left the other waters in hubby’s car.  Other than that it went really well.  We had a great turnout with E  & A getting some fabulous gifts!   While we were at the shower, the men in our family met up for drinks to celebrate Eric becoming a dad.   It was a great afternoon and so thankful that we could do it for them!

 

 

 

last name goneThe gift table’s decorations:  I put a copy of her sonogram in a frame.  I spray painted a basket pink for cards and made a thank you sign for it.  (Mom is using basket for books now.)  The frame with her name, I made for her nursery.  I then laid out a pink flower garland to finish the gift table.

 

 

Hungry board

I made this storyboard of Hungry Caterpillar of Ellie growing as her mom had done the veg/fruit size each 2 weeks.  I also changed the last name of the author to our name as he shares same first name as son.  I then added mom’s name as author too.  Just thought it was a cute way to show Amanda’s last 8 months … this was my idea and not a pinterest item 🙂

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I did an activity table instead of playing games.

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label

I also made labels for the books brought to the shower … I had one I threw away so overlook the bended label since I forgot to take a pix of them.

20130818_7All the desserts hadn’t arrived yet …we had 7 different ones.  Taking home a container of desserts was one of the favors for the guests. 🙂

cookies

One sister in law brought these adorable cookies!!  They were delicious!

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A few diaper cakes with books to go with theme.  Mom then can use books and diapers after shower.

d cakeI made this one to hold one of the favors … bookmarkers for guests to take home.   The book topper has Ellie’s name.  🙂

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favors

Another favor was gummy worms (Albenese of course!) with note saying “Thank you for making Ellie a bookworm.”

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Lil details I added that I took a pix since I didn’t take many:

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Yeah I even added stickers to the salt and pepper, lol.

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Ice Bucket

cups

I made a few these for silverware.

cake

The cake was a disaster!  First of all it was supposed to be yellow icing to match the invite.  Then look at the writing. 🙁

But it was worse thing that happened that day and we were okay. 🙂

table

The books “Where is Ellie” and “Ellie’s Tea Party” have Ellie as an Elephant.  So went with the Pink Safari theme at Party City for decorations and paper goods.

part of tableAdded a pink box to use as a riser for the (horrible) cake.  I also decorated the trifle bowl that had the Cotton Candy Salad in it.

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Beautiful blanket that Eric’s aunt Linda made for Ellie ….

corsage

The florist did a great job on her corsage … it was beautiful!

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The beautiful DIL and beautiful DSD … so blessed to have them both in my life and can’t wait until Ellie joins them!

Thanks for all your help Liz on setting up!!!!!!!!

Thanks to all my friends and family that put up with my endless texts of pix for the shower too!!  I so appreciate the time!!!!!

Now how many days is it until Ellie arrives? 🙂

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