Pinterest has really changed the way we throw parties. Or at least parties with my sister.
For me, parties are about food and people. She loves parties to be beautifully decorated and perfect. So when it was time to throw her another baby shower, Pinspiration had to happen.
This weekend we threw a baby shower for my sister’s second child. Baby James will be here soon, so what better way to celebrate him than with some cute decorations and tasty foods. Normally, I would want to make a ton of foods to feed a crowd, but things have been crazy over here in Foodologie-land.
Here’s a quick update before we get into the baby shower details. I’m currently homeless. Jesse and I moved out of our apartment last week. Our stuff is in storage and we’re moving from house to house for the next few weeks until we move up to the Bay Area at the end of the month. Between moving and work and life, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to make food in advance. Instead, I focused on decor and kept the food simple (and store-bought).
I think it worked out well and was far less stressful than trying to make all the food myself.
We rented tables and sage green table cloths. My sister bought a burlap runner that we trimmed to fit each table.
The centerpieces were simple but nice. Some beautiful hydrangeas, some small candles and some letters to spell out James. The flowers I got at Costco that morning.
Tip: Costco is a great place for flowers if you’re throwing a party!
For favors, we got some little burlap sacks and put some hershey kisses and hand sanitizers in them, along with a little tag that says Thank you.
Upon arrival, guests took a photo of themselves and filled out a “Wishes for Baby” card, with cute advice for Baby James.
Then there was food of course… We kept it simple with a sandwich bar and salads.
The salads included: green salad, pasta salad, potato salad, and fruit salad.
For Dessert, we had various treats (mostly for decorative purposes) and pies!
Like I said, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to bake, but Coco’s has some seriously good and reasonably priced pies. Definitely recommended. We had fresh strawberry pie, dutch apple pie, banana cream pie, chocolate cream pie and cheesecake pie with lemon curd.
They all looked and tasted great!
For drinks, I did strawberry flavored water and a fun concoction I found on pinterest, a mix of pineapple juice, lemonade and sprite. It was a bit too sweet but tasty! We didn’t do any baby shower type activities. Instead people just had fun while eating and drinking.
Overall, this baby shower was much less stressful to plan. Keeping the food simple made the whole event come together more easily.
I hope the mom-to-be (aka my sister) liked it.
I can’t wait to meet Baby James!
Coming up next on Foodologie…. Fun-employment and a few trips coming up before the big move. Hopefully some good eats along the way. Stay tuned!
What’s your favorite part of throwing a party?