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Monday, August 15, 2011

Guess Whoooo's Having a Baby Boy: Owl Baby Shower

One of my dearest friends, Jen, is having a baby boy. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding and hosted a fantastic wedding shower for me.  Since she eloped to Las Vegas, I had to make it up to her with a baby shower.  It was such a fun afternoon.  There were so many guests, people came from Illinois, Montana and Wisconsin to help celebrate this wonderful occasion.  When I sent Jen a link to TinyPrints to get an idea of what kind of invitation she was looking for, she immediately liked this owl invitation.  I was so thrilled that she chose the owl invite, I had wanted to host an owl themed birthday party for Miss F's second birthday, but I got overruled with her circus obsession.

Jen's favorite food is TexMex, specifically Chuys.  So I came up with a menu of casual TexMex fare, with some of Jen's favorites.  She loves the skillet queso from Chili's, so of course we had to include it.  My friend Shannon made an amazing cake to replicate the invitations, she is unbelievably talented.  I attempted fondant sugar cookies for Miss F's first birthday party...they were a disaster.  Shannon is a miracle worker for doing what she does with fondant.  I had such a lovely time planning and hosting this shower with my friend Melissa.  I think the most time consuming part was slicing all the fruit for the skewers.  Other than that, everything came together quite quickly.  Though I did learn a good lesson, do not have something in the oven, four burners going on the cooktop and 40 guests over on a 100 degree day...our air conditioner just couldn't handle it.  Once everyone cooled off with a drink, we were set to open the massive amount of baby gifts, everyone was beyond generous.  We can't wait to meet Jen's baby boy!

Jen's Shower Menu

Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas
Skillet Queso
Strawberry, mango, pineapple and cantaloupe skewers
Vegetables with jalapeno ranch dip
Salsa, Guacamole, and Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
Chocolate cake
White wine peach Sangria

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10 comments:

Nicole, RD said...

I LOVE that menu! Congrats to her! :)

Chrissy said...

What a cute shower! I love the owl theme, a great change from the typical baby blue/duck themes at showers!

maNda said...

that cake is awesome!

Erin Stomber said...

Such a cute shower! I love the setup and everything looks great!

Jessica said...

Very cute shower! Looks like a huge success!

Southern Pink Lemonade said...

What a cute theme! It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. The menu and set-up of the food looked delicious!

Michelle said...

Great job, everything turned out so adorable! The menu sounds delicious!

Yudith said...

Cute shower!! You're such a great friend!

Jessy said...

What a great looking party! Your menu looks fantastic! I love the cake. :)

Joyce said...

I love all of the printed owls, from the signs to the banner and hanging circles!

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