Sunday, June 1, 2014

It’s a BaBy-Q!

Does this scene look familiar?


This was my shower at my house last year hosted by my wonderful friends. Same weekend. Same time. The same thing happened. Rain. Just like last year, the rain held off for just long enough for me to set up everything for some decent pictures. Had I not had to set up an hour before the party, pictures would have been a bit more detailed, but we’ll just have to go with what we have.

Once again, it was a BaBy-Q! The invitations were the first things  I picked out after scouring Pinterest and Etsy. I always choose invitations that are printable to save $$$, which is especially easy since we invested in a color laser printer back when I got married.


The front door welcomed guests with grapevine wreaths topped with a raffia bow and hydrangeas from NDI. I must thank my BIL and SIL for the ferns as well! It certainly completed the entrance! If you noticed something different about the front of the house, I’ll give the details in a later post.



The tables were adorned with galvanized pails with fresh hydrangeas in them. For the bows, I used some fabric I purchased, cut it into strips with pinking sheers, tied them on the pails, and then secured them with hot glue.


The runners were simply a bolt of burlap cut in half. Perfectly imperfect. And of course, half pint mason jars tied with twine made the perfect candle holders.

At each place setting, a brown paper bag was cut off at the top with pinking sheers and stuffed with folded napkins and eating utensils. To personalize it, I used a changeable monogram stamp my SIL gave me at Christmas to add in the new baby’s monogram.


On the table for the parents and grandparents-to-be, I changed up the table and used lanterns and smaller galvanized pails with hydrangeas.


Since we were using long tables, I thought grouping them into rows and making a box shape would make it easier to see the gift opening. Unfortunately, that never happened due to the storm that rolled in.


Now to the food…

Mason jars with pink chevron straws were used as the glasses to hold tea or pink lemonade.


The menu included:

  • Marinated & seasoned grilled chicken
  • Loaded baked potato salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Baked beans
  • Fruit salad
  • Deviled eggs
  • Buttercream frosting cupcakes

It was a delicious spread for all to enjoy!


A Longerberger basket lined with pink gingham fabric {same as the bows} held the cornbread muffins.


Due to the incoming rain, I didn’t get a photo of it, but we used a giant galvanized tub to hold all of the chicken quarters and legs. It was a last minute idea that worked beautifully.IMG_6759

Not the best picture of me, but I loved Landry’s outfit {Cecil and Lou} so much and that cute smile that I had to share our one photo from the evening.

And proof that everyone did get to eat outside {albeit quickly}.


Overall, the shower was a success and once again made for a good story. Despite lack of seating, everyone stayed to chat, finish eating, and watch the opening of presents.


Thanks to all who came and were incredibly generous to Judd and Abby! I know the appreciated each and every gift that will be a blessing to their new baby girl.


Congratulations, Judd and Abby! We can’t wait to meet Landry’s new baby cousin!



Invitation: Etsy by Sweet Bees Design Shopp

Big thanks to Kate, Erin, and Mrs. Linda for letting me borrow all of your party decorating goods! We seriously need a party closet for a one stop shop!

1 comment:

  1. It looked fantastic!!!I'm so glad it turned out for the best :)