This year I added some specimen jars to my decor. I bought several shapes and styles of glass containers at Axe Man and filled them with various odd things- eye balls, plastic spiders, fake bones, rubber mice... whatever. I bought the labels at Target from their Halloween section.
I made a pumpkin cake and decorated it to look like a pumpkin. Just another use for my bunt pan! And I finally discovered how to make fondant more tasty and less like flavorless chewing gum. Mixed 1/2 store bought fondant ( way easier than making my own) with 1/2 marzipan.
My kids shared a birthday party this year because I am feeling too pregnant to do 2 parties only 1 month apart. We did a space theme because my 5 year old has been interested in the Sun and 3 year old is obsessed with the Moon.
So my long time pal Tiffany is having her first baby! So I teamed up with my partner in crime, Rachel, to throw her a baby shower. She is having a girl and I wanted to make a nod to one of her many hidden talents which is speaking French. Not many of her friends know she once lived there and speaks the language so well. So with a party theme decided away we went and came up with a really fun event!
I printed the invitations on water color paper and used gold envelopes, which was the accent color for the party along with pink and peach.
Here is the beautiful "La Mere" to be! She's standing in the entry way which we filled with hanging balloons. A very festive way to enter a home don't you think?
I made a peach/pink colored cake with different shades of cake layers and frosting. Then 12'' white candles topped it off. The best part was that it also served as our game for the night. I thought it would be fun to have a traditional french "King Cake" game. Usually played on new years but it fits perfect for a baby shower. I just hid a little plastic baby inside the cake and whomever got the piece of cake with a little baby in it won a gift basket!
Here is our winner showing off the baby she found in her slice. And the french themed basket that she won. The basket was really fun to pull together. It included things like Brie cheese, chocolate truffles, Grey Poupon Mustard, the current issue of Bon Appetite Magazine, a bottle of Perrier sparkling water etc...
Another activity was a French Photo Booth. We left out props like mustaches but more importantly thought bubbles that guests could fill with their baby advice for the new Mommy. The collection of images turned out really cute! Here is a sampling....
And my mouth still waters thinking of all the delicious french food that was served. Très Bon!
Mini crepes with ham, asparagus and swiss cheese, ham and brie sandwiches on a baguette, and a Niçois salad on croissants. There was also baked Brie, and stuffed chocolate covered strawberries. I was in heaven. We drank pink lemonade in cups with little french labels wishing guests "A Votre Sante!"
Everyone left with a clear square box of Almond Macaroons or chocolate dipped Madeline cookies. It was my first attempt at making Macaroons and to be honest I'll be just fine if I never have to make them again :)
Finally sharing some photos I took while eating my way through Italy last June. Don't have any recipes to share but just wanted to show you how beautiful the food was and tasted even better :)
|The Bufala Mozzarella along the Amalfi Coast was divine. This Caprese salad included roasted lemon leaves.|
|Sorry Grandma It pains me to say it but this Gnocchi is the best I've ever had.|
|Ahhh...Gelato. How do I love thee?|
|Orange infused Cannolis|
|Me enjoying my daily dose of Gelato|
I made some fun Valentine photo cards with my kids this year. We used our little chalk board easel at home to create a backdrop for their photos. For my son we wrote the words " I Think I Love You!" in a thought bubble that he could stand next to.
I bought copies of the board books for guests to sign for the new mommies. Now they can remember all their friends when they read the story to their little ones when they arrive!
At the end of the book the caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly so I made butterfly cookies for each of the guests as a thank you gift.
Congratulations Megan and Rebecca!