Recently, I hosted a baby shower with a group of friends at work for a friend at work, Kristen. The theme was Milk and Cookies (and books, she's a reading teacher). The hostesses brought books to start the nursery collection...more on this in a minute. This was a really easy theme to do with a large group of hostesses.
The Invitations: I blogged about these, the process, and the innards here.
We hosted the shower in our school library, it's the best local for a big group of folks. Here's the sign in table, milk and cookies table, and the cookie bar.
I blogged about random stuff like this (making pom poms etc) a few days ago.
Here's a close up of the guest sign-in table.
Heather's husband printed some vinyl letters (Kristen's baby's name, and we filled these jars (old frappacino bottles) with Cookie Crisp Cereal. I bought a bunch of different brown/yellow/white fabric for all the tables. This milk jug, and all the vintage milk jars are things I've been collecting (prior to the concept). I have a few too many.
For a Sign-In Memory, we had the whole staff leave a message in this book for Thomas to read someday.
We had two tables, one for the dessert, and one for the after dessert desserts.
Heather let me borrow these books from her children to create cupcake tiers. I don't think her children have forgiven me for stealing their books, even temporarily.
I wrapped the top book in each stack in syran wrap to prevent any grease for the cupcakes from ruining the books.
I made chocolate and white versions of the Oreo Cookie Cupcake, which I blogged about Thursday.
I found the perfect napkin at Party City.
We served some water for the non-milk drinkers, and I saw the idea for putting (Sarah's) yellow straws in a vintage milk jar on this site that was shared with me when I posted the invite pictures ( I heart bloggers).
As for the milk, my original goal was to use old frapachino bottles (I've seen this in a million times with milk or punches), but then I remembered I don't really drink fraps (I like them, I just can't afford more calories), and I couldn't find anyone else that does either, so I found these little cuties at Hobby Lobby. It was quite a hunt!
I'm going to use them again, I host parties and showers all the time, trust me, they'll have a second...third...and tenth life, so we had this handy return crate as well.
There are three things I love to make 'fun' at every party-the invitation, the guest sign-in, and the favors. The beginning, the end, and the memory keeper would be another way to say it, I guess.
The favors this time came in the shape of a cookie bar. Edible favors-my MO, for sure!
I blogged about the bag printables,
and the fig newtons previously.
Each hostess brought a different cookie for the bar-wafers, buckeyes, oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip, chocolate dipped fig newtons, and rice crispies on-a-stick, along with a bucket of Cookie Crisp Cereal (which we filled the invites with).
I added labels and 'accessories' to each container (I blogged about these previously as well). This is where any memory of a diet went south. Guest all made big bags of treats to take with them.
Each table got a vintage milk jug filled with daisies, a different fabric, and a book.
We (the hostesses) sent Kristen home with the books (we each inscribed a message into the books we brought) in this little tub, with the 'guest sign in book' added to the mix as well, signed by all the guest.
People pictures and a 'real report' will come tomorrow. In the meantime, here are all the pics from the shower.
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