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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Baby Shower Recap

Here's an overview of the baby shower I hosted for my BFF, Heather.

Invitations
The invitations were made using the wonderful downloadandprint.com. I used the "Birch Trees" design, which is intended to be a wedding invitation. The site instructs you to enter your text in Word, but as the editing possibilities are very limited there, I used Photoshop instead. First I took a screen capture of the design parts, and then put them back together at the size and placement I wanted. Then the trees were changed from a gray to a robin's egg blue, and some little bird silhouettes were added in a bright pink. I added the text, and ta-da, done! I took the file to my local copy shop and had it printed on a heavy cardstock. (Note that all the PS work was done with some help from my resident expert, Cory.)

Menu
Drinks:
- Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
- Ice Water

Sweet:
- Cookie Dough Truffles
- Sugar Cookie Doves
- Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes
- Lemon Berry Trifles

Savory:
- Baby BLT's
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Cheese Tarts

I'll be back with a couple recipes later this week. The food preparation was shared with my lovely co-hosts, but even with all that help, the cheese tarts fell by the wayside and didn't make an appearance. I ruined my puff pastry (long story) and didn't have time to improvise. In the end, it was fine, nobody missed them, and we had plenty of food.

   Who better to set the mood for a baby shower than these sweet little muffins.

Heather received some gorgeous gifts, including this owl that my mom knitted.

I made some onesies using this fantastic set of iron-transfers. Pros: I love that they actually transfer the ink, not a plastic-y decal. Cons: the colors came out a lot brighter than the transfers appeared. I preferred them more subdued.

The gorgeous guest of honor!

7 comments:

Sarah Jean said...

I love love love the owl stuff!! I was wondering if you could post the sugar cookie recipe you used? I've tried to make sugar cookies once following a recipe called The Best Sugar Cookies, and, as I'm sure you can guess from this comment, they were not!

Erin said...

Thanks, Sarah Jean! The recipe I used for the cookies pictured is not my absolute favorite, though they were still quite good, just a little more like shortbread than I prefer. (I had some dough leftover from a previous baking session, so I was lazy and re-used it) I'll try and post my favorite sugar cookie recipe in the next few weeks, but if you need it soon, just send me an email and I'll get it to you!

Erin Neiner said...

what a GORGEOUS shower!!!! I have never met Heather but I grew up with her hubby, Matt, and his parents and my parents were very good friends! I'm so excited for them and their upcoming new addition! You sure do throw an awesome party!!! Well, I have been a short-time lurker and I found you thru Sarah Branine's blog...but my husband has been a long time fan of Corey's art. Anyway...love the blog. Wish I were down south to attend the Indie craft fair. And, you have a GREAT first name!! :)

Sarah Jean said...

No hurry! I'd just like to add it to my recipe collection because I plan on purchasing those special cookie cutters from William Sonoma you posted a while back. :)

Baby Games said...

Hi!

I like the food preparation they looks very delicious.. specially those cup cakes..Hmm,.. Yummy

Regards
Mickey Buarao

Erin said...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

Sarah Jean, those cookie cutters come with a recipe, and as it happens, that is the exact same recipe I used for the cookies pictured... I had plenty left over from making them before, so I had frozen the leftover dough. They are good, though not my absolute favorite, but I think the shortbread-y dough is what helps the imprinted letters hold their shape, so I don't want to mess with that.

Sarah Jean said...

Ah, ok, thanks for letting me know!! I'm such a cookie fiend that I would love to have the other recipe as well when you get the chance. :)

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