Oh Baby Couples Baby Shower…..

I’m……..getting……..older.

I co-hosted a couples baby shower for a “little” gal I had in children’s choir when Jason and I were newlyweds….and she was the ripe old age of 9 (give or take a year there).  Her mom asked if I would help her throw her daughter and hubby a couples shower and without hesitation, I said “YES!”  The shower took place at the end of September in 2012, just last year.  But yes, I’m a delinquent and finally catching up with posting on my new blog!  :O}

Here’s how it went down……..

Wes, the dad to be, came up with the invitation since he is guru of all things graphic!  He called it the “Oh Baby” couples shower…..sorry, I can’t find a picture of the invitation right now……will have to post it later.

This is Lisa….mom to be…..(at this writing the bump is no more and little Hudson has arrived on the planet)…..she’s the little girl I just mentioned above.  But now she’s a grown woman……funny how that happens when you’re not looking…….she’s just lovely standing there with her baby bump, right?

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Here’s the spread Lori, Lisa’s mom, and I created.  It was a co-ed menu…..we tried to think of things that weren’t dainty so that the guys wouldn’t feel like they were out of place.  Since Wes, the dad to be, had come up with the “Oh Baby”  theme, we kept all the food bite sized in it’s mini or “baby” version of itself.  Lori had a HUGE island in the middle of her kitchen so I bought fabric to go with our theme of black and white with pops of green, yellow and blue and made my own custom table cloth.  We also used my collection of galvanized containers for stands and serving pieces………

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Lori made these delicious Cuban Finger Sandwiches…..so yummy……..

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I made these Tomato Soup Shooters…..just tomato soup in mini soup mugs and some Mini Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to go with the soup…….again……yummy…….

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We had Antipasto Skewers……made by Lori…….

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Individual Shrimp Cocktail Spoons……..also made by Lori……

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Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce……..

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Hot Blue Cheese Dip with Warm Potato Chips……Pretzel Bites with Dip…….and for sweets, we served Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries……..Assorted Chocolate Covered Fruits and Nuts…….

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It was quite a spread……..

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For the drinks, we kept it simple with Citrus Laced Water and Brazilian Lemonade……

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And I made these special straws for everyone’s glass……’Staches for the Guys…….Red Hot Lips for the Gals…….

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And for the featured sweet ending, since it was, after all, a couples baby shower………we served Milk Shots with a 3-teired Oreo Cake……..

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This cake was made with 600 plus Oreos and we had carafes of Chocolate and Whole Milk on ice with individual shot glasses ready for a toss back…..

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This was the EASIEST cake I’ve ever made……plan on doing it again sometime too!  And yes, we had plenty of Oreos left over but that’s not the point, people……having fun was the point!

The gathering was lovely and everyone enjoyed making new acquaintances and catching up with friends and family……..

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And the food was in abundance so everyone was able to grab another “Baby” sized bite if the first wasn’t enough…….

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I also set up a photo booth with plenty of Baby Themed props and some that were just down right silly.  Jason built the frame for me out of PVC pipes and connectors and I got the FABULOUS fabric at IKEA for the backdrop.

Here’s Lisa and her husband, Wes, with their little fur baby, Enzo……..

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Lisa with her Dad and Mom……a.k.a. G-Pa and G-Ma……

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Here’s pics of the friends and family in attendance some not so serious (props included)………..some a little more serious (props not included)……..

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After all this fun…..it was time for Oreos and Milk Shots…….

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Then commenced DIAPER OLYMPICS…………..!!!!!!!!

Four couples decided to participate so each couple had to stand side by side and put their inside arms behind each other’s backs.  Then each couple could use each other’s opposite hand to undress, change the “baby’s” diaper, and redress the baby.  This was the first trial…….

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The top three couples who finished this trial first moved on to the next trial……..milk chugging……..from a baby bottle………

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They only had 4 oz. to chug but it was still a challenge…….

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I told them they could get creative with the last ounce since these “Bigger Babies” were taking so long…….and then there were two couples left for the next trial……..”Binky” Spitting……..

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These “binkies” caught some major air……..see that pink one just hanging there in mid air????  So whoever spit their “Binky” the farthest went home with a gift basket that Lori put together that contained a DVD of What to expect when you’re expecting, some bags of popcorn and candy for movie night at home!  The Diaper Olympics were a big hit!

Then we all reconvened inside to open gifts and played Baby Shower Bingo while the gifts were being opened…….boy, were Lisa and Wes showered!

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My handsome assistant and husband (shown below) brought our printer and we printed out the pictures I took from the “photo booth” while the gifts were being opened.  We printed them, cut them out and framed them in some frames Lori bought as favors for the guests to take home from the shower.  I also made and jarred some “BaByQ Sauce” for everyone to take home with them as a favor too.  We put it out on display on the sofa table so everyone could take their picture, already framed, and a jar of sauce as they departed…….

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The winner of the Baby Shower Bingo game got a gift card to the movies and to a nearby restaurant in their gift basket!  I forgot to get pictures of the gift baskets that Lori put together for these two games we played……oh well.

Then I gathered everyone together in the living room for some group photos before they all left…….

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It was a special occasion and so much cause for celebration…..a little one soon to arrive and to be welcomed to the planet with so much love waiting here for him……..

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Hudson David was born in November 2012 to Wes and Lisa and proud and loving grandparents, Dave and Lori, my good and dear friends.

Check out Wes and Lisa’s blog if you’d like to meet Hudson…….

http://www.thomasbabyfarm.wordpress.com

What a memory we all made together!

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