Deborah's already in contention for World's Best Auntie: I have been planning my sister's baby shower in my mind for about 11 years now. I was inspired by the popular paper straws you see everywhere in blue and white stripes and then the invites were created by my friend with the same theme. Everything had the influence of those colors, from gelato cups, to paper plates.
I decided to have a dual parting gift and drink cup, where I used mason jars with little name labels attached with twine. We had a typewriter "write" station set up where people typed out a message or piece of advice for the parents to be and then hung it with mini clothespins onto a string for everyone to read. I later put these notes into an album for my sister to read and enjoy.
The gelato bar was a huge success with toppings ranging from animal crackers and chocolate covered gummy bears to Dots and sprinkles. I scoured the internet until I found a great resource for party supplies, Bake It Pretty. They have unique and original paper goods and decorations.
We enjoyed pork sliders, bruschetta, salads, meats and cheeses thanks to a good friend's help. And above the food table I sewed little onesies that spelled out my nephew's name, Romeo. I also sewed bunting and hung it in the archways and on the fireplace mantle. It gave the house a festive and childlike look. Everyone enjoyed themselves and most of all my sister was thrilled with all our hardwork!
Thanks Deborah! Readers, visit Deborah at her blog and say hi.
(Images: Deborah Harju)