Monday, August 23, 2010

carries baby shower

so i threw a baby shower for daves sister, carrie, a couple weeks ago. it was held at her parents house in old hickory. these are some of the photos from carrie's camera (i was too busy to take any). im bummed we didnt get any good shots of the decorations- there were about 20 chinese lanterns that we strung across the ceiling and it looked really cool.

heres the invitation- the layout was free (probably would have designed something myself but dont have photoshop), and i used pale pink paper i had leftover from wedding invitations.

the favors were little bags of flower bulbs:

and instead of traditional baby shower games, i decided to set up a "photo booth" for people to write messages to the baby, which i am working on putting into a book as a keepsake. here are a couple of the good ones:

here is the
menu for the food:

Watermelon Lemonade

Mint Limeade

Blueberry scones

Ham & Cheese Sliders (substituted smoked gruyere, omg so good)

Ham, Leek, and Three-Cheese Quiche
(substituted pancetta for ham)

Mango, Jicama, and Corn Salad (substituted peaches for jicama- couldnt find any)


Danielle's Lemon Curd Cake danielle is a dear friend of mine from high school who does cakes as a hobby. she did an incredible job on this cake, which was based off of this cake (she matched the colors to the invitation perfectly and even made those lollypops), and it tasted freaking delicious. everyone was going nuts over this cake at the shower. i highly recommend her if anyone needs an incredibly affordable cake for a special occasion (

Peggy's Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
peggy had made this stuff for us before and i requested that she make it for the shower. it is so good and so easy. you use fresh strawberries, dip them in the cheesecake dip, and then into crushed graham crackers.

i highly recommend the ham & cheese sliders, mint limeade, mango salad, and the cheesecake dip recipes.

i really liked planning this party, but oh my god, it was so much work! even though i did a ton of prep it was still down to the wire at the end of whether everything was going to be done. everyone complimented everything very highly, and carrie liked the shower so it was definitely worth it. im already trying to figure out what party i can do next, hmm... anyone pregnant?


  1. I love this! Love the invitations; love the food; love, love, love the photobooth idea. I'm totally stealing this if I ever host/plan a baby shower.

    P.S. Your hair is so long!

  2. Good job, Alexis! That is really impressive. Also, that's a great photo of you and Carrie.

  3. Look at you resurrecting the blog!!

    Such a cute shower, good job!

  4. Yeah! Glad the blog is back! Great baby shower - looks beautiful! The photo booth idea is genius