Last weekend I hosted a baby shower for my dear friend Helen who is due to have her sweet baby girl #2 just a few weeks before me.
(Clicking on the links will give you a recipe to print!)
- Fruit with fruit dip
- Taco Bell burritos
- Tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella skewers
- Cheerios with milk
- Iced coffee
A girl in our squadron is a phenomenal baker, so I threw in a couple dozen of her amazing cupcakes since I’ve been desperately searching for a reason to order cake from her ever since I got pregnant.
The drink bar boasted a red and white wine, mint iced tea with lemon, nojito , and a party punch that consisted of rainbow sherbet, cranberry juice, 7-UP, and frozen raspberries (which I heard was pretty tasty when spiked with vodka).
Guests were greeted at the door with party favors of a pink nail polish and asked to address an envelop to making the thank you note writing process easier for Helen. This was done for me at my bridal shower and it really did help!
Guests could also write mom and dad a message on a diaper. There were some really creative and hilarious ones…”Aren’t you glad I’m cute?” “One diaper down, only 69,480 to go…” “iPood” “Warning! Open at your own risk!” were just a few.
There were 18 women there…and 17 kiddos. Since most of the dads are deployed, I made sure the party would be kid friendly. There was a kids’ table with coloring books, juice, and crackers and a bouncy castle that I rented from Outdoor Recreation (on base).
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate the whole time (standard Germany) so they didn’t get to do much jumping, but one hero mom brought a portable DVD player, which saved the rainy day.
Since Helen has a lot of the essentials from her oldest daughter, Caroline, I asked guests to bring a pack of diapers in any size, a baby book, an outfit, or any of the essentials that might not work so well as hand-me-downs. She was absolutely showered with baby love!
Helen’s husband is also deployed and I can’t think of a better friend to be pregnant with during these past few months. Having someone to go through this with has made it so much more bearable. She was one of the first people I told the good news to and it was so fun celebrating our little secrets together! The day the boys left, Helen and I meandered around the BX shopping for nothing at all, cried, watched the movie Knocked Up and ate junk food and tortilla chips with melted cheese. No one else can really understand how awesome that was despite how depressed we were. I just love this girl and we already decided that our babies will either be best friends or get married someday. Arranged marriages are still a thing, right? 😉
Congratulations to Helen! I can’t wait to meet her sweet baby girl! 🙂