Except it wasn’t a traditional baby shower….
It was a Welcome Shower, since the baby had already arrived!!
And what a lovely idea, to celebrate once the baby is born and then you get to show her off!
That’s exactly what my sister-in-law did and I was lucky enough to be invited to host such a lovely event, with one of her friends!
In preparation for the big day, I went shopping for supplies…
WARNING: There may or may not have been QUITE a lot of sugar involved in this celebration.
I also may have found the prettiest cupcake cups ever made…
And my kitchen may or may not have been a total disaster zone in the baking phase…
I started cutting out bits and pieces of coloured fondant for cupcake toppers and left them to dry.
I then put them together to come up with these…
Such a simple, yet effective design. (Original design)
I used an icing gel pen to add the intricate details and water to stick the flower, birds and leaves on.
Next I baked some chocolate mud and vanilla cupcakes.
And yes they cracked on top, but let me tell you – if you had of tasted them, you would not care one little bit.
They were amazing!!
They are from a new recipe, I had been sent by a good friend. She is now an even better friend, because they are delicious!🙂
I also washed and dried some strawberries, that were destined to be covered in chocolate and decorated with coloured white chocolate. Just to jazz them up a bit!
Next we have cake pops.
Ahhh cake pops.
These delicious little balls of vanilla and white chocolate, were a total and utter pain in the NECK to make!!!
I cheated and bought a cake pop maker.
Which technically is a ‘bake pop’. Because a ‘cake pop’ is made from an already baked and frosted cake that is turned into mush and then moulded (usually by hand), into little balls and put on a stick.
(Anyway let’s not get weighed down with specifics, I will stick with calling them cake pops since that is what everyone knows them as!).
So yes, they were trickier than I anticipated.
* Making the little golf ball looking cakes is the easy part: Make the batter, place in the electric machine and in a few minutes you have cake pops. Leave to cool, put melted chocolate on a stick and into the cake. Leave to harden and set in the fridge. (But not too long or when you cover them with chocolate, it will crack).
* Then use melted chocolate to cover them. And watch it go everywhere, as it runs down the stick that you so carefully decorated with pretty tape. Let them set.
* Repeat the above step and become even more frustrated. Avoid throwing them against the wall. Leave overnight in the fridge. Go to bed and calm down.
*** And in the morning, be surprised because they look quite pretty!! ***
Add a little fondant flower and you are good to go!
OK, now on with something much less frustrating… making a pretty name sign:
I found some beautiful paper, that I cut to size and punched holes in the top of.
I used pre-cut letters to spell out her name and attached them using double-sided tap. The trick is getting very thin double-sided tape, that way it doesn’t show up at all.
I then used some matching lace ribbon to thread them on.
So onto the best bit – the actual Welcome Shower!
We used Mason Jars as glass, with the prettiest straws I have ever seen!
(And no the jars didn’t come with the holes in the lids – my darling hubby had to drill each one and then file it to take the rough edges away. And he forgot until the day before the party hehe)
We had a beautiful selection of homemade Jams for homemade scones, made by my sister-in-laws dear friend.
We had classic strawberry, strawberry and vanilla, lemon butter and lemon and passionfruit butter. And boy were they good!!
We served them up in one of my most beautiful possessions….
My Tiffany Blue Tray with gold trim.
I bought this along with the beverage dispenser from The Little Big Company.
They have lovely, lovely things so pop over and have a browse!
We served homemade iced tea and this delicious punch:
*A tin of lychees including the syrup
* Rose petals
* Cranberry Juice or cordial
Everybody LOVED it!
The pretty cups, plates and napkins came from Party & Co. Friendly, fast and efficient – definitely recommend them for all your party needs.
We had a selection of teas, which smelt divine when they were brewing!
We used Mason Jars to put flowers in. Another favourite thing of mine….
So so so (I could keep going…) pretty!
Choc mud & vanilla cupcakes, with vanilla cream cheese frosting (so so good)
And of course… Cake Pops!
Vanilla and white choc flavoured.
And some fresh fruit just thrown in for good measure!
We also had:
* Fresh sandwiches
We set up a craft table where guests were asked to decorate a page with pictures pertaining to a letter of the alphabet.
i.e. If decorating the ‘A’ page, they could draw an apple or an aeroplane…
The pages will be laminated and bound, to make baby’s first alphabet book!
I also made up some name stickers, since not everyone knew each other.
So easy to make – I found a pretty image online and then copy and pasted it onto a free Avery labels template and printed them onto labels.
We also had a candy buffet (for some reason I didn’t get a proper photo of it!)
We had coconut ice, marshmallows, musk sticks, choc mint balls and wafers (4 types of wafers to be exact… can you tell they are also one of my favourite things hehe)
And there you have it – my first ever fully styled event!
What a lovely day it was!
Can’t wait to share what is coming up in the next few weeks!!!
And yes it is to do with Christmas!🙂