First of all, you need to meet Dana.
We decided on a citrus color theme as Dana LOVES bright colors like green and orange and also because the baby is a surprise. We went with a clothesline of baby clothes in those colors, put balloons out front, and hung bright orange and green poms from the ceiling. Those poms may have been reused from the first birthday party of a toddler I know, but that could have just been a vicious rumor. We even incorporated the color theme into the food with citrus jelly beans and those fabulous veggie cups (top, middle picture). Our favors were decorated cookies that we bought from the Cookie Cart Bakery, a non-profit bakery that supports North Minneapolis youth. I know co-host Erin would want you to know that about the cookies, so I included the link. Go forth and support!
Since we were serving brunch we had a delicious breakfast pizza (eggs, cheese, and hashbrowns on rolled out crescent rolls), fresh fruit, the aforementioned veggie cups with salsa ranch dip, and assorted breads (blueberry zucchini, low-fat pumpkin, and banana chocolate chip). For beverages we had flavored waters (lemon and cucumber), juices (cranberry and orange) and champagne and sparkling juice to whoop it up with mimosas. The pregnant lady specifically requested something chocolate/caramel/gooey for dessert so killer brownies it was! I meant to serve coffee, too, but, um, totally forgot. WHOOPS!
GAMES & ACTIVITIESSince Dana isn't much of a game girl, we decided to keep it very low-key. Sadly, I only took one picture of the games/activities, because I was already looking like a freak-o in front of the guests for taking pictures of all the food for my blog. (And I don't think saying "I have a blog!" really helped to make the picture-taking or me look less weird.) We had some diapers and plain mailing labels set up on the gift table so people could write out short messages to stick on the teeny, tiny newborn diapers to keep the parents going through all those diaper changes.
We also played "Guess the pregnant celebrity!", which Erin brilliantly put together. I love celebrity trivia ever so much. You know you want to click on this picture and play for yourself.
Finally, we did baby bingo during gift opening and I thought it went over pretty well. The prizes for winning were the yellow mums that were decorating the food table. Of course, I forgot to make sure all the winners took home their prizes so I now have four lovely potted plants on my table. Party host FAIL. I also have poms still hanging above my dining room table and there is a good chance they will remain there for months. We'll pretend it's fall decorating.
So that was Dana's shower! Now, just for fun, I want you to guess what Dana does professionally because it's one of those fascinating sort of jobs. You already know she is super cute and loves bright colors. I will tell you, too, that her husband does the same thing she does and they actually met at work. So, what does a cute, bright-color-loving woman like Dana do for a living?
Is she a...
- Professional Hand Model
- Large Animal Keeper at the Zoo
- Professional Whistler
The poll is right under the Blogher ads on the upper right side, so feed reader people will have to click over. (And, should your mouse accidentally click on the Blogher ads, well, just know that you brought me that much closer to a all-expenses-paid latte, and for that, I love you.) I will reveal Dana's true profession next week!