Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baby Shower: The Food

I had my baby shower this past weekend! It was truly a wonderful (yet exhausting) day. I'll share all the food with you today then in the next couple posts, I'll share a couple recipes that I made. On the table were also painted wooden frames with copies of sonogram pictures of my little boy from the gestational age of 10-28 weeks. This was my favorite addition to the table.

Here is all the food:

Everything at the shower was homemade by either my mother, my mother-in-law or myself. It was all delicious but this cake was bakery made. It's my all-time favorite cake- Chocolate Italian Cream with chocolate cream cheese frosting and it's just amazing. Oh what I wouldn't do to get my hands on that recipe!

Not everyone that came to the shower liked coconut or pecans (or had allergies) so I also made a vanilla bean bundt cake with strawberries as well. I put it on my Jadeite cake pedestal that I bought on the day I found out I was pregnant with this little guy :-)

These are the adorable napkins that I bought from a local hardware store. I love that they look like onesies and that they stand up. I think people were afraid to use them, so I had a lot left over.

We had limeade punch with a frozen ring of limes and cherries. My mother-in-law said she couldn't find frozen limeade, so she used frozen margarita concentrate (non-alcoholic) instead and I thought it was pretty good!

We had ham and asparagus roll-ups- blanched asparagus wrapped up in deli ham with a schmear of Boursin cheese in between. These make great appetizers in you cut them into bite sized pieces.

These are sausage balls and chunks of fresh pineapple turned into kabobs. This is a spin on bacon wrapped pineapple- also very delicious!

A veggie and cheese tray with homemade Ranch dressing. All that was missing were the cucumber slices that were accidentally left at home.

Deviled eggs- never get tired of these!

Strawberries with Romanoff sauce. Seriously love this stuff!

I made mini cheesecakes but wasn't entirely thrilled with the way they looked. They turned out quite tasty but they sunk in the middle and the recipe made way more than stated. So I had to improvise and made the rest of the batter into Oreo cheesecakes (on the bottom). The plain ones on top were topped with lemon curd and fresh berries. Those got rave reviews but I didn't get to taste them since they disappeared so fast!

For some color for the table I took Hershey miniatures and wrapped them in strips of coordinating scrapbook paper. I think they turned out pretty cute.

Of course our hairy daughter, Autumn, was there. And she took the liberty to sit on the couch since it was vacant and no one else would sit there!

Mr. h and I next to some beautiful orange roses a friend dropped by. I am 29 weeks, 3 days pregnant in this picture.

And these were the favors I made for the shower- powdered sugar coated buttery pecan cookies. These were so good and just melt in your mouth. The recipe came from my neighbor and I will share those with you next week as well.

All in all, it was a wonderful day and we were more than blessed by our friends and our family. Thank you to all who played a part in making our day so special!

54 comments:

Coleen said...

Thank you SO much for sharing your special day. Everything looks delicious and that cake is gorgeous!! I'm so happy for you.

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I am so excited for you and you truly are glowing in your photo. Everything looks so wonderful, and your little Hershey miniatures are so cute.

Marie W said...

Everything looks delicious and you are absolutely glowing!

warmvanillasugar said...

So glad your special day was nice. The food looks awesome! Yum!

Healthy and Homemade said...

Such an amazing celebration for you and your loved ones =) I'm so happy everything is going well Monica!! And I must say what an impressive spread! I want to eat all of it haha.

Katie said...

What a lovely celebration and all the food looks delicious. You went to a lot of trouble but it looks fab. So excited for you!

Coleen said...

Holland is a GREAT name.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Thanks for sharing, all foods look so yummy.

KitchenTherapy said...

you look wonderful pregnant. AND now i'm hungry seeing all that food.

Donna-FFW said...

You look beautiful! So thrilled for you. Thanks for sharing these photos! My very best to both of you!XXXOO

Debbie said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures with us Monica! It looks like you had a wonderful shower. You look fantastic (and so does all the food!).

Selba said...

I'm so happy for you, Monica! You look so great and healthy :)

Wow.. many yummy food! I like the cute napkins too...

Awww... Autumn was also there! Still adorable, hehehe....

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Everything looks so good.I love seeing the picture of you and hubby and of course the baby.

ButterYum said...

Hi Monica - What a wonderful day for you :). You did a lot of work, didn't you. No wonder you were exhausted. Love you attention to detail - the sonogram photo, welcome baby holland, the mini chocolate bars, all the yummy food!!

I'm so happy for you!!!

cookies and cups said...

WHat a sweet baby shower!! You and your husband are just precious!!

Lynn Thompson said...

Monica,
Thanks for sharing such a special day so publicly! I am throwing a baby shower for my daughter on the 30th and plan to steal some of your ideas. I plan to make all of the food too. Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy as it is such a special time. Thanks again for sharing!

cybil said...

What a wonderful baby shower!!!
Your whole story is amazing!
I pray you'll enjoy these last weeks of your pregnancy and your baby is protected and joyful all the time!
Greetings from Switzerland
Sibylle

Julie said...

What a beautiful shower....everything looks absolutely perfect! I'm still SO thrilled for you :)

Cassie said...

What a special day! Everything looks fabulous -- including you! What a beautiful mama you make! :)

Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

Looks like you had a lovely baby shower with some very yummy food!
Love the banner, napkins and paper wrapped candy. Nice touches!

Nonna Beach said...

You look so beautiful and glowing Monica and what a wonderful shower for your baby...so happy for you both !!!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

What a beautiful baby shower Monica! I am so happy for you that you were able to have this day to honor you and your baby boy!

P.S. Those napkins are too cute and I love the idea of wrapping the mini candy bars in coordinating colored paper!

Hennifer said...

What a very lovely, lovely spread! I hope you had the best time ever!

Becki (Becki's Whole Life) said...

Thanks for sharing all of this. I love shower food and everything looks delicious. The Romanoff sauce sounds wonderful and so does the bundt cake (actually everything looks good, but those in particular.) Congrats and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

Tam said...

Usually I'm a silent lurker, but I just wanted to come out of the woodwork to tell you Congratulations and how healthy and happy you and your husband look! Enjoy your baby days!!

Keeley said...

Beautiful! Congrats again... and I love those "onesie" napkins.

girlichef said...

Now that looks like an awesome party...you really put out a spread! I'm so excited for you... =)

OvenDelights said...

So many details.....I bet your guests felt super special!

Jane said...

Dear Monica,
Looks like your shower was a perfect celebration all around.
I can hardly wait to see photos of the little guy when he makes his arrival. You and your hubby must be so, so, so ready to meet him face to face. I can only imagine the immensity of your joy and expectation right now! It won't be long . . .
:) Jane

jess☆ said...

Ohh what a gorgeous baby shower!! You look beautifulm congratulations, and all the best for the rest of the pregnancy :)

tamilyn said...

The joy is written all over your face. What a spread-I'm sure everyone enjoyed that delicious food and all the special touches.

Big hugs :-)

Abby said...

I wish Texas was closer so I could have come! :) I love shower treats. You look adorable! He'll be here before you know it!

Melanie said...

You look beautiful and your shower looks like it was so fun and nice!

Leslie said...

1. I need to have a baby..like now.
2. I need that cookie recipe. I NEED IT IN MY LIFE!!!

Sarah said...

Just stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest. Loving what I see- my mouth is watering!

Maria said...

What a fun shower! Love all of the food! Hope you are feeling well!

Anonymous said...

Hi Monica, I am a frequent reader/non-commenter...but I just wanted to tell you how radiant and happy you look in the picture of you and your hubby. Congratulations!

Pink Little Cake said...

Hi Monica, you look so beautiful with your little tummy. You a had a beautiful baby shower, the food looks amazing! and you are having a boy!!! congratulations.

Emily said...

Lovely baby shower there! You look great!

Waiting patiently for all those awesome recipes!

oneordinaryday said...

Love seeing that little fella getting bigger! Wish I could have been there, but sending much love instead.

Amber said...

I'm so happy for you! The food looks liked it was all wonderful and I'm excited your pregnancy is going so well!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Awwwwwwwww. I got your invitation (thank you) and I wish I could have been there. California is a bit far to drive, or I would have come. As always, great food and I love your individually wrapped chocolates. Of course you had strawberries! I love the picture of the two of you. You look great, and I'm so happy for you!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

What a beautiful looking spread. I especially love your Bundt cake and your jade cake stand - gorgeous!
Glad to see you looking so well with this pregnancy and wish you all the best.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What a fun day. My "little boy" is 29 today and I still remember his shower. You look great in the picture!

Maranda said...

Yay!! Your pictures are gorgeous! Everything was amazing and beautiful. Thank you for including us on your special day!

Rachel said...

Everything looks wonderful!

Souffle Bombay (Colleen) said...

Wow, your shower - seems like not to long ago you shared your wonderful news with us! You look fantastic! It looks like it was a wonderful day, so happy for you Monica! Where I come from, we have no clue about our show - we just get surprised...some time you know and sometimes (like for me) it's a wonder you don't go into labor right then and there when they totally shock you and yell SURPRISE!

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

I am so happy for you and Mr H! You, the baby boy and the food all look fantastic!

Kerstin said...

What a spread - sounds like such a fabulous celebration :)

jules said...

All the food looks great! But why did you have to make food for your own shower? All of that should have been done for you - you are the guest of honor after all!!!

Bobbi said...

It all looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I'm adding this to my "baby shower" file. :)

Andrea Paxton said...

All this food looks delicious. The brownie latte cheesecake looks so well presented that it would be a shame to eat it!
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Easyday said...

Amazing ideas! How I want to grab one cookies. They look so delish. Nice invitations too.

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