Monday, August 6, 2012

Once upon a time...

A little girl was born. Well, she is soon to be born. My sister-in-law, who is one of the most important people in my life, is due with her first child, a girl, at the beginning of September. And she (mom, not daughter - well, not yet, anyway) loves Harry Potter. And she's a reading specialist. And she is crazy about damask (she used to be obsessed with zebra; damask is the classier version of this print).

Taking all of this into account, we decided to throw her a children's book- and damask-themed baby shower. I was a little curious, I have to admit, how all of this would come together at the beginning of our planning. The results, however, exceeded my expectations.

For the centerpieces, I found images of children's book covers on the net, adjusted the coloration, and wrapped books that I had lying around the house (trust me, I have plenty; I just packed over 30 banker's boxes and 10 milk crates full of books, not to mention 4 other boxes for oversized ones).  Another friend provided the linens, tablecloths, and decorations (she does have a side business in this, but you could easily reproduce the results with cheaper materials).

One of my favorite book covers of all time. I like the 60s/70s vibe of the drawings.
The one and only game asked people to try to figure out the "real" children's book title based on "new" titles, many of which were ridiculously hard to figure out (I have to admit that I used a version of a game we found online and added more questions. You can find some good examples here and here).

My favorite is "Emerald Yolky Food with Accompanying Pig Product."

The food table blended decorations from Alice in Wonderland and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

A very naughty caterpillar (hehehe)....

Luckily our punch didn't make anyone grow/shrink...
The cake was the stuff of fairy tales.

Thinking back, I would have put "a princess" now....My mom was right. She always is (damnit;)).

And, finally, since this girl means the world to me and has helped me through a lot of hard times, I wanted to make her a special gift, one that would hinge on the theme of the shower. I decided to make her a basket filled with the things that I would call "mama" essentials (my favorite things that bring back good memories of my own childhood and motherhood) each with a little tag explaining their significance. I started with one of the books my mom read to me all the time when I was little, The Giving Tree. This book, in my eyes, sums up what it means to be a good parent - you give and give and give and give, and kids take and take and take, and you love them more and more and more with each passing day.

Please note the wine in this basket, an absolute "mama" essential.
To go with it, I made her a Family Thumbprint Tree (a gift a friend had given me a few months back).

Please disregard the mess in the background - I'm getting ready to move;).
Each family member adds a "leaf" (his/her thumbprint in green), along with name and date of birth. Over the generations, that tree should fill out nicely. Ours currently looks like this (You can find ideas for your family tree on Etsy). 

I had fun putting together the basket, and I made her cry, so I call that a success:). 

Last, but not least, because it is so damned cute, I had to post this fruit basket another friend made (she found the idea on Pinterest). I mean seriously, how cute is that???

So, come on baby girl, get here. Your Auntie is ready to meet you. I promise I'm not as scary as I look;).

Tomorrow's blog, lip gloss and apples and villains ... oh my!
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