Sugar and Spice…

Sparkling Berry Lemonade

Naomi’s baby shower was Saturday, February 13. It was an open house style event to accommodate an expansive guest list of friends and well-wishers and I cannot even begin to tally how many hours I spent on this project. Despite the aching back, feet, fingers and head I took home on Saturday night, I think the results were well worth the effort. I especially want to thank my friend Michelle, who showed up and offered me moral support as I raced to finish all the appetizers, and of course, my husband Tyler who is always there for me when I need him. I also want to thank my mom and sisters for working so hard to get ready for the madness and for welcoming dozens of guests into their home with such warmth and hospitality.

I haven’t tallied up the final costs, but I did my best to plan a party with an estimated headcount of 70 on a budget. For a couple (or a few?) hundred dollars, we threw an event for dozens of people that featured refreshing beverages, a satisfying buffet, a gourmet hot chocolate bar, and coordinating decorations and table settings that helped set the mood. We got a bit of practice last year for my wedding so we had ideas about which finger foods were easiest to make and most popular. Lena even baked her signature shortbread cookies, much to my delight and my waistband’s chagrin, and she hadn’t tackled that tricky project since my wedding last February.

The theme was pink and white, gossamer and girly. Butterflies, tulle, lacy hearts and lots and lots of cupcakes (more on those later) set the mood. The decadent hot chocolate bar (lots more on that later) was so fun to set up and offered guests a favor that was both portable and indulgent, if they weren’t already too stuffed from the buffet. There is so much I want to share with you, including a few recipes, but sorting through the hundreds of pictures of the day will take some time, so for now I would like to share a few photos of the food and decor. Enjoy!

Glitter encrusted butterflies perched delicately around the room

Everything was kissed by pink, from the napkins to the placecards to the sprinkles on the cupcakes

The subject of a small study - guests ate more of the labeled food than the anonymous refreshments

Dried apricot crostinis with a feta cheese spread

Sundried tomato crostinis on a toasted french baguette

The smorgasboard extends as far as the eye can see and the stomach can fathom

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3 thoughts on “Sugar and Spice…

  1. Omg these pictures are lovely and the food looks so damn good. I wish you were nearby to take food pics for my website!

    And I loooove hot chocolate bars (except I usually dress up my coffee with the lovely stuff on the bar, but that’s the barista in me!)…can’t wait to hear more about it

  2. Anne,

    I am SOOO proud of the outstanding job you did on this event. I spent the night before the event putting one last coat of paint on the baseboards and walls so it would do justice to atmosphere I knew your decorations would provide. You surpassed my wildest expectations and I only wish I could have not had to work so I could have helped more directly. The food was fantastic and props for a job MOST well done!

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