Thursday, October 4, 2012

Piper's Shower

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On a sunny afternoon in September there was a party on the lawn to celebrate Piper's impending arrival to the world. My sister's baby is due in November and so for the baby shower I hung up Pinterest inspired flower balls in the branches as well as mason jars with zinneas and a mix of chairs and benches under the trees. The little brick house was abuzz all week in preparation. There were ribbons to glue on party favor boxes, cake pops to make and by that Saturday Witt was up to his ears in pink and green and all things floral.




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Witt graciously stood on a ladder for several hours that morning and hung the flower balls and mason jars in the trees. He also scrubbed the bathroom, straightened the living room, moved tables around three times, got yelled at twice (ok maybe more) set up the sound system, and did all the dishes while listening to NPR on his headphones. Pretty much an angel.




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Family and friends arrived with French Cafe floating in the air and Ela and her flowered dress.

(My sister, Cate, took these beautiful pictures!)




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For drinks there was a lemonade bar where guests could choose their lemonade and add mix-ins like herbs and fruit and sparkling blueberry and orange drinks. Cathy made a wonderful lavender lemonade and I made one with Stevia and also a pretty pink lemonade.




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My mom and Cate and Nan came over on Wednesday to help me make cake pops. We all know what happened when I attempted to do this on my own last time and so this time it went by much quicker. They turned out lovely and doughnuty and gluten free for Lauren.




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Cathy made a chocolate raspberry torte which as you can see everyone loved. 

It was a dessert and cheese affair, we had a yummy brie and apple plate made by my mom and raspberry Parmesan, Gouda and white cheddar cheeses with sausage and crackers as well as Moroccon couscous and tabbouli. 




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It was a nice time to catch up with friends under the trees.



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For games, everyone brought photos of themselves as a baby and we guessed who was who. Lauren drew her own photo out of the hat to claim the prize.


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Before the party I gathered pretty beads and we had a Blessing Bead ceremony where we went around the circle and helped string a necklace for Lauren. With each bead we put on the string we gave her a blessing, a word of encouragement or a prayer for her new life with Piper and Ela. I thought it was a really sweet time hearing the different words of blessing and wisdom from old and young.




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Everyone signed a bib for Piper and tried to guess how many pieces of candy were in the jar.




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Gift opening time is always a fun part of the shower. Ela helped out.



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Ela eats some rice treats while the festivities continue.




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Niece love.



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It was a lovely afternoon and I will cherish the memories. 

Now I just can't wait to meet Piper!

I want to leave you with a recipe for homemade mints that I made for party favors. These mints are so easy! They look so pretty when you make them in molds. I put mine inside little pink boxes for the favors. 

I used pink coloring and a flower mold from Ikea. I found this recipe at cooks.com.

Homemade Mints

1/2 cup butter, at room temp
3 and 3/4 powdered sugar
1 tablespoon whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
 food coloring of your choice

In a mixing bowl, cream butter well and add sugar. Add peppermint extract and whipping cream and food coloring until desired color is reached. Continue beating until mixture becomes hard and slightly crumbly. Take out of bowl and kneed with hands. Press into greased rubber mold and then flip out mint onto wax paper. Let harden for 8 hours and then refrigerate.


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