To Love a Rose: An Ethiopian Adoption Journal

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Purple Once Upon a Time/Little Princess Baby Shower

My sister M and I threw our first baby shower without the aid of our uber-crafty mother last Saturday, and it was a smashing success!  Mom had just had gall bladder surgery; so, she was pretty much out of commission when it came to helping us out.  Luckily, she had already finished several things before it got to crunch time; so, that was good.

B, the mommy-to-be, is having a little girl in December; and her favorite color (and consequently the baby's nursery) is purple; so, we took that as our main inspiration.  We wanted B to feel like the center of attention for the day, and who gets more attention than a princess or queen?!  So, a princess theme of "once upon a time" seemed perfect.

It's always better to see than describe; so, here are some pictures - we had so much fun putting this together!

My mom made this amazing castle diaper cake!  Isn't it incredible?!  It contains hundreds of rolled-up diapers, receiving blankets, rattles, little baby lotions and soaps, socks, teethers, bows, etc.  She did an incredible job!  (PS: If you think you might want to order one, message me on here; and I'll try to get her information to you!)
We kept the tables simple with "flowers" of different shades of purple M&M's, "bouquets" of baby socks and onesies, and paper princess crowns.

A PINK frog prince (he's strong in his masculinity!) greeted guests as they came in to the party.

The buffet reflected the purple theme.

The food carried out the princess theme as well.  This is the "pauper's porridge" (ie: tomato bisque and cheddar chowder).

"Royal Septres" (pretzel sticks), "Excalibur Cups" (dollops of ranch dressing with carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks), and "Crown Jewels" (purple rock candy, green Jelly Belly jellybeans, and cups of cubed grape Jello and green and red grapes).

"Let Them Eat Cake" pops!

"Diamonds in the Rough" (ie: homemade chocolate truffles).

My mom's famous sugar cookies are "the Queen's biscuits".

"Princess Potions" (coffee, lemonade, grape Crush soda), "Jester Juice" (grape Kool Aid), and "Fairest of Them All Elixir" (water).

Grandmama-to-be, Mommy-to-Be, M, and me standing in front of the silk and tulle covered gift tables.
The gift tables.
Everyone said they had a really good time, especially B; which was the most important thing to M and I.  So, we considered it a success!



  1. This is absolutely stunning. Your friend must have been thrilled to see this. :)

  2. How sweet. Congrats to you two! And great job with the baby shower!!! Amazing!

  3. Thanks, ladies! We had such a fun time putting it all together! :-)

  4. ooh lovely! my fave colour is purple too.

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