Alaina’s Baby Shower: July 2011

Baby Shoe’s Baby Shower

I am currently busy planning one of my best friends’ baby shower!  Monroe Emerson Shoemaker is going to have one heck of baby shower thrown in his honor!

 

INVITATIONS

Above is the invitation.  I got them for $4 for 8 (75% off) at Paper Affair on sale!  They are Anna Griffin and beautiful.  I would definately recommend always looking at the sale section first.  It seems that they tend to not be the “rejects”, but rather just a few months old… 

Envelope

I designed the envelopes in Adobe Illustrator.  I think they are beautiful.

I ordered custom stamps for the invitations… at Zazzle.com.  For 20 stamps it is $18.95 + 2.99 shipping (7-11 business days, so order early!) – it comes out to $21.94.  Cute idea… not sure if people will notice.  But I will, and I am throwing the party.  I judge invitations very carefully, and I am sure others do as well.  It is all about presentation…

 MENU

 

I found Pitettes Whole Wheat pitas by Toufayan at Publix that I am going to use.  They are smaller than a regular pita.  I am going to put a bit of lettuce and then my awesome Homemade Caribbean Chicken Salad

Recipe:

  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 Anaheim pepper (don’t touch the seeds!)
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon lim zest
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Mojo marinade (or zesty italian if you don’t have Publix)

Marinate your chicken in mojo/italian for 2-4 hours and then grill.  Dice up veges and mix in large bowl.  Add zests, cilantro, garlic powder, mustard & grapes.  Add cooled diced chicken.  Add mayo, salt & pepper.  Mix and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.  I like to let it simmer overnight.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of ranch or blue cheese salad dressing (I used blue cheese at the shower)
  • 1/2 cup of hot sauce (I used Franks Hot Sauce)
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese (I used mozzarella)
  • 2 cans (9.75 oz each) of chicken breast in water

Heat oven at 350.  Beat cream cheese until smooth (I heat it up for a second in the microwave).  Mix in salad dressing, hot sauce and cheese.  Add chicken.  Bake 20 minutes or until it is a little crispy on top.  I serve it with celery sticks and crackers.

 

For dessert I want to do individual blueberry tarts (blue for a BOY), but I’m not sure how difficult those will be to make…

 

Recipe:

  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • blueberries

Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add cream, zest and sugar and beat until smooth again.  Then put in your pastries!  I bought premade ones from Kroger and know they have  “Ready Crusts” from Keebler at Publix.

 

 

 

 

And then I am going to do a spiked lemonade!  Just because momma can’t drink, doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t!  It’s cute and yellow – so that is acceptable for a BOY baby shower.  But wine glasses may be tricky.  I am hosting it at her home (I live in Atlanta, she is in Ohio) and I don’t know that other people have the same extensive wine glass collection that I do…

I am going to use Trader Joe’s green label Prosecco (it is my favorite and its cheap – $8).  Then for every two bottles of Prosecco, and 1 thing of frozen lemonade.  Easy and yummy.

 

DECORATIONS

I know this is a bit ridiculous… but I think they are way cute…

from etsy.com GoAgainstTheGrain