Each week she has a Mcklinky set up so that other people can link to their posts about the topic. I decided to do a post for this week's topic, baby showers.
Also, I have a question I'd love for you to answer in the comments if you don't mind. I have three baby showers coming up (what a huge blessing to us and a sweet, sweet gesture by many friends!) and I want to have great hostess gifts for my shower hostesses. Any ideas? And if you are one of those hostesses, maybe just don't read the comments today, 'kay? :)
There are quite a few couples at our church who have just recently had or are having babies very soon!
Recently I helped to hostess a baby shower for a sweet baby boy on the way. :)
I am not super happy with the way the pictures turned out from that day but they will give you an idea at least.
We knew they were going with a sports theme for the nursery so we did an "all-star baby" theme for the shower.
We decided to have a "cookie bar" for the Sunday afternoon refreshments. Each hostess made cookies to contribute. There were lots of yummy kinds including magic cookie bars, different variations on chocolate chip, pumpkin chocolate chip and praline cookies.
These next photos are from a wedding shower at my friend Lindsey's house. She always does an amazing job with events. I think this chocolate fondue with the mini krispy kremes and all the other yummy things to dip would be great at a baby shower as well.
And finally, the rest of these photos are from my grandma, Sweetie's, 80th birthday party last year! When I think baby showers though I just automatically associate them with spring although they of course, can and do happen anytime of year so I just thought these photos might also provide good baby shower inspiration.
The recipe I used for the Valentine muffins is from Family Fun.
For what I was using them for, I was afraid they were going to be too messy with the gooey chocolate or jam centers so I decided to make half the batch plain strawberry and half the batch with chocolate chips added to the batter.
I also wanted them to be festive but decided to just use what I had rather than going out and buying something.
See that . . . ?
yep, scotch tape, a plain ole toothpick and pink paper cut into the shape of a heart with plain old scissors
easy as pie . . .
or muffins . . .
I also had a package of these really fun sparkly appetizer picks from the dollar spot at Target (who doesn't love that place?) They were red and green for Christmas and I've had them for at least one Christmas, maybe two and they haven't been used so I decided to use all of the red ones today and maybe I'll have to make St. Patrick's Day cupcakes or something to use the green ones. Who knows.
Before we have a little love bug to share it with.
I have heard fun things friends and family members are doing to celebrate Valentine's Day with their kiddos this year, like getting a heart shaped Papa Murphy's pizza and ice cream cake, finger print heart Valentine's cards, simple hearts tied to lollipops, etc., etc.
So fun to think about the future while enjoying the gift of the present.
If you have kiddos, what are you doing to celebrate Valentine's?
p.s. If your Valentine's doesn't really look like you would like it to this year, I pray that God will give you the peace and assurance of His love to enjoy the gift of the present while waiting for the dreams your heart desires. His timing is perfect. I don't always understand it but it is perfect.
If you're up for more photos, the rest of the Valentine's decor: