Little Monster Baby Shower!
Last week I co-hosted a surprise baby shower for my friend Maureen. Since her due date was right around Halloween, we went with a Little Monster themed shower. The home where the shower was hosted was already beautifully decorated for Halloween, so we didn’t have to add too much to the decorations. My contributions were the cake and the party favors. Since this was Maureen’s third boy, she really didn’t need any more baby boy stuff, so we asked guests to theme their gifts around “something for Mom.” I went with that theme for the favors, too, and filled some brown paper lunch bags with grown-up versions of a kid’s lunch. I put fancy crackers and brie into little plastic baggies, individual packs of Milano cookies, Ghirardelli chocolates and the kicker: juice boxes of red wine. Yup. That’s what I said! Mother’s little helper!
I used a black Sharpie to draw a monster on each bag, with the names in the monster mouths. They were a big hit! Although, I have been too afraid to try to juice box of wine!
Now, of course, you all know I am a freak about gift-wrapping. For my gift, I picked up a pop-up UV-filter tent so that she can shove the baby under it at the park or beach and run off after the other two boys. The problem with it was that I didn’t have a box big enough to put it in, so it was an oddly shaped package. So I used some pink tissue paper for the mouth, cut some eyes and teeth out of white paper and threw some yellow curling ribbon on top. It made a very cute monster and was super easy.
And as for the cake I was in charge of? Only half of it came out of the Bundt pan. So I thought I’d try to make cake balls and decorate them like baby monsters. Which was a pretty great idea until the first cake ball exploded in the candy coating. So I ran to a local bakery and picked up a delicious Halloween-themed cake. There were lots of cute details that the other gals contributed, as well, like creepy plastic babies frozen in ice cubes floating in the witch cauldron punch bowl, and little rats hanging out on the food table.
The shower was very fun and the best part was when Maureen’s water broke just before the cake was served! A few hours later she had her newest little monster!