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Shower Power

August 8, 2012

 

Last weekend, we hosted a baby shower for two very special people.

Of course, everything had to be homemade. And of course we had WAY too much food!

It’s hard to approximate how much to prepare for 50 people. Now we know it’s nearly half of the quantity we thought we needed. ( more on this to follow!)

The guests knew they had arrived at the right place, when they saw our chalk art on the sidewalk outside:

The decorations were simple:

We stretched a clothesline on a big, blank wall behind the dining room table. Using mini clothespins, we hung a variety of baby clothes on the line. It was festive and useful, and the parents-to-be took home all of the items for their newborn.

On the coffee table, wooden blocks spelled out the baby’s name, surrounded with vases of daisies.

A good time was had by all, and the new parents got lots of great things for their little boy! ( the pillow was handmade by B!)

Mostly, it was all about the food…tons and tons of food!

There were two serving areas, each with a variety of items. On the dining room table, was a continental breakfast, featuring muffins, coffee cakes, and bagels, as well as fruit, yogurt and homemade granola.

The buffet was set with luncheon salads.

Later, we put out dessert.

A great time was had by all, and the happy couple went home with lots of wonderful things for their baby boy. We can’t wait to meet him in early October!

Here are some of the dishes we served:

Blueberry and Raspberry Muffins and Pumpkin Pecan Mini Muffins

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Crumble

Lemon Yogurt Loaf Cake

Homemade granola

Luncheon Salads:

Chinese Chicken Salad with Soy Peanut Dressing (recipe here)

Kale Salad with Mint, Edamame and Cranberries in Lemon Herb Vinaigrette ( note to self: don’t do this one for a crowd ever again! recipe here)

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, Oranges, Grapes and Pecans.

Just of few of the desserts:

Lemon Shortbread Bars

Marbled Cheesecake Brownies

Pecan Pie Bars

A good time was had by all! We can’t wait to meet you Landon!

Photos: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images shot exclusively for indigo jones

Priority Post

August 3, 2012

These past few weeks have been crazy… work related deadlines, proposals for new business, filling in for the skeleton crew in the office.  A hospital bound friend in need, and the planning of a baby shower, in addition to cooking, cleaning, and parenting is taking its toll on me.  I admit it, I am stretched to the limit and exhausted!

I wake up and post the day’s blog entry and book my cycling classes while still in bed. I get up, make breakfasts and lunches, and set off to the gym. Shower etc. and off to work I go.

I stop at Whole Foods on the way home for groceries, cook dinner, research story ideas and write a post for the next day. I work on projects for other clients, and go to bed with my head filled with all I have been doing. Sometimes I sleep, but lately not so much. Rinse and repeat.

Don’t get me wrong; I love being busy. But right now, something has to give…and it’s tomorrow’s post.

I have taken the day off to prepare for a baby shower for 2 of my most favorite people ever. I plan to cook and clean the day and night away, and make the day as memorable as possible for them.

In the world of priorities, that is mine. So, here is Friday’s entry, with an I.O.U. for something more interesting to follow.  I promise to post some of the yummy food and playful decorations from the shower, and maybe even a photo of the beautiful, glowing mom-to-be and a very excited future daddy.

Stay tuned for more to come…


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