Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Take it to you" Baby Shower

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When I lived in rural North Carolina, I might have died from loneliness had I not met my dear friend Jenn. (Who was also near death from loneliness). When Shane and I moved from NC to Chattanooga, I cried for a week, knowing we wouldn't be spending our Sunday evenings with Jenn and her family anymore. When she moved just 45 minutes away, I was overjoyed.

Soon after moving here, Jenn found out she was pregnant with her first boy! And then was put on partial bedrest. (Oh, I know how badly that sucks.) So, not only is she stuck at home, but she doesn't really know anyone nearby. Thank heavens for our church to help her out! I really wanted to throw her some kind of baby shower, but she hasn't met anyone and, again, she is stuck at home. 

I decided to throw her a surprise "take to you" baby shower. It goes along the same lines as the "Satellite Shower" I threw my SIL a while back. Who needs lots of guests? We have three lovely daughters, two good friends and a baby to boot! 

Jenn only leaves her house to pick up her daughter from school, so I knew that was my only time to get in undetected. I asked Jenn if we could come over to visit one afternoon and asked her to leave the door unlocked at her house for me since we just happened to be arriving while she was gone. 

I was running late and had exactly 8 minutes to set up the picnic and gifts. Lydia tried to calm a screaming Collin as I ran back and forth from the back yard to the car. Somehow, everything was done before they returned home. 

By the way, why has no one told me how easy it is to make a key lime pie??? My word, I used this simple recipe and it was wonderful! Next time I will make it twice as thick though. Shane and I spent one wonderful day at Key West. I never liked Key Lime pie before that, but now it is one of my favorite desserts. 

A few photos of the "shower".

Big Sisters. 

I wrapped up chicken salad sandwiches (tea style) in parchment paper and served them with kettle potato chips and keylime soda. I wanted a "kids" friendly treat, so I covered jello cups with shower appropriate fabric. I think they turned out kind of cute! Paper supplies from Garnish.

Not to be outdone, Collin showed up in his blue and green tie.
 No, I didn't make the diaper cake. Scroll down to the next posts to see who did.

The only thing I didn't do at the shower was to take a photo of the girl of honor and myself. This one from Thanksgiving will have to do.

Congrats Jenn! Can't wait to see meet your little boy!

I noticed as I was setting up that almost everything I used for the shower came from Chattanooga vendors. I thought I'd give them some props. Scroll down to check them out, and to see what I got Jenn as her gift. 


Joy@WDDCH said...

You are such a sweetheart! WOW!!! We just had a "tea party" birthday for my niece with chicken salad sandwiches wrapped the same way! LOL! So cute!

Lisa B. said...

That was sooo sweet!! I'm craving key lime pie now, yum :)

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

WOW you have such an eye... can I download plz!
Voting for ur little precious again btw!

amydear said...

You are so sweet, and those sandwiches are so Ina! Love it. I'm sure you made Jenn's month. I did partial bedrest for 13 weeks last pregnancy. No fun.

Love Being A Nonny said...

Where did you live in NC? I am a NC girl!! What a great shower...and beautiful children!

Garnish said...

Natalie...the world needs more girlfriends like you! Your shower idea is thoughtful and brilliantly put together. We're so happy that Garnish could be a part of it all. We'd love to post on our blog if all right with you.

Garnish + Enjoy,

- Suzanne

Natalie Jane said...

Sure! I'm just glad I discovered your cool site in time for the shower!

Thepearsonfamilee said...

very sweet. I love it. I found you through Garnish!

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