Monday, May 10, 2010

A Mother's Weekend

For me, this past weekend was all about mothers.  Mother's to be, young mothers, old mothers, and grandmothers.  It was all covered.  The baby shower I gave my DIL Melissa was on Saturday and it went very well.  It was a very pink and chocolate day.  The only way it could have been more perfect is if the weather had cooperated.  It was freezing cold and rainy, so we could not use the deck at all.  No big deal, I guess.
I had finished the baby quilt on Thursday night.
I would have liked to hand quilt it, but I just didn't have the time.  Since it is a baby quilt I machine quilted myself.  Anything larger and I send out to be machine quilted.

I had finished knitting the hat and booties about a week or so ago.  I know I showed them already, but here they are again.

Melissa arrived here early Saturday morning and put together our door prize basket.  We had a diaper fund raffle for it.  For every dollar you put into the diaper fund you received a ticket to go into the drawing.  We then drew a number toward the end of the shower and my Aunt Nancy won the basket.

Mom and I spent a whole day making teddy bear lollipops to be given as favors.  I found the teddy bear mold and the makings at a party store.  Mom and I experimented a little, and by the final batch we were mixing it up with different color bows and feet and noses.  They were fun and easy to do.  I arranged them all in a candy dish filled with pink beads so all the sticks would stand up straight.  Each one was tied with a "It's a Girl" curling ribbon.

My DIL Diana gave me a pink hydrangea plant for Mother's Day the day she left for Spokane on Wednesday.  She knew it would match the colors for the shower and it was perfect for on my coffee table.

I had this teddy bear that I had made from an old rabbit fur jacket that I wore years ago.  I sat him next to the hydrangea. 

My mother was great in running errands for me.  Friday night she picked up the two flower arrangements so I could have the tables all set before Saturday morning.  The caterer arrived with the food by 11:30 Saturday morning.  Chicken and egg salad croissant sandwiches, spring salad and a vegetable tray with dip.  As is usual, you worry that there won't be enough food, and as is usual, we had more than enough.   Mom picked up the balloons and the cupcakes by 11:00 Saturday morning.  The tables looked great.
The punch is just Hawaiin punch with Sprite.  I also dipped all the strawberries in chocolate. 
I had blush and riesling wine in the decanters set up on the wine cabinet.  About a month ago I discovered a new wine at a local winery called "chocolate covered cherries"!  And that's exactly what it tastes like.  It's like a desert wine or a port.  Mmm! so good.  I set those bottles out with shot glasses.

The gifts Melissa received were all adorable and mostly pink of course.  Melissa looked beautiful in a long pink dress and pink and white vest.  I also wore a pink and white dress with a brown sweater.  No pictures of me, though.  I was too busy to stand still.
We had 25 guests and the day was a success and a lot of fun.  That should be the one, only and last baby shower I will ever have so I'm glad I got the chance to do it.  I have to say, though, that I was extremely exhausted by the time it was over and I still did not feel good.  But it was all worth it!


Marydon Ford said...

What fun! & everything looks beautiful. Good luck with the baby & congrats!

Have a wonderful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

It looks wonderful, and your description of the food has made me hungry. I hope you get a chance to rest up and feel better!

DJan said...

I just love the special tag you made for the back of the quilt. How beautiful everything looked for the shower, Nina. I think you should rest now, I'm hoping it will make it easier to rest since it's behind you. But knowing you, you'll start another massive project!! Hugs to you.

Theresa said...

WOW, what a wonderful shower! I just love it that you make so many things yourself! The quilt is so special and the hat and booties are just precious! You DIL is gorgeous and I know she appreciated all that you did for her! Have a blessed day dear Nina and I hope you feel better! HUGS!

Annette said...

Everything looks beautiful! I hope you're feeling bettr and rested by now. If it was me, I would need a whole week to rest and recuperate!!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Everything looks just beautiful! I'm sure you all had a fun time!


Melissa Miller said...

Nina she looks beautiful and what an amazing baby shower. Love all the hot pink. Pretty! :)

~Tonja~ said...

Hi Nina...Congrats to your DIL and the family on the Blessed event...your baby shower looks wonderful the quilt and everything is beautiful...
Thanks for stopping by and following
and for leaving your sweet comments
about my blog and my sister's house that was so sweet of you...
was looking at your other blog and I adore your tea cups...
Have a Blessed day...
Sweet Blessings

Anonymous said...

I want to be you DIL!! What a beautiful shower! You did an AMAZING job.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love your place! You have a new follower!

Toni @ Hemp & High Heels

Lily Robinson said...

Wow! How long have I been away? The shower turned out beautiful! Love the quilt and the knits. Pink and brown make a lovely combination. I liked the raffle idea. Wish I'd done that one.


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