A Baby Shower!

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I recently planned a baby shower for my sister since she is expecting her first baby (we are 3 1/2 weeks apart!) and decided to go with a sailboat theme since that is the baby's nursery theme. I found this invitation from Little Prints Parties and thought it was adorable! (Go check out her other invites--super cute!!) I loved the colors and style so much and for only $20 you can get the entire party pack which includes:
  • Personalized invitation in 4X6 or 5X7
  • Flat thank you design
  • 2 inch circle cupcake toppers
  • Water bottle labels
  • Candy bar wrappers (large & mini)
  • "IT'S A BOY" banner
  • Popcorn/treat cones
  • Goodie bag tags
  • Cupcake wrappers
  • Food labels/place cards
  • 8X10 party signs
  • Napkin rings
  • Wishes for baby cards

I used a printable sign from Little Prints Parties to welcome guests to the shower and to set the theme.

Welcome to Anne's Baby Shower!
With the party package from Little Prints Parties came these great signs. Couldn't be cuter and matched the crib bedding perfectly!
We had a little area set up for guests to "Leave a Message in the Bottle" for the new baby

Some of the Shower Attendees
(my cousin, my niece and my daughter)
 Our Menu Included:
  • Hash Brown Casserole with sausage
  • Quiches
  • Stuffed Cucumber Cups
  • Jello Sail Boats
  • Sandcastle Ice molds for the punch
  • Catch of the Day Goldfish packets
  • Fruit
  • Pina Colada Punch (non-alcoholic of course)

Cucumber Cups
(These were AMAZING!)

Cucumber Cups
Original Recipe from my sister's mother-in-law
3 or 4 English Cucumbers
Use a vegetable peeler to make alternate cuts down the length.
Cut the cucumbers in 2" sections making sure to have flat bottom for each . Use a melon baller or 1/4 teaspoon metal measuring spoon to hollow a large circle into each cucumber section being careful not to cut through the bottoms. Sprinkle all the sections with salt, wait 5 minutes then pour off the gathered water. Finish by blotting each with a paper towel. You MUST REMOVE ALL THE WATER. Place your prepared chicken salad into a plastic bag with the corner clipped and squeeze into the cucumber sections. Top with a sprig of dill or sliced olives.
Chicken Salad
Original Recipe from my sister's mother-in-law
4 Cooked Skinless Chicken Breasts or left over rotisserie chicken
1 Full Celery Stalk chopped
1/3 Cup of Minced Onion (opt)
1/2 Cup Mayo
1/4 Cup of Mustard
1/2 Cup Thousand Island Dressing
1/4 Cup Pickle Relish
1 t. Sage
Salt and pepper
Place in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Hash Brown Casserole with Sausage
Original Recipe from my sister's mother-in-law
32oz. frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 c. Sour Cream
1 c. Minced Onion
2 c. Shredded Cheese (Colby Jack and Mexican)
1 c. Seasoned Panko Crumbs or Crushed Corn Flakes
1 c. Butter
1 pound Sausage
*You can make this with or without sausage and add 1/4 Cup of green bell peppers
Sauté your sausage, set aside. Melt half the butter and mix with your crushed corn flakes or Panko crumbs, set aside. Mix all the remaining ingredients In a large mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper. Spray a casserole dish, add all the ingredients, top with the corn flakes or Panko crumbs add the remaining melted 1/2 stick of butter over the top. Bake 1 hour at 350*
Jello Sail Boats
Pina Colada Punch
 2 cans of chilled pineapple juice {46 oz each}
1 8-ounce can of coconut cream (I get mine at Trader Joes)
1-2 liters Sprite
Couple scoops of Coconut "ice cream"
Pineapple slices to float in punch bowl

In large pot mix all ingredients except Sprite, coconut "ice cream" and pineapple slices. Place in refrigerator until well chilled. Just prior to serving, add the Sprite, "ice cream" and pineapple slices. Pour into a punch bowl.

Kessel Konfections designed and delivered the cupcakes the morning of the shower so that made my life a lot easier! They perfectly matched the shower theme and tasted amazing! I couldn't have been happier with how they turned out. Click here for a photo gallery of more of Christie's work. 

My sister's mother-in-law really helped tie the theme together with the decorations and her father-in-law made this cute little Pirate ship. Also, if you'll notice, to the right of the pirate ship, are the favors. I kept them simple by using cellophane bags filled with Lifesaver mints and used a printable on the front from Little Prints Parties.

Everything turned out well and I think my sister had a good time! I could not have done this shower without the help of several other family members, so thank you very much!
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