In the midst of all the moving craziness, we still wanted to make time to celebrate with our Chicago friends. One of my dearest friends is expecting her first child, so I was honored to co-host a couples baby shower for she and her husband. We met as PR interns and caused some serious ruckus in this town for a few years, so naturally we hosted this fete at a bar. Just kidding, our house is in shambles and it was a large party, so we opted for the private party room at a local pub.
In an effort to keep things more casual for the dudes and to keep costs reasonable, my co-host and I decided to do an early afternoon dessert shower. Since it wasn't at mealtime, we felt comfortable only offering snacks and desserts. And WERE there desserts! Oh my! Full menu below.
Afternoon Dessert Shower
Treats for 35 People
Mixed Fruit Tray
Mixed Cheese Platter with Crackers
Mom-To-Be's-Favorite Carrot Cake
Mixed Berry Mascarpone Tart
Lemon Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce
Double Chocolate Cookies
Blue Velvet Cupcakes
I contributed the Carrot Cake, Mixed Berry Mascarpone Tart and Panna Cotta, with my co-hosts tackling the cupcakes and cookies.
The Carrot Cake was a personal request of the Mom-to-Be, so I followed Martha Stewart's recipe. While it was delicious, it was a bit of pain. The cake is so moist that it was difficult to stack and frost. Thank goodness for the pecans on the outsides to cover my errors! Tip from an expert -- face the ugly side toward the wall and no one will know ;)
Recipes to come for the Tart and Panna Cotta. Those were the real winners!
My friend is planning a nautical-themed nursery, so I tried to pull-in those colors in the decor. The table linens were a quick hem-tape job and I made the flag pennant as my gift. Love when party decorations can be reused!
How cute is this gal? It was such a pleasure to celebrate the coming babe.