If you can’t tell from my previous few posts, this summer has been filled with fun showers! And this past weekend we sailed into another celebration. This time, for my lovely cousin Elaina and her sweet baby boy on the way (who we found out will be named Henry at the shower)! We held the shower lakeside at my parents cabin with our aunties and cousins on my mom’s side of the family.
My mama, auntie Deb, cousins Jena and Sara and future sis-in-law all helped with the planning process. We incorporated shades of aqua blue from Baby Henry’s nursery, along with anchors for a nautical theme to go along with our scenic lake backdrop.
Mother Nature gave us a bit of a scare on the day of the shower with a rain shower in the morning, but it passed through quickly and the sun came out just in time for us to hold our event outside, as planned! We made this little sign to direct guests to the lakeside patio.
Here’s the mama-to-be and her cute baby belly!
Only 54 days to go! And we made sure to let her know. We are all so anxious to meet this sweet baby boy!
I found some ideas on Pinterest and Deb, Jena and Sarah offered to take them on with a little DIY action. Well, let me just say I have the most talented and creative aunties and cousins! They completely nailed every task. Check out these super cute life preserver utensils! They took a Lifesaver mint and tied it around a napkin with twine in a real sailor-knot (thanks for teaching them the knot and helping assemble, Uncle Kev!).
Mini chicken salad sailboat sandwiches were the main dish. We cut whole wheat hot dog buns in half, hollowed out the centers and added a heaping scoop of chicken salad. The sails were made buy cutting printed aqua striped paper into small squares and folding them into triangles, then taping them to toothpicks. So easy and so cute! Well, they do take a little patience, right girls?
Of course, I had to make one of my signature banners to match the theme…”Ahoy it’s a boy”!
We styled the main party table with a guessing game with an aqua piggy bank, framed pictures, lanterns, a small birch canoe, candles, flowers, and treats!
For our game, guests were asked to guess how much “treasure” was in the piggy bank and the closest guess won a prize.
My cousin Sarah made the cutest and most delicious little red velvet anchor cupcakes…and 100% from scratch! They were almost too cute to eat, but somehow we managed to overcome the cuteness. Yum!
These little dark chocolates from the local gift shop, Abdallah Sea Salt Almond Alligators, deliciously fit in with our décor in their aqua wrappers!
For favors, we made our own little to go boxes with assorted anchor stickers, gift tags and twine all from Michaels. Oh, and Chips Ahoy cookies! These little guys brought me back to my childhood.
It turned out to be a beautiful warm day, so lots of cold drinks were necessary including mini bottled waters, mini cans of soda and cocktails.
We filled each table with a little nautical love. And this little black bear snuck in to serve Dove Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolates wrapped in aqua foil.
Purchasing this aqua fishy pillow turned out to be the perfect addition to the mama-to-be’s gift opening chair, by adding extra back support and cuteness, of course!
And here are my sweet cousins! I love the love we share with each other everyday and for baby Henry on the way!
My mama, me and the mama-to-be!
This baby is going to be one blessed and loved little guy. He’s set to sail into his parents arms sometime around August 22, 2014.