I’m experiencing some serious sister pride watching Rachel along this journey of becoming a mother. She is already so careful and well-thought-out in how she approaches this little baby… Baby (Rachel and Carson) Garrett is one of the luckiest to be coming to such a loving, fun, safe home.
So naturally, we had to spoil this mama-to-be with a few gifts and well wishes….it’s a BABY SHOWER! The best part about showers, in my opinion, is the opportunity to catch up with long-time friends who it seems can only get together on important occasions such as these. Being Rachie’s identical twin, I was able to catch up with a good portion of the invited guest list…so I wasn’t complaining.
And what’s even better is having friends and sisters to help organize the shower. I don’t know about you, but I always scramble last-minute before helping out with any shower for fresh ideas and helpful tips. So I thought I’d write down a few things that worked well for us while planning this baby shower.
Our dear friend Brittany Spencer is the mastermind behind the hanging balls…I wish I had taken a better picture, but they fell before the shower ended (my poor taping job). She is a rockstar and super creative. She found the instructions on Martha Stewart’s website. It was SUPER easy to make and they look so good hanging from the ceiling. Plus it’s one of those crafts you can easily chat while making–not super labor intensive. Spending time with Britt and her little girl, Annie, was definitely a highlight in the behind-the-scenes work. If you ever need someone to throw a shower for you…Britt’s your gal. And those little pass around cards featured below are Alice’s doing….she thought it would be great to have prompted questions to answer for current mamas to shed some light on the must-haves/dos of post-delivery life. Brilliant! These cards provided a good discussion for current and future mamas to enjoy.
The hardest part with showers is providing entertainment without it feeling like a stand-up routine. After tirelessly searching the web for any games or activities that were simple and not too overwhelming or tedious, I saw something about guessing the ages of the mom- and father-to-be…so I thought, let’s make that a decoration and game….who doesn’t like seeing endless baby pictures anyway, amiright? So the sisters made a cute banner out of Rachel and Carson’s baby pictures…it was darling…and is still hanging up in their home. I highly recommend this for a baby shower. Hit two birds with one stone…game + cute decor.
And we can’t forget FOOD! Nick’s mom, Carol, made us the yummiest cottage cheese pancakes with orange buttermilk syrup while we were in Lake Powell…and I was hooked! It is by far the yummiest pancake recipe I’ve EVER tasted. SO good. I know it sounds a little funky (cottage cheese is an interesting texture)…but trust me on this. It’s delicious. Again, no pictures because we had an emergency make-the-pancakes-bite-size-because-we-forgot-to-get-enough-ingredients-to-triple-the-recipe plan…so the pancakes went fast…but again, trust me on this one.
Overall, the shower was a success! By success I mean the mama, Rachel, was happy, and friends came to support and make her feel loved. That’s what it’s all about. We had such a great time planning and hosting the shower. Hope some of these suggestions may be of help next time you’re in charge of a baby shower. I know I always appreciate new ideas and recipes. We love you, Rach and Baby Garrett.
We love you already. I’m sure you’re tired of us rubbing, poking, and whispering to Rachie’s belly…it’s just, we can hardly stand waiting a few more weeks to meet you. You’ll be the most loved and best dressed little man on the planet. Guaranteed. If only you knew how much love is waiting for you outside your mommy’s belly…you’ve got a beautiful nursery full of hand-woven blankets, books, and belongings to prove it. But, more than anyone, your parents are ecstatic to meet you. I mean, Rachel and Carson have been talking about you long before we knew about you — and they can’t stop. You are such a blessing to them and to this family…we sure need that little light and joy you’ll bring right about now. We love you and can’t wait to see you come November, Finn.
Love you tons and tons, one of your future favorite aunts
Here’s that recipe I was talking about…And I don’t consider myself a chef by any means, but this recipe is too good not to share. Seriously. Write this one down.
Cottage Cheese Pancakes:
4 eggs, 1 cup small curd cottage cheese, 1/2 cup flour, 1 tbs sugar, 6 tbs (3/4 stick) butter melted, 1 tsp vanilla extract or grated lemon peel.
*Beat eggs in a bowl; stir in cottage cheese, flour, and sugar. Mix well until blended (it’ll still be lumpy). Stir in butter and vanilla. Makes about 16 (4-inch) pancakes.
Orange Buttermilk Syrup:
1 1/4 cups sugar, 3/4 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup butter, 2 tbs corn syrup, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp grated orange peel (optional)
*In saucepan, combine first five ingredients and bring to a rolling boil; reduce heat to medium and cook for 7 minutes (or until golden color)–stir as needed. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and grated orange peel. Makes 1-2/3 cups.