Summer baby showers! Guest post by Cathy & Jennifer

Today’s guest posts come from one of my middle school best friend’s, Cathy Jones Forman and also my sister-in-law, Jennifer Robertson Kantner.  They both threw us baby showers for Carson a few weeks ago and I wanted to share some of their fun ideas with you.  Enjoy and happy baby shower!

It is fitting to celebrate in each other’s happiness, which is why Natalie and Corey’s Kentucky friends threw them a BaByQ Couples Shower to celebrate the highly anticipated arrival of Baby Carson.  The BaByQ theme was chosen because this was a shower for both female and male friends.  I don’t know about the men in your life, but when the Kentucky men heard they were going to a shower they were a bit frighten and nervous. Their fears were alleviated when they found out they could enjoy the shower by hanging out with their friends, BBQing hamburgers and hotdogs, and partaking in delightful cold refreshments.  What is better than BBQ and Babies?  So this is how we did it in Kentucky:

BaByQ Theme:

We wanted to incorporate bright primary colors (Green, Orange & Blue are Baby Carson’s nursery) with the traditional red gingham

  • BaByQ Invitations ordered from Zazzle.com (fantastic website for affordable invitations!)
  • (Thanks!) Jolene ordered a Baby Cake with Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue dots, Sunday Cupcakes, and Chocolate Frosting Cupcakes from Caramanda’s 
  • Red Gingham Table Cloth (fabric purchased at Joann’s Fabrics and was hemmed by Joyce Jones.  She said it was quick and easy, only took her 10 minutes to make!)
  • Center piece was constructed from Yellow, Green, and Blue Paper lanterns (purchased at the Dollar Tree) where gathered together in a huge bunch by using zip ties (those things work miracles, they will even hold your pants up when you have forgotten your belt).
  • Mason Jars filled with candies or flowers, with either blue or red gingham bows, were also used for decorations
  • Yellow plates, Blue Forks, Red Napkins, and Green Cups were used
  • Front door wreath was made out of a grapevine wreath with blue deco mesh wrapped around it with primary colored butterflies and a red bow (Hobby Lobby has the best materials for making wreaths!)
  • It’s a Boy! sign strategically place in the outdoor flower pot
  • Hotdogs and Hamburgers were grilled (Thanks Greg!)
  • Kentucky friends brought a side dish to the party (Thanks Katie, Sarah, and Tanya!)

The shower went off without a hitch, we were able to celebrate our dear friends who are not only fantastic people but they are going to be fabulous parents!  I can’t wait to see them raise Carson!  PS:  I think the men had a good time 😉

-Thanks Cathy for providing a excellent post and amazing baby shower!

Jennifer’s watermelon baby carriage!

You will need:

1 oval shaped watermelon
1 orange or grapefruit for wheels
blueberries for wheel hubs (or grapes if you need bigger)
Additional bite-sized fruit for the buggy (strawberries, grapes, blueberries, pineapple, etc..)
Toothpicks
Small scoop
V-shaped cutter
Sharp knife
masking tape, optional


Steps:

1.  If the melon doesn’t sit flat, cut a thin slice from the bottom so it will sit flat on the serving tray.
2.  With the point of a knife, draw a horizontal line dividing the first two-thirds (2/3) of the melon into equal halves.  Draw a vertical line over the top of the melon to mark off the top of the buggy.  If desired, mark the cutting line with masking tape.
3.  Starting at one of the corners, put the V-shaped cutter deeply into the melon along the marks, making sure the cuts connect.
4.  Gently pull off the top section of the rind and set it aside to use for the handle.  (The v-shaped cutter didn’t go all the way through the melon, so I used a knife and took off small sections of the left and right side, leaving a big section in the middle that we used for the handle)  Using the scoop, scoop out melon balls from the inside of the watermelon.  When you have enough balls, then you can use a spoon to scoop out the rest.  I set it aside for those that liked watermelon.  Mix the melon balls with the rest of the fruit for later use.  Cut up to, but not into the white inner rind.
5.  Make wheels with 1/4 inch thick slices of orange.  (Use grapefruit for wheels if the melon is large)  Attach them with toothpicks and push blueberries (or grape halves) on the picks.
6.  Fill the basket with the melon balls and other fruit you have chosen.

How to make the handle:

1.  With the section of watermelon that you removed from the top of the buggy, cut three strips about 5 inches long (much better to be too long so you can trim them, than too short from the start!).  Two strips of the melon should have the same curvature, for the handle sides.  The third strip should be as flat as possible. Remove the red melon from the strips, so you are left with only the rind.
2.  Hold the two curved strips up to the end of the melon to determine the length that would look best for your handle.  Cut these two strips that length (remember it’s easier to cut off more later than add it back).  Cut the third strip to be about half the width of the melon’s diameter.
3.  Using toothpicks, attach the third strip to the inside edges of of the other two, so that it looks like a squared off U.
4.  Hold the U up to the buggy to determine which V sections need to be removed to attach the handle.  With a sharp knife, remove the two V sections, leaving them flat.
5.  Using toothpicks, attach the handle to the buggy in the two flat areas where the V sections were removed.

-Thank you Jenn for giving us a great step by step tutorial of this fun project!

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