Picnic. Girl friends. Fun Decor. Baby Carson. Delicious Food.

A picnic for Carson!

You are in for a treat.  some of my favorite girls in Nashville threw a perfect picnic for our first baby.  I hope you can get some great shower ideas from these lovely ladies.  From the food to the theme it was all them, I’m just going to give away all their ideas!

My lovely party planning committee with amazing photography from Susie A.

Let’s start with the fun decorations:

Welcome chalkboard by Allison Buzard (who also hosted the party)

“C” is for Carson!  Cute door hanger I can use at the hospital and in his nursery by

Rachel Stevens

A fun banner with his name, made by my scrap-booking buddy Greta Ball

Since my favorite holiday (Independence day) was just a few days prior one of my college roommates made 2 great centerpieces out of FIREWORKS.  Thanks Abigail Dowell!

A great statement piece for the middle of the table was this beautiful picnic basket.  I love when people add functional kitchen elements to a table.  What a lovely idea Blair.

One of the last cool elements of this parties decor was the cute picnic basket that was filled with books for little Carson.

These girls went over the top with the food & beverages too:

Since my ladies (Abigail & Cambrey) were so sweet to not tempt me with wine or a mimosa…. they did come up with some great drinks. Berry Lemonade & Cucumber Herb infused water and of course we live in the south so everything was served in a Mason Jar! 

To you it may just be a veggie tray but I just wanted to show you how you have step up a veggie tray without it being over the top or cheesy!  All credit goes to Alyssa Pantana.

These chicken salad tarts were elegant perfect for a shower.  And you would not believe how easy they are.  Cambrey just bought her favorite chicken salad from Zoe’s Kitchen & spooned it into philo cups from the freezer section of the grocery.

One of the biggest hits of the party were these beautiful cupcakes made by Katie Ward.

I have a little bonus for you… one of my lovely roommates from college, Rachel, made both of these fruit or pretzel dips and also provided us some recipes!

Funfetti Cake Batter Dip:
1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix
2 Cups Nonfat Yogurt
1 Cup Fat Free Cool Whip
*Mix all ingredients together.
Peanut Butter Fruit Dip:
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Vanilla Yogurt (one container)
1/2 Cup Fat Free Cool Whip
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
*Mix peanut butter and yogurt together until combined.  Fold in Cool Whip and cinnamon.
If you throw a party I have got a good list of ladies you can call!
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