We had the cutest baby shower for my sister-in-law today. Early on my mother-in-law asked if I could help. You would think someone who upcycles dressers, who loves design and can scour a garage sale for the smallest hints of shabby chic & vintage goodies would be good at this stuff. But secretly, I suck at putting parties together. I never felt like I knew what I was doing. I think this time I felt I needed to prove to myself I could pull all the pieces and create something. My SIL wanted a shabby chic, girly theme and that's what I went for with the dessert bar. With serious help from a friend who should do party planning for a living, I went scouring for a dresser that I could set up as the bar and later gift to my SIL. She is going to use it as a baby changing table. It will do double duty holding baby's clothes, diapers and everything in between.
|My gift to my sister-in-law was the dresser I upcycled for the dessert bar. I bought a changing table pad for her and am hoping she'll use it to store all of baby's things here.|
I went with a two-toned dresser, painting and distressing the body in white and going for a parisian grey-blue for the drawers. I used a vintage 60's sheet with a shabby chic vibe as the table runner and layered with crocheted doilies I've picked up at garage sales for a dime. Armed with my party planner friend's jars and dessert bar knowledge, I set up the confections on top, and opened one drawer to hold the cups and straws for a champagne cocktail that became the shower's signature drink, Berry Happy Baby.
Berry Happy Baby is also known as a Fluted Ruby in other circles and is made of pomegranate juice, a little sugar and Brut Rose. I gravitated towards it mostly because nothing gets cuter than pink champagne at a baby girl's shower.
|The Cocktail Bar at the Baby Shower. I set up the menu so the ladies could see what it was all about.|
Berry Happy Baby
1-2 Sugar Cubes
"Pink Champagne"or Substitute (like Pink Moscato)
Berries of your choice for garnish
In glass, add sugar cube(s). I eyed the mixture and added approx 1/3 of the cup with "champagne" and 2/3 with pomegranate juice. Then I garnished with berries. Voila!
First, let me start with the dorkier points. Yes, I know it's Sparkling Wine and not technically champagne. & double yes, I know that's not Sparkling Wine in the photo, it's Pink Moscato. But let me explain! Due to issues at the grocery store at the last minute, I was forced to buy Pink Moscato, but everyone loved this substitute and felt like they were drinking something refreshing. If you're going to use Pink Moscato, I would use 1 sugar cube. If you go with Brut Rose, maybe you'd want to use 2. Either way, the drink was a hit and our Baby Girl was showered with her own Signature Cocktail.
In the end, I was pretty excited with how it came together. I felt like I didn't drop the ball and put something together that tasted as good as it looked. Everyone had a blast and loved getting goodies from the dessert bar. At the end of the party, guests made little take-home goodie bags.