Two years in a row I’ve had girlfriends over for ‘Brunch and Crafts’. If you had told me 10 years ago that this is something I would be doing on my weekends I never would have believed you. Well, I’m not 23 anymore and these sorts of get-togethers are a good ol’ time. Last year there were a bit more mimosas flowing than this year, but that’s what happens when over half the women are pregnant now! Nevertheless, sitting around and catching up with girlfriends is always a good thing to do.
Very simple concept: come over for brunch, bring a craft and it’s supplies, bring a food item to share. I supply the main dish, bread, drinks, etc. It’s a great way to follow through on a project you’ve been meaning to complete or to try something you’ve seen on Pinterest or a magazine.
A little gift for the girls that came:
What to do with the corks from one of our favorite things (wine)? Make coasters, of course! A little hot glue and you have one inexpensive and easy holiday gift. The girl that made these also hot glued corks to magnets to make wine cork magnets.
A different friend used corks to make this cute wreath. She lightly colored them with a translucent white spray paint, hot glued them around a wooden ring, added a couple fake flowers, and wallah! An idea to add something to the center is to hang the letter of your last name in the middle.
Both myself and a friend made these chic & sparkly deer decorations. My friend found an image online and enlarged it to fit the 11 x 14 blank canvases. We then traced the outline of the deer, used paintbrushes to fill it in with mod podge, and then sprinkled glitter on it. I used a chunkier gold glitter and my friend used a finer bronze glitter.
Ladies getting their craft on.
Baby/kid socks get lost even easier than my socks do. Whatever does happen to them all? Here is the best way that I’ve been able to keep tabs on my daughter’s socks. They don’t get lost, it’s easier to match pairs, and they can’t get sucked into the washing machine. Put them all in a lingerie bag for cleaning. Life just got a little easier.
This is the deal with second pregnancies – the fun of preparing for the baby already took place with the first pregnancy. You already have the baby furniture, gear, boppies, shmoppies, etc. Typically there isn’t a baby shower to have something to look forward, which also means blank pages in the baby book (yes, I know most people don’t care about this type of thing – but I can’t help myself).
The solution to celebrate Baby #2 was to have a ‘gender reveal party’. This was a fun way to create a special memory for the pregnancy, enjoy lunch with friends, and anticipate finding out the sex of the baby.
This is how we did it:
- At our 20 week ultrasound we had the ultrasound technician write the gender of the baby on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope, and mail to my mom (we actually sent 2 separate envelopes in case 1 got lost in the mail)
- My mom was the 1st person to find out the gender of the baby and made a cake with the coordinating color (pink for a girl or blue for a boy)
- We had a lunch at our house with friends. After lunch we cut into the cake to reveal that baby #2 is going to be a boy!
- Guests wore either blue or pink clothing to show off their guess. Those that guessed correctly won a prize.
Along with the cake, I also made cupcakes to match the decor. For the tablecloth I cut a pink and blue plastic tablecloths and wove them together.
I used drink dispensers to offer pink lemonade for an N/A beverage and an ‘adult’ beverage made with blue raspberry vodka, 7-Up, club soda, and lemonade.
Here is the cute cake that my mom made for the big reveal. There was a little miscommunication on the blue & pink theme to the party, however the green & yellow cake is another cute color choice and added some variety to the table.
Before the big reveal!
Prizes were handed out to those that guessed the gender correctly. They were simple gifts like coffee, photo albums, loofas, etc. All the kids that came got a little prize too.
This is my mom’s recipe for pumpkin bread and it is sooo delicious. The recipe makes 2 loaves.
What you’ll need:
- 1 stick butter, room temp
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 tsp clove
- 1 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
Steps to prepare:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease 2 loaf pans and coat with a dusting of flour
3. Mix the butter and sugar together first, then add the rest of the ingredients
4. Bake for 45-55 minutes