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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blocks for A Baby Shower

The daughter is having a baby very soon!

so we decided to have a baby shower,
somehow spending the afternoon with family is so enjoyable

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The parents have elected to be surprised and so no one knows what they are having.  Of course there are lots of guesses and funny ways that are used to predetermine whether the baby is a boy variety or a girl.

While I don’t have a problem with the idea of waiting, I mean honestly, back in the day, no one had the option of knowing and we survived just fine

but it did pose some challenges in having a shower in that it’s hard to decorate for neutral gender!  I thought of going with a rubber duck theme but, for some reason it just wasn’t jelling in my mind, then I thought of blocks,

children and most adults too, like to play with blocks right.

So we went to town making blocks out of cookies.

it was a great idea, but as usual my great ideas need superior help in getting them to work as I had envisioned. . . .


. . . this wasn’t quite it

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you would imagine making blocks would be pretty simple, but rest assured they were not working the way I had imagined.  That’s where the genius and the musician came in handy!  I could not have done this without them.


the genius asked if we had something that he could “sand” cookies with. . .


sand paper wouldn’t have worked very well but nothing else came to mind. . .

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. . .  then inspiration struck and he pulled out the zester/grater!

 
(that’s why I call him the genius)

and he began to sand away.  we needed 17 blocks, each block requires 6 sides totaling 102 square cookies + a few extra for defects and casualties due to rough handling.


because I had spent too much time on creating a key-lime cupcake


that marvelous creation still needs a tad bit more work, but it will be amazingly yummy when it I get it figured out

the musician made cookies for me while I was at work. . . Thank you musician

okay, back to block production. . .

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the genius mitered the edges of all 120 cookies!

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and the musician “glued” them together!

I was exceptionally tired and wasn’t much help at this point, I knew that the blocks had to dry before I could do anything creative with them, so I  went to be knowing that the blocks were in very good and capable hands. . .

My own little elves in the kitchen!

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I awoke to this, 20 perfect blocks!

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if you compare the two versions there is no doubt that these are near perfect!

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a whole tray full of cookie sawdust and a few casualties!

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and cookie blocks to stack and play with

This was going to be fun!

this is where I came in. . .

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my favorite part is decorating!



pretty close resemblance to the real McCoy  
 
 
so while the boys were sleeping, I was up early and decorated

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and admiring the final product





I determined that the blocks looked a little too much like boy so decided to add windmills for that feminine touch, unfortunately, the windmills didn't have a chance to be finished for the party.


. . . but it started out as a good idea

I then went on to other tasks that needed to be done like preparing the chicken salad for the sandwiches.  This is where I chopped off the end of my thumb!

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bringing all baby shower preparations to an abrupt halt.

no, no, no, the red are not chunks of my thumb!

. . . My amazing awesome talented sister-in-law, worked hard too

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blowing up balloons for decorations

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making bingo cards, and announcements

(super cute by the way)


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of course the announcements were sent out a couple of weeks ago, but I think you will agree that they are perfectly adorable!

What would I have done without her help????


We assigned theme’s or times of baby care:  for example, bath time, cuddle/story time, changing time, feeding time, play time, and quiet time.  each guest brought something that could be used for their assigned time, which was marvelous because it maintained variety  and filled great needs all in one.

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and of course as all women do, she cleaned and finished projects so her home was perfect!

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We played bingo as the daughter opened her baby gifts.  It was such an enjoyable afternoon.  I have decided that having a “non-gender specific” baby shower is’nt such a bad idea after all.  She received many MUCH NEEDED items and no clothing. 

. . . It turned out perfect in every way


One activity we did for the shower was to tie a baby quilt.

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this was a wonderful idea and I think most everyone very much enjoyed the project,
and who can resist adorable little Pooh Bear?

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Even the little girls learned and had fun helping


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a quick super easy project and good times for all

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because of my thumb the windmills and cupcake wrappers didn’t get finished for the final product, but the food was good and we had a wonderful afternoon with family excited to welcome a little oreo to the family!

As always thanks for stopping by, I enjoy sharing with you!


have an enjoyable week!


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