Attending my own baby shower was probably one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had in a while. Picking out a crib and registering for baby essentials really only hit me as shopping. Watching my belly grow and become heavy enough to make me shun my heels hardly phased me. But I caught myself staring a little too long at that pink banner hung over our place settings and it smacked me in the face: I’m having a baby. Soon.
Luckily, this was probably a little on the milder side in terms of actual baby-type stuff when it comes to the admittedly foreign realm of baby showers. Having a husband who can illustrate helped string our bottle-themed shower together into a low key, friendly affair for both guys and girls. Not to mention making it feel much more us. I think the fact that we were able to weave beer and champagne into our central theme made us feel much more comfortable with the event.
I’m excited to share some of our details, including: special home brew favors for the guys (crafted with care by the dad-to-be and home brew master & uncle-to-be MP), milk bottle mimosas for the ladies, a Polaroid sign-in book, story books in place of cards to build our baby’s library, and guava cupcakes (for the Cuban mom-to-be, yours truly). I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Check out specific event details after the jump.
Event Setup Assistance: Events by Francesca, Location & Catering: Angelique Euro Cafe, Cupcakes: Not Just Cakes by Patty, Milk Jar Favors: Beau-Coup.com, Centerpieces: Hydrangeas & Spider Mums from Berkeley Florist Supply in Miami set in Ball jars, Heart Manicure by Miya at Portfolio Salon, Chunky Pave Link Bracelet from Brighthouse Baubles, Flowy Top by ASOS Petite.
All photos and graphic design details courtesy of dad-to-be Tony Espinoza.
Don’t worry, you’re not on the wrong blog. I actually did bake – something I used to do quite often back when I worked in an office, though, admittedly, really only out of the box (did the minibar in the background give it away?). But you know how on Pinterest you save things to infinity and never actually do anything with them? Is that just me? Anyway, I decided to actually try out one of those recipes I’d been hoarding and the results were actually pretty great, if I do say so myself.
What you see here is my execution of Tidy Mom’s recipe re-pinned ad infitum, which I found here in its nth life. Basically, you follow the steps on the box but add an extra egg (two if you want it to be extra rich – I may have added five. I suspect one was a twin.). Replace the oil for melted butter and double the amount. Use milk instead of water and then mix well (I actually had to use a hand blender and a whisk because it was so rich). Then just follow the time on the box and wait for the cupcakes to completely cool before frosting. Don’t I sound just like a Stepford wife?
So yeah – there you have it. Semi-from-scratch cupcakes that give my pinning purpose. I think. Anyway, my husband loved them and so did his office buddies, so I’m pleased as punch. Let me know if you try making them. I’d love to know how other flavors and variations turn out.
I first learned about Saint Cupcake on Valentine’s Day last year when my hubby saved an email I’d sent him from Daily Candy and placed an order from the truly heavenly cupcake shop on the west coast. Luckily, he kept the tradition alive again this year and had this amazing box of sweet treats delivered just in time for the holiday.
Here are a few pictures before, during, and after assembly. I have no idea how they keep their ingredients so fresh, but the final outcome is truly divine.