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I am fortunate enough to have my dream job of staying at home with my two beautiful daughters. I've been happily married for 6 years and counting! I am a lover of all things french, all things pink, and anything that sparkles. Serioulsy, my husband calls me a crow. I love baking, crafting and throwing big parties, especially if they have a theme. Right now, I'm in love Pinterest. My Hero is Heather from Sprinkle Bakes and my mom.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Lavender Baby Shower for Stephanie and Amelia

 This is going to be a large post. 
So just get good and comfy OK?
Got your coffee? Check.
Comfortable seating? Check.
Kids asleep? Check.
Ok, let s do this thing!

My sister in law, Stephanie, had her sweet baby girl in April, and we were able to celebrate Amelia's birth this Sunday.

Little baby booties met everyone at the front door, along with the Bebe hanging arrangement from Martha's Site. I couldn't get a good shot of it because I had it hung in front of a mirror.

Some of the glassware. I mostly posted this because it's the only picture I have of my kitchen. 
Clean, that is. 
And I'm lovin' my fridge/freezer fronts!

Banner from Martha Stewart Crafts. I used scrapbook paper behind the letters to tie in the lavender coloured theme and so the letters would 'pop' against the windows.
Of course, tissue paper pom poms, a party staple.

My first attempt at Subway art. It turned out really well, I think. It went home with Stephanie to go in Amelia's new room.

These turned out SO good as well. Spice cake mix, made into whoopie pies, filled with 1 jar of marshmallow fluff, 1 block of cream cheese, and 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries.

This was an original recipe from me! 
I really don't like Almond flavouring, so traditional petite fours were kind of a no-go for me. 
Instead, I used a super dense pound cake recipe from this blog.
 I added a vanilla bean, to the batter and baked it in a 9x13 pan, lined with parchment paper.

I infused whole milk with lavender, by simmering the milk with 2 tablespoons of lavender buds, then straining with cheese cloth.

I used this milk to make a standard buttercream, and added a little violet  gel paste.
I also used the lavender milk to make a glaze.

I used a circle cutter for cutting the pound cake, spread with buttercream, top with another circle of pound cake, glaze and decorate.
Please click on the pictures to make them bigger. They are prettier bigger.

I used Amethyst disco dust, Lilac sugar pearls, and Wilton's new edible paper decorations
 I used my paper punch for the fleur de lis. I would never buy a special 'cake' punch.
That's just crazy talk.

 These had a lot of steps to make, but each step was easy. The decorating was so much fun!
 You can really tailor these to any theme or event.

My other sister in law, Charla, made some wickedly delicious chicken salad to go on top of mini bagels. The cranberries added sweetness and tied them in with the colour theme.

My friend Ang, brought some gourmet tea and blended the Lavender buds with a delicate Jasmine tea.

 My new glass drink dispenser made her debut! A steal from Homesense! 
I didn't actually steal this. 
It was just so cheap for the size and detail on it, and the fact that it's actually glass!
It was filled with Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade, with just a splash of lavender syrup.

OK, so I'm going to post two pictures of the table. 
Lame, yes.
Let me explain.
I like the brighter of the two, but the it has a chandelier at the top, and I was too lazy to do any editing.
So I put the darker one too. 
Just so you know that I can take a picture.

Ang also brought the bubbly! 
We added Lavender syrup to each glass for the fragrance of lavender and a touch of sweetness.
I read that people sometimes put a sugar cube in their champagne. 
I thought it might give the same effect.
I'm classy like that.

 Gift opening!

Venice was quite the little helper...

Giselle was in there like a dirty shirt too.

Lastly, homemade lavender bath bombs.
 I think you can find that recipe here...
All nestled in on a bed of moss, in a glassed in terrarium that I found at the Salvation Army.
It was black and dusty, but the glass was in perfect condition, and removable.
Hello, spray paint!

 Ang, me, Amelia, Stephanie, Charla, Giselle, and Meryl Streep Venice in the front.

My peanut and the beautiful Amelia.

I would like to say a big thanks to Stacey from Hattrick Designs, who did the water bottle labels, that turned out SO cute!! I can't believe that I didn't get a picture of them! Sorry Stac!


Heath said...

sorry I missed this beautiful shower! Great idea with the Lavender theme throughout food and decorations.
So creative!

Rachel said...

You are INCREDIBLE! Seriously...I am just amazed at the things you do! LOVELY pics.

Christie said...

Clothespins are adorable too! Lovely!

KHJ said...

One day I hope to be half as creative as you!!!

Ali said...

Thanks everyone!! You are all too kind!!

Emilee said...

I'm doing a lavender/yellow baby shower soon and would love to get a copy of your subway art. Is that even possible? Please email me at Thank you so much.


Anonymous said...

I love the glass jars on the left back of the table. What are those jars called?