Monday, September 15, 2008

monkeyin' around...a baby shower

Well, I rowsed myself from my sickbed (no one ever accused me of not being dramatic) in order to do some quick decorations for my friend Sarah's baby shower. She's expecting a boy in a couple of weeks, and a few of us girlfriends celebrated Saturday evening with a little baby shower. It's her third baby, but we believe that every baby is worth celebrating (not to mention it's an excuse for a party and presents!) matter if they're the first or the fifth babe in the family!

So, I threw together a monkey theme that was loosely inspired by Curious George. One would have expected me to decorate with bananas instead of lemons and limes. Actually, even I would have expected that! But I was at Costco, and the prices were reasonable for these huge bags of lemons and limes, and they were the colors I wanted, so I went for it.

The centerpiece was a large vase/hurricane filled with lemons and limes. You can't see much of it in this photo, but they are sitting on top of a folder from Target that had my colors and a monkey on it - and it was on clearance - so I used it. :-) Then, I used three small drinking glasses which I filled with some azalea branches from my friend's yard, and one lemon in each (on toothpics to keep them from sinking into the glass too far). I added some cute little stuffed monkeys (after wrenching them out of my children's hands - sorry guys!) and a few votives for good measure.
In the car on the way to the party, I decided I would just unfold the paper napkins and use them as placemats (can you tell this was much more last-minute than I normally operate?). I layered the plates over a second napkin - this one's actually meant to be used as a napkin - and threw the favor on top. They're individually wrapped biscotti, tied simply with some cute ribbon I already had that sort of matched.

All in all, it was simple, sweet and fun. It just so happens that Sarah's two kids already love monkeys (as do mine) so she could fully appreciate the theme. And she got to take home one of the stuffed monkeys from the centerpiece for her third monkey on the way.

Thanks for your sweet inquiries about my health. I am finally (after 8 days) feeling much better, although still stuffy and tired. I am a very sharing and generous person, though, as evidenced by the fact that my husband now has whatever I had. I can't help it. I just give, give, give.

Anyway - stick around - tomorrow I'm going to let you see my living room. Never before seen online. Shocking, I know. Anyway, we'll take an "exclusive" tour (don't worry, it'll only take 30 seconds - I don't exactly have a mansion!).


  1. Very cute! I'm glad you are starting to feel better.

  2. So cute. I love Target! I'm looking forward to seeing your living room. It's always so fun to see other people's homes:-)

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I love meeting new creative bloggy friends:-)

  3. What a fun theme for a baby shower! I've never seen one with monkeys like that before. Very cute. And I loved the lemons and limes with it.

    Glad to see you on Twitter! -Julia :-)

  4. Aren't you a genius! Lemons and limes and monkeys are super together for this little shower... and on top of all of it, you're sick. Must be super-genius.

  5. Ah....toothpicks to stop the lemons from sinking. Love that nifty trick! Filing away in the mental rolodex (we'll see how long I'm actually able to keep it "filed" there!)

    And look at you, so giving. Your husband must be super psyched. ;-)

  6. How sweet! I love how you show that something fun and sweet doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive.

    My 4-year old just had to have those folders from Target. They really are cute. And waaaaaay better than the Star Wars Clone Wars which was his second choice.

  7. The shower decor is darling. I wish that you could throw me a shower. NO, I am not having a baby, I would just like your cute ideas throwing me a party. Glad to hear that you are feeling a little bit better. It sucks to be sick, but it's the worse to sick and tired! Hope that you are 100% sooner than later. Wish I had some great adivce to give on how to get better, I don't. Vitamins and ice cream, that always helps!

  8. love how you come up with these great fun themes, and they do not cost a fortune, right up my street lol!


  9. My husband wanted to have a baby,, but he had an erectil dysfunction problem, so we decided to buy viagra and after that i could be pregnant. All my friend was excited with the new, so they organized an secret baby shower for me. It was wonderful.


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