A Winnie-the-Pooh Baby Shower

My mom, sister and I gave my nephew and his wife a baby shower. When planning a party of any kind, I think it makes it so much easier to go with a theme. Whether it be summer, garden, sports, or holiday, themes are endless.

20130613-131236.jpgThe food table was set in a Hundred Acre Wood picnic scene with gingham table cloths, rattan baskets to hold the paper plates, and lots of finger foods. As you can see in this picture, Pooh sits upon boxes which were draped with green fabric. Large baskets held ham sandwiches and BBQ sliders. To keep with the picnic/ red color theme, there was watermelon, homemade cowboy salsa, and cherry tomatoes filled with a ranch cream cheese.

20130613-132642.jpgOn the dessert table was an assortment of cakes, cookies and chocolate covered strawberries. We think Rabbit would have approved of the carrot cake!

20130613-132724.jpg We found these adorable flower cupcake papers and candy bees at Joann’s Fabric and Crafts.

20130613-133227.jpgMy sister made a blanket for her new grandson with the Pooh motif. Tigger thinks its pretty snugly.

20130613-133404.jpgShe also made this diaper cake which she wrapped a Winnie-the-Pooh banner around to decorate.

20130613-133516.jpgThe Silly Old Bear banner across the mantle was a fun craft to make. I used my Cricut to cut all the letters out and bits and pieces of scrap paper and ribbons to make the “flag” part.

20130613-133757.jpgThe baby’s name is going to be Aiden. We had bought these yellow paper fans from the dollar store and didn’t really know what we would do with them. I thought they would be cute as flowers for our Hundred Acre Wood. With some styrofoam in a mason jar, that is wrapped with burlap and a ribbon, the flower is glued to a stick which stuck in the styrofoam. The leaves are cut from green paper.

20130613-134602.jpgThe honey hive next to bear was another dollar store craft.

20130613-134642.jpgFor $3 we made this cute hive. You need a plastic flower pot, glue gun and rope.

20130613-134856.jpgGlue and wrap the rope around the pot until covered. Have a bowl of ice water nearby for the many glue burns you will get….trust me. We cut some back and brown felt for the entrance to the hive.

20130613-135111.jpgAnd added these little bees. Each bee is made by wrapping a yellow pipe cleaner into a small oval. Then with black embroidery thread make the bee’s stripes and antenna. The wings are cut from vellum paper and glued in place. Too cute!

20130613-135315.jpgWhen the guests arrived, we directed them to the back patio where we had a burp cloth decorating station set up.

20130613-135738.jpgTheir friends were very enthusiastic with the task.

20130613-135823.jpgWhen they finished drawing, they hung the burp cloths up to dry.

20130613-135955.jpgWith a little creativity, you can host a wonderful party!

Yummy Charleston

Last weekend we traveled down to beautiful Charleston, SC. There’s so much to see, do and eat. This southern town holds many memories for my family. Superman and I met in college down there.

Our daughter attends my old alma mater, the College of Charleston. We got to spend lots of precious time with her.

Our son will be attending The Citadel, the Military College of SC in the fall. He’ll be following in Superman’s steps. Oh man! I loved seeing him in uniform!

One reason for us to be down there was for son to participate in a pre-knob weekend. For those unfamiliar with the Citadel vernacular, a knob is the name of a first year cadet.

Can you tell where they got the name from? Luckily the female knobs don’t have to undergo the shears. Anyway, he basically did whatever his host knob did: formations, ate in the mess hall, slept in the barracks. The weekend program lets the high schoolers observe what they would be getting into next fall.

Most importantly, we celebrated his 18th birthday. I can’t believe it. Wahhhh! He loves getting his picture taken…not.

Charleston has the Battery with the amazing homes looking out over the water…colorful
Rainbow Row…Carriage rides, which I fully recommend!
It’s Charleston! It’s famous for the basket weavers, shopping, antiques, and FOOD!
There are way too many good places to eat to mention here. (But maybe I could make it my mission to try all of the restaurants to help you make better decisions. Yeah! That’s a great idea! Hee hee.) From gourmet, fried, southern, low country, sweet, exotic and “Slap-yo-momma” good, this city has it all.

One A-MA-ZING eatery is FIG, which is an acronym for Food Is Good. Oh yes,it is here.

The menu is made with seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients, thus the menu can change each time you go. Our table enjoyed all sorts of fish, seafood, pasta and probably the all time best puréed potatoes. Yup potatoes. So good. The desserts…mmmmm….the desserts. We like to order 3 or 4 different desserts then do the “take-a-bite-and-pass”. Can you say Salted Caramel Chocolate Flan?

Speaking of desserts for any time of the day…Cupcake on King Street.

How could this place not make anyone happy?

To celebrate son’s birthday, we enjoyed a delicious meal at Halls Chophouse. The boy loves him some steak.

Yes, we all had tender, flavorful steak cooked to perfection. Throw on the black truffle butter and you will melt with it. The Pepper Jack Creamed Corn Skillet knocked my socks off.
Oh yeah, and there was dessert. This was boy’s birthday cake….check out the layers.

Needless to say…although it rained the entire time we were there, it didn’t keep us from having a fabulous time spending special time together, laughing, eating and creating more special memories together. Thanks Superman!

Do you and your family have any special places you like to visit that has great food? Please share in the comments below!