When I offered to host a baby shower for Sierra, I wanted to do something different than what I've done for Summer, Mandi, Kari, and Paige's special events. All of them had girls, and since Sierra is expecting her second daughter, I wanted to bring in some other colors besides pink. I came up with the aquamarine, turquoise and sea green color scheme, and made plans for a night out under the stars with dinner on my deck outside. I refilled the oil lamps, bought a new umbrella for my black iron O.W. Lee patio table, and draped the railing with tulle. It had been cloudy, overcast, and slightly drizzling all day long, then just before seven, the rain started falling. I was so depressed about it, and we brought everything and everyone inside. By then, my hair was frizzed and my spirits too. But we went with it, and the food was wonderful, so that eased the frustration, and the shower ended up being a nice evening after all. We had King Ranch Chicken Enchilada casserole prepared with love by Paige and Holly, a romaine lettuce salad by Michele, Nate's Creamy Ranch Cilantro dressing, Conni's guac and salsa. I made individual homemade banana pudding cups (in Pampered Chef prep bowls as party favors for each guest), decorated with festive tulle and ribbon. I stirred the pudding on the stove so long that I got a blister on my finger, then realized when I quadrupled the recipe, I had only put half the amount of cornstarch needed. I finally got it to the right thickness and it was delish.
Here's another shot of the pudding cups.
Here's the assortment of gifts for Sierra's new little girl. There were about eighteen people here, including Sierra's mom and grandma.
Sierra is one of the most adorable pregnant women I know. Look at her cute little belly.
Like most of my other young friends whom I've hosted showers for, Sierra and her husband will be moving the end of the summer. I've enjoyed getting to know her and having her in my life. I cannot wait to see her new baby and hope she arrives soon. I feel like she's a niece to me and am going to miss her so much, but since her parents live here and I serve as a counselor to her mom in the Relief Society presidency, I have a feeling I'll be seeing Sierra often since Joe will be attending law school here in Texas.