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Baby shower for Kellie

Tonight I hosted a baby shower for a new friend, Kellie, who moved here a few months ago with her husband and daughter, that I met through our church. They're expecting their first son so we all celebrated with her. I had my favorite local florist, Lakeline Florist, put together this arrangement for a centerpiece. Earlier today while I was getting the tables set up, I babysat cute little Scotty, while his mom, Sherrie, my friend and neighbor, played tennis. He's such a sweetheart. He actually likes getting his picture taken.
Everyone on the evite asked "What can I bring?" for the shower, so I decided to take them up on it, and came up with a menu of Hawaiian Haystacks for tonight. Easy. Everyone told me in their reply what they would bring to build our edible masterpieces. RuthAnn was telling me as we were socializing in the kitchen after the shower had begun, what a good idea this was because everyone will show up that said they would. I agreed. Then we realized that the binding ingredient, the gravy, hadn't arrived and it was a half hour past show time. After a phone call to confirm that the gravy was not in transit, Elizabeth came to the rescue and whipped up some tasty chicken gravy from scratch for us, using chicken broth and flour from my pantry, then added the diced chicken that she had brought. It turned out really well.
We had a table set up in the kitchen and another in the dining room. Kelly came home from work so he and the kids could fill the red and black balloons with helium and tie them to the backs of the chairs, but somehow I didn't get any pictures of those. (Thanks for the help, Honey!)
Tracy and Joy (below)
Kellie getting comfy--she's due March 20 (below)
Cheryl and Sue (below)
Lonna, Lindsay, and Paige (below)
Jackie and Elizabeth (below)
Waiting for the gravy to cook, I asked everyone to pose with one foot to show off their shoes because I'm very jealous of ANY shoes besides the ugly boot I've been wearing FOREVER to help mend my stress fracture. (I have even had dreams of wearing high-heeled shoes recently, that's how desperate I am for my cute shoes.)
So here's a different pose with me joining in the semi-circle (in the red blouse, below) sporting my lovely boot. Now I'm sure YOU are jealous of me. No? Hmmm. I'm so sick of wearing the boot. It's an embarrassing, pathetic fashion statement. My foot has been injured since JULY! How long does it take for a stress fracture to stop being stressed?!
Still waiting for the gravy, I thought I'd snap a picture of the cupcakes that Joy brought. They had Skor bar pieces on top. Yummy. Thank you, Joy! They were very pretty and festive, and I know she was worried about making "the ONE dessert."
Two fabulous women, Paige and Lonna. I love these friends. Maybe it's because I've had baby showers for them too. No, it's just because they are awesome.
We're getting hungry! Here's Tracy, Sue, and Dessie in the foreground. (below)
Finally, dinner is served. Here's my work of art on my plate (below). It was worth the wait! Thank you to everyone who pitched in to bring an ingredient, rice, chicken, green onions, tomatoes, cashews, toasted coconut, pineapple, celery, cheddar cheese, chow mein noodles, and French bread. It was an easy breezy dinner. Thanks for bringing the dark chocolate candy, too, Cheryl B.
After we dined, Kellie opened her gifts. She got a lot of really adorable little baby boy outfits. Here are a few.
This was one of my favorites (below) from Lindsay.
Kellie, we're glad you moved here and wish you the best on the final stretch of your pregnancy. Pun intended. I hope your little Seth, assuming you stick with that name, is as precious as your sweet little daughter. Good luck and congratulations from all of us.

Comments

Megs said…
I've been waiting for pictures ever since Paige said you were throwing another shower. Haystacks are one of my favorite meals. SOunds like it was a huge hit. Your ward has so many fun people in it. I loved the table setting!!
kelly - you always throw an amazing shower. it was such a great night. thanks for all you do. thanks for the nice comment. i love you too!!
kelly - you always throw an amazing shower. it was such a great night. thanks for all you do. thanks for the nice comment. i love you too!!
Lonna said…
I am always looking for a good way to meet and mingle with everyone and you are the perfect source. You are so much fun and always up for a party or get together of some sort, even if you are stuck in a boot. It was a very fun night, thanks so much for all that you do. You are wonderful.
Sierra and Joe said…
How fun, and I love the red and black! You always have such fun parties, too bad I don't live closer so I could come more often...cute pictures too!
You know how to throw a party. Looks like it was a lot of fun.
Heidi said…
Kelly you are the queen of hosting baby showers and I loved attending them at your house. Hawaiian haystacks sound really delicious right now too. Cute black and white plates.
Summer Adams said…
Ok, looove the place settings...right up my alley :)

Darling yummy cupcakes. Cute pics of all my cute friends that I miss so much. What a fun shower.

I am thinking...now that you're done with PC, you should start a new business as "The Shower Planner" and call it "Showers by Kelly" ha ha. You really through a great party and I'm so glad that I was able to be one of the people you threw a shower for. I loved my shower, it was so beautiful!
Amanda said…
Wow, Kelly! what an amazing party! I'm sad I wasn't able to make it. It looks like it was fun for everyone!
Kirks said…
Great job Kelly. As always. The food looks very tasty. It is fun to see all of the people from AM ward!
Bobbi said…
You are kind to host showers for so many women--I am sure you make everyone feel loved. And your decorations are always so fun! (I love the black and white plates, too.) The Longhorns shirt was a fun gift! And I always wanted to name a boy Seth--but then I married a Smith, so there went that idea.
Julie said…
You always throw amazing showers and any special event for that matter! Like your Grand Finale and the list could go on and on. Martha Stewart has NOTHING on you!
~Family Life said…
I was so sad I missed this! I have a gift all wrapped, I still need to drop it to her. After seeing all these cute pic's and everyones stylish shoes, maybe it's better off I didn't come. I don't think I could have competed!

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