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Fairytales come true for Kristina

On Friday night, I hosted a baby shower for Kristina, whom I serve with in the stake Relief Society presidency. She is expecting her second little girl in December, truly a princess whose name shall be Hannah. Maybe. The evite I sent out had this castle image, so I printed it out, then cut out the castle art, and mounted it on various layers of cardstock and added some bling to create this keepsake card for Kristina. A handful of helpers volunteered to bring appetizers, which made it easy for me to focus on the frills and creating ambiance for the mother-to-be.
Here's Kristina, just before we started to partake of the feast. Take note of the appropriate pink sign on the table borrowed from the baby's room that says, "My prince has come and his name is Daddy."
Gifts for the little princess Hannah were wonderful and plenty.
Erin made this beautiful, top-quality diaper bag. Such amazing talent!
Erin, Michelle, and Alicia, sit in the background as Kristina opens gifts.
Here's Lorraine and me. I love her. She's been the stake Relief Society president for the past year and I'm blessed to be her first counselor. Kristina, who is a granddaughter to the late Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, is our secretary. Sarah, the second counselor, was helping her family and couldn't be there with us. On a side note regarding this photo, I had just slapped on a quick splash of my new Almay foundation make-up, new to me, which obviously is a shade too light. Guess I'm not buff toned after all.
Here is Cassandra, who appears as Mary on the evite.
Here is Chaliese, the new mom to Riley, and fairly new Relief Society president in Kristina's ward.
Can't recall the name of the first girl, then there's Julie, then Dierdra.
Newly expecting Michelle, with her son, Nathan, and Sherri are here.
This is Christine, Lorraine's daughter, and Melissa, Lorraine's daughter-in-law, who is lucky to be holding baby Harper, Erin's little newborn. Yes, these Mormon women are doing their part in multiplying and replenishing the earth. Life is good.
Here is Judy, such a lovely woman whom I have enjoyed getting acquainted with in the past few months.
Lorraine again, and Stacey are here.
Erin baked these delightful Pumpkin Pie bites and Chocolate Apple Bites that were fabulously delicious and amazingly gorgeous.
Stacey's hot artichoke dip creation tasted amazing. Those triangle shaped Triscuits were so perfect with it.
Lorraine made these excellent bacon-wrapped dates and some sausage cheese dip with tortilla chips that were both a big hit, very hearty and tasty.
Sherri whipped together a fruit platter which was healthy and refreshing.
Sherri also made these marvelous pot-stickers that went over really well, I kept going back for more.
I bought Jelly Bellies to surround the candles, but since there were a couple of toddlers around, decided to not light them. I chose flavors and colors to match the castle card.
I made some strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and cucumber dill canap├ęs.
I'm totally going to make these sometime. They were simply awesome.
This was a first for me, decorated the water bottles for everyone with their name on them. I like how they turned out.
The party was a lot of fun, and it was really helpful to have so many women ask me if they could bring something to take away some of the preparation.
I had these appetizer plates set up in various places for snacking, and one thing I loved were the sun-dried tomato cheese balls. Yummy! I can't wait for Tyson and Kristina's healthy baby girl to arrive next month!

Comments

Lonna said…
As always it looks like a fantastic party at your house. I think that is a perfect theme for a baby girl.
looks like another successful shower. i recognized people from your picture. judy harward is a good friend of my mother in laws. they lived close to eachother a long time ago and are still friends. they know brent's family really well. i met stacy childs yesterday at church. she is so nice. and chaliese was in my dad's singles ward when he was in the bishopric at the capital ward. small world - especially in austin. looks like the shower was a hit!
Cassie said…
Such a cute shower, I love it!
Bobbi said…
Looks like a fun fest!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Kelly - Seriously, you are RIDICULOUS! Your showers should be in a magazine, for real! And I didn't know you knew Kristina. Her husband and Russell are in law school together and we've hung out with them several times. She's due one day after me - crazy! The shower looked awesome though. Can't wait to see you in a couple weeks!
Kelly said…
Oh man, Jillian! I wish I would have known that you know Kristina, so I could have invited you too. Thank you for your niceness!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE BEAUTIFUL SHOWER! It was such a fun night and I felt like a queen being pampered by you and all of my friends! Your talents continue to amaze me...I just loved how everything turned out...you are truly such a talented and beautiful woman! Love you!

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