I threw a baby shower for my friend Debra yesterday, and we had so much fun! The theme became, because of where I live, “Inner City Baby Shower.” All the photos are with my giant building in the background, it looked like a tenement. This is DC living!
Speaking of which, I did all of the shopping for flowers, food, and party favors within a mile of my apartment. Anyone who thinks you can’t entertain without going to big box stores in the burbs is wrong. In fact, it’s easier to do closer to home on city streets rather than trying to navigate highways and huge parking lots.
Trader Joe’s has beautiful flowers.
We did an icebreaker with colored notecards. Green: tell us about your first pet; Pink: tell us about your best vacation; Orange: what is your favorite dish to cook; Yellow: tell us one thing you love about Debra. I love icebreakers at parties like this, even when everyone’s met before. It’s fun to hear these little stories about each other.
For games, we did my favorite – Celebrity Moms (celebrity news is a huge guilty pleasure of mine). I listed a bunch of celebrities and everyone had to list the names of their kids. The one answer everyone got right: Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter, Apple. That poor girl, she got so much backlash and she was just a baby! Little did people know, someday soon we’d be hearing celebrity baby names like North West and Pilot Inspektor. (Btw, did anyone realize Suri’s Burn Book was still a thing? God I love the internet.)
We also guessed various animals’ gestation lengths (an elephant’s is longer than a whale’s actually), and listed as many songs with the word ‘baby’ in them as we could in four minutes. I wanted games that didn’t require getting up and moving around since we were on pebbles and since we were outside, there wasn’t really any place to do games with props or that required anyone to go in the other room.
I made all the food except the candy. I had so much fun cooking, and if you know me, you know I never say that! I found a great recipe for onion dip that I really recommend. In fact, I’ll do another post later with all the recipes I used.
Congratulations to Debra and Ramin, and thank you to everyone for making it such a perfect afternoon.