I remember my baby shower as if it happened yesterday. I actually had one for each boy, and they're imprinted in my memory as two very special days with some of my favourite friends and family. The food was plentiful, the gifts adorable, and the company was practically perfect.
Last month, I put together a baby shower for SavvyMom. A simple gender-neutral event designed with vibrant colours, stripes and polka-dots, complete with an easy menu created for the time-strapped host. Straightforward yet impressive, I challenged myself to only use the supplies that could easily be sourced from stores like Michaels, Dollarama, and Ikea, shops that are accessible to most of us. Sweet candy served in champagne flutes was the perfect marriage of table decor and party snack, and they've been one of the more popular aspects of the shower so far.
As for the menu, this shrimp crostini is about as easy it gets. Whipped Boursin cheese smeared over toasted baguette slices and topped with a pan-fried shrimp that can be made in advance. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, how about a savouy baked brie? The popular cheey dish is usually served with a brown sugar and nut combination, or topped with a sweet jam or chutney, but here I went with lemon zest - it matched the colour scheme of the party - garlic, and herbs.
Is it okay to say that I really love the take-home favours? I picked up a few yellow tealight candle holders at Michaels for $1.50, and filled them with a little of the extra candy. Wrapped in cello and tied with ribbon, they really are an adorable way to thank the guests for coming.
For the rest of the details on the party, and the complete list of recipe, visit SavvyMom.