Many moons ago (okay, so more like 2 1/2 months, but still), some friends of mine and I hosted a shower for Mandy’s then not-yet-born baby boy, Zane.

You know you’re behind on a post when you finally get around to blogging about a baby shower, and the baby in question has already been born, is a month old (Today! Happy 1st Month Birthday, Zane!), and is wearing 3T clothes (just a little joke; he was 10 lbs. when he was born, and he’s fast gaining on the twins). 

If you saw Mandy’s adorable nursery reveal last Friday, then you know that the inspiration for Zane’s nursery is an Alexander Henry fabric with lots of bright happy colors like red, yellow, blue, orange, and chocolate brown.


(That Z is covered in the fabric I’m talking about, and I’m laughing so hard right now realizing we set it up backwards; face palm).

We took our cue from her nursery colors and incorporated lots of the same hues for the decorations. The party was at my house in “the big room” (yup, that’s actually what we call it) upstairs, where we also hosted Simon’s and Della’s Pirates and Princesses birthday party last year, and I was thrilled with how well the colors in the room lent themselves to the shower “theme” (there really wasn’t one; just general bright baby boy happiness).

bright baby boy shower


Here’s a shot of the spread on the main table.


The chalkboard is actually a fun barn sale find from several years back that I painted (both the yellow and the chalkboard).  Then, our crazy-talented artist friend, Lindsay, did the chalk art. Free hand. Seriously. Isn’t she amazing?


Speaking of artistic talents, Lindsay comes by them naturally. Her mom, Alison, does the most gorgeous floral arrangements, and she made two of these pretty bouquets at cost for us (she has such a generous heart).


I stole the turquoise garland from the twins’ room and discovered the yellow one hiding away in a cabinet on the day of the party, which was such a fun little happenstance since it really added to the vivid color scheme.


The food consisted of a mix of sweet and savory. I made carrot cake cupcakes from this sinfully delicious recipe. I also made a very ugly but very yummy version of this chicken cranberry croissant ring, and it was a huge hit!


(that cute chalkboard name art is from Lindsay as well; I know, right?)

Mandy’s sister-in-law, Cayse, who is one of the sweetest souls I have ever had the privilege to know and who just moved away to Arkansas (booooo!), was able to be there for the party, and she made this adorable diaper cake.


Of course, what’s a baby shower without games? And since I do gross way better than I do cutesy, we played the “What’s in the Diaper?” game, which produced many giggles and expressions like this one.


(if that’s not the most realistic-looking fake “newborn poop” ever, I don’t know what is)


Another lovely specimen.




Meanwhile, the twins happily played on the crumb-strewn floor and produced very real, very fragrant diaper contents for their mother to guess at later on.    


Almost all the ladies, minus Sheila (and one other), who kindly snapped the pic.


Oh, and one of me and the lady of honor (I don’t know how kosher it is to post pics of pregnant women after they’re no longer pregnant, but when you look this darn cute and tiny pregnant, I say it’s okay).

Whew! Glad I finally got all that off my chest. Plus, it was fun to look back at the pictures and reminisce about the fact that I have friends that are brave enough to taste-test the contents of a diaper that at the very least looks like it was recently attached to a real baby bottom. Everybody needs a few friends like that.

So, what about you guys? Do you stick to themes for parties or are coordinating colors good enough? OR are you just happy if the cheesy hamburger dip gets melted? (No judgment here; I once had guests helping me make the cupcakes for my own daughter’s first birthday party).

I’ve still got 18 days left to finalize plans for the twins’ party, so hopefully, there won’t be a cupcake (or lack thereof) catastrophe repeat, but I’m not gonna lie. I need to get moving.

Have a terrific Tuesday, y’all!

P.S. Anybody want to take a guess at what was in those two diapers in the pics?


  1. What a lovely shower! I’m also a follower of Mandy’s blog so it was especially fun to read 🙂
    I always have grand visions in my head of how things will look, but when it comes down to it, I’m just happy if the queso gets melted…..LOL! I think Pinterest (which I LOVE) has set the bar so high! But don’t worry, I still don’t attain to such lofty goals. We just throw “real” parties around here!!
    I have played that diaper game before and it’s always so funny! I guess baby food squash & snickers bar.

  2. Awww this was fun! 😀 It was a wonderful shower- and the pics are just as gorgeous as the real thing! So what did the sweaty gym guy think about them? 😉

  3. I loved this post, I know Mandy and Alison and Lindsay too. They are all truly talented, and I see Mandy’s friends are as well. It looks like it was beautiful.
    I can’t get over the fact that Mandy is wearing a belt:) She was so cute throughout her pregnancy.

    Thanks for sharing,

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