What were these favors we so diligently and painstakingly assembled? I'll give you a hint, most of them came on sticks.
Kristin, my sister and the guest of honor Nicole, working their poor fingers to the bone while I play blogger to document the day. There were many cake pops, s'more pops, Oreos and pretzels that needed to be covered in chocolate, so to work
they we went.
My cousin Kristin, above, seems to be a little unsure of her chocolate dipping skills. (Yes, there are two.)
Finally, after about 6 hours of dipping, drizzling, and dunking, we could admire the fruits of our labor. Above, the s'more pops. Below, chocolate covered Oreo's. Nom.
The one and only image of a finished cake pop I could find. There may or may not be a batch of these made at my house very soon. The leftovers were a hit at work today. And I'm only slightly grumpy about the fact that my last chocolate Oreo got eaten. Jerks.
After a good nights sleep, we were up bright and early to get the church reception hall set up for the main event. Around one o'clock, we hauled two car loads of food and decorations, set up for a few hours, cleaned up, cooked and were finally ready to party at four. The guests were starting to stream in so we sat back, had a slice of cake and enjoyed all our hard work.
We utilized space the best that we could and asked the guests to place their gifts on the stage. This ended up working well because folks could browse through and spy on all the baby booty.
The beautiful mom to be.
Since the invitation specified that the gifts should be left unwrapped, it gave everyone time to work on the crafts. Who doesn't like to get a little messy?
The "paint your own onesie" station was a huge hit. We provided plain white onesies (purchased at Ross for a steal) in different sizes and basically told folks to have at it and the results were pretty cute!
I even got a chance to join in on the fun and decorate a building block for the little man. Oh, and by the way, all those little wooden blocks? They were made for us free of charge by our carpentry class at the school I work at. Out of scrap lumber. And did I mention free?
The paint we used was on sale at Michael's too so I'd say this craft was a major win.
After we all had our fill of painting, it was time to eat. The spread was delicious, as it usually is at all of our family functions. We had meatballs, cold cuts, veggies, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, hot dogs and countless other items I can't remember.
And finally, the sweets. The pops and pretzel favors were a huge hit. Thankfully, and forcefully, people were taking them home by the handfuls.
We had an amazing time and can't wait to welcome the little one in the next month or so... and then do this whole sha-bang over again for my sister in the Fall.
I told ya, we like to party!