I'll get back to Wien und Praha soon, but for now, let me tell you about the first baby shower I've ever hosted! My classmate, Craig, and his wife, Melissa, are expecting their first child in July. Meg and I threw them a shower on Saturday, June 4th.
My patio was the perfect setting, especially as it was a warm (if mostly overcast) summer afternoon.
Meg made an amazing fruit punch from a frozen mold of strawberries, kiwi, and orange slices in a bowl of pineapple juice and sparkling cider, and I made iced coffee:
We totally took over the lawn and set up a BBQ station (thanks, Josh, for the grill, and Luc, for the grilling!)
Here are the guests of honor and my co-hostess; Craig, Meg, and Melissa:
Melissa's coworkers came and enjoyed the expansive array of appetizers Meg and I made:
Our classmates joined us, too, including Erik and his adorable pregnant wife, Andrea!
After eating (a lot), we played lawn games--several rounds of Ladderball and one game of croquet (which I totally won, if you follow my family's rules). Then, the parents-to-be opened gifts!
I gave them an ALMOST-finished stuffed dragon. Heh. I was so close.
They gave it back so I could sew on his other leg, wings, and face. ;)
Erik and Andrea's little boy, Caleb, was GREAT entertainment:
Our only "real" shower activity (Meg and I loathe typical shower games) was decorating onesies with fabric markers:
People actually enjoyed it! I was so happy. The designs were mostly a mixture of 20-something male humor and graduate student geekiness (we were all physicists, chemists, chemical engineers, or microbiologists, besides one lovely psychologist).
Naturally, I had to make the cake! Craig and Melissa (and Meg, Luc, and Josh) play D&D, so the cake had to be a wee bit geeky:
It tasted pretty good, too!
I finished the dragon over the weekend and delivered him to father-to-be at lab:
He was so hard to give away! Sooo friendly!
We had a delightful time blessing our friends, and can't wait to meet their little baby boy!