Autumn is such a lovely time to host events. It becomes its own decorating theme! I think in this day and age all of us are ready to host simpler parties, to have easier get-togethers, to really celebrate without enormous expense.
I was inspired by our city park. Every weekend, if it is warm, one will find entire families in the park. Portable tents popped up, folding tables and chairs, a BBQ smoking, and children running about while the elders talk.
We chose the old, indoor pavilion at the park in the woods in Elizabeth to have the baby shower. It was a half way point for most people. It snowed so only half the people came, but the ones that did had a great time and it was warm and cozy within the red walls of the building. My friend, Vanessa, and I strewed leaf garlands and mini pumpkins on the tables. A simple sign, “We are falling in love with Ayla Mae” graced the gift table.
Being somewhat introverted, Emily and I dread those silly games thrown at baby showers. Reed is excited to be a dad and he wanted to be at the shower as well, so co-ed it was. We did a contest where each person wrote down their guesses of what day the baby will arrive, hair color, weight, height, and day or night arrival. The winner will get a gift card in the mail. A simple journal was laid out for family and friends to write a note to Ayla so she could read in the years to come how excited we all were that she was joining our family.
We had the party at 2:00 so there was no pressure to put on a big spread. I would have, but I had the furthest to drive and it would have been hectic, so mid-afternoon leaves room for easy snacks like chips and salsa, pita chips and hummus, and ranch dip and carrots. A big pot of coffee and a crock pot of hot cider warmed the guests that ventured out into the snowy afternoon.
The highlight was my daughter’s cupcakes. (http://facebook.com/wickedlydeliciousdesserts) Shyanne made the most delicious cupcakes filled with caramel apples or ganache and hand made, perfectly sweet frostings with hand made and and hand painted decorations. Amazing.
The twinkly lights in the wood building, the smells of hot coffee and cider, the colorful leaves, the laughter, the sweet gifts, the glowing parents, it all was so lovely and simple. I took the opportunity, having all of the kids there at the same time, to have my dear friend, Alvin, get some family pictures. It is always a perfect day when families can be together. And a fall themed party is an easy way to do it!