"Of all the joys that lighten suffering earth, What joy is welcomed like a new-born child?"
~ Annie Norton
|The framed "Cute as a Button" onesie was found on Etsy|
How did we get to this day when the Morris Girls decorated The French Estate with the theme "Cute as a Button"? With a love story.
|Kenny and Shannon wore their high school uniforms for their engagement photos|
It was love at first sight for Kenny. My son 16 and Shannon was 14 when he spotted this beautiful blond wearing the Diamond Bar High School baseball cap. Shannon wasn't allowed to date until she was 16: Kenny spent the next two years in her family's den watching football with her father. The season never ended: only the ball changed. Two years later, Shannon and Kenny were allowed to date.
|Standing (L-R) Sarah Maxwell and Maggie Stevens Brown|
Seated (L-R) Sher Stevens and Billie Plunk
Maggie is in a race with Shannon - their babies are due a week apart):-
|Frames were spray painted in Krylon " Ballerina Pink" and "Watermelon."|
Shannon's sister, Kelly became the Frugal Decorator for the baby shower. Her hypothesis " Spray paint can redeem any beat up frame" which she owned lots of. The few extra she needed, she augmented with "some from the Dollar Store." To add pizzazz, our Frugal Decorator reinforced the party theme with sewing related embellishments.
Kelly continues " We had lots of Mason jars from the bridal shower Shannon gave to her BFF , so I decided to reduce, reuse and recycle them " into a fresh set of decorations.
Pre-shower refreshments were served in a fire-lit side-room. Between the ice bucket filled with an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and the fireplace was a bassinet filled with disposable diapers.
This little sign told us to take a diaper, grab some markers - and have fun decorating. Ages ago, a friend spelled out 'We are having a baby" on diapers to surprise her family. Kelly played with the idea, deciding "Why not write messages on the booties of the diapers to make the mommy and daddy laugh."
How marvelous to have something "to do" during what is often that awkward time between guest arrival and formalities.
Pink, the signature color for a baby girl's shower took the lead in decorations.
The pincushion party favors for the guests "from Shannon and Baby" were hand crafted from saved Mason jars filled with pink tape measures, safety pins and buttons.
Shannon and her sisters inherited their artistic style from their mother, Jeannie. For vases, their mother ordered big Mason jars online from Ace Hardware. She wrapped them in twine and ribbon. The local florist provided clouds of baby breath to cuddle the roses from Sam's Club- so close to Valentine's Day this was decided to be the most reliable resource. A ribbon bow tie secured with florist wire ~ voila!
How was the food? Were the games embarrassing? Any trends in gifts? Stay tuned...
Thank you to Scrapbook.com for the top quote.