Monday, February 18, 2013

How to Throw a Baby Shower ~ The French Estate ~ Morris Girl's Style ~ Part III

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide to forever have your heart go walking around outside your body. 
~Elizabeth Stone 


Arriving guests were encouraged to help ourselves to trays  laden with cheeses, crackers and sweetest grapes.  Thirst could be quenched by  a full assortment of beverages- champagne, white wine and juice chilled n an ice bucket of a side room. Coffee, tea and ice water rounded out the offerings. 

The luncheon line was served by table by Mary, one of the waitstaff. 

Our Luncheon  Menu
French Estate House Pasta
A hearty pasta tossed in a blush vodka sauce enriched with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts. The finishing touch- a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts under a light snowfall of Parmesan cheese

A Premium Side Salad 

Artisan Breads on which to slather butter

Chocolate Cake 

The French Estate  is prepared to serve any guests with Celiac disease.  The gluten intolerant guests where cheerfully offered large bowls of fresh fruit in lieu of dishes made with wheat. 

Let The Games Begin

Ladies, I am not alone in my fear of making a fool of myself during shower games, am I? These games were fun and without any embarrassment attached. 

 "Wotcha talkin' about Momma" game is an invention of Shannon's sister, Kelly Morris. It's a family joke that memorizing proverbial phrases isn't my daughter-in-laws strongest asset. 

The game consists of phrases started- then we fill in the correct answer. Or whatever comes to mind. There were some answers more giddy than correct, such as 
" A nod is as good at a wink"  finished with a bar to get a date.

Then came Kelly's version of The Price is Right. "I've done it for baby and bridal showers." Always customizing the "prizes" to the guest of honor. Kelly spent weeks perusing the Internet for ideas  related to the interests of the parent's- to- be, Kenny and Shannon. Kenny's passion is fishing. Shannon's is fashion. 

Shannon is a Beverly Hills Stylist with the very upscale Jose Eber Salon, so some good natured fun was poked at  the world where she works.  We had to guess the prices of items such as a baby BMW and Swarovski- encrusted pacifiers and bathtubs 

like the bejeweled model  Beyonce's baby girl received from Kelly Rowland.

The official prize winners received nail paraphernalia and presented in a box that was - what else- an as cute as a button gift box. 

Today's quote is courtesy of the  The Quote Garden


OldLady Of The Hills said...

The food sounds YUUUUMMMMM! And the games sound like Great FUUUUUUNNNN!
No kidding---the whole party sounds truly marvelous, my dear. So much thought and effort went into this special afternoon! Lovely, in every way, my dear Lydia!

Anonymous said...

Oh Lydia, now that was a baby shower extrodinaire! What a gorgeous venue and it all looked lovely. However, was that your game sheet? If so, I'm surprised you missed 'the hand that rocks the cradle"---. Of all the ones listed, can't believe you left it blank. Answer: '--- rules the world.' More on Daily Drivel. lol

Seal Beach

Anonymous said...


I agree with everything said by OLOTH. It looks like a marvelous party. I am so impressed by Shannon's sister and her creativity! She should think about being a party planner.

A very lovely setting! Thanks for sharing!

XO Trisha

Lydia said...

Thank you Naomi. Coming from someone who has hosted such lovely luncheons in your home, your approval is very special indeed.

Dear Judy- LOL - It's the simple things that trip me up. Like filling in all the blanks ):-.