Once we knew my sister was coming in to town for a little visit, my sister-in-law and I decided to put together a very last-minute, casual baby shower brunch. My sis (Alison) is expecting her second child in May, and didn't want a big fuss. Sis-in-law (SuSu) and I wanted to do something special for her, so we compromised with a very small gathering at my house this past Saturday. I thought I'd share a few quick pics with you today.
Decorations consisted of a cute banner and matching napkins from The Dollar Tree, a table runner made from wrapping paper, grocery store flowers, and favor boxes from The Dollar Tree. We used the china plates and silverware I got from my Nannie and the Waterford crystal glasses from T's grandmother.
The menu was simple, and mostly (no shame!) store-bought. SuSu brought some homemade things, but with the exception of my apple dumplings, I splurged and picked up some grocery appetizers because I had some other stuff going on last week.
Peppermint Patty Creamer (!!)
Fruit Salad (homemade-SuSu)
Homemade Quiche (SuSu)
Apple Dumplings (homemade-me)
Cheese Stuffed Pretzels
Mini "crescent" dogs
Mini cinnamon buns
We didn't play games or do any activities. Just good conversation and opening gifts. My niece and the girls played quietly (for the most part) in the other room and in the backyard.
It was a real pleasure to host something so stress-free. I honestly don't feel like the morning was at all diminished by the lack of a styled, staged "photo shoot" layout. As much fun as those are to do, we didn't have a whole lot to spend, and the goal was simplicity!
Have you put together any last-minute gatherings lately? How do you keep things simple?
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