{stories and snapshots from my new york city life.}


Baby Shower Brunch

As promised, here are more details from the baby shower brunch I hosted for my friend Aimee this past Sunday. I was really pleased with the way it turned out, and everyone seemed to have a great time.

It's a small yard, so I set it up into sections so people could enjoy coffee and a few little bites before we were ready to sit down for the real meal. See that pink "bench"? It's actually two storage containers we store off-season clothes in, covered with a long piece of plywood to create more seating. I'm all about repurposing items for double-duty.

A mini-table for our friend Mel's darling 3-year-old daughter, Devynn. It was conveniently located next to the garden hose for easy clean-up after breakfast.
(photo by guest Kerri M.)

To start, the girls gathered on the benches and snacked on fig and blue cheese pizzas and scones with lemon curd, honey-cinnamon butter and strawberry preserves. Our friend Bridget makes dynamite scones, and no breakfast gathering is complete without them.

For drinks, I served this yummy Raspberry Limeade, as well as a refreshing Orange-Elderflower Spritzer, hot and iced coffees and assorted teas. Cute labels, right? I found them on Eat Drink Chic.

{French Toast Kebobs with berries and bananas, topped with blueberry compote}

{Breakfast potatoes with rosemary, thyme, parsley, and garlic}

{Frittata 'cupcakes' with spinach, sausage, red pepper & cheddar}
(plus spinach, onion & cheddar for vegetarians)

Once Kerri discovered that putting a cloth napkin on her head cooled it considerably, everyone followed suit. Trends really do start in NYC.

Instead of traditional shower games (which the guest-of-honor said she could live without), I made a template for a Mad Libs game to write funny predictions about what this new baby will be like. 

Everyone in the group is as bawdy and vulgar as they are creative, so the resulting stories were predictably hysterical. I'm a little too embarrassed to post a filled-in copy, so here's a plain template.

Putting a smile on Aimee's face was my goal for the day. Mission accomplished.
(photo by Kerri M.)

Game over! Now onto...

{Chocolate Shortbread with ganache and chopped pecans}

{Lemon Bars}

{Fig Tart with Lemon-Mascarpone Cream and Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust}

I had so much fun planning this baby shower brunch! Who's next, girls? The table is waiting.


  1. Most baby showers are pretty tacky...this one was absolutely beautiful. You did a great job, and the momma to be was one lucky woman!

  2. Thank you! I tend to agree and avoided the Party City baby shower aisle like the plague.

  3. I would like to eat EVERYTHING you made. That chocolate shortbread looks divine.

  4. Hi Helen--the chocolate shortbread is getting its own post. It was the crowd favorite!

  5. Oh my, i'm drooling over my laptop now. You need to get an award for best hostess ever!!!

    Have a fabulous September!

  6. So charming! I love a baby shower (or any party really) that is grown up and pretty and creative, not tacky. Your friends are lucky ladies!!

  7. I completely relate to your profile! I'm so impressed with your baby shower! :) Did you make all that food? Love the french toast kebabs!! What a neo-traditional idea! I think my favorite touches were the mason jars and the stripey straws- they always have this nostalgic feel to them. Don't you think?!

  8. How fantastic, looks amazing, I love the mini table! The French toasts are a great idea!

  9. This is so perfect! I LOVE the french toast kebobs. Such a great idea.

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  10. I would love the recipe for the Fig tart and Fig pizzas...any interest in sharing?

  11. I love your mad lib game will you share the full template with us? I would love to use it with my sisters baby shower.

  12. I love your mad lib game will you share the full template with us? I would love to use it with my sisters baby shower.

  13. i am drooling too. and i am never one to copy, but i plan to copy much of this. very nice!

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