Cupcake Shower for Tina’s Little Cupcake

My very good friends Tina and Chris are having a baby!

This isn’t news to me…and it certainly isn’t news to Tina and Chris. But, it might be news to you, so I thought I’d start there.

Tina’s not really a “shower” kind of girl.  She didn’t want one for her wedding, and she wasn’t sure she wanted one to celebrate her little one, either.  So, a few months ago, some friends and I started planning a shower that included all of Tina’s favorite things:

There was tulle, made into pompoms.

Collage-pompoms

That brown tulle was tricky, but eventually Wendy got the hang of it!

Tina also loves tutus, so Wendy made a cupcake stand trimmed with a poufy pink skirt!

Oh...my...god.  So cute I could die!

Oh…my…god. So cute I could die!

I took inspiration from some designs I found online to photoshop a mighty spiffy invite, if I do say so myself.

Ahhh...Tina's little cupcake.  Are you catching on to our theme yet?

Ahhh…Tina’s little cupcake. Are you catching on to our theme yet?

Using some spiffy paper and felt from the craft store, we cut out very, very big cupcakes…and very, small cupcakes.

Yep, this is what really awesome people do with their Friday nights!

Yep, this is what really awesome people do with their Friday nights!

Once we had the theme going, we decided to really embrace it. Do you know how many foods you can make in cupcake pans? Before long we had found recipes for cupcake meatloaf and cupcake lasagna.  We even found a site that teaches you to make cupcakes that look like hamburgers! (But thankfully nobody seems to be making hamburgers that look like cupcakes.)

We had to narrow it down, so we decided to go with all of Tina’s favorite foods.

Whew!  That's a lot of cupcake shaped foods!

Whew! That’s a lot of cupcake shaped foods!

Tina’s Menu
Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Baby Mack and Cheese
Brie Cups with Honey and Pecans
Caesar Salad in Parmesan Cups
Veggies and Onion Dip
Berries in Chocolate Cups
Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
Butterscotch Pecan Ice Cream

I had never before made a pot pie…let alone 42 little tiny individual pot pies in a muffin tin!  I had also never made mac and cheese that didn’t come from a box.  (I know, I know.)  And those parmesan cups?  Those were quite the adventure, as none of the online tutorials seemed exactly right.  But, luckily, I had the internet to guide me every step of the way…

The big day was bright, sunny and beautiful (and snowy, despite the calendar which clearly says it’s spring.)  We hung one of the big cupcakes on the front door, so people would know they had the right house.

Yep...this is the right place!

Yep…this is the right place!

We ran around Wendy’s, putting little touches everywhere. In addition to the pompoms hung across every arch, window, and fireplace, we also filled the place with little cupcake touches.

Cupcake flowers...

Cupcake flowers…

And cupcake presents!

And cupcake presents!

Tina made lots of little squeals of joy when she saw the place, which made us all so proud and happy with what we had done.

Out of the way, folks.  The baby is hungry!

Out of the way, folks. The baby is hungry!

But, before we could let her dig in…we needed a photo.

The guest of honor and her four co-hosts: Nicole, Wendy, Aji, and me.

The guest of honor and her four co-hosts: Nicole, Wendy, Aji, and me.

I was particularly proud of the cupcake chicken pot pies. I tested them twice to get the method down, and each attempt was noticeably better than the last. Have you ever seen anything so adorable?

Seriously, these little babies rock!

Seriously, these little babies rock!

Before long, the rest of the guests arrived, and a good time was had by all…

What a fun crowd!  And color coordinated, too!

What a fun crowd! And color coordinated, too!

As usually happens with these sorts of things, we had a few other new mamas and mamas-to-be in attendance. I had a little photographic fun by lining up the bellies.

Between the pregnant ladies and the runners training for the marathon, we knew we need to make lots of food!

Between the pregnant ladies and the runners training for the marathon, we knew we need to make lots of food!

We did the party “Open House” style, which means that people came and went on their own schedule. We didn’t really have a place big enough to do the everybody-sit-around-to-play-games-and-open-gifts thing, and Tina was dreading that portion of the day, anyway.

We promised no games, but we didn’t say anything about activities. So, we set up a little table by the door for folks to leave their wishes for the baby. Also, I asked Tina and Chris to take some headshots of each other, with a variety of “funny” faces. They did not disappoint.

Collage-chris

Collage-tina

How cool are those?

We cut the photos into horizontal strips and then armed the guests with glue sticks and card stock to assemble their vision of the baby. At the bottom of the card, we added a place where guest could leave little wishes.  I bought a simple scrapbook at the craft store so we could assemble them all for the baby to look at later.  It was a big hit!

Some assembled creations were cuter than others.  I've tried to spare you the really scary ones!

Some assembled creations were cuter than others. I’ve tried to spare you the really scary ones!

We all agreed that everything turned out even better than we had hoped. All the food was as delicious as it was cute (and as cute as it was delicious!) A fantastic group of women showed up from far and wide to shower Tina with love..and advice..and the most ridiculously adorable clothing the world has ever seen.

My only regret is that I never managed to get a photo of just me and the happy mama-to-be. That’s okay, though. I did find some time to enjoy something truly important.

Finally. A cupcake made from...cupcake.

Finally. A cupcake made from…cupcake.

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3 Responses to “Cupcake Shower for Tina’s Little Cupcake”

  1. I can’r believe we didn’t get a picture of the 2 of us! It was such a great party the time just flew by! I really had an amazing time, feel very loved and can’t wait to put the little bean in all the adorable clothes!!

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