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Our daughter Kathleen and her husband Patrick are expecting their first child in November.  When I heard that her friends were planning a shower, I casually mentioned that they could have it at our house.  They are all busy career women and mothers and they don’t have as much time to decorate as I do….of course I love to decorate!

So, last Saturday we had a baby shower with a nursery rhyme theme. Because Kathleen and Patrick do not want to know whether there is a baby girl or a baby boy on the way, we could not decorate with just pink or just blue.  Instead, I opted to follow the advice of one of my favorite blogs, “Dear Lillie,” and do a black and white silhouette nursery rhyme theme.  In fact, I was able to purchase the silhouettes from the Dear Lillie blog and download them on my computer in jpeg format.  Then, it was a simple matter to print.  I had banners in three places in the house.  Here is the one in the dining room.


The silhouettes came printed on book pages with the words to the nursery rhyme.  We had Little Bo Peep, Little Jack Horner, Little Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, and Mary Mary Quite Contrary.  I also bought a book of sheet music of childrens’ songs and made a table runner which was sprinkled with more of the nursery rhyme pages.


There was a delicious cake with Little Bo Peep.

…and a clock on top of some cake stands which held coconut candy and some chocolate mice…”Hickory Dickory Dock!”

I bought some wooden letters and covered them with gold and silver glitter and then added butter yellow pearls.  Then, I made black and white fans out of book pages and added old earrings for embellishment.


One of the hostesses made these cute Hershey bar covers.

Kathleen and Patrick were excited about the shower.

A very touching gift was made by Kathleen’s sister, Beth.  She had fabric made using the images that were used on the printed programs at Kathleen’s and Patrick’s wedding and fabric from the bridesmaid’s sashes and made a baby quilt.

The fabric on the back of the quilt had printed words of a song that was sung at the wedding.

Kathleen was very touched.

Here is a photo of Beth who was signing a book of nursery rhymes instead of the usual guest book.  The hostesses had the cutest ideas.


Before everyone went home, we assembled on the steps leading up to the house and wore either red wax lips (signifying a girl) or black mustaches (signifying a boy) for a group photo.

Kathleen’s mother in law, Meg, completed a baby afghan that her mother had started years ago.  She also gifted Kathleen and Patrick with a yellow baby sweater that her mother, who is now deceased, had made in advance for future great grandchildren.

How sweet is that!

Create and be happy!!!!!