Oompa Loompa doompadee doo…

I was invited to the most creative baby shower I’ve ever attended. My girlfriend’s mother owns an event planning company and wow, just wow! Super cute Willy Wonka theme, adorable for a kid’s birthday party… or heck, adults love the movie too! (Tom C. I’m looking right at you)

I knew I wanted to take photos, so I made sure the battery on my camera was charged. I had not planned on leaving the freakin’ thing in the charger at home, whoops! I ended up using my iPhone camera, which sort of sucks – I have the second generation iPhone – the third made improvements and I can’t wait for the one available for pre-order tomorrow. (Dan’s birthday present to me – woohoo!) o.k… major tangent. Back to the baby shower.

The invitations included a “Golden Ticket” – they used a Willy Wonka font – The attention to detail was insane.

“In your wildest dreams you cannot imagine the marvelous surprises that await you” – love that!

When I got to the baby shower, I noticed the signage right away. They also had a silk ribbon wrapped pole with a Willy Wonka sign hanging from that, I didn’t even  begin to capture all of the details.

The venue was a garden patio filled with oversized candy and lollipops. You entered the shower through an archway of candy delight.

The garland was super cute – cellophane wrapped around colored balloons with ribbon ties to separate the “candies” – super fun!

The centerpieces were genius! Plastic paint buckets with vibrant colored polka dots. They were filled with colored tissue surrounding floral foam. The buckets were stuffed with Willy Wonka candy – freakin’ adorable. I got all Martha Stewart and really investigated. They had the candy hot glued onto plastic flower picks – all boxes were empty, except the Wonka bars, Sprees, Sweetarts and Nerds Ropes. Loose Gobstopper and Spree candies filled the tops of the buckets where the stems came out. Dammit for forgetting my dang camera battery! The below photo doesn’t do the centerpiece justice.

The orange umbrellas cast a really warm glow throughout the tables. The whole thing was pretty magical – everyone at my table kept chatting about it and how they were going to use/borrow/steal the idea for their kid’s upcoming birthday parties.

Everyone said that the food was delicious. The sit down menu included four kinds of crêpes. A spicy avocado, a broccoli, mushroom and gouda, a ham and swiss cheese and then a super rich one – fresh strawberries topped with toasted almonds, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or frozen yogurt. Yum!  – Because of the stomach stuff, I wasn’t able to eat any of the menu selections. I did have a few pieces of croissant and water. Woohoo!

Even though I wasn’t feeling well, I had a great time visiting with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. I stayed for the entire shower and left with my favor in hand.

I actually had another baby shower to go to in the afternoon. I hopped in the car and met Dan for the co-ed baby shower #2. Had a great time at that one too – it was in a gorgeous private home – they had a onesie painting activity and I had a blast doing that. While I painted, the guy in charge of the BBQ hooked me up. He put a piece of cheese on a plain bun and I had an instant BBQ’d grilled cheese – plain and perfect for my situation!

The menu at the second baby shower included BBQ’d burgers and gardenburgers, a really earthy mixed green salad, a platter of brilliant red and yellow tomatoes, a potato salad and carrot cake for dessert. I can’t wait until my body is back to enjoying food. This has been too weird. No cravings, no appetite… nothing!

The medical mystery stuff aside, I’m glad that I’ve been able to enjoy myself doing things – just upset that this has gone on for so long.

Enough of that, cheers to both of our friends with delivery dates coming up soon. May they both have healthy babies and may their hearts be filled with lots of love.

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    • Aim on June 14, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Wow, I love the Willy Wonka theme and how colorful everything is in the pics! Did you bite into your lollipop favor? Yum!

    1. Saving the lollipop until I can enjoy it!

  1. that Willy Wonka idea is fabulous!!

    I’ll have to bookmark it!

    1. I could totally see you pulling this theme off!

    • jodi on June 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

    that is the best baby-shower idea ever! i love willy wonka but too bad i can’t plan my own party… hahaha… =)

    1. I wished you lived closer Jodi – I would have totally hooked you up – designer style. Hope the pregnancy is going well!

  2. Just needs a chocolate river!
    Augustus, my child! That is not a good thing you do!

    1. Look at you Mr. McQuote – A chocolate river would have been sweet! Hah!

    • kristen on June 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

    They definitely went all out….how fun! They make amazing crepes there, so it’s horrible that you couldn’t even taste them. At least you felt well enough to attend both events…that’s the most important thing! 🙂

    P.S. Did you bring any candy home for Dan? He would have been eating the centerpieces….lol! 🙂

    1. I gave Deede a lollipop and kids at the second shower were bummed, LOL. The boxes were empty in the centerpiece arrangements.

    • Deb on June 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    How fun! If I have to sit through another baby shower with cute ducks and crap like that I might go crazy. What a great idea and it looked like so much fun.

    1. Cute ducks and crap – OMG, I love you Deb…too funny!

    • Susi on June 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

    The Willy Wonka shower looked amazing. I’m stealing the cellophane wrapped balloons and the candy center pieces ideas for my next kids party!

    1. Perfect! Steal away…

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