I don’t entertain much. No, that’s a lie. I don’t entertain at all. Why? Because my house is always a wreck and I have two huge dogs who are spoiled rotten and think they’re lapdogs. So when it was time to plan Dianna’s baby shower I swore I’d take care of everything else if Laura would volunteer her house. Thankfully, she agreed.
So I have been pacing myself very carefully to make sure I could get everything done and still be able to enjoy tonight’s shower, which is going to be fabulous! If it were being held at my house this is the point where I’d be freaking out, screaming at people, and basically running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Instead I’m throwing together a couple of best-made-day-of dishes and making a list of things for my husband and son to carry to the car for me later today. Then I may paint my nails.
This will be baby number five for Dianna, so this won’t be one of those first-baby “I have to have everything Babies R Us carries for my child to survive their first week at home” fiascos. And since we don’t even know which flavor the newest member of the Kennedy Kaboodle will be I suspect most gifts will be very practical things like onesies, diapers, and freezer meals. Because it’s not about the gifts, it’s about the celebration.
Every baby deserves a celebration, and every pregnant woman deserves to be surrounded by friends and family and pampered for an evening. Call it a shower, have a girls’ night out, or make it co-ed and bring all the husbands and kids along. Just celebrate the miracle that’s about to happen.
I gave Dianna several menu options and we ended up with Roast Pork on Buns, Broccoli Berry Salad, Watermelon with Ginger Sauce, Potato Salad, Laura’s Famous Spinach Dip, and Lemon Cake with Buttercream Icing. I don’t have Laura’s recipe, but maybe I can pry it out of her tonight and share later 😉
I’ll also be improvising a citrus punch based on something I saw on Pinterest (with sweet tea and sodas as backup in case it flops). The cake is what had me the most stressed, because I don’t bake, and I certainly don’t decorate. But my friend Nancy does, and she assured me I could do this and even sent me her own buttercream icing recipe. What do you think?
So tweet Dianna your baby shower wishes tonight at @diannakennedy or leave a comment here – I’ll make sure she sees it!
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