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Baby Boy Shower {Pinwheel Theme}

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Hello Spaceships and Laser Beams fans!  It’s Deanna from Mirabelle Creations and I’m thrilled to be here to show you a beautiful boy baby shower.   My friend, Leslie of Jar of Vintage Buttons contacted me to create a custom printable collection for her friend Misty who was pregnant with her first child.  When Misty was 20 weeks pregnant, the unthinkable happened.  Misty was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.  About eight weeks prior to her diagnosis, Misty had found a lump in her breast.  She thought it was a normal part of pregnancy, but asked her physician about it.  The physician ordered an ultrasound, which led to a biopsy. After the biopsy, her physician delivered the news that forever changed her.

When I think back to all of the wonderful, scary, new emotions I felt as I prepared to be a new mom, I am struck by the strength Misty must have had.  Misty’s resolve, grace, and openness about her experience is truly inspiring.  If you have a moment to read Misty’s story, please check out her blog. And, please read below for all the details on this inspiring party.

In Leslie’s words:
I had the honor of hosting Misty’s baby shower.  She was surrounded by her closest girlfriends.  We ate and laughed and even cried a little.  It was such a special evening for everyone, but especially for my friend.  Seeing the transformation of her not only physically as she undergoes treatments while watching her growing belly, but the transformation of her preparing for motherhood is just beautiful.  I can’t wait to see her finally holding her baby boy in her arms.  He is truly a miracle and a blessing.

Party Details:
For dinner, guests were treated to a Make Your Own Mac ‘n Cheese Bar.  Toppings included: chicken, sun dried tomatoes, bleu cheese, bacon, and goetta (I’m not sure what this is, but Leslie says it’s a “Cincinnati thing”).   I love that Leslie found the containers for the toppings in the garden section for a steal at her local discount store.  Guests also enjoyed cupcakes from April’s Piece of Cake.

Leslie crafted several DIY projects that really stand out in this party.  First, she made the baby’s name out of metallic letters.  Leslie had this to say about the letters: I purchased the letters from JoAnn Fabrics.  I spray painted the letters with Valspar’s metallic silver spray paint and let dry.  I then took a sanding block and lightly sanded the edges and   on the surfaces. The wonderful thing about these letters is that while they appear to be metal, they are so light you can hang them with Command Strips!

How fabulous!  Leslie also made the beautiful wreath, using chocolate brown and lime green yarn.

The food labels for the Mac ‘n Cheese Bar were made using cardstock that Leslie painted with chalkboard paint.

Finally, Leslie made Lemon Sugar Scrub for the favors.  Leslie placed the Scrub in small jars.  Here is how she dressed them up: The jars are Ball jelly canning jars I purchased from Wal-Mart.  To add a pop of color, I spray painted the lids and let dry and cure for several days.  The tags are attached with bakers twine and a cute tag from Martha Stewart’s line of office supplies at Staples.  The jars were put into simple brown lunch sacks from the dollar store. I then flattened a cupcake wrapper and a mini muffin wrapper and folded them over the top of the bag and clipped it all together with a thank you tag.  For 20 thank you favors the total was under $20!

I’m thrilled to report that Misty had a healthy baby boy, named Lansing.  She is also at this point CANCER FREE!!!!