I can’t believe it’s been almost a YEAR since I hosted this “Snow Sprinkle” for a dear friend. (Pretty much right after this party took place I got pregnant with Emily, felt pretty sick for a few months…and the rest is history, so I guess a year seems about right.) Since this party is winter-themed, I didn’t want to let the season pass by again this year without sharing it. I have to say I had a ball planning and styling this party and I LOVE the way all the details came together.
A “sprinkle” is what you playfully call a baby shower for someone who is having their second (or third, or fourth…) child. The event was in January and when I saw the amazing “Bundle Up Baby” Printable Collection from HWTM I knew a “Snow Sprinkle” was the perfect theme. To see all of my ideas and inspirations be sure to check out my “Snow Sprinkle” Pinterest Board.
I used cozy winter and baby elements like yarn, buttons, baby blankets and booties, all in the color scheme of the printables, to decorate for the party. I also reused my white party frames and galvanized metal serving pieces!
The sprinkle took place around lunchtime, and I planned the menu based on a couple of things. First, I took into consideration what my friend, the guest of honor and mommy-to-be would like. I knew what her likes and dislikes were, but I made sure to ask her if she was having any special pregnancy cravings or aversions. More on this later, but it did really help me create my menu, and I highly recommend it anytime you’re planning a party for someone elser.
I like to have appetizers out as guest trickle in, so to start I prepared my caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlets, a favorite of the guest of honor. These are delicious and very elegant. Caramelized onions, puff pastry, and goat cheese, what’s not to love? Another friends graciously prepared classic spinach dip, another known favorite, and accompaniments. I wish I had gotten a picture because the bread bowl she presented it in was tasty and delicious too!
Because this was a “kids-welcome” event, the second thing I took into consideration when planning the menu was creating a buffet of choices that would appeal to both mommies and little ones. I always like to try and find dishes that will satisfy both. With everything else going on when you host a party you don’t want to have to prepare two totally separate meals if you can avoid it. For me a baked pasta dish is always a winner. Pinterest has soooo many to choose from and for this party I selected a Three Cheese Pasta Bake from myrecipes.com.
It’s a cross between mac-and-cheese, fettuccine alfredo, and lasagna. What’s not to love?!? Along with the baked pasta I served some (Costco frozen) meatballs and a huge garden salad.
To wash it all down I served bottled water, iced tea, juice boxes and hot cocoa. Check out the adorable bottle wraps from the collection.
A simple hot cocoa bar embellished with more yarn balls and printables.
After lunch the kids played, the mommies visited, and everyone enjoyed dessert.
I styled the dessert table with more printables from the HWTM collection, some yarn balls, and one of Lauren’s baby blankets. I tried to vary the height of the desserts to add visual interest to the table.
Snowflake Cookies with Royal Icing
My friend LOVES coconut and the fluffy flakes on top of the cupcakes really resemble piles of snow. I love it when things work out that way!
My inspiration for the dessert table came not only from my friend’s favorite treats but also from a couple of very specific cravings. She mentioned to me that she couldn’t wait to have “sushi and a margarita.” It may not have been exactly what she had in mind, but I loved including these fun and special touches in the dessert table.
I made “dessert sushi” from Rice Krispy treats, Swedish Fish, Fruit-by-the-Foot, and rainbow Twizzlers. These were a huge hit with the kids, especially the big-brother-to-be.
Before leaving guests wrote notes to the baby-to-be and hung them on our wintery wish tree.
When it was time to say goodbye, everyone took home mitten cookie favors and mini hot cocoa jars.
I reused old baby food jars by spray painting the lids and hot glueing buttons on. Then I filled them with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows, and finally I used more yarn to tie on printable tags.
I hope you enjoyed getting a peek a the sprinkle. Even a year later, looking back at these photos, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this party. I think I might be one of my favorites! It also makes me really excited to start planning Lauren’s FOURTH birthday party! And, yes, I’ve already been planning Emily’s FIRST as well!
Stay warm, everybody!