A few weeks ago I hosted a co-ed baby shower for my long time friend Michelle and her husband Gustavo. Michelle and I have known each other since 5th grade! We have been through it all…elementary school, dance classes, sleepovers, jr. high & high school, first boyfriends, college, our weddings, and now we are having babies! I couldn’t be more excited and happy for them.
I wish I had the time to take better pictures of the party because it turned out so cute. We were busy until the very end getting it all together, so as guests were arriving I tried to take some quick pics.
Since it was a co-ed party, I tried to not have it super girly and make the guys too uncomfortable. 🙂 I did a combination of a “little man” bow tie and elephant theme. It was lots of fun! As you might already know, I am a creative DIY/Pinterest fanatic/super organized type of girl, so I had a lot fun planning the food and décor. 🙂 I thought I’d write this blog post to share some of the details and recipes then went into it.
For lunch I did a nacho bar. It turned out so yummy! It was much easier than cooking a bunch of separate finger foods. I simply made a crock pot of this Mexican shredded pork recipe (I make it all the time at home, so good and super easy) and put all the fixings in bowls: queso cheese (from Café Rio), lettuce, olives, black beans, roasted corn, tomatoes, avocado, green onion, sour cream, jalapeños, cilantro, and salsa.
For the drink station I printed off a Wet Your Whiskers sign, paired it with some mustache straws from Hobby Lobby, and served water with orange slices and home made strawberry lemonade.
And of course there were a plethora of desserts! Since I rarely have the excuse to make cupcakes (besides my daughters 1st bday party, when they all melted at the park in 100 deg weather!), I knew I had to attempt a homemade batch. I used a combo of 2-3 recipes to make Banana Snicker Doodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. Whew long name! They were sooo yummy. I will post the recipe below.
- 1 1/2 c. bananas, mashed (about 4 medium size)
- 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 c. shortening
- 1 2/3 c. granulated sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 c. milk
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2-3 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 1/2- 4 c powdered sugar
- Preheat your oven to 350 F. Mash bananas in a bowl by hand or with a mixer and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, 1 tsp. cinnamon and salt then set aside.
- In a larger bowl, briefly beat the shorting with an electric mixer. Slowly add the sugar and eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla and briefly blend. Gradually add the dry mixture, milk and bananas, carefully making sure not to overmix.
- Divide the batter into 24 lined muffin cups, pouring each about 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.
- Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar slowly, until desired consistency and taste is achieved. Add in vanilla and cinnamon.
- The frosting is enough to frost 24-36 depending how heavy you swirl it
I also served some cookies and had my mom make these super delicious Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars. They are even better than a rice crispy bars and taste like Reese’s chocolate. Omg. If any dessert tastes like a Reese’s then it’s a win! 🙂
Next to the desserts I set up a Peanut M&M guessing game and a Horton Hatches the Egg book for everyone to write a message in. My other game, which I didn’t take a picture of (you will thank me), was the “dirty diaper” game where I melted pieces of chocolate candy bars in 4 diapers, and the guests had to guess the bar in each. Really gross looking but it gets people laughing!
And finally, for the décor I made some bow ties and garlands out of scrap book paper, hung balloons, onsies, and baby photos of the parents to be.
What a fun afternoon it was. Now it is countdown time for baby Camilo’s arrival!