Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Baby Showers Galore and Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

The last two weekends I have hosted baby showers for two very important people in my life. We had a blast of course and the parties were filled with Ooohs and Aaaahs!

The BG Shower for Lindsay and Baby Ella was a lot of fun. It is always so fun to get all the Burg Girls together with our moms and throw a party. We had way too much food, but we wouldn't know how to have a party without planning for an army! The Cake by Carrie was incredible of course - lemon flavor and champagne with strawberries flavor. Delicious and BEAUTIFUL! You almost hate to cut into one of her cakes but then you do and never look back! I did make the Ella Ryan banner which was a lot of fun to make and if you would like a tutorial just let me know.
The surprise of the weekend was the arrival of Beautiful Baby Ella! Although I had to fly out before I could get a sneak peak at the bundle of joy, Ella is doing great and she has wonderful parents.

Cake By Carrie

Look at the Detail, she is sooo talented
Just a few of the many presents for Baby Ella!
Best group of girls ever... The Burg Girls
Let the excitement begin! This is what happens when you attend a Just Dance Party

The following weekend, the Pilates on Highland staff showered Holly's baby with some love. We decorated with children's story books since Holly has a love for books. All the food was themed according to a certain book. Think Perfect Piggie Sliders, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Salad, Say Please for Macaroni and Cheese, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake Baby Bites...etc. The decorations were gender neutral, so lots of linen colors with subtle color incorporated in. I had a great time planning for this shower and hosting it at my house! Although it was stressful right at crunch time, it was so much fun to have Holly (and Baby) enjoy the party!
And of course I also made this banner which was soooo easy and if you want the tutorial for it, just ask!

Presents for Baby Jason
Delicious Baby Bites from Pastry Arts
The Grub


We love Holly and can't wait for Baby Jason to arrive in April

Favors for the Guests!

I leave you with an excellent, addictive, and not so bathing suit friendly Recipe!
Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans Popcorn
AKA Cinnamon Bun Popcorn!

Recipe Adapted From Our Best Bites

12 cup popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels, or 1 bag low butter, lot salt microwave popcorn)
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup Light Karo Syrup (honey can be used also)
1 stick real butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp good quality vanilla

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place cooked popcorn and chopped pecans in a VERY LARGE bowl. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a BIG microwave safe bowl. Like a 2 quart bowl or a Pyrex Measuring bowl. Stir to combine. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more. It should now be bubbly. Remove from microwave and add in the vanilla and baking soda. Enjoy the science experiment that takes place at this point. Pour this right over the popcorn and pecans, stir right away and stir a lot. Don't waste time or else the caramel will harden on you. Spread the popcorn mixture onto a foil lined baking sheet. Do a quality assurance test at this point, just to make sure that it tastes good! Then bake in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring twice, each 15 minutes. Let it cool and enjoy! Warning, it is very addictive!


  1. Oh it's like the shower I through for devon! I loved making the popcorn favors - so fun!

  2. Yes! I read so many blogs for baby showers and this was definitely the thing to do. And the popcorn that I made was outrageously delicious! Made the house smell so good for when the guests arrived.