Orange You Glad the Theme Wasn't Purple?

...because the menu for a purple baby shower would've included purple grapes, purple cabbage, eggplant, red onions, blueberry pie, and perhaps lavender cookies.

Hmm...not so bad, I suppose. Rather, this past weekend I hosted an orange-themed baby shower for Number 1's 2nd Grade teacher.  (We are a start-up school, and consequently, have a school board, staff, and parents, that feel like family.) Anyhow, this was a fun theme to work with. If you want to throw an orange party, this post is for you. Here was the predominantly orange menu:

Chilled Carrot-Ginger Soup with Coconut Milk

Cantaloupe and Bocconcini (mozzarella balls) Salad with Prociutto and Mint

Veggie Tray with Mini Orange Peppers, Carrots, and Blanched Asparagus served with a Chipotle Red-Pepper Dip

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Sandwiches

Goat Cheese and Crackers, served with Apricot Preserves, Dried Apricots, Figs, and Grapes

Rooibos Blood Orange Iced Tea

Orange-Vanilla Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Candied Oranges

Did you notice these nifty removable shelves my uber-handy father-in-law crafted for my arbor? (and the cute plaid table-cloth I made to fit them?)

The guest of honor and I both agreed to forgo the shower games that everyone but us seems to enjoy. Instead, I made up pretty little 4x6 cards out of scrapbooking cardstock and papers, for the guests to write their best advice for the mother-to-be. These cards were hole-punched and bound with a single binder ring, ready to hang for quick and easy access!

She read these cards aloud at the end of the shower, and all of us felt that we could use a copy of such an inspiring index of encouragement and wisdom.

With a few basic supplies, a cute and functional piece of decor was born.

Using matching paper and cardstock, I fashioned a simple baby mobile to use as decor for the party, and a useful gift for the mother-to-be to take home.

I had considered wearing orange, but it was getting a bit overboard...

It was a wonderful time of fellowship, and as the host, I so greatly enjoyed the opportunity to get my creative (orange) juices flowing!