This coed shower features an unfussy color code, DIY decor, asian-inspired appetizers and sweets, personalized gifts for babies, and more!
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To celebrate the motherhood of two modern women, we dispensed with the fussy color code, invited the soon-to-be dads, and offered zero-prep-time foods instead of the usual tea-sandwich fare.
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Our coed shower was born from the individual styles of Kendra and Rachel, the moms-to-be. Two of their favorite hues, orange and teal, play nicely together, so we started there and whipped up a pair of graphic mobiles, made from construction paper and embroidery hoops, which served as the party's decor and as take-home nursery decorations for the almost-parents.
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Rachel and Kendra love Asian cuisine, so our store-bought bites included nori-wrapped rice crackers, spicy wasabi peas, edamame sprinkled with sesame salt, and Japanese party mix. Candy-coated sesame seeds and dried sweet potatoes and a bowl of clementines, kumquats, and tangerines played off the color scheme.
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Mark the specialness of the occasion by avoiding baby-shower staples (cupcakes come to mind). We capped off our party with a few dozen Japanese mochi, which are ice cream wrapped in sweet rice flour.
These sphere-shaped garlands and fringe garlands will add color and style to a baby shower -- and making them is fun and easy!
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When it comes to gifts, let others buy the burp cloths -- you can supply some of the newborn's first sights and sounds. We compiled custom CDs of nursing and bedtime tunes. And we made scrapbooks to show the baby who's who in her new world: Grandparents-to-be emailed us family photos (including one of Serge and Jane, Doug and Rachel's pups) and we made color printouts and corresponding labels, sticking them into books using double-sided archival tape.
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The ultimate present for any new mom? Wisdom from those who've been there. We gave Kendra and Rachel each a felt toy basket full of things that other mothers have grown to know and love.
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Everyone took home a twine-wrapped box of candied nuts as a favor.