Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Baby Boy Shower

...on St. Joseph's Day!
Blue hydrangeas and white gerber daises
I posted some of my plans over at Catholic Cuisine and updated with pictures of the food, but I wanted to share a few more pictures here to remember this joyous day. My SIL, who is expecting another little boy in April, was the celebrated mommy yesterday. Together, we specifically chose St. Joseph's feast day as the perfect day to celebrate their new little man's impending arrival. She and her husband have always had a very strong devotion to this gentle saint and have enjoyed his patronage of their growing family. Since this baby is their second boy, my sweet SIL didn't really want a traditional shower. So we called it a "girls' luncheon", gave it an Italian theme in honor of those crazy Italians who just love good ole San Guiseppe and had fun letting the big and little girls play while we showered tiny booties and blankies on the expectant mom. 

And speaking of blankies, the quiltie I made for this little man had a vintage travel theme on the back side. My BIL and SIL enjoy traveling so I thought this fabric was perfect for them. It's decorated with very boyish colors and seemed a twist on the typical planes and trains for baby boys.
Planes, trains and automobiles
I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked, but when you are enjoying the company of guests who wants to hide behind a lens? Here are a few...

The girls helped set up our St. Joseph's Altar. We haven't have a chance to pick out our traditional foods yet. For those of you who don't know what a St. Joseph's Altar is, you can find out all about it over at Evann's site. We do ours a little differently, choosing non-perishable foods that we can donate to a local food pantry. It's a small way we honor the charity of good St. Joseph.

Some of the menu items included a cold Pasta Primavera Salad, and Spinach Potato Frittata with Pesto Crostini...

For dessert, my MIL sent these beautiful, homemade Pizzelles (above) and I made a Cream Puff Cake (below). Most of these recipes can be found over at Catholic Cuisine.

I made two Cream Puff Cakes... one with and one without Nutella.

I also made these sweet lily lollipops as favors for the ladies who came. You can find the instructions for making them also over at Catholic Cuisine. They turned out so pretty and delicate. You could make them for Easter or the feast of the Annunciation or even for St. Gabriel's feast day!

St. Joseph, patron of families, pray for us!


  1. This just might be the sweetest shower idea I've come across:) I hope the event was as lovely as it looks! God Bless you and yours.

  2. Looks like a wonderful day! The Quiltie is beautiful, as was everything else. That cream puff cake looks heavenly!

  3. Wow, it all looks so awesome! Our Joseph has a double ear infection, so we didn't celebrate like I had planned! What a lovely shower.

  4. yummy celebration!
    i think i'm going to try that cream puff cake for easter. it looks delish.

    pax Christi - lena

  5. Lena,
    I added this note over at Catholic Cuisine:

    The filling made enough for two while the dough really only made one. I made two by making two batches of dough but only one batch of filling.

    If you only want to make one, just know that you will have extra filling left over unless you make it in a 9x13 inch dish (which is what the recipe originally called for. I wanted to use a round pan so that it would look like a giant cream puff.

  6. Looks like a lovely party! We had your frittata and crostini last night because I was too tired of housecleaning on Saturday to anything but order pizza! We loved the frittata!

  7. Charlotte, those lilly lollipops turned out amazingly beautiful!! What a great idea!

  8. How nice Charlotte!! The fabrics are so perfect and the food looks so yummy. Great, now I am hungry. ;)


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