PSA: you'll probably want to pin all of this.

You know how you see things on Pinterest and it sends you into a myriad of emotions? Inspiration (maybe I could do this, but who has the time?), disgust (seriously, who has the time?!), and finally rage (WHO HAS THE TIME FOR THIS? I HATE THESE PEOPLE.).

Just me? Fine, so maybe I go through the seven stages of grief each day on Pinterest. Shock and awe, depression, bargaining, more depression. You must feel it from time to time. I'd say, conservatively, 90% of the time, Pinterest enrages me. Ballpark guess.

Well, people, prepare to be amazed. Prepare to work yourself through the seven stages of grief once you see the (yup)  baby shower that we (Dania, Emy and I) threw for our beloved Jessica. Get your pinning buttons ready - and get that judgy look off your face. I'm only humble when I'm being the humblest. And that sentence made no sense. Moving on.

Dania took the shower lead. Emy and I played happy helpers with assignments and jobs from our task master. Dania is a stern but fair boss. She picked a subtle popcorn theme for the shower, since popcorn has always been one of Jessica's four major food groups (the others being cheese, Taco Time, and french fries).

Between the food, decorations, and a fabulous "Wishes for Baby" book that Emy put together (via Pinterest - of course), my totally unbiased opinion is that we nailed it. And we did it reasonably - not the $1,000 showers on Pinterest where they tie blue ribbons around mason jars for glassware and everyone leaves with an OPI nail color and pedicure kit. That's great. Good for you. We live in the real world. Emy made a great observation that those tablescape pictures  and showers should come with a price tag because otherwise they are false advertising and mean.

Here we go on our shower.

The Tablescape Rundown: "A Poppin' Good Time" banner - so simple to make. Twine, newspaper, paint and Vampire Diaries on DVR is about all you need. I blogged about how to make them 2 years ago when we threw Dania a shower for Paisley (link here). Emy found Chinese take out boxes that say "She's ready to POP" for guests to fill with popcorn. The tissue paper pom-poms have basically turned into a must do for showers and birthdays. We used them on the table rather than hanging over it. People, these are so cheap to make, and it literally drives me crazy that they sell them premade now. A premade pack of three is $8. I can make 8 of them from a pack of tissue paper for $3. Again, I recommend Vampire Diaries as a backdrop and you should be just fine (link here for how to make if you haven't ever done them).

For food, we didn't so much think "what goes well together" as much as "what does Jessica love?" That's how we ended up with chicken salad on melba toast, cucumber with boursin cheese, brie and other cheese, and her major pregnancy craving: chicken pot pies. We got the mini ones from Trader Joe's.

We also made these s'mores. $100 if you can guess where Dania got the idea for them. Not to give it away, but it rhymes with sminterest. We'll consider them a win/fail. Win: they tasted amazing and look adorable. Fail: the creating of these resulted in one minor Dania meltdown based on incorrect Pinterest directions and a Susie takeover to get Dania off the ledge. During said takeover, I dedicated three songs to how much I hated making them. I was so happy they were delicious, because otherwise heads would have rolled.

Ok so maybe Mini Muffins don't fit into the normal menu for an afternoon shower, but when Mom-to-Be refers to her baby as Mini Muff - it's a must.

The Creme de la Creme: Dania's popcorn cake. What irritates me about this cake is that aside from the actual baking of the cake itself, this took her maybe an hour. I hate her. Give me two days, a step by step manual, coaching by the Cake Boss, and I could make you one that in no way resembles this. Her other cake works of art are here so you know this wasn't a fluke.

I bought this wreath at Michael's for $5 because I wanted something that I could have control over changing each month or season as I see fit (I am so type A, I feel the need to control a wreath). For the shower, I took my simple wreath, added some ribbon and a mini Lucas banner, and fell in love. Probably my favorite thing ever.

So technically this isn't part of the shower set up or decoration, but I made a diaper cake for Jess as part of my gift and I was so proud of it. I've made one before - actually with Jessica  - and it was beautiful and huge. I wanted one just a little smaller so I used this nice lady's tutorial that I found on....say it with me...Pinterest.

Like I said, we totally nailed it.
I can say this without hesitation or reservation because I know Jess had a great time and that's for sure all that matters. That and how cute everything was. Again, you don't come to this blog because my humble nature inspires you - this I know.

Happy Shower Day, Jess!

Lot of blonds at this party.

Also, a lot of pregnant people.

FYI. She is going to be someone's Mom.

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