My neighbor, co-worker, and friend Laura, is going to be a grandma for the first time in December. She and her husband Karl, are very excited and are looking forward to welcoming their new grand-daughter, Emma, to the family. Since her son and daughter-in-law don’t live close by, we decided to throw her a “Grandma Shower” to get her house filled with baby things before the arrival. Their son, Neal and his wife live in Iowa now. This is nice for Laura & Karl because they used to live in Florida, so they are much closer now and can make the four hour drive for visits more often.
You can’t throw a shower without playing some silly games. Laura asked Jean if she could play one of her favorites, so we did. We had to be blindfolded and hold a bowl of cotton balls in our lap. The object of the game was to scoop cotton balls and place them on your head. You have thirty seconds to get as many as you can and keep them there. This was so funny to watch and not easy to do. You can’t feel the cotton balls on the spoon or on your head. So sometimes, you just scooped air! haha
Another game we played was “guess the baby food.” This was super hard because baby food has changed since we all had kids. We knew Erin would win this game hands down. She’s the youngest and has a one-year old, so she is familiar with the newest flavors. We still had fun playing. We had eight jars to try and guess from. You could smell it and if you were brave…taste it. This was very tough for me, they all looked so nasty and they don’t really smell very good. So I went with my nose, rather than my tastebuds. I also didn’t do very well. Only got one right. ha! And yes, Erin did win the game, but she only got four right! This was hard.
Playing all those games brought back back so many memories for all of us. It was such fun and we laughed so much. After a little dinner (and wine), it was time for Laura to open her gifts. Wow, did she get a lot. At times, we felt like she was having the baby and forgot she’s just the grandma! Everyone had such wonderful gift ideas and Laura had a great time opening them all.
I took a little different route with my gift. I went with the Grandma theme and found this cute idea on Pinterest. It was called, “Grandma’s Survival Kit.” It was a bag full of gifts that went along with a poem. I also made it into a scrapbook page, in case she’d like to keep it. I also gave her a book about being a grandma that I hope she enjoys. Its suppose to be quite funny and got good reviews. I guess the Barnes & Noble came out in me. ha~
Jean asked me to bring cheese and crackers for an appetizer. So of course, I wanted to come up with something fun. Here’s what I did…
After Laura opened our individual gifts, we handed her one more gift from all of us. We all went in on a Pack-n-Play for her to keep at her house. Pack-n-plays are basically a mobile crib that collapses and stores very nicely. We thought her son & daughter-in-law would also appreciate this because it means one less thing for them to pack into their car when traveling to Minnesota.
Every baby shower has a cake and this Grandma shower had one as well. Elizabeth makes the greatest cakes and we asked her if she’d make one for the shower. She agreed to do it and asked for some ideas. We said to maybe have something for the baby and something for Grandma on it. She totally nailed it. This was such a cute cake and we were all impressed and loved it. She had a rattle on one side and a glass of wine on the other. You could view this cake in three different angles. One angle, the blocks spelled out BABY, another angle it spelled out WINE, and the other angle spelled out EMMA. How talented and imaginative Elizabeth is. I also have to add… it tasted delicious too!
Everyone enjoyed our night at the ‘Grandma Shower’. Laura got a little teary at the end when thanking us. I guess we did a good thing~ You’re welcome Laura and we can’t wait to meet little Emma. She’s already one lucky girl who has grandparents that can’t wait to spoil her.
Thank you Jean for hosting last night. It was so comfy sitting around in your living room and kitchen. The food and wine were fabulous!