Saturday, August 05, 2006

Amanda's Baby Shower

Last Sunday, Amanda, Dawn and I hosted a baby shower for our friend Amanda H. She is due in September and doesn't know whether she's having a boy or girl. Since blue and pink were out, we decided on a green and orange theme for the shower. Some of our inspiration came from InStyle magazine. The baby shower menu consisted of:

Veggie tray with dips
Mini grilled-cheese sandwiches
Hamburger bites (meatballs with pineapple and orange bell pepper)
Melon (honeydew and cantalope) wrapped in prosciutto
Make your own ice cream sandwiches with shortbread cookies and lime and orange sherbet
Orange Dream drink (virgin for Amanda H., add orange and vanilla vodka for the rest of us!)

For the mini grilled cheese sandwiches, we used cocktail bread (found in the deli, cracker, or bread section of the store) and cut slices of Swiss, Cheddar, and Muenster cheese to fit in the mini-slices of bread. We buttered the outside slices of bread and baked them on a baking stone at 350 degrees until the bread was golden and the cheese had melted.

Amanda D. made the melon and prosciutto by simply wrapping thin slices of prosciutto around pre-cut melon.

Dawn made the burger bites; I'll try to get the recipe and post it here.

The orange dream drink is equal parts orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream, with a handfull of ice and one shot each of orange vodka and vanilla vodka. Mix in blender until all ice is crushed; serve immediately.

This was the first baby shower we have hosted, and we all agree - the orange and green theme and menu made it easy and fun!

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