Welcoming Tanya’s Little Man; A Baby Shower
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My oldest sister, Tanya is due in the next couple weeks. This will be her second and this time around she’s expecting a boy. We celebrated her baby shower at my house this past weekend. The decorations were whimsical, the menu was incredible and the guests seemed to really enjoy themselves. Here’s a peak at the party. Lots and lots of photos.
The theme: “Little man”
The Colors: Royal blue, a couple shades of teal and light blue. Also, black and white. Oh and gold accents (I would never have come up with a color scheme as lovely, but then I decorate scrapbooks with stickers (I am not ashamed).
Before I go on, I’d like to give credit to my sister Alla for being the brains behind the decorating operations. She spent hours planning, sewing, taping and hot glue gunning things together. The rest of us were merely minions (“subordinate or petty officials”- says the dictionary). If I had decorated things myself, I would not have taken pictures. lol. I keep telling Alla she would rock a home design blog; Every room in her home looks like something out of a magazine…
The main dining table; Get it, “A Baby Shower” – rain, clouds,… shower. Alla covered my chandelier with white pompoms made of tissue paper and she sewed those rain drops (yep; she sewed them!). She also made the birds that are hanging from the clouds. Isn’t it whimsical?
The Entry: guests were greeted to this lovely display.
There was one game; we aren’t big on games, but every shower needs at least one good game. We had guests guess the size of Tanya’s belly and the closest 3 entries won. As prizes we gave away some pretty nail polishes.
Alla made all of those bow ties, pinned them to onesies and strung everything together with a thick white ribbon.
The mantle had more of the rain drops she sewed along with birds and gold accents above. I told her she could leave the gold stuff after the party 😉 And look, more birds!
The Menu: (I’ve included links to most of the recipes)
1. Smoked Salmon Canapes
2. Cabbage and Bell Pepper Salad
4. Spinach and strawberry salad (can’t have a party without this one!)
5. cucumber salad (similar to this cucumber and tomato salad)
6. Another Salad I forgot to photograph was one of my favorites: Russian Beet Salad
7. Red Potatoes with Bacon
8. Wild Rice Pilaf (I need to nab the recipe from my sister Sveta)
9. Beef Stroganoff with the addition of Leeks (It was great with the leeks and I’ll have to re-make it!)
10. Mom’s meat roulade (this is on my to-do list)
11. Shrimp. Shrimp. And more Shrimp.
12. Korzinki with cream, cranberries and chocolate chips. The base/basket part is this recipe.
13. Katerina’s Russian cake Truffles (do you see my attempt at mustaches and bow ties?).
14. Anna’s Cherry Cheesecake and My Mom’s Spartak in the background
15. Chocolate cupcakes with perfect vanilla cupcake frosting.
Photos with the mustaches were hilarious fun. These are all the ladies in my family; Left to right: Mom, Anna, Me, Alla, Sveta, Tanya.
With my lovely Prego sister. Congrats Tanya. Can’t wait to meet and cuddle your little man!
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Oh wow this is gorgeous. Does your sister have a blog or videos or a website where she teaches how to make these decorations. I’d really like to learn to DIY my own decorations.
Hi Abishag! Thank you for that lovely compliment. She does not have a blog or videos on the decorations.
I love the food….and would love the recipe for your Mom’s meat roulade..PLEASE
It looks devine
I’ll see what I can do 🙂
I love the decor and the menu! You girls are so creative and talented! I am planning my sister’s baby shower and definitely stealing some of your ideas!
I have a question about the shrimp..how do you make it? I didn’t see a recipe on your website. Or did you just order it?
P.S. I’ve made your Kiwi-Berry cake a few times now, and it’s always a hit in my family!)))
I’m so happy you’re enjoying the cake recipe! 🙂 I share my ideas because good things are meant to be shared and copied 🙂 My sister’s Mother-in-law brought the shrimp. I don’t recall if she made them or if they are from Costco. I’ll have to ask her 🙂
This looks like such a fun party! the decorations are amazing!
Thanks Marina! It was a fun party 🙂
Beautiful sisters! Your ‘attempt’ turned out great- I love the mustaches!
Thank you Oliviya :).
Wow. the decorations and execution were amazing!!! This is such an inspiration!! So much details, very very gorgeous!!! I would love to see us sisters house=)) I absolutely love the cupcakes and the wordings on them=))
Thank you Lidiya for your sweet comment :).
What a party! I think there was enough food to feed an army of big men, not just the little ones! Your sister is very lucky!
Yes, we always have a lot of food…have lots of leftovers to eat :).
This is so beautiful! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!
Thank you Diene :).
So beautiful! Natasha you are such and inspiration, if you had “I love Natasha’s kitchen” t-shirts, I would seriously wear them! 🙂
You are too sweet Elina, thank you :D.
Beautiful decor and beautiful ladies! Your Mom looks super tanned, at least next you girls 🙂 The mustache sticks reminded me of Valentine’s that I did for my daughter’s classmates last year. For boys, we cut out mustaches and put it through a lollypop stick and for girls we did lips. So when they were eating the lollypops, it looked like they had mustaches or really big lips, lol. The kids loved it.
That’s cute 🙂 I bet the kids loved that!
Oh my goodness, you girls such a wonderful job! Beautiful and creative decorations. Congrats to Tanya! Can’t wait to see you guys, hopefully sometime this year. 🙂
Thank you Katya; I can’t wait to see photos of all your beautiful baby showers; lots of babys in the family this year! 🙂
Beautiful family! Love the decor, your sister Alla did such a great job 🙂 and food looks DELICIOUS!!!! You guys are blessed to have such a great family!! God bless all of you and your pregnant sister and her upcoming delivery.. Pust vse proidet bistro i legko. 🙂
Thank you for your sweet comment Veta :).
Your mama is one lucky lady to have so many daughters!! Bet she is so proud of all of you 🙂 Love the baby shower decor! Very cute 🙂
Thanks Luba; so sweet of you to say 🙂
Awesome pictures Natasha, and I love how talented you are in everything you do 🙂
My sister Alla is the one with all the decorating talent; as I said if I was the one making everything, I probably would not have taken pictures. lol.
Awesome, I was going to jot down those ideas and then I realize that none of my friends are having babies anytime soon. Sad! Maybe next year. I bet I could find an excuse to make one of the dishes, though.
We don’t like games too much either. We had a few at the last one and someone commented that it was more like a bachelorette party! But one fun tradition we have is writing down our predictions for the birthdate/hair color/weight/etc. I laughed pretty hard rereading the predictions after my son was born. 🙂
Yeah… lots of games are nice for certain parties and kids parties of course, but games can be a little much; trying to corral everyone together is just too much stress 😉
Wow! Everything was perfect looking and ofcourse all you girls and your mom are beautiful!
Cindy, thank you so much 🙂
Thank you for posting such lovely photos! My little man is due in May, and I have been searching for Baby Shower ideas :). . .adorable!
Happy to be a source of inspiration. Hope you got some good ideas here 🙂
Natasha so beautiful. Love the ladies in your family. Mama krasavitsa.. tell her 😉
Thank you :), I will.
Just lovely. So happy for your beautiful family, another son to love. He is blessed before he has even arrived to this family waiting for him.
Congratulations to all!
Thank you Jen 🙂 We are definitely excited for a new member in the family!
Wow, looks like you had lot’s of fun! Who made all the Delicious food?
It was a family group effort. 🙂
Wow! That is a gorgeous party! You guys did such a good job! Everything looks delicious and the setting is beautiful…
Thank you 🙂