Yesterday I hosted a totally impromptu *blessing shower* for one of my best friends. She and her husband recently found out they are ~shockingly~ expecting #4. They were totally out of baby mode, she had even passed on all of her maternity clothes.
They are a part of the small group that we host and several of the other girls (we're forever *girls* in the South) decided to go shopping for maternity clothes for her. I mean, shopping is great, but if you can actually do it with purpose it's even more fun!
So after several days of gathering gently-used and clearanced maternity clothes, we decided to have a spur-of-the-moment *shower* for her. I tricked her into coming over for lunch and then while she was in the backyard with our kiddos I set up out the shower food and gifts and all of the other girls showed up. It was so fun seeing the expression on her face when she came in!
I have always enjoyed hosting events like this, but I usually have plenty of advance notice. Yesterday was the exception~I whipped up a platter of our Easter cookies, fixed a plate of bite size pieces of carrot cake and another girl brought a yummy artichoke dip with chips. That along with a pitcher of sweet tea, vase of silk flowers from The Princess' room and some paper plates/napkins from *the party box* and we were set! That was the least-stressful party I've ever hosted! And maybe the most fun!
P.S. I also have to give props to Vince for being our shower "childcare"! He got to play with 9 kiddos in the backyard while we partied. I wish I had that on video:)