Monday, June 29, 2009

Hollywood Premiere Baby Shower

For a second pregnancy closely spaced with the first, we did a "sequel" movie premier theme.

I made the invitations to look like a "V.I.P pass" ticket.

The tables each seated eight, were covered with a white tablecloth, red satin, and the centerpieces were gold pedestals with a popcorn box seated on top with tissue paper puffing out. At the beginning of the party, each centerpiece was surrounded by eight bags of popcorn for the guests to enjoy before the buffet.

The movie "Father's Little Dividend" (1951 with Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy) was rear projected and played silently in the background while a soundtrack of recognizable movie themes such as Indiana Jones, E.T., Singin' in the Rain, and Harry Potter played over the sound system.

Each guest passed by an inflatable Oscar statue and walked down the red carpet past movie posters while their pictures were being snapped by eager paparazzi.

The game was matching weird celebrity baby names with their parents. The winner received a sparkling body gel named "Shining Stars" with tinsel attached and gourmet popcorn so she could have her own movie premier at home, in style.

The buffet table was set with director's clapboard plates covered in fruits and vegetables as well as brownie bites and pretzels for dipping in ranch and homemade chocolate ganache which were served in giant martini glasses. We also had a platter of crackers and cheese. Elevated on the center of the table over draped gold and red tinsel was the "red carpet" velvet cake which I decorated with a covering of white fondant, black and gold hovering stars, gold ribbon and a classic Hollywood camera. I hand stamped the edges of each plate with gold and silver metallic stars, we had scarlet red napkins and the plastic forks were held in a popcorn bucket.

For additional decoration as well as a keepsake for the mom-to-be, we Photoshopped a vintage Casablanca movie poster to have their names on it and I built a shadow box that I painted a glossy black and uplit to house the poster.

The cake on a silver plate

A guest walking the red carpet

The game table with directions printed in an Old Hollywood art deco font

The game itself, the title in a Hollywood sign font

The buffet table was ravaged after the party

Looking back after all the guests moved up during the gift opening

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