Little He or Little She? What Will Baby Be? – Gender Reveal Baby Shower


Little he or Little she, what will baby be? Finding out what your little bundle of joy will be is one of the few true surprises in life, so why not share it with your friends and family! My friends Jesse and Scott found out about the gender of their baby, along with everyone, and it was wonderful to see their surprise as we shared in this joyous occasion!

To keep the surprise a secret mommy and daddy gave the doctor’s office my name and when I called in they told me the baby’s gender.Jesse baby shower invitation

For the invitations my friend Jesse found some from mrsthisandthatdesign on Etsy and I recreated

Envelopes sealed with a mustache and a kiss!

Envelopes sealed with a mustache and a kiss!

them.   I found free chalkboard fonts online from that were similar in design. This site is a great resource for fonts.

  1. Handy George
  2. Sweetie Pie

I designed the shower cake and had one of my favorite bakers, Don at 10th Street Bakery, create the dessert. I also had cupcakes and croissants from the dessert diva, Val at Dear Diva Desserts. They are my bakers of choice and I like to share the wealth so I take turns with who gets to be the feature at my events.
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We decorated with balloons, the usual shower favors, flowers, and we placed little baby shirts at the entrance. Guest chose their beads upon arrival and waited until the reveal. I had prepared a sign in advance for pictures after the cake cutting ceremony.

candy cake table
photo 1 photo 3 beads

Party Planning Perfection! Special thanks to my Party Planning Diva Jolynn and my hubby Mark!

scott and jesse

Congratulations to Jesse and Scott! It’s a BOY!



Cookies and Cocktails


When I was little my mom and her sisters would gather in my grandmothers kitchen to bake cookies and candies all day in preparation for Christmas.  The kitchen was an assembly line of my aunts baking goodies, and the sunroom adjacent to the kitchen was taken over as a staging area for the overflow of treats before they were packaged and on their way.  There were no worries nor a care in the world when you were in grandmas kitchen.  As children we were able to mix, bake, and decorate and participate in every minute of fun!

Traditions can get left behind in gluttonous schedules as life overflows.  I found myself, as well as my family and friends, rushing to the beat of another drummers tune.  But sometimes you just need to be still for a moment.  I wanted to bring back the simplicity I found as a young child in my grandmothers kitchen but with an adult twist and a sprinkle of fabulousness.   Thus I created Cookies and Cocktails.  A respite from busy schedules; time set a side for togetherness to enjoy making cookies while sharing in traditions.  Each recipe often holds a story, and as we share those stories and recipes the traditions continue.

mary-ann-and-deanne ginger-and-deanne

We all enjoy spending time with our friends and family, but in recent years, I felt the true meaning of Christmas was being lost in the monotony of scheduled holiday appearances and a rush to check off the list of gift items for everyone.  Cookies and Cocktails is a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.  It’s a night to unwind with a good glass of wine (or kiddie cocktail for the little ones) while sharing recipes and laughs.

Hallows Harvest Party

bonfire b_wChange in leaf colors and crisp autumn air brings with it our annual Hallows Harvest Party!  A seasonal reminder that the end of farm season is near.  It is a time of grateful celebration and a moment to relax and enjoy around the farm.  The fall cook-out was a yearly gathering started by Uncle Glenn that Mark and I have continued in the spirit of tradition.

Bonfire fun was accompanied by Ragged Edge whose sounds were the perfect backdrop to an enjoyable farm evening.  Food, friends and fun!  Later this week I will post the recipe for smore’s bars.  Back by popular request, these bars were so Dee-lish that I missed out on having one before they were gone.

Mark and Mary Ann  DSC_1771