I made some signs to point the way through the neighborhood, decorations for the gate, and a shopping bag full of origami flowers and butterflies to throw around the room. (It was pretty festive in spite of half the decorations I ordered not arriving in time.)
|SO much more food than necessary.|
|Closeup of gluten free sloths, because I'm kind of proud of my decorating. |
Mint chocolate with homemade cream cheese frosting.
You bet your ass they were delicious.
One of the things that did arrive in time was a package of tiny plastic monkeys. Two were hidden in cupcakes. The people that found the monkeys won plants in egg containers, wrapped to look like margaritas.
|Egg plants (crack the egg, add water, plants grow) = margaritas|
After lunch and introductions, we played a few games and handed out prizes. The games aren't important, I just want to show you how I wrapped the prizes because I am simultaneously proud of how they turned out and a little embarrassed at how long I spent on it.
|After putting monkeys in cupcakes, I had a bunch left and didn't know what to do with them. So I put them on prizes.|
|Bath stuff = jungle animals and palm trees|
|Different bath stuff = palm trees, origami flower|
|Magnetic nail polish and nail doodads = peacock|
|Tea = sloth|
Prizes that weren't won in games or by eating cupcakes were distributed by playing Gift Bingo, which is exactly what you think it is: a bunch of random baby-related words were scattered on bingo cards and marked off when the mother-to-be opened something fitting that description.
Overall, I think it went really well! I'm told it was a success, and I'm not inclined to argue.