"Surprise!", or at least that was the idea behind it...
You see, I've been planning this baby shower for my sister with my mom for the past couple months, but I've told my sister that I was just doing the remote planning but couldn't be there (they live in Seattle). Everything went as planned, I packed up all the goodies for the shower (filled a large suitcase), hopped onto the plane, got picked up at the airport by my accomplices (my parents), got to their place before she got back, even diverted her plan to go shopping to come straight home (not an easy task).
I was pretty smug that we're about to pull off the Surprise of the Century, but, my sister proved to be more astute than I give her credit for... As soon as she stepped through the door as expected, my mom went up and covered her eyes and asked her to guess who has come for her shower as rehearsed. I heard from my cover my sister's voice saying, "what, is Ivy here?". I was like, "Huh? How on earth did you figure??" "It's your shoes, dummy.... who else I know wears weird shoes like that?!" Damn, with all the painstaking planning, I forgot to hide my shoes and blew my cover... Lesson here? I should never work as a spy.
Anyway, spoiled surprise aside, the shower was a blast. Here's how the day went:
I got the idea from my Planner-Extraordinaire friend Aimee for this game, just a little friendly competition of "Paint a Bib or Onsie" for the new baby. It was an instant hit with all the guests especially the kids (although maybe not so much with the parents who have to rub the paint off of their face/hands...)
Favor boxes that I slaved over, which coordinated perfectly with the invites.
Check out the photo album for complete coverage of the day.