Friday, July 3, 2009

{nEsTinG} a BabY sHoWEr FoR Henry!

My friend, Missy, and I had a shower last weekend for our good friend, Holly. She is having her second boy….Henry! We are so excited for her and their sweet family. I’ve got to tell ya….these two gals mean the world to me. The Lord has blessed me beyond measure with their friendship. His timing is perfect!

Holly is a fan of all things décor and is an amazing interior designer herself. Of course Missy and I had to rise to the occasion! We made a really great team I must say! Missy is a talented florist and also has a great eye for design. I love to cook and also love design so we took this theme and ran with it! We had a blast too.

Our baby shower theme was “Nesting”. It fit perfectly with Holly having a boy because we used the colors blue and brown. We threw in some burlap and white linen cloths in the mix as well.

The shower would not be complete without silhouettes! Holly is a huge fan of silhouettes. I purchased the invitations from Sarah & Abraham. I’ve been following this gal for years in the blog world and knew her invitations would fit perfectly with our theme and Holly would love them.

For party favors, Missy put together terra cotta pots and rye grass seeds. I designed these gift tags to go on the pots.

Our friend, Hailey of The Muffin Top in Brenham, is an amazing pastry chef! She was in charge of the cupcakes. Hailey did an amazing job and also brought some beautiful décor to spruce up the cake table. I couldn’t get over how adorable the cupcakes were in little nests. Oh my- talk about cute! And they were not only adorable, but also tasted delicious as well! You should go and check her out!

Our menu (which I’m all about☺) consisted of French Toast Casserole, 2 types of Quiche, Pear Salad, Chicken Salad bites, lemon glazed muffins, and fruit. The guests all raved about the food- which always makes me happy since I love to cook for a crowd. I will post these recipes below. They are no-fail recipes. I had several gals asking for them. Yum!

Overall, the shower was a beautiful time of fellowship and prayer. It was amazing sitting there in a room full of beautiful women who love the Lord who desire to come alongside this precious family and help raise little Henry up to love Jesus.


Paula Deen’s French Toast Casserole w/ Praline Topping

1 loaf of French Bread
8 large eggs
2 cups ½ and ½
1 cup milk
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
dash salt
Praline Topping (recipe follows)
Maple Syrup

Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Praline Topping

2 sticks butter (would you expect anything less, it’s Mrs. Paula!!!)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsps light corn syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.

Chad’s Quiche- I got this recipe from a very cool guy who loves to cook. He works at a local restaurant and prepares the most delicious quiches ever! This recipe is super easy. It does have Mayo in it and I swear to you that you can’t taste it!

6 eggs
3/4 cup Mayo
3/4 cup Half and Half
1 baked pie crust
Cheese (normally 3 slices)- I like provolone
Fillings of your choice- I used bacon and avocado

Pre-bake pie crust. Place cheese in bottom of crust and place in oven until melted. Take crust out and place filling on top of melted cheese. Blend together w/ hand mixer eggs, mayo, half and half. Pour over filling. Place quiche on top of pizza pan and bake in a 340 degree oven for 45 minutes.


southerninspiration said...

What a beautiful shower!!! Everything looks beautiful as well as delicious! How lucky Holly is to have such a wonderful group of Christian women to love on her and get ready for Henry. I am a friend of hers from Sugar Land. thanks for sharing!


Sarah Shalley said...

wow. ya'll outdid yourselves. gorgeous. will you send me a list of items you pray over...we're incorporating this into a baby shower at my house in a few weeks. thank you sweet friend.

mandi said...

GIRL!!! what a great shower! oh my...those cupcakes (why don't i know hailey???) and the invites...and, excuse me ms. thang? french toast casserole?!?

what a beautiful event!

Yankee Doodle said...

The Mathis family are blessed to have such wonderful caring and talented friends. The food and decorations for the shower look so "Holly".

Shabby Mama said...

thank you so much girl..beautiful post and i just posted your beautiful picture on my blog..hope that is ok;;;;; love you and see you soon...

Gwynie Pie said...

That shower looks absolutely amazing! Great job on it. I loved seeing it. Sweet for her to have such talented and loving friends.

Gwyn Rosser
The Pink Tractor

IlaBrook said...

What a beautiful shower! And, you're right! Sooo Holly! :-) You are all three blessed to have such good friends in each other.
(long-time friend & fan of Holly)

Kirby said...

Lyns! I love it ALL! You are amazing! I feel like I am looking at one of the many design blogs that I stalk (those people always seem imaginary and made up b/c they are so cool and gifted)...but you're like a real person-my friend-and that makes you even cooler!

I cannot believe that you made those quiches with mayo...who are you becoming?

daniella said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful thing to do for Holly! You are a great friend and this world needs more people like you. Great job, and thanks for sharing the recipes! The french toast casserole looks divine.