It’s been ages since I’ve attended or given a baby shower, our Royal Baby Shower Benefit notwithstanding. So when my fellow Zingers and I decided to give our fitness goddess Kelly Kinzinger a baby shower, I felt a bit rusty, yet excited to make sure we helped welcome Baby Kinzinger into the world with a proper Zinger welcome.
For those of us who work out at Zinger Fit, although we see each other regularly at the studio, most don’t otherwise cross paths with each other; it’s a lovely melting (sweating) pot of awesome women. We wanted to be inclusive, inviting all of Kelly’s clients, and were determined to give her the big items on her baby registries at Babies ‘R Us and Target. Many of us are mothers, and we knew we wanted Kelly to want for nothing.
So how to organize a large group of busy and disparate women?
Many Hands and Technology Make Light Work
The thing about women is, we can plan, organize, collect money, shop, decorate and cook better than the United States Army, and with much better outfits, so I knew this would be fun and easy.
sFl and I co-hosted. A number of gals volunteered to bring food. A few others said they’d collect money and shop and wrap gifts from the group. Things shaped up from there in a jiffy.
Going against my grain, we decided an electronic invitation was the way to reach everyone, especially since we could get email addresses from Kelly, and we had a scant few home addresses. We looked at two invitation sites — eVite and Paperless Post, which won us over,
with stylish choices and easy facilitation of the inviting and responding process.
We didn’t have a theme per se, but we chose yellow, gray and white, Kelly’s nursery colors, as our inspiration. I made yellow burlap table runners, inspired from Alison’s choice of pink burlap to decorate the Zinger Fit studio for Think Pink last year. To bring in the gray,
I used serving pieces in silver and galvanized tin and gray beverage napkins. Flowers were a late summery palette of yellows and whites. With leftover burlap I created a garland of yellow and gray baby socks.
The shower occured on a Sunday afternoon, so we just needed snack fare. As well, we decided to make the food options completely gluten-free, so the five food volunteers made sure their offerings excluded that dietary substance. We used Sign-up Genius to let the gals pick their item to bring. Our guests feasted on gluten-free cupcakes from Pearl’s, a fruit tray, veggie trays, cheese and cracker assortment, chicken salad with rice crackers, and pimiento cheese with blue corn chips.
I decided the shower would be the perfect time to serve it. The cognac punched up the sparkle of this effervescent drink,
and I can’t wait to make it again. Rounding out the beverages were sweet tea and spa water (tap water with cucumber slices and basil leaves).
The Zingers showered Kelly with all the gifts a new mom could want or need. Two Zingers offered to collect money, shop for the gifts from Kelly’s registries at Babies R Us and Target, and bring them wrapped to the shower. It is no secret that Kelly means a lot to us, but the bounty of gifts was proof. The group collection gave her a jogger stroller, a 3-in-1 stroller, breast milk storage system and breast pump and bouncy seat, and the gift that fascinated us the most, the Baby Zoom Wi-Fi Video Monitor,
which as you can see provides video monitoring, but also pairs with a smart phone to provide two-way communication with the cherub. Clearly today’s technology has elevated monitors beyond the old walkie-talkie gadgets of yesteryear. Several guests brought personal gifts, and the one that stole the show and our hearts
was a charming stuffed giraffe, complete with the alluring life-like eyes.
In my day, no shower was complete without a cheesy game. With a large crowd (40+ attended), we figured it would be too cumbersome to pull off. I asked sPj, only other new mother I know and she gave me the idea to have guests sign a story book for the mom and baby to read together. Knowing Kelly to be an avid reader, sFl and I hopped on that and found hardback copies of two Curious George books.
The fact that they were yellow was a bonus. When Kelly reads to her little guy she’ll have the thoughts of all her Zingers with her in spirit.
It won’t be long until we welcome Baby Kinzinger to the world, and lord knows he’ll have dozens of outstretched arms waiting to hold him!
September 15, 2014