Jack and Jill Baby Shower

Big Red Kitchen was a buzz last Friday night for a Jack and Jill Baby Shower Himself and I threw for his co-worker, Tonya who will be having a baby girl in June. The entire firm was there and here are most of them enjoying appetizers and drinks while I was putting the finishing touches on dessert and snapping pictures.

The menu did not come together until 48 hours before the shower. It was all over the place and just not meshing. So I called Ma and she gave the most sound advice- “Go with what you know.” I know Italian and my specialties are my meatballs, pizza, and antipasto. Done. And you know what? This menu was perfect for a Friday night. Thanks Ma!


The party started at 7 PM so most would be coming from work and would be very hungry. The party started in the BRK with appetizers and drinks then moved into the living room for the dinner buffet. The guests were able to sit down and eat in the dining room and BRK. We ended our evening in the living room eating decadent desserts while Tonya and Chris opened their gifts.

Appetizers– Pepperoni Dip, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Hocus Pocus Dip, mixed nuts, and pretzels.

Dinner– 4 different homemade Pizzas, Italian Antipasto with Creamy Italian or Balsamic Vinaigrette and Meatball Sliders.

Dessert– Pots de Creme, Lazy Lady Petit Fours, and Fresh Strawberries.


1. Always go with what you know. It may be OK to try one new recipe but it will be more relaxing for you if you make your tried and true.

2. Pick up before a party and clean up after.

3. Place food in different rooms so that guests can flow throughout your home.

4. Keep it simple stupid.

5. Fresh flowers, white table clothes, and music are always so lovely.

Congratulations Tonya and Chris! Not only is this their first baby, Chris will be competing in the Best Ranger Competition in May down at Fort Benning, GA. Wow these two will be so busy over the next several weeks. Blessings to you both!

I will cover each of the three courses over the next few posts. Don’t worry there will be recipes.

Related Posts:
Jack and Jill Baby Shower Appetizers
Jack and Jill Baby Shower Dinner
Jack and Jill Baby Shower Dessert


  1. Rindy R
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

    Looks adorable! Can’t wait to read the rest of the story this week! What a beautiful spread!

  2. EAT!
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 7:00 AM | Permalink

    Some day I will be get myself invited to one of your parties. 🙂

  3. Sabrina
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 8:07 AM | Permalink

    What a tease! It looks both delicious and beautiful. I can’t wait for more posts.

  4. Lisa
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 9:19 AM | Permalink

    Great spread. I prefer italian myself. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  5. Joan Nova
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Robin – that’s a great party menu and a very fun idea to make meatball sliders! I’m sure more than expectant parents were happy.

  6. Kelly Jo
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Can’t wait for the rest of the story! It did give me a small bit of hope to know that even a wonderful cook like yourself had trouble pulling a menu together.

  7. Lalycairn
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 9:59 AM | Permalink

    Everything looks beautiful! (And tasty) Mom’s are great, aren’t they? Such a simple bit of advice – “go with what you know”. 🙂 Sounds like something mine would have said.

    Looking forward to the recipes.

  8. Dawn
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

    I love that everyone hangs out in the kitchen and you are lucky to have such a big kitchen to hold everyone!

  9. Robin Sue
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

    Kelli Jo- the problem with planning a menu is there are so many good foods out there to make!

  10. noble pig
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

    Beautiful party. Yeah new recipes are hard on party night so It sounds like it worked out beautiful.

  11. oneordinaryday
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

    What a beautiful spread. I’m intrigued by the name hocus pocus dip. Can’t wait to find out what that is.
    I love that you left your rolls in the bakery bag. That looks so cool.

  12. biz319
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 1:05 PM | Permalink

    What a beautiful spread! Love the ideas too.

    I once tried to make all new dishes for Easter one year, and it was a disaster!

    Keep it simple – I’ll have to remember that!

  13. Karen
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

    What a feast! Everything looks great and I love the shot of the tulips 🙂

  14. Juliana
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    Such a nice event, it looks great! Congratulations!

  15. GirlyFruFru
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

    wow did I miss something, did you say what the red onions, grape tomato’s and rolled up slices of meat were ?

  16. Robin Sue
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 5:37 PM | Permalink

    Girly Fru Fru- That is an Italian Antipasto Salad, will post more about it later in the week. Thanks for stopping in!

  17. Sheila
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 5:51 PM | Permalink

    Like one of the other readers, I am curious about Hocus Pocus dip. Sounds “magical”!

  18. That Girl
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 10:57 PM | Permalink

    Making something you know makes it more enjoyable for everyone, because you probably make it better than anything else!

  19. Grace
    Posted April 28, 2009 at 6:38 AM | Permalink

    hey–who’re you calling stupid? 🙂
    looks like a fun time. i much prefer throwing a shower than simply attending one. 🙂

  20. Elyse
    Posted April 29, 2009 at 2:51 AM | Permalink

    Congrats, Tonya!! Looks like a great party, Robin Sue. Great tips, too!

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