Monday, September 12, 2011
The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Baby Shower Ever
Yaaaaaay! It's here, as promised. My Muppets week!
I had some posts of my semi-secret Muppet projects a while back, but now that nothing is a semi-secret (or a full blown secret) anymore, I can share everything on the blog!
Some dear friends of mine recently adopted an absolutely beautiful baby girl, and to celebrate the occasion, I and my two co-hostesses, Wendy and Lahari, threw the three of them a family-friendly, feastly, and festive Muppet Show-themed Welcome Home Extravaganza.
Needless to say, this is not your typical baby shower. We nixed the diaper games, the pastel decor, and the standard "ladies only" policy and decided to go for something that was more family celebratory, yet entertaining and kooky with something for everyone: the ladies, the gents, the kiddos, the singletons, the marrieds, the DINKs, the moms, the dads, the babies, and the rest.
Plus, there were Muppets.
I learned many things working whilst working on this project:
1) Baby showers are so much more fun when the baby is present for it! I vote that welcoming parties or showers should become a new baby standard.
2) Although the Muppet Show crew are scarce when it comes to pre-fab party ideas (though I predict that might, and I stress might, change with the upcoming new Muppet movie), there is a treasure trove of inspirational source material. I wish we had 3 times as much time to pull this together, because I easily had 3 times as many ideas, plans, and sketches! And they would've all been AWESOME! Which leads me to number 3...
3) I will always suffer from the affliction that makes me come up with far too many intricate, involved, and cool ideas to possibly accomplish for one event. Sigh! *tear*
And so today's post predominantly features pictures of our various Muppet munchies (and signage). We split party responsibilities amongst the three hostesses, so I cannot take credit for everything you see here. Lahari and Wendy were totally co-hostesses with the mostesses and just as responsible as I for pulling this all off.
The three of us quickly learned that the most fun thing about hosting a Muppet party was thinking up the menu items and names. Our spread included:
• Rainbow Connection Fruit Skewers - This idea came from my childhood recollection of Rainbow Fruit Sticks from The Care Bears' Party Cookbook (my first cookbook!), and I paired an arch of rainbowed fruits with a Kermit portrait in apple I found here.
• Scooter's Savory Stagehand Snacks - A cheddar based cheese ball was a perfect material for sculpting Scooter's head, with cracker ears, baby carrot hair, mozzarella eyes, eggplant glasses, and a red pepper mouth.
We had to use chopped black olives for Scooter's and Kermit's pupils, as I forgot all my alternatives at home (halved black olives, or raisins, or black beans...I was prepared, until I forgot about them all!).
• Statler & Waldorf's Curmedgeon Crudités with Quip Dip - your standard veggie tray, but with a name that's a bit more befitting of their reputation.
• Pigs (In Space) In A Blanket - Pigs in a Blanket are a no brainer when it comes to Muppet foods, but we opted for a tribute to one of our favorite Muppet Show sketches with"Pigs (In Space) In A Blanket" over the tad bit more morbid "Miss Piggy in a Blanket."
• The Swedish Chef's Meatballs - A Muppet meal must have. Bork, bork, bork! Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a picture.
• Beaker's Breakfast Tacos - - I had plans for this one that did not meet fruition, but that didn't stop everyone from scarfing down breakfast tacos! I reckon we are in Texas, after all. You can never go wrong with breakfast tacos. Although the photo did not turn out, they were available with "Meep, Meep, Meat" and "No Meep, Meep, Meat" for the veggie eaters.
• Gar-Gonzo Bean Salad - I've always pictured Gonzo when I heard the word "garbanzo"anyway, so I figured why not? Garbanzo beans are just as weird as Gonzo, but I'm guessing they taste better.
• Miss Piggy's White Gloved Finger Sandwiches - These delicate finger sandwiches were settled amongst some cool toy rings that sparkled in Miss Piggy pink and purple. Unfortunately, the picture was far too blurry for posting (why didn't I get my new birthday camera just a little bit early!?! GAH!).
• Rowlf's Rockin' Pops - My friend and co-hostess, Wendy (who, by the by, also made all the signage), is the master of these Muppety cake pops, which were delicious chocolate cake dipped in a chocolate coating with Tootsie Roll ears, a crumb coating, and white chocolate eyes.
She even made a cool tiered custom display for them (which, unfortunately, my camera decided to take crud pictures of)!
• Dr. Teeth's Secret Stash - Of course Dr. Teeth has a secret stash. Of candy.
• Fozzie's Bear-y Peanut Butter Cookies - This tweak of a Joy of Cooking peanut butter cookie recipe that I found on EvilShenanigans.com was just perfect for Fozzie cookies!
Though I admit, I made a couple of tweaks myself. I used dark brown sugar for the cookies to get the coloring more bear-ish, and added some pink jelly beans, white candy shelled chocolate bits (with help from a food coloring marker), Tootsie rolls, and strawberry fruit leather to complete the look of the Fozzie-fied cookies.
• Animals' Hairballs - More macaroons! Last year they were Tauntaun Bonbons, this year with the help of a little pink food coloring, they are Animal's Hairballs. And they make the perfect Animal fur with their orange-tinged-pink effect when you get them golden around the edges! Taking a cue from this Animal pasta dish, I used black licorice, a Twizzler, gum drops, black jelly beans, a red lollipop and halved Chiclet-esque gum to round out this sweet portrait.
• Sam the Eagle's All American Patriot Beer (And Some Other Beer From Some Not-So-Great Countries) - The beer took no special preparation other than a offering a cooler full of various domestic and foreign beers, but I do love the very Sam Eagle-y title to it all.
• Electric Mayhemosas - Mimosas are a must amongst my circle of friends, and they're even more of a must if the Electric Mayhem is involved.
• Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's Punch Potion, or if you have some dry ice handy, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's Exploding Punch - Our initial plans involved getting some dry ice, but, yeah...that ended up not happening.
But it didn't stop the punch from disappearing!
All that AND a homemade sour cream pound cake rainbow cake with buttercream icing?!?! YaaaAAAaaay!
Whew! What a post. And yes, there's even more Muppets to come (with tutorials), so be sure to check back tomorrow!
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