Since we were multitasking the family reunion at Lake LBJ with handing out Team Sherry t-shirts, I figured why not also throw in a baby shower on the same weekend for good measure? We do, after all, have Griffin and Lauren’s new baby girl to celebrate! So, Saturday night was all about Baby Dayton. Well, Baby Dayton and bees. I’ve always wanted to throw a bee themed baby shower, and this seemed like a great time to give it a try!

I made my own fuzzy bees for the flower arrangement. They look…special. And I’m pretty sure my bees would never survive in the wild, seeing as how I couldn’t figure out how to attach antennae. But they’re fun and festive!

Pretty yellow chevron plates, cups, and napkins with matching school bus yellow plasticware.

A bee decorated picture frame of the happy couple and all natural beeswax candles for party favors.

Now the food! Which of course, I had to stick to the bee theme when coming up with ideas! I LOVE a good theme. I will not let you leave a party without making sure that theme is beat into every aspect of your consciousness. After all, the fun is often in the details.

Honey Vinaigrette Orzo Salad from Everyday Italian with Giada. (I don’t love mint in my food, so I substituted with more basil)

Bee Bee Q chicken drumsticks, from Down Home with the Neelys. and what emphasizes the word “bee” better than cute clip art bees? (the actual sauce was served separately)

Honey Glazed Baby Carrots from Sunny Anderson’s Cooking for Real. This is now one of my favorite ways to prepare carrots!. Super easy and pretty tasty!

Stingingly Spicy Shrimp from Food Network, for all the spicy shrimp lovers in the group.

And the best part of the meal? Dessert, decorated in a few more disabled fuzzy bees!! Sopapilla cheezzzecake from Honestly, this is the easiest dessert ever and everybody loves it! I feel like quite an accomplished baker as everybody oohs and ahhs as I pull this out of the oven.

And no party is complete without a few beverages! I made fresh honey limeade mocktails and bee’s knees cocktails. Plus, we brought a case of Revolver’s Blood and Honey beer. Here’s me and Debra cheers-ing to a buzzingly lovely baby shower!

Plus, how about this beautiful basket of goodies from Burt’s Bees Baby? (I didn’t actually get a picture, so thanks also to Burt’s Bees for the photo)

So, we took a bunch of photos of Griffin and Lauren opening Dayton’s gifts. However, it really takes a very special photographer to get good present opening pictures. Andy and I are not said special photographers. I always find it hard because people are usually looking down, talking amongst themselves, and awkwardly gesturing.  So, I thought it would be best if I didn’t post those pictures. How about a cute one of Hudson as his parents open his new sister’s gifts instead?

Hudson entertaining himself with crumpled wrapping and tissue paper.

And because that one was a little dark and grainy, how about this one?

Look at that face! Look at those beautiful blue eyes!! We love our little nephew, we really really do! (And yes, he has smeared strawberries on his face, like a one year old is prone to do.)

We are so excited for Griffin, Lauren, and Hudson. They will soon have one more darling member to add to their family. And we are even more excited to meet our baby niece!!

And there you have it, one action packed family weekend at Lake LBJ. You can check out some more of the pictures we took by clicking here.


  1. What a great theme, Angela! Well done! 🙂

  2. Angela you always find time to make some of the best food and drinks. Something else that makes me proud of you!

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