POPSUGAR Celebrity

Baby-Q Bash Puts a Fun Spin on the Traditional Shower

Jul 23 2014 - 4:27am

When Cristina Prusz was asked to plan her sister's baby shower, she was given one request — make it a barbecue. At first, the owner of Le Partie Sugar [1] was hesitant. The party was going to be held in early October, when the weather doesn't exactly scream hamburgers and hot dogs. But she knew it was the best theme for her sister.

"My sister is more burgers and hot dogs and less crumpets and tea, which is how the idea for a Baby-Q started," Cristina says of the shower. In addition to pleasing her sister, the concept also allowed Cristina to include her brother-in-law. "This theme let the dad-to-be take part in the celebration and helped the men feel comfortable at a shower since there were burgers and beer."

So the experienced party planner rolled up her sleeves and got to work. With the exception of the food, which Cristina outsourced to a caterer, the party was a DIY [2] creation. Everything from the decor, to the games, to the goodie bags were made by Cristina and her staff. To make the celebration more special and give it a real family feel, the mom-to-be's parents hosted the event in their backyard. It was a perfect evening. Well, expect for one thing.

"No one expected the party to continue to the late-night hours, so we had to make a few extra runs for ice and beverages," Cristina shares. "But it was a good problem to have!"

Scroll through to see all the fun that this Baby-Q had to offer.

Source: Le Partie Sugar [3]

You're Invited

Cristina designed the invitations herself and has made them available at her Etsy shop [4].

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Gift Station

Guests placed their presents for baby Phillips in a cute crib.

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Tiny Bites

Before the dinner, guests snacked on hummus, pita chips, and cheese.

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Dinner Time

Cristina created every aspect of this simple yet sophisticated table setting.

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Main Dish

"The gourmet burger station was everyone's favorite element," Cristina says of the party. "We created three options and had a caterer grilling each burger when ordered." Guests could choose from a BLTA, turkey spinach pesto, or the Father's Office burger, which was inspired by a famous Los Angeles burger joint.

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Comfort Food

For sides, guests were offered spaghetti squash with jalapeño cream and macaroni and cheese.

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Soup's On

Butternut squash soup shooters and a persimmon salad were also served as part of the main meal.

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It wouldn't be a BBQ without hot dogs, right?

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Words of Wisdom

Guests were asked to fill out Mad-Lib advice cards, which Cristina says was, "a good laugh for everyone."

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Hydration Station

Cristina covered water bottles with blue and white labels that featured the baby's expected due date.

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Perfect Pop

The mom-to-be and kids enjoyed soda served from vintage bottles.

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Drinks With a Kick

Those who weren't underage or with child sipped on Autumn sangria, wine, and beer.

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Guests were entertained with good conversation and cornhole games.

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Sweet Finish

Cristina opted for several smaller desserts as opposed to a giant cake. The spread included brownie bites, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin pie bites, and caramel apples.

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A Little Light

Mason jar candleholders gave the backyard a cozy feel.

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Thank You Treats

Guests left the party with a very sweet gift — a s'mores kit.

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The Parents-to-Be

Cristina's sister and brother-in-law could not have been more pleased with the party.

"They loved that the whole shower felt more like a celebration and less like a traditional baby shower," she says. "Setting it at dinnertime also made it feel more like an event, and guests stayed until almost midnight. It was like one last hurrah with friends before baby's arrival."

Source: Le Partie Sugar [21]

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