Sunday, May 6, 2012

Courtney's baby shower

My friend and fellow American expat, Courtney is expecting her first baby (a boy) this June and in Belgium it is tradition to have a “baby borrel” which is similar to a baby shower but it takes place after the baby is born.  So… our friend Robyn and I through an American style baby shower for her this weekend.  We had all the good old school food that comes to my mind when I think "baby shower"--- chicken salad on croissants, pasta salad, veggie plate with RANCH (thank you Gloria for the ranch packets!)  Lemon bars, cupcakes, strawberry shortcakes (no bisquick here),  sherbert (or sherbet) punch made with sorbet since sherbert doesn’t exist here either.   It was a really fun mix of Belgian and expat ladies, games, food, drinks, and lots-o-chocolate!
The spread

Bronnie and Steve made these fruit salad cups

strawberry shortcakes

chocolate cupcakes (Mom's recipe)

A gnome themed party...

A wish tree for people to write wishes for the parents, the baby, or both.

The wishes on the tree in this shot are from Courtney's friends and family back in the states, Surprise!!!

Courtney opening the baby sling Sofie sewed herself!

Two game winners, Sofie & Kim

Robyn & Mila

Diana, Emilio, & Angela

Yes, wine through a straw-I'm so classy! but check out the cute personalized drink tags Courtney made...

Courtney made kiddie favors too, marshmallows!


  1. what a spread. you always do such a fantastic job. It always taste good too. What did they all think of an american shower? From all I saw how could they not have a wonderful time.
    Was wonderful see you all today also and the kids were great.
    Love and miss you all

  2. Looks like everyone had a great time at the shower. Unbelievable food as usual!!! Amazing no matter what part of the world you are from, loving and fun brings your hearts together. Love and miss you all.