5 years

Bluegrass THREADS is thrilled to be celebrating 5 years!  Five years feels momentous—we’ve made it!

This blog has been a source of personal inspiration and growth during the first five years of my son’s life, the loss of my father, job transitions, big moves and many of the other changes (good and bad) over this half decade.

centerpieceimage by Desarae Anderson Photography

To celebrate and commemorate this milestone, I want to highlight these top 5s—the most read and shared stories of the past 5 years:

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baby boy showers can be beautiful, too

Since having my son three years ago, I’ve been on a crusade—everything for little boys can be beautiful!

These are some images for a shower that I hosted this past September.  It was every bit as lady-like a soft as a girly gathering, simply opting for pale blue instead of pastel pink.

shower_1image by KGreeneOwens

My co-hostess, cleared her family room furniture to make room for two rented round tables.  We love using round tables for gatherings, since they encourage conversation and an intimate feel.

shower_2image by KGreeneOwens

Guests were greeted with a baby Jacob banner that the mom-to-be took home at the end of the gathering.  Colorful blue suckers added to topiaries added a touch of whimsy.

shower_3image by KGreeneOwens

Regular readers know of my passion for menu cards.  It is also fun for the honoree to have something to remember the little details of the day by (including the food).  This delicious food was prepared by Cutting Board Catering (highly recommend!)  Having a chef cook in your home is a luxury for you and fun for your guests.

shower_4image by KGreeneOwens

shower_5image by KGreeneOwens

Don’t be afraid to add a touch of elegance to a baby shower, particularly if it is fitting for the mom-to-be!

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grandma sprinkle {guest post by alice greene}

From the moment I heard the exciting news that my sister-in-law was going to be a Grandma, I just knew that she was going to need a Grandma Sprinkle.  You may ask, “What is that”?    Well, it’s a baby shower given for the grandmother of the baby-to-be when the circumstances are either that the grandma is going to be the “baby-sitter” while the Mom and Dad work and therefore needs to be equipped with doubles of all things baby.  Another reason for a sprinkle, as was the case with my sister-in-law, is when the grandma lives so far away from the baby that she will need lots of reminders of her new role like photo frames, photo albums, etc.  and probably will not be able to attend any of the regular showers that the parents-to-be will be attending.

Since this is a fairly new concept for some folks, I included a list of items that guests might purchase along with the invitation to the Grandma Sprinkle Lunch.  Things on the list in addition to the photo frames and albums were a piggybank (for the grandchild’s college fund), a proud grandma t-shirt, a new grandma mug, grandma memory books and even a website that contained lots more gift ideas.

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photo by dthoskins
Since the Mom-to-be loves all things astrology and zodiac and since she was doing her son’s nursery in a jungle animal theme, I found these adorable Jonathan Adler zodiac mini-notebooks at The Dandelion Patch and purchased the astrological sign for  each of the guests .  I also visited a zodiac website and printed out the attributes of the new baby as well as the signs of our guests.  It was a fun topic of conversation for the table as we decided if we each fit the characteristics that were listed.

 

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photo by dthoskins

For the centerpiece at the table, I used a “grandma mug” that I had purchased and filled it with colorful flowers.  I presented it to the grandma to take home at the end of the lunch.  By the end of the “sprinkle”, my sister-in-law not only had a wide array of grandma items but felt the love and excitement that is reserved only for grandmothers.

As a proud grandma myself, I would encourage BGT readers not to forget those important Grandmothers when welcoming a new little one into your family!

 

-Alice

Alice is a native Lexingtonian and quintessential southern lady, who enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining. 

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expecting {bluegrass baby}

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Above: my 6 1/2 month baby belly- thanks so much to Lindsay from Shrimp Salad Circus for the photo tips–I could have never gotten this pic without a remote!

Yes, it’s true!  I am expecting a baby in July and I wanted to share with you the fun and delicious way that I revealed the gender of our little one to friends and family:

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photo by dthoskins

Cupcakes!  Take a bite and surprise…It’s a boy!

I decided to go with one of my favorite muffin recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, and used the frosting as a filling as well as a topper.  These muffins are very sweet and can definitely pass as cupcakes.  People seemed to enjoy them, so here is my slightly modified version of the recipe:

Banana Muffins (Cupcakes) with Mascarpone Frosting

Ingredients

Muffins:

  • 3      cups all-purpose flour
  • 1      teaspoon baking soda
  • 1      teaspoon salt
  • 1/2      teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2      teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2      teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2      cups sugar
  • 1      cup vegetable oil
  • 3      large eggs
  • 1      tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4      ripe bananas, peeled and coarsely mashed

Frosting:

  • 3      ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6      tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3      cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 3      tablespoons honey
  • 1/2      cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional-I leave these out when using this recipe as cupcakes)

Directions

Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl to blend. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake the muffins on the middle rack until the tops are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out with no crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a rack and cool slightly.

For the frosting/filling:

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the mascarpone cheese and then beat in the honey. Set aside half of the frosting.  To the other half, add the food coloring of your choice.  Using a filling tip, fill a pastry bag or cake decorator with the colored frosting and fill the cupcakes.  I actually sprang for a contraption for the frosting/filling and I loved it!  Click here to see what I used.  Frost cupcakes with remaining uncolored frosting.

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