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Welcome to the Club | Brilliant Baby Bashes down-home baby-Q in your own backyard


Welcoming a southern belle or gentleman into the world must be done in style; she or he would have it no other way! Arrange a classic Southern backyard barbecue with a modish twist. Staying true to the theme and pleasing the hip Southern mama, you must make sure that every detail is simple and charming with a small dash of style.


Erikka & Anthony Hart (of Longwood) welcomed Samus Aran on November 20.


ORANGE YOU GLAD? Select a nontraditional, but gender-appropriate, color to use for all elements of the shower. Stay away from the “Southern” cliché of using citrus or soft tones, and choose ones that will add some pizazz: for girls, violet; for boys, grass green.


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DELISH DESSERTS After the barbecue buffet and iced tea, skip the pies, and design a killer sweets station! Accompany the mound of vintage candies with a custom cake by Sprinkles (www.SprinklesCakes.net). Enjoy milk in baby bottles with striped straws.


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MODEST MOTIF Steer clear of bandannas and checkerboards. Galvanized vases filled with fresh blooms and a lace table runner will achieve the look you are going for. Hang a single strand of bulb lights, and scatter mason jars with tea lights to complement the laid-back vibe.


SAVORY SEND-OFFS A great way to say “thank ya’ll” to your guests is to give them personalized bottles of barbecue or hot sauce donned with custom labels. These are great take-home gifts for co-ed showers too. Do it yourself, or order them online at www.beau-coup.com.


PEEK-A-POOH Prior to the shower, have guests write wishes and parental advice on the back of a diaper with a Sharpie. After the baby is born, the parents will use the diapers with inscriptions.The advice and well wishes will help the frazzled pair through those early sleepless nights.


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