Baby Shower!, crafty, recipe box

Jungle Cookies

IMG_1059 I made two different types of jungle cookie prize jars for my friend’s baby shower last weekend. They were easier to fill, more fun to decorate, and way cuter in the end than I’d anticipated. They were a great hit, too! Since everyone who won one has asked for the recipes, I’ve decided to share ’em. ;)


Each of the cookie jars  with a 8-10 minute bake time had:

1 and 1/8 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup rolled oats (these are the best ever)

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp each: baking soda and salt

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup pecans


Each of the cookie jars with an 11-13 minute bake time had:

1 and 1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 and 1/3 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tsp each: baking powder and baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4-1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


I had some cute labels printed from the fronts of the jars along with matching scallop tags.  I tied fun fabrics overlaid with tulle for added shimmer and sparkle around the tops with the scallop tags attached. Then, with a hot glue gun, I adhered fluffy, flowery tulle ribbon around the edge in alternating fushia and lilac.


Baby Shower!, friends, starbucks

Starbucks Baby Shower

On Saturday I hosted a baby shower at my house for a friend/co-worker of mine. It was a ‘very starbucks’ baby shower with a ‘baby animal’ theme — and lots of pinks and purples for the baby girl and her mamma-to-be.  The night before some of our other co-workers stopped by to make the favors and name tags with little animal stickers. The end result was pretty cute. IMG_1093IMG_1095

There were tons of gifts…

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Little baby animals and their mammas were scattered around my house, lurking in floral fields and bushes…

There were cute favors comprised of delicious starbucks cookies with custom labels and special ‘cookie-jars’ to give out to the game winners as the shower progressed….

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We had popcorn, cookies, candy, chocolates, and strawberries to start. By the time the show was underway we had two cakes, finger sandwiches, pasta salad, fried chicken, and the most amazing meatballs you ever tasted added to the mix…

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We played 3 different games: ‘Never Say Baby’, ‘Guess the Baby Object’, and “Guess the Baby Food’. They were surprisingly fun for all involved.

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IMG_1041It was a special day, not to be forgotten any time soon. When it was all over I couldn’t help but smile at the community our store has created and how incredible it is to have the impact we make in our customers’ days be materialized and articulated in the outpouring of support, gifts, notes, and physical presence at the party. Some days the saying is true; some days at starbucks are simply inspired.




Baby Shower!

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