Double Shot {coffee themed baby shower for twins}

Party Planning Series

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing highlights from parties I’ve hosted. Why? Because I believe in honoring milestones and making time to weave the golden threads of celebration into our lives.

I am no professional party planner and these are not super fancy events. They are at-home get togethers with family and close friends where connection to each other is most important. These ideas are for regular people with small budgets and busy lives, but who care about good celebrations. 

I rarely host parties all on my own. My family is always involved and our buddies continually offer to bring a delicious dish, show up early to help decorate, run an errand, clean off my dining room table piles and generally help keep me on track. Community at its finest.

 

We recently hosted a shower for friends who were expecting baby girl twins. Since my husband and the dad-to-be share a great passion for coffee, we naturally went with a “double shot” theme for the shower. And yes, being parents of two newborns (and a 3 year old) is going to require lots of coffee.

We feasted on baked goods, an incredible quiche and a “make your own breakfast panini” bar. I made a garland out of coffee filters; dyed with liquid watercolor paint, dried at 200 degrees in the oven and strung together with needle and string.

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My husband jumped into his new home roasting gig and made jars of coffee beans for party favors. The parents-to-be came armed with iced coffee concentrate, adorable drinking glasses and a full blown pour-over station. The scones and donuts had plenty of coffee choices to pair with.

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Around the table we laughed, ooo’d and ahhh’d at baby girl clothes, shared encouragement, prayed for this precious family and drank lots of coffee. It was splendid.

And the best part? The twins Norah & Lucy arrived a little over two weeks ago and they are incredible. Happy and healthy and small enough to both fit in one arm. Make it a double please.

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BRIGHT SPOT

The mom-to-be requested these scones that I have made for her in the past. My sister gave me this recipe and it is ALWAYS a big hit.

Cinnamon Chip Scones

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbs sugar in the raw, for sprinkling
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 package (10 oz) cinnamon baking chips
  • 2 Tbs melted butter

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl (or your mixer bowl), combine the flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs (you can use the paddle attachment on your mixer instead of cutting in). Stir in buttermilk until just moistened. Fold in chips. The recipe calls for the whole bag, but I always use just half. I like the ratio of chips to dough better that way.

Turn onto lightly floured surface, knead gently (10-12 times) until no longer sticky. Divide in half, gently pat each portion into a 7″ circle (or cut into other shapes with a cookie cutter if desired). Cut each circle into 6 wedges and separate on un-greased baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with raw sugar.

Bake at 425 for 10-13 min until edges are lightly browned. Serve warm, Yield 1 dozen.

*You can refrigerate or freeze dough after you cut it into shapes. Just before baking, brush on melted butter and sprinkle raw sugar. Adjust baking time to a little longer if necessary.

*These are the chips I use. They can be hard to find, but I get them at Albertsons or share a bulk order from amazon.com with my friends Jenna & Tammy. One of these days I am going to try and make homemade cinnamon chips!cinnchipphoto

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