Friday, January 27, 2012

A Mini Baby Shower in Aqua and Red

This week I helped plan a mini baby shower. I call it mini because the mother-to-be works in an office full of tech guys and has a proper shower planned in the coming weeks. But I couldn't let her slip away to maternity leave without at least a little fanfare, could I?

To bring a bit of festivity to the day I fired up my sewing machine and created a fabric garland, which I anchored with two fabric covered oatmeal containers. I sewed a placemat of red chevron stripe to lay below the garland.

As part of my gift I sewed baby bowties onto little white onesies. That'll be one dapper little man when he arrives! But who cares about all that when there is: MOCHI!

This is no ordinary mochi. I ordered it from Simply Mochi, though there's nothing simple about it. For those who are new to mochi, it's a Japanese sweet made of glutinous rice pounded into a paste and shaped. When filled with something sweet it's called daifuku. Linda at Simply Mochi in San Francisco makes scrumptious mochi/daifuku in AMAZING flavors. Get a load of this mochi menu:

Oreo Cheesecake

Choconuts

S'mores

Nutella

Salted Caramel

PB&J

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Chocolate Mint

And that's just to name a few! We tasted Strawberry Cheesecake, Lemon Curd, Chocolate, and Chocolate Strawberry and each one was off the charts delicious. The Cheesecake and Lemon Curd flavors were super creamy, the chocolate had a rich frosting-like filling, and the Choco-Strawberry had a full fresh strawberry surrounded by a thin chocolate with the consistency of a liquor. I would recommend them all—particularly the lemon curd and strawberry cheesecake. Every mochi is handmade that day, and which means the flavors are super fresh.

Finally, we raised a toast to the new mom (guests only of course!). Best of luck to her in her new role as mother!

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