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Friday, September 9, 2011

Little Man Baby Shower…and DELICIOUS Recipes

On Tuesday night my friends threw me a baby shower. Even though I told them not to. Because it’s my third child. But they insisted. Because we’re having a boy and we need boy things (which is true). And because they are great friends. And, I must admit, I’m so happy I gave into their shower entreaties. The party was beyond adorable, the food was amazing, and, most importantly, I got to spend an evening with a beautiful group of women I am so grateful to know and count as friends.

But enough with the sappy stuff. I have to show you how ridiculously cute this shower was. I actually don’t have tons of pictures because it was dark, so they do not convey the total cuteness that was the shower. But believe me, everything looked fabulous.

There were moustaches and bow ties all over the place.

And the food. Ah, the food. Again, no great photos, but believe me when I tell you it was all beautiful and tasted even better than it looked.

The inspiration for the Little Man Shower came from this blog post on ReMarkable Home. (If you click through, you can get the templates for everything and see how to put it all together!) Our friend Courtney discovered the post and shared it with my friend Natalee, who spearheaded my shower. Courtney is good at finding great stuff online. The girl has 53 boards on Pinterest, for Pete’s sake.

Thank you to my wonderful friends Wendy, Amy, Mindy, Sarah, Natalee and Ana (and Angie, not pictured, who did the flowers). You ladies orchestrated an evening I will never forget and helped welcome Baby Boy Maynard into the world with style!

Click more to see some fabulous recipes from the shower!

This Chicken Pasta Salad was delectable, people were literally pounding down the English Cucumber Sandwiches, the Oreo Chocolate Truffles were heavenly (and Mindy said they were easy to make), and the Orzo salad was definitely a favorite of the night.

Chicken Pasta Salad
  • 16 ounces cooked bowtie pasta
  • ½ cup oil
  • ⅔ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 6 tablespoons sugar (nowadays I only use about 1 tabelspoon of sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken (I like using rotisserie chicken)
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • 6 ounces crasins
  • 22 ounces mandarin oranges or 3 little cans
  • ¼ cup green onions finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ cup honey roasted almonds or peanuts
  1. Marinate the cooked chicken and cooked pasta in the oil, teriyaki, sugar, salt and pepper mixture at least one hour or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Just before service, add all the other ingredients and toss.
  2. (To toast sesame seeds, put seeds in a small sauté pan and cook on med heat for five minutes just until the seeds show some color.)

English Cucumber Canapés
  • 2 packages of cream cheese
  • ½ cup creme fraiche
  • 1 small shallot finely diced
  • 1½ lemons squeezed
  • 3 loaves of Judy’s love sticks (wheat baguettes with sunflower seeds). I use TJ’s brand. Any baguette will do.
  • 3 large English cucumbers
  1. Finely chop shallot. Blend cream cheese and creme fraiche. Add lemon juice, shallots and salt and pepper to taste. I used a food processor to get smooth texture.
  2. Slice baguette thinly and lightly toast in oven (400 degrees for about 4-5 min).
  3. Use mandolin to thinly slice cucumbers. Put sliced cucumbers between paper towels to absorb most of the water.
  4. To assemble: once bread has cooled, spread some cream cheese mixture and top with two cucumbers. Serve within 4 hours.

Oreo Truffles
With notes on making them from my friend Mindy Nielson
  • One package regular Oreos
  • One package cream cheese, softened
  • Chocolate, chopped into small pieces or chocolate chips
  • Lollypop sticks (optional)
  1. Pulverize Oreos in a food processor. Mix in cream cheese (I did this by hand, but you could probably use your food processor). Roll into small balls, place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, and stick in lollypop sticks. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Melt the chocolate and dip/roll the balls in the chocolate. Place back on the wax paper and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat them.
  3. Note: I kept half the batch of balls in the fridge while I dipped the other half. If they are out long enough to not stay really cold, they’ll fall off the sticks or fall apart during the dipping process.
  4. Also, I think these taste best with dark or semi-sweet chocolate. It balances out the sweetness of the Oreo. The first time I had them, my friend used something called almond bark, which I thought was gross, but some people really like it. You could also use white chocolate or milk chocolate.

Orzo Salad
  • Vinaigrette:
  • ½ cup walnut oil
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • ¾ to 1 cup lemon juice from 3 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • Salad:
  • 2 one-pound boxes orzo
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, sliced into thin strips
  • 4 yellow peppers, med. dice
  • 2 red peppers, med. dice
  • ¾ cup capers (rinse)
  • 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 bunches basil, chopped
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 cups (one bag) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1-2 cans artichoke hearts, chopped (not marinated)
  1. Drain and cool the orzo with cold water. Toss with a little of the dressing so it won’t stick. Dress the rest of the way ~1 hour before serving (not sooner). One recipe will feed about 60 people – I halved the recipe for the shower and there was a lot left over – so you’ll probably want to halve it, even for a crowd.


  1. 1

    What a fun shower! You look great!

  2. 2

    Jane! Congrats on having a boy! I’m just now finding out! Hope all is well! Still think about you and remember great times in San Diego together!

  3. 3

    I try not to send you hateful comments on your beautiful blog, but I’m really hating you right now for how fabulous you look!

    jerk. You could at least try to look hippy or something for me.

  4. mmm i had oreo truffles at both my bridal showers, and have made them for friends’ showers too. they’re so yum! we always make them with white chocolate but i love the idea of dark 🙂 what a fun shower!

  5. What a fun baby show theme! All the recipes sound fantastic, especially the Oreo Truffles, YUM!

  6. 6

    You look beautiful!

  7. 7

    Mmm…oreo truffles…

    One of my friends makes these every Christmas as part of the cookie packages she gives to friends and family. If you have not tried this recipe, you are missing out!

  8. 8
    Jane Maynard

    I just have to echo all the Oreo Truffle comments…I feel like the name is misleading, even though they ARE made with Oreos. They taste SO GOOD. I was so surprised when Mindy told me how she made them, delicious little chocolate balls of joy! 😉

    • Jane Maynard

      oh, and, yeah, I’m not a huge Oreo fan, if you couldn’t tell from my comment…this recipe takes Oreos to a whole new level 🙂

  9. You look great Jane. I recently had a baby shower too thrown by my friends who insisted even though it was my third baby. I couldn’t get over how loved I felt because they would go to all that trouble for little ole me and my third baby. This is truly a special time for me. I hope it is for you too. Oh and Oreo Truffles…I’ll have to stash this trick in my back pocket for the next event. Yum.

  10. 10

    I love the style of the party favors, and all those treats look very delicious!

  11. How sweet are those friends of yours! What an amazing looking shower, those little mustaches and bowties are the cutest!

  12. 12

    Beauty all around… food and mamas! 🙂

  13. What a fun shower, loved all the details, what great friends!

  14. 14

    So completely adorable. I have to say my favorite is the cute mustache glassess!

  15. 15

    Stop it with your cute little man-ness!! Hope you’re doing well. Love you!

  16. 16

    Little man – love the shower theme and I love that picture of you and your cute belly! Can’t wait!!

  17. Looks like a wonderful day! It’s always fun to be so loved by friends! Thanks for sharing all these delicious recipes, they each sound fabulous!

  18. 18

    The Oreo Truffles are soooo good and soooo easy to make! I made a bunch and froze some to use another time. Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Jane Maynard

      glad they were a success – I might need to make them myself, it’s been so long!

  19. 19

    Just wondering what time of day the shower was. Planning the menu for my sister’s baby shower in a few weeks.Her shower is at 1:00 in the afternoon, so after lunch. Love the menu but just wondering about time of day. Made the orzo salad and the cucumbr sandwiches. Both where very good.

    • Jane Maynard

      we actually held the shower at night. I felt like the food was definitely great at night, but it was also very “lunchy” type food, too, so I think it would be a GREAT menu in the afternoon (maybe even better than evening!) glad you liked the recipes you tried so far!

  20. 20

    Had a baby shower for my sister yesterday and served the cucumber canapes and orzo salad. Both went over very well. I had several requests for the orzo salad recipe. I would highly recommend both for any event. Thanks again for the great recipes!

  21. 21

    Very cute where did you buy those silver cups… Adorbs want them.

  22. 22

    Hi Jane, wondering if you have any suggestions of what to replace the walnut oil with in the orzo salad. My son in law is allergic to nuts. I’ve made this salad as written before and love it!

    • Hi Shannon! I think the reason walnut oil is used is mostly because of flavor. I am sure you could just do 2 1/2 cups of olive oil and call it a day! But if you want to keep that mix of flavors in there, maybe experiment with another flavor! I’m thinking avocado oil or pumpkin seed oil or something fun like that would be good. In this case I would NOT use coconut oil, I think the flavors would not be right. Hope this is helpful! 🙂

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    James pslab Smith

    Planning the menu for my sister’s baby shower in a few weeks.Her shower is at 1:00 in the afternoon, so after lunch. Love the menu but just wondering about time of day. Made the orzo salad and the cucumbr sandwiches. Both where very good.

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