This summer was so busy, I barely had time to post all the fun things I did. But now that it’s cold and rainy, there’s plenty of time to stay indoors and recap. One of the crafty highlights of my summer was co-hosting a baby shower for my dear friend James Bewley and his delightful wife Kellie. It was a Batman-themed shower.
To say that James is a big Batman fan is an outrageous understatement — James worships Batman. He has one of the most comprehensive Batman collections I have ever seen, and it’s all methodically assembled in his childhood home. And most of his own artwork, which is dark, beautiful and funny, revolves around Batman. So even though they are going to have a baby girl, the Batman theme was appropriate.
We didn’t want the shower to be too frilly, so we had it at Black Rabbit Bar, at great bar in my Greenpoint neighborhood. I custom made coasters and asked the bartender to hand them out when our guests ordered their drinks. All the guests loved them.
To make the coasters, I found a Batman logo online, enlarged it in on a photocopier to the size I wanted, cut out the shape and then traced it on to a thin piece of cardboard. Then using an X-acto knife, I cut out the traced shape out of the cardboard to make the stencil. Next, I cut oval shapes out of cork sheet for the coasters. And finally I painted on the logo using hot pink paint, leaving them to dry overnight. Easy-peasy. I used the same stencil and some fabric paint to make them a little Bat Girl onesie.
I also made red velvet cupcakes, Kellie’s favorite, from a recipe in the gorgeous cookbook Organic and Chic by Sarah Magid. Sarah lives in Greenpoint, too, and came to a Crafternoon I held at the lovely Word Bookstore in August. Her cake recipe was delicious, the stories in her book are sweet, and the photos of her baked goods are swoon-worthy. It would be a great addition to any baker’s library. I topped them with frosting made from The Domino Buttercream Frosting Recipe with a few drops of red food coloring to make it a girlie pink.
Photo credit: Heather Jones
To decorate the cupcakes, my co-host Lauren and I used the stencil to trace more bats out of sheets of craft foam, and then cut them out, tape them to toothpicks and stick them in the cupcakes.
It was really fun to have these eclectic handmade elements at the shower. I know that James and Kellie appreciated the love that went into them, and it was so rewarding to fete such good people. And I just can’t wait to meet their future superhero.