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Party Planning while Shopping Local

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Party Planning while Shopping Local

A few weeks ago, my friend Kim and I threw a baby shower for our friend Francesca. Neither Kim nor I have kids, but we sure do enjoy planning special events. We also love supporting locally owned businesses. We were able to plan the whole shower using vendors located in Downtown Kenosha – and they didn’t disappoint. So my heartfelt thanks goes out to the amazing businesses in Downtown K-Town!

Catering. Check.
Flowers. Check.
Desserts. Check.
Party Favors. Check.

b2ap3_thumbnail_1085144_530066320376390_801477712_o.jpgAll of our girlfriend gatherings revolve around food and drinks. So, we knew cute little tea sandwiches were not going to cut it for this shower. We worked with Mark & Kim Rutkowski at Linnea Bakery to come up with the perfect Baby Shower Brunch menu. Their quiche, which they serve at the bakery daily, are one of my favorite lunchtime go-to options. Instead of individual portions, the team from Linnea made full size pie-style quiche for us in a variety of flavors. My favorite was the veggie and cheese – I still don’t know how they get the eggs to be so fluffy and moist. They also prepared amazing breakfast potatoes and yogurt parfaits with granola and fresh fruit. Bonus: They delivered to our venue.

b2ap3_thumbnail_14409824_10100357191394228_1424828720897583432_o.jpgFlowers were a must since there was not a lot we could do with decorations at our venue. I detest balloons. We were going with a rustic theme for the brunch – so burlap, mason jars, and yellow and blue accents (we are welcoming a baby boy, after all). Lyna & Kevin Postuchow at A Summer’s Garden Florist were incredibly helpful. We shared with them the concept we had in mind, and described the mason jars that we had decorated (a epic night of Pinterest dreams coming to life thanks to some help from our mothers!).  In a matter of minutes, we settled on daisies and sunflowers to brighten the room (and so as not to break the bank).  Some greens to fill out the arrangements and we were all set. Bonus: They allowed us to pick up the day before the shower and had everything in one large bucket to make transportation easier. Assembly was a breeze – basically fool proof with their guidance.

b2ap3_thumbnail_14500535_10100357191628758_7787830694391329249_o_20160930-194802_1.jpgWe all have a sweet tooth, so we knew we wanted to have a sweets table. Rather than having kringle or donuts with breakfast, we opted to have cupcakes and some other dessert bars out during gift opening for guests to enjoy. I cannot lie, the Carrot Cake cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting from Robin’s Nest Cakery are one of my most favorite things on the planet. I may or may not have stashed one to take home before the shower even started just to make sure I got one.  Owner and head baker, decorator, and sometimes dishwasher, Robin Shiels, is a dear friend and she helped us pick flavors that everyone would like – not just flavors that I love. We had a great variety with the Carrot Cake, Death by Chocolate, Very Vanilla, and Caramel Latte. Bonus: Robin has a ton of great cake stands and tiered cupcake risers – she was kind enough to let us borrow one for the event.

b2ap3_thumbnail_14525100_10100357191563888_3759801123991036601_o.jpgThere is nothing worse than going to a shower and ending up with some stupid party favor in hand that ends up in your junk drawer. Lately, people seem to have learned that no one needs a pen with someone’s wedding date on it or a plastic cup with their baby’s due date. I’ve been to events where cookies, a candy buffet, or even bride and groom chocolate-covered strawberries are the party favors. Food Favors – now this is an idea I can get behind. Kim and I are both huge fans of the treats at Sandy’s Popper, so after a quick conversation with Sandy and Dave Hawes, we knew popcorns was the gift for party guests. We did medium-sized bags of Butter Popcorn, Kettle Corn, and White Cheddar – all of which stayed with our white, blue, and yellow theme. Bonus: Sandy offered to have her staff put our THANK YOU tags on the bags for us, but we were not that organized. We didn’t have the tags ready yet! Haha.

We made one loop around downtown the day before the shower and picked all our items up, with the exception of the food from Linnea Bakery. Talk about easy. The showered ended up being absolutely beautiful. It was a perfect morning.  And thanks to the excellent customer service and creativity of business owners in Downtown Kenosha, getting all the details worked out was a piece of cake – or cupcake! Shopping local definitely has its share of bonuses, as I shared. Individual attention and customer service is what makes working with local vendors such a great experience – they are willing to go above and beyond. 

Whether you are planning a special event like a baby shower or wedding, or if you just need a gift to brighten someone’s day, make sure you check out all the great businesses in our downtown community.

Linnea Bakery
512 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 484-4203

A Summer’s Garden Florist
5617 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 657-7673

Robin’s Nest Cakery
5607 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 652-1054

Sandy’s Popper
5503 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 605-3202