Operation Shower Sweet Surprises


Earlier this month, I had the honor of volunteering for the spring Operation Shower & Babies R Us event at Universal Studios Hollywood called Sweet Surprises. It was guest hosted by celebrity Heidi Klum, who carries a line at Babies R Us called Truly Scrumptious.

The shower was designed by Jen of Hostess with the Mostess. Her line, Sweet As Candy, was absolutely perfect for this event. And the AMAZING dessert table was created by Marie of Sweets Indeed.


Operation Shower Sweet Surprises dessert table by Sweets IndeedWe donated vanilla bean panna cotta with a mango coulis for the table. Mmmmm!

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Mango Coulis

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Mango Coulis

I had such a good time! It was the first time I was able to stay to help instead of just dropping off goodies. On pre-shower day, all the volunteers were busily putting together the centerpieces, place settings, chair jewelry, blowing up balloons, wrapping big big presents, so. many. things! My first job was to assemble and tie the chair jewelry. It was a pattern of candy necklace pieces and big round bubble gum balls. My partners in crime were Sharon from Cupcakes & Cutlery and Tori from Thoughtfully Simple.

Candy Chair Jewelry

After that, we glued on gummy bears, candy poles and candy balls to boxes for part of the centerpieces. In case you want to know, hot glue and gummy bears are not friends. Ouch!

Candy Cake Centerpieces

So much attention to detail. It was really fun seeing Jen’s ideas come to life. Everything on the table was handmade and hand assembled! It takes a village, people.

Shower day came and it was go time. 5 buses of mom’s came in. This was the largest Operation Shower event yet! I helped moms to their tables, listened to Heidi talk, helped pass out Shower in a Boxes to all the moms and then helped man the dessert table. It was energetic, fun, exhausting, heart-swelling, and so so memorable. Every mom I met was so thankful and happy. Operation Shower is such a great charity organization.

Heidi Klum was completely nice and down-to-earth. She talked to as many moms as she could, and was funny and shared relatable stories. She was also very tall and completely gorgeous.

Head on over to the Operation Shower Facebook page to see all the professional photos taken that day.

Operation Shower FB

Or search #operationshower on Instagram or Twitter for everyone’s photos.

Great thanks to all the vendors who participated in the event!

Graphic Design, Paper Party Details, and Printing: Hostess INK — Photography: Nicole Benitez and Maria Healey — Linens: Wildflower Linens — Floral Design: Empty Vase — Candy: Candy Galaxy — Helium: Balloon Time — Sweets Station: Sweets Indeed

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