The Simpsons-themed BBBQ (the extra B stands for baby shower)

Updated Jul 13 2016
meggyfin
All images captured by Toronto wedding photographers Ten·2·Ten Photography
All images captured by Toronto wedding photographers Ten·2·Ten Photography

When Ken and Erika first met through mutual friends, one of the only things Erika knew about Ken was that he loved The Simpsons. That was enough for her; she decided she liked him already. Their relationship bloomed and soon enough they had their wedding (complete with Simpsons accents here and there).

Fast forward a few more years and Erika and Ken are about to be parents. Before life becomes all about baby, Erika and Ken wanted to throw a co-ed baby shower that reflected their favourite thing: The Simpsons. This isn't any ordinary party, though, this is the ultimate DIY baby shower that will have any Simpsons fan in awe…

The invites

When Erika first started planning the baby shower, she turned to her friend and fellow Simpsons-trivia partner, Lisa, as well as her online Woo-Hoo Simpsons Trivia/Quotes group for inspiration. Together they brainstormed the plethora of Simpsons related references. The theme of the shower was based on a Simpsons reference: "Come to Erika + Ken's BBBQ, the extra B is for BOYBB."

The food

With barbecue catered from Hogtown Smoke, Erika and Ken had established the basic theme and casual entree…

simpsons bbbq plates and cutlery

Mmmmm... BBBQ...
Mmmmm… BBBQ…
Fire-house Ned's 5 alarm chili
Fire-house Ned's 5 alarm chili
Ketchup... Catsup...
Ketchup… Catsup…

The remainder of the food was all Simpsons references. Each and every item. Since not all of Erika and Ken's friends are Simpsons fans, behind each label was written the reference to the item so that even the non-fans (or those whose memories needed a little prompting) could enjoy. A Simpsons lego character held up each and every sign.

Virgin Flaming Moe's
Virgin Flaming Moe's and "Krusty's Non Narkotik Kough Syrup."
Mini Donut Pops
Mini Donut Pops
A big giant rice krispy square
A big giant rice krispy square
Nachos "Flander's Style"
Nachos "Flander's Style"
Bloody Spearhead Cookies
Bloody Spearhead Cookies
High C...
High C…
... and Fluffernutters
… and Fluffernutters
"Pretzel Wagon" pretzels
"Pretzel Wagon" pretzels
Banana Bread -- all our problems are solved
Banana Bread — all our problems are solved
64 slices of american cheese
64 slices of american cheese
Nuts & Gum (together at last!)
Nuts & Gum (together at last!)
Big Top Mashed Potatoes (with the skins ON... this is a reference WITHIN a reference for the super hardcore fans)
Big Top Mashed Potatoes (with the skins ON… this is a reference WITHIN a reference for the super hardcore fans)
America Balls (a fresh batch!)
America Balls (a fresh batch!)
The Evil Clown Bed Cake (made by Lisa)
The Evil Clown Bed Cake (made by Lisa)

The decor

simpsons baby shower snacks

Lemons were also used as decor on the main table as Springfielder's love their precious lemon tree. In addition to the food, one of the cocktail tables had a bowl of lemons + lemon gum…

lemon centerpiece

simpsons turnip centerpiece

And the other cocktail table — the "Shelbyville table" — was adorned with a big ol' turnip.

Funzo onsie!
Funzo onsie!

The background, in front of which Erika and Ken opened their presents (which included a super cute Simpsons inspired onesie from a good friend) also served as a backdrop for a photo booth.

simpsons photo booth props 1

simpsons photo booth props 2

simpsons photo booth props 3

Aside from preparing the majority of the food, Erika also made Simpson's-appropriate props for the photo booth.

simpsons themed party decor

While crafting, Erika also took the time to re-create the sailboat painting that silently hangs behind the Simpsons couch; present in each and every episode.

Favors

Truckers Choice favors

As guests arrived they were given their "Stone cutter numbers" and each and every guest left with a box of Trucker's Choice stay alert capsules (don't worry, it was just gum and mints!)

The entertainment

Evil Clown Bed bean bag toss game

There was an Evil Clown Bed bean bag toss game, and a little baby-themed Cards Against Humanity.

everythings coming up donut pops

The day was filled with not only a lot of great food and laughter but also countless references from The Simpsons classic years (Seasons 1-12). This intricately nerdy event could not have happened if it weren't for Erika and Ken's amazing friends and the fine folks in the Woo-Hoo trivia group.

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