I had my first official baby shower a couple weekends ago. AND IT WAS UBER-FAB.
Two of my best friends – Brook & Julia were the gracious hosts and made every bit of the event simply fit for a queen (or for a soon-to-be-new-mom!). Seriously, if I were the jealous type (and I wasn’t me) I would have been totally green with envy over myself. It was that good.
It all began with the handmade invitations. Each one was tirelessly created and sent to all thirty-two of the peeps on the invite list. My favorite part was the fact that they were inspired by my nursery – everything from the owl stamp to the hand-drawn tree to the blue and tan color scheme came straight from all my dreams for Will’s room.
Obviously I was prepped for a pretty awesome event. And the invite was totally indictive of the actual thing. When the day came to celebrate, I walked into the church room which had been transformed into something straight from a woodland fairy tale. And nothing had me jumping up and down like the table centerpieces. You know how big a dork I am for decor when it’s the tablescapes that really have me doing the happy-clap.
Each of the five tables were draped with navy and baby blue tableclothes and the centerpieces were forest-inspired with bird elements. Most of the items came from the home of Brook (except for the little white bird cage below which is straight from my own mantle!) She even took the time to collect the pinecones & natural elements from her backyard. And all the tables were oohed and aahed over by the guests – who slowly but surely trickled into the little room in our church with presents in tow.
But presents for me weren’t the only gifts in the room. Each guest received a little something for themselves as well…a bulb favor. Each one was perfectly packaged in baby food jars (with spray-painted brown lids) and tied with a little name tag for the real guest of honor. I’m pretty sure that there was a good-ole-fashioned cat fight over the bulbs…which I am positive everyone will be prompt to bury in their yard on the day Will is born – just like the instructions say 🙂
As soon as everybody arrived, the buffet was opened for us ladies to get down to business. It. Was. Delicious. Brook & Julia had created a shmorgasboard of delectable items – cupcakes, fruit salad, pizza, crudites, and chocolate covered strawberries were only some of the yummy food served.
And just so you feel like you were part of the group – here are some of the faces you would have seen if you ACTUALLY attended:
Do you feel more included now? Good.
Oh and since you now are part of the guests – you might as well know that I made out. Not with my boyfriend. Well, not right away anyway. I made out as in – I got a boatload (a YACHT sized boat) of stuff to help welcome little Will into this world. All the goodies got loaded up in our SUV and laid out for me to stare at in our dining room. Ok. I didn’t really stare. There was actually a whole lot more gleeful skipping around the table as I joyfully rubbed my giant pregnant tummy.
You now know everything there is to know about our first baby shower (1 down, 1 to go!)…and you probably are doing the raise-the-roof move for me right now, right?! Thank you 🙂 I really appreciate your dance move. It’s funny how even the simpliest gifts (like a little burp cloth or a stuffed animal or even just a prayer…or a celebratory dance) are the things that get me more and more excited about Will’s arrival. And besides being excited – I feel way more prepared too! You never know how much you still need until you receive it.
As for showers, have you ever been the guest at a splendid shower that just knocked your socks off? Maybe it was just a part or special element of the event (like a favor, or a game or even a gift!) that simply blew you away? Were you the source of celebration or maybe it was a wedding shower or a birthday party? Or maybe you were like me – the guest of honor’s incubator? 🙂