In a super sweet, overwhelming and completely unnecessary move, my family and friends threw me a “sprinkle” yesterday. I’m using “sprinkle” in quotes because this thing was a full-on baby shower. A Great Gatsby-themed baby shower, of course. While I wish they hadn’t gone to all the trouble, I loved it and was so impressed by the effort my mom and mother-in-law had put into the planning.
From playing the Baz Luhrman movie and soundtrack in the background, to feathers and pearls as decoration to guests choosing between wearing headbands, beads or a mustache, they covered all the details.
(that mirror was my nanny’s <3)
They stole my “Hello, Old Sport” sign from the nursery a few days before and I didn’t even notice! Ha!
And then this happened.
Yes, that’s my mother-in-law and my mom.
They had me don a headband and feather to fit in with the guests.
The cake and cupcakes were gorgeous:
My mom was pretty proud of herself for hand-glittering all those letters.
I am not a good cake cutter.
Check out that orb in the photo.
(and yes, that’s a photo of Holden crying in that wall calendar.)
Holdy even showed up at the end to join in the fun.
So I’m 37 weeks and I’m now stocked with adorable baby boy clothes and diapers. Let’s do this, little man!
So I love throwing showers, bridal or baby. I’ve been a part of some really big, over-the-top productions that were fun and fantastic, but I’m a big fan of just the casual gatherings and celebrations as well.
We recently held a sweet, simple baby shower for my coworker who’s pregnant with babies 3 & 4 (!). We reserved space at a cupcakery in our town and kept the decorating super easy and classic with some beautiful yellow roses and some sweets wrapped in the green linen napkins. Oh, and some balloons. Who doesn’t love balloons? Keeping with the simple theme, we had a nice, light late lunch of a Caprese salad, chicken salad and, of course, cupcakes.
I made some onesie and receiving blanket cupcakes as gifts. My dad actually made these for me for my baby shower and that’s where I got the idea. Whodathunk?
We’re just over a week until Holden’s first birthday and I’m in full-on nostalgia mode. Lately I’ve been thinking about where I was this time last year, preparing for our new arrival.
One of the things I’m so glad we did to prepare was to have our friends and family write messages for the baby before she arrived. This became a shower activity, with everyone penning their note and having their photo taken with it:
I took all of the photos and put them into a Shutterfly book to give to Holden when she’s older, but I have fun going back to check the messages every now and then. I also put some of the pictures in a super cute video that I’ll share in a bit.
Here are the grandparents’ messages:
Isn’t my dad hilarious? Ha. ha.
We closed the book (and video) with our message to our little one:
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So I am in full-on birthday planning mode for Holden’s first birthday party. It seems like the latest thing in party-planning is printables; at least that’s what is blowing up my Pinterest these days.
The good thing about printables is that they allow DIY-wannabers like me to feel like they’re actually somewhat creative… even if it is cheating just a little.
Print My Baby Shower has several printables themes that you can choose from: from hot pink zebra, to cute monkey or owl themes. They also have a Baby Shower Decoration Ideas blog. I’m partial to ladybugs (I’ll explain some other time), so I found myself attracted to the Cute Ladybug Theme.
The themes come with printable templates for invitations, labels, banners, games and a “wishlist” (messages you leave for the baby). You purchase, download and print at home with your own color printer.
But after giving birth to my daughter, I learned the truth about diaper cakes: unrolling 100 rubber bands from 100 diapers is the worst. So I beg of you, on behalf of new moms everywhere: enough with the diaper cakes… or, for that matter, anything that requires extensive disassembly, unrolling or untying. I’m looking at you, big ol’ basket made of rolled-up diapers or golf bag made of diapers.
Still insisting on the diaper cake? Here are some no-roll diaper cakes that won’t make the new mom curse your name:
I attended the cutest baby shower today with a tea party theme. Invitations announced that a “baby is brewing…” We dined on cupcakes, scones and eclairs and drank tea out of adorable mismatched teacups and saucers (that I’m told came from the Salvation Army at 20 cents a piece!) For favors, we received custom Showers of Happiness teabags! It was tea-lightful (that’s right. I said it.)