a shower for two loved ladies

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I helped some of my best friends throw a baby shower for our friend Wendy and her new baby, Jordan. I told you all a little about Jordan in October, and she continues to grow and change and become the chubby and healthy baby she needs to be to head home from the hospital. We wanted to make sure that Wendy had a beautiful shower for Jordan, full of family and friends, and full of pink! We asked my friend and ace photographer Pang Tubhirun of Pangtography to take photos for the event because we wanted to make sure that Wendy had a ton of images to share with Jordan when she's older that were warm, heartfelt and beautifully composed (all talents of Pang's!), and images that would help Wendy remember all of the love that surrounded her throughout her pregnancy and into parenthood.

In lieu of onesie or bib painting, we made ornaments for Jordan's Christmas tree! We served simple and delectable snacks made by the three of us and Wendy's friend Betsy, cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake (because they are good, dammit. There, I said it.), and a delicious alcohol-free punch because there were nursing mamas and pregnant ladies in the mix. We had every intention of playing some silly baby shower games, but a surprise baby shower tends to be full of surprises, rather than just the initial one. Finally, we spent a good hour watching Wendy open some of the most darling and thoughtful presents ever. Here are a few of my favorite details from the day!

Cupcake toppers made with love by my mom!

 Ornament decorating table with glass, wood and styrofoam ornaments, fabrics, paints, bottlebrush trees, hot glue, glitter, stamps, etc. I painted a few terracotta pots that I had laying around with grays and pinks to make the supply-holding more coordinated.

 Party favors were a wallet sized photo of Jordan, a little thank you note, and a "warm & fuzzy" crocheted heart for the guests to carry home with them and hold onto when thinking of Jordan.

 Felt wreath made on the fly with zillions of hand-cut felt circles and flathead pins.

 Christine being creative - a feat in and of itself!

 We enclosed a Wishes for Baby with each invitation and asked guests to bring them to the shower. They will be incorporated into a memory book, just like the one made for my mom at her baby shower for me, along with other memories and photos from the day.

 Inexpensive plastic bottles were hot glued to wood bases and spray painted with metallic paint. They were supposed to serve as trophies, but our plans were diverted! Good thing more babies are on the way for Wendy's extended family.

 So many gifts! And a lovely bunting made by my mom.

We asked guests to bring a book with them to help build Jordan's library. My mom made bookplates that the guests could sign and attached to the inside cover of the book. This is a great, and usually affordable, way to start a well-rounded collection of books for a new baby. They say you should start reading to babies in utero, anyway.

Feedback from the guests was truly positive and affirming, which helped stave off my post-party migraine for a few extra hours (that's what four hours of sleep and 20 hours awake will do to you). As an aside...I have a lot of people telling me I should be a party planner, and while I feel like I could pull it together, I'm not really inspired unless I truly love the person/people for whom I'm throwing the soiree. So for the time being, I'll post things here, and maybe my ideas and sources will help folks coordinate parties in their own lives that are full of creativity, personalization, and love.

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Recipes, vendors and supply sources:
Pink punch recipe from food.com
Zucchini tots from Skinny Taste
Kicked Up Spinach Dip from How Sweet It Is
Crocheted hearts for the favors were custom made by Coffee County Crochet
Customized stationery suite by Stock Berry Studio
Paper goods and decorations from Party City
Craft supplies from my personal stash and Michael's
Mason Jar Mugs from Web Restaurant Store
Felt for the wreath from Benzie Bazaar
Paper straws and washi tape from In the Clear
Stationery suite printing at Fed Ex Office, which was the worst idea ever

4 comments:

  1. Your ideas are wonderful...I am definitely going to make the bottle trophies...as well as a personalized painted crate for my daughter's baby shower next month.

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  2. I fell in love with your idea about the the bottle trophies. I want to make them for my baby shower next month, but I'm wondering what game you were planning to play where the trophies could be given out as prizes?

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  3. I too love the Baby Bottle Trophies...fantastic as the gift to the Winner of each game played.

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  4. Such wonderful creations, especially the baby bottles. Where did you purchase the bottles please (brand)? I love their shape. Thanks much :-). Lilie

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