Last Saturday morning was both rainy, windy and wet, which meant it was an ideal day for a little Baby Shower. My mom hosted a beautiful party at her home to celebrate Baby ‘A’s impending arrival with our closest family and friends. The original plan was for the shower to be outdoors on her deck, but after seeing the weather forecast and realizing that Tropical Storm Bill would be arriving just in time for the party we decided to set up for an indoor affair instead.
My mom did an amazing job putting together such a gorgeous day! The details were just perfect – from the neutral color pallet and tablescape, from the succulent favors to the simple games, and from the floral arrangements to the food, drinks and cake – I couldn’t have asked for a prettier way to celebrate.
My mom rented all of the chairs, tables, linens, drinkware and dishware from a local party supplier. She ordered white tablecloths, burlap runners, and taupe napkins in sticking with the neutral theme.
She stuck with simple myrtle and baby’s breath for the foliage and it looked absolutely gorgeous! She was able to get so much bang-for-her-buck by using these high statement, less costly florals. She said all of the florals only cost around $30 and she used them as a table runner/centerpiece, in two large vases in the room, and also spread out around the house.
She also found these absolutely adorable single potted succulents at Lowe’s for the party favors. We tied a little ‘succulent care’ card onto the pot with jute ribbon. I have mine sitting in the windowsill of my kitchen and every time I see it I think of that special day.
As guests arrived, we encouraged everyone to relax and grab a drink. We had a Lemonade-Iced Tea combination, and a fruit-infused water that was filled with raspberries and fresh mint.
A couple month prior, my mom asked what I wanted to eat and I quickly said a variety of salads, but especially my favorite Dorothy Lane Market chicken salad. (The best!)
She knows I absolutely love pretzel buns too, so she bought slider-size buns at Costco that were perfect vessels for chicken salad sandwiches. We also had a fruit salad, green salad with fresh chopped veggies a homemade vinaigrette, and a few varieties of salads picked up from Whole Foods.
While everyone was eating, we played the ‘Hidden Onesie’ game. Before people arrived, three onesies were hidden under chair cushions and whoever had the onesie traded it in for a Starbucks gift card. It was a cute way for guests to win prizes and for me to get a few cute onesies for the baby! Game number two was the traditional “Guess the Baby’s delivery date, weight and length.” After Baby ‘A’ is born, we will look at the guesses and the closest winner will also be getting a gift card. We flipped through them after the party and I loved the ladies who gave an estimated earlier due date and a bit smaller weight for Baby ‘A’. Bless all of you!!
After dinner, the cake was cut and cupcakes and coffee were also served while I opened gifts. The cake and cupcakes came from Ele, which is my absolute favorite bakery every. It was funny how when I started to think about it, Ele has been a part of all of my huge life events – High school and college graduations, my bachelorette party, wedding, birthdays, and now my Baby Shower! My mom used the invitations for the cake’s design and Ele did an amazing job! It was seriously the prettiest cake I’ve seen, and the cupcakes were so life-like and gorgeous it was hard to bite into them. The cake was half white and half chocolate, and the cupcakes were lemon. It was all slathered in a delicious and rich buttercream frosting, which is always my favorite part of their cakes.
Baby ‘A’ received some good stuff including books, clothes, diapers, swaddlers, bedding and even his swing! I registered for the ‘Snug-a-Puppy’ swing after doing some research. This swing was less pricey and received some great reviews, so I am hoping that Baby ‘A’ will love it as much as his momma!
Overall, my rainy Baby Shower was one of the most beautiful days of my life. I remember feeling the same way about my Bridal Shower, and how having so many family members and life-long friends all coming together to celebrate a huge moment of my life is so special. It literally brings tears to my eyes thinking about it all over again!
- Do you have a favorite bakery where you always tend to order your cakes for special occasions? What is your favorite cake flavor and icing combination to get?
- Mommas and mommas-to-be: Tell me about your Baby Shower. What was the favorite part for you?
- Coming up with Baby Shower games to get guests involved is never an easy feat. What are some of your favorite Baby Shower games to play?