So, when our pregnant-with-her-first co-worker told us she wasn't planning on a shower, uh, we explained that was unacceptable, and started the preparations.
After our wedding, I could be a professional event planner, and being excited to flex those skills again on something far more manageable, I volunteered to host.
All parties need a theme, it just informs all your decisions and makes planning easier. Our started out with red which was the color of the invitations, styled after a Kate Spade design. When in doubt, look to Kate Spade for perfection.
I printed these out at home, on notecards I got at The Paper Source. It's a few blocks from me, and has a fantastic website.
I grabbed one pack of A6 white note cards for $3.50 and two packs of A6 red envelopes for $3.50 each, so $10.50 in total. It was flat printing since it was done on our inkjet, but it came out great, and made me question spending over a grand on our wedding invites...
You'll notice those invites weren't overly baby. I like sophistication when it comes to children and children's things. Suri Cruise understands me, she drinks her latte without a lid.
After the invites went out, it was time to get down to planning! We drew on the red theme and got some great polka dotted red fabric at Ikea for a basically nothing, made table runners out of it, and a giant background for a photo-booth we set up as part of the festivities.
And now for the food. I thought the whole thing would be easier if we didn't have plates and utensils, so I opted for finger food and evolved the theme to a tea party.
This was the menu.
- Tea Sandwichs
- Egg Salad
- Cucumber and Cream Cheese
- Little Elvis; Nutella, Bananas and Honey on Toasted White Bread
- Fruit, Meats and Cheeses
- Grapes Wrapped in Goat Cheese and Prosciutto
- Cheese Scones
- Rasin Scones
- Honey Butter and Homemade Jam
- Lemon Water
- Cucumber Water
All the food photo credits go to a talented neighbor and friend, Kirstin, keeper of a glorious photo blog.
And now for a few shots of the guests!
Miss. Olivia, the most well mannered child I've ever met, so precious.
About to watch Jamie open her gifts!
Six beauties fit on this couch!
And the fun begins!
Ms. Lakin's duckie cookies!
The baker in our homemade photo booth.
Jamie's cake from Magnolia's, brought by Danielle. It was devine.
And the finale, cutting of the cake!
It was a fantastic shower, and everyone had a great time. I'm thrilled for Jamie, and can't wait to meet her little cub when he or she arrives in November!