When Claire told me she was pregnant, I immediately offered to throw her baby shower. I’ve known her since we were in high school, she was my super senior year roommate at college, and she had been waiting for this baby for SIX years. I mean, if anything is cause for a celebration, it is Claire and Baby Verti. Our mutual friend, Jenn, offered to be my partner-in-crime, and then her sister-in-law, Jenn, said she wanted in, too. I love volunteer Jenns!
Like all good celebrations, we needed a theme. Claire is waiting to find out the sex of Baby V. until he or she is born, so we were open for colors. I thought about blue and yellow for “UCLA Baby,” but that seemed too…mmm…mascot-like. Then I thought about the neutral green and yellow before quickly realized my OSU grad husband wouldn’t pay a dime for those colors, even if he wasn’t attending the party. So, needless to say, ducks were also out. In talking over this gender dilemma with Claire, we just decided to embrace both genders and use turquoise and pinks. I decided on the theme “Bundle of Love” and envisioned a baby being swaddled. I kid you not, I found exactly what I had pictured in looking through invites on Minted.com .
So, after a few tweaks, we ended up with this invitation:
Since Claire has lots of family and friends who are super excited about Baby V., we knew we were in for a high head count. So, we planned for an outdoor party, which meant we needed linens to cover the tables. I rented turquoise and flamingo linens from Platinum Party Rentals. Stefanie was super helpful in picking out the exact shade of pink to match the invites and got my order in that same day (which is always good for a procrastinator!).
On a friend’s suggestion, I went to check out Whole Sale Flowers & Supplies, because what party is complete without awesome flowers?! Wow, I could walk around this store for hours. But, I was on a mission, so I picked out some tulips and green filler. I thought I was done with flowers until I got to Trader Joe’s. Right outside were my favorite of all flowers: peonies. Yes, please! I picked up three bouquets and figured that just about did it for 5 tables and the serving table. Jenn V. offered to frame baby photos of Claire and Mark to add the table center pieces. So Cute!
This is how it turned out:
I can’t believe I didn’t get close-ups of the peonies :( But, here are the tulips! These ones spent the next 4 hours wilting until I realized I forgot to put water in the vase! I worry about myself sometimes :/
Of course, no party is complete without food. My sister suggested these brilliant raspberry jam, goat cheese, rosemary paninis. Sure, we had our skeptics, but they were a hit! I’m glad we made extra because they were all gone fast! I know Jenn R. and I had a few right off the panini press. The cooks have to make sure the food tastes good ;) Then we made Greek pasta chicken salad, fruit salad, a veggie tray, and served white bean hummus and gaucamole with chips a la Trader Joe’s. The blood orange Italian soda was also gone in a flash. Next time, that’s all I’m getting for drinks! I’m posting recipes over the next few days :)
Oh, look Alice got a pic of some of the peonies!
Photo credit: Alice :)
Shower games: Some people love ‘em, others can’t wait to be done with ‘em. We are all on the latter end of this spectrum, so we just played the usual word scrabble. Jenn V. also printed up baby photos guests had sent in and we had to guess who was who. My suggestion is to start this game early and give a list of names to give people a start. Our guests were too shy (or full) to really play. All the same, I think it’s worth another try at the next shower.
The first person to email me the name of the baby on the far right wins! If that isn’t a big hint, I don’t know what is!
Lastly, were cake and presents. We got Claire’s favorite flavor: chocolate. And then ate while we watched her open tons of gifts! What a lucky baby!
This card gets an A+. I may never make fun of scrapbookers again…
or people who use scrapbooking as a verb. And check out that gift box!
More than one guest thinks Claire is having a baby boy.
Others are rooting for a girl. I believe Jenn V. handed down this blanket to Claire.
Mark’s mother, who passed away a few years ago, made it.
Talking of hand-made quilts, I think Marge, Claire’s mom, has been busy! Wow!
The classic diaper cake. I love them every time!
The real cake: Jenn V. ordered it from Costco. It turned out just perfect, right?! And, it was really delicious. Go, Jenn!
Before you knew it, it was time to leave :(
Aimee, Jenn R., Claire, Jenn V.
I love that Claire gave us hostess presents wrapped to match the party colors.
Our party photographer, kitchen helper, gift wrapper, gift name noter, set-up and take-down person:
Claire’s sister, Alice!
The thing about being a hostess, is that there are hardly any time for photos! Luckily, Alice took lots and you can see her photos and some of mine here: You can view these photos in a full-screen screen slideshow and download full-resolution copies for free. Enjoy!