Oh boy! A baby sprinkle for Michelle

When we remodeled our new home, the dining room was designed to be the room where big, giant groups of loved ones gathered to celebrate and share heartfelt meals. The act of sitting together and talking and eating amazing food (especially hours and hours long dinners over candlelight, but I digress) is one of my very favorite indulgences. To be honest, if I could have a dinner party (or afternoon tea or brunch for that matter) every day of the week I would. When I found out that Michelle was pregnant and that Tara was interested in helping me host a shower for her, I jumped at the chance.

Michelle is an avid pinterest user and once I caught a glance of what she had going on in her for the boy board I knew we had to do something with blues and whites with a hint of beach and just a splash of yellow. I’ve been on a hand drawing and lettering kick so I drew up the invitations to reflect all those elements. I also knew I wanted to make tea towels as favors (because who doesn’t love a good tea towel?!) and once I found the light blue ticking fabric everything else just sort of fell into place.

It makes me so ridiculously happy to see our new dining room put to good use, stuffed to the gills with family and friends, and the gorgeous light and flowers (thanks to Tara!) were all just icing on the cake. I have been short on time with all of our moving and unpacking, and we were in Los Angeles for my niece’s birthday the day before the shower, so as much as I love to cook we knew it just wasn’t going to happen for this party. My mom had the perfect solution, calling in the professionals and having the proprietress of Michelle’s favorite creperies make the food. Easy and delicious, I couldn’t have asked for a better meal!

Happy baby sprinkle, Michelle! I cannot wait to meet your little one!

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Oh boy! A baby sprinkle for Michelle

Tara’s bee baby shower {parties}

I have a tendency to go a bit craft crazy when it comes to party planning… I can’t help spending hours and hours online searching blogs and pinterest to find ideas for the cutest themes and crafts. Tara’s baby shower was no exception and since it was celebrating the arrival of my newest niece or nephew (gender unknown!) I wanted everything to be extra special. I was stumped how to decorate for a gender neutral party until a friend of mine suggested a bee theme for the shower ” what will it bee “… cute right?! Sue and I cohosted the shower at her beach house which is full of beautiful natural sunlight and I love how bright and cheery everything turned out.

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We had a couple of games – the traditional baby shower bingo and a guessing game for what the gender will be (clearly no winner yet since baby is still baking away in mom’s belly!) and I loved the idea of leaving words of wisdom for the new momma to be!

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Sue found these adorable bee chocolates and while I didn’t have time to bake nearly as many treats as I would have liked I did manage to at least come up with some cupcakes.

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There were of course lots of adorable tiny outfits to be opened

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although I didn’t have much time to photograph the gift opening portion of the day since Ben came by and brought Edie to play with everyone for the second half of the shower. Her friend Harper was in attendance as well.

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And one last shot of me with Tara (looking fabulous!) and my cohost Sue. Congratulations Tara!! I am so ridiculously excited for the arrival of my new niece or nephew… I cannot wait!

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Tara’s bee baby shower {parties}