twin baby boy shower

a friend i met recently, christina, became pregnant with twin baby boys! her and her husband, michael are beyond ecstatic and we couldn’t be happier for them!

i was invited to her baby shower and, of course, i rsvp’d yes! i love parties, baby showers, wedding, bridal showers, brunch…you name it! i will always do my best to go if my schedule allows!

it was held in the evening, due to her guest’s schedules, and not too far from where we live. i was sad to leave my babies behind {i almost wanted to bring ellie} but excited to get out for a few hours by myself.

the decor for the party was so stinkin’ cute! her friend roberta did such a great job assembling everything together! she made a diaper cake, decorated balloons, made food, and helped out with so many details to make her shower super special!

i mingled, ate food, drank lemonade, and got to know her other guests a little bit better. the apps were delicious and the food served was savory and perfect. i really enjoyed sitting down with a few guests and talking over a few fun subjects, like vegas, babies, weddings, and palm springs…such fun topics!!

after dinner, we guessed the inches around her baby bump and then she opened up her gifts! baby stuff is soooooooo cute, boy or girl styles! we ooohhhh’d and ahhhhh’d over the cute items and then dessert was served. i didn’t stick around much longer {being a nursing mom…i was on a schedule} and headed out and home to feed miss ellie. the party spot was only 20 minutes away at most so it was easy for me to jet out and get back to my babes.

christina’s shower was beautiful, fun, and soooooo darn cute! i am so happy for her and can’t wait to meet her two baby boys! congrats christina and michael! y’all are so blessed!

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[the delicious salad made by roberta]

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[the cute diaper cake made by roberta…this decor never gets old]

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[me and the mommy to be]

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[the gorgeous balloons by roberta]

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[christina calls her babes, baby A and baby B]

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[roberta and kathy]

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[balloon decor]

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[strawberry lemonade]

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[guess the how big the mama’s bump is…i WON!!!!]

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[presents galore!]

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[christina opening up her cute gifts]

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[gorgeous, happy mama]

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[how pretty is this cake?!]

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xoxo

baby sprinkle

it was such a perfect day. i was so excited for my baby sprinkle, hosted by dana and olivia.

the weather and temps were amazing. it was so hot the days before the sprinkle and pretty hot the next day, so we lucked out with it being sunny and temps in the mid seventies!

olivia and dana came over to prep for the party. it was a very small, intimate gathering. i was so excited when dana offered to throw me a shower! we wanted it to be small and intimate. obviously, it’s our second baby and it’s a girl and we pretty much have everything we need for her! we didn’t register anywhere and i was happy to have a little get together to celebrate this new babe. i believe every baby first or third or whatever number should be celebrated!

the guests slowly arrived and we met and greeted with everyone. mimosas were served and soon was brunch. we sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather and conversations. the kids played…it was cute to watch them interact. reagan and grace get along so well and olive kind of did her own thing. she’s such a funny, quirky gal. i love her for it.

after brunch, cake was served and presents were given. baby gifts and cards are always so darn cute! i can’t believe we are going to have a little baby soon. a tiny little cute baby girl. it was surreal to see all the little things…how tiny the clothes are, how small the booties are, i remember olive being that small and now she’s such a big girl. wahhhhhhhh.

we lingered a bit longer, soaking in the sun and enjoying the wonderful company. i was so happy! my heart was so full being surrounded by such great friends and family. it definitely was a glorious afternoon celebrating our baby to be!

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[pretty little banner!]

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[getting the mimosa bar ready!]

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[my favorite champagne!]

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[hostess with the mostess]

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[dearest dana, who coordinated everything]

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[the yummy spread]

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[the ladies]

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[eating by herself, the other kids left her…]

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[ready for gifts]

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[pam’s music lamb]

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[loving lan’s gift!]

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[kissing the sweet lamb]

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xoxo

michelle’s baby shower

i was so delighted to have received the invite in the mail for michelle’s baby shower!

a little background on our relationship, i met michelle through hc years ago. they had once worked together and when hc and i started dating, i met michelle right away. they were close friends and michelle and i hit it off right away. so over the past seven years, i have gotten to know her and her then boyfriend, now husband matt.

they lived here in chicago up until this past thanksgiving, where they moved to san diego. i knew she was going to have a baby shower here in chicago {and san diego} and i was super touched i received an invite!

it was a beautiful sunny day and it was perfect day to park the car a couple blocks away and walk. i arrived inside and the hostess directed me towards the private room. i walked inside to a bustling crowd. i immediately walked up to the welcome table and observed all the cuteness. i spent a little time doing some of the fun activities they had when michelle’s mom walked up to me and greeted me and asked to take my coat. i conversed with her for a bit and slowly mingled through the crowd. michelle did come by {in-between her mom and me mingling} to say hello. she looked fabulous!

after socializing for a bit we were asked to sit down for brunch. i sat by michelle’s sister karen and a few friends. we had great conversations and delicious food. we played games, drank, ate, and laughed. after everyone finished noshing, it was time for michelle to open up all her gifts. of course, everyone ohhh’s and ahhh’s over cute baby things. how can you not? babies are the best…pure innocence, sweet, fresh, new, tiny, and beautiful.

after gifts, i continued to say meet with people i didn’t get a chance to say hello to. plus, matt and michelle’s dad had dropped by as well. michelle’s dad came up to me to say hello! it was so good to see him! michelle’s parents are just the sweetest and i am touched they remembered me from when i first met them, at matt and michelle’s triathlon hc and i attended years ago.

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[my gift above with the pink paper garland bow! i gifted her with a baby book by jimmy fallon…such a cute, little book and i thought her husband matt would get a kick out of it!]

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[welcome table]

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[the beautiful michelle and our baby bumps!]

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[dessert table]

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[cute little favors]

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[michelle’s niece, anabelle]

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[pumpkin spice pancakes]

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[measuring her belly…]

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[opening up her gifts…that’s our book!]

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[the beautiful mama to be]

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[with the daddy to be, matt]

i honestly had the best time at the shower! it was so fabulous to see some familiar faces, and it had been awhile since i last saw them {most at matt and michelle’s wedding, where i was seven months pregnant and now again, almost 4 months pregnant!} so it was great to catch up. the shower was oh so much fun. it was awesome to see matt and michelle. they are such a fun, great couple. so energetic, fun, funny, sweet, and we just love them!

we are so happy and excited for them. we can’t wait to meet their sweet baby girl! congrats on this new, wonderful chapter in your lives. the best is yet to come!

xoxo

andrea’s baby shower

i’m so excited for my friend andrea, she is having her baby girl soon! so, of course a baby shower was in order. her lovely friends, nikki and claire, so graciously hosted such a fete in honor of this momma and her baby girl.

it was a beautiful, beautiful day. the sun was shining {ahhhhhh} and the temperature was puuurrrrfect. the shower was held at a cafe called fennel and iris. it is tucked away in the lakeview neighborhood, right on belmont.

i parked only a few blocks away and traipsed my way towards the restaurant. it was so nice out, i wouldn’t have minded if i had to walk 10 blocks, but having on heels slimmed down my walking distance! i was lucky to have found a spot so close…i guess the luck of the irish was by my side that morning. hence, ALL the chicagoans who were already out and getting their drink on so early in the morning. natch.

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[my gift for baby]

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i moseyed on in and the party was already in full swing. it is such a cute, quaint little place. it was kitschy and unique. i ran right into a few friends right away, ginger and katheryn had just arrived as well. i was super excited to be there because it’s been awhile since i have seen andrea {busy, busy lives} and some of her friends who i adore. they are all such good people! i mingled and caught up with a few ladies, while i sipped the delicious mimosa nikki had so kindly handed to me.

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[the cute, little restaurant fennel and iris]

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[morning mimosas]

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[katheryn, beth, andrea, and ginger]

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[kitschy and quaint decor]

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[ginger and katheryn]

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after a few more minutes of socializing, we were asked to be seated. i was so enwrapped in photo taking, i was pretty much the last person to take my seat! i decided to sit with the ‘moms’. i wanted to get to know them better myself. the first time i met everyone was at jamie and andrea’s wedding and we didn’t get to converse much, so i thought, now is a great time! it was so delightful to chit chat with everyone. jamie’s family are all so sweet. we had a great time getting to know one another and enjoying all the delicious food!

my two favorite nibblers were the deviled eggs {sooooooo good!} and the so called ‘pudding’, honestly, it looked like a frittata to me! nevertheless, those entrees were the most savory. i could have eaten just that but of course, i tried everything {but the fruit, i can eat that anywhere anytime!}.

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[the deviled eggs were divine…i could have eaten a dozen!]

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[such a cool interior]

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[their so called pudding {it really looked like a frittata to me} was soooo good!]

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[tika, andrea, sarah, and holly…check out the photo bomber]

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[apple and pear pie]

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[so delish]

after brunch, they served the most delicious ‘apple pie’ in a jar. there were baked apples and pears, topped with a simple round ‘crust’. mmmmm, sweet goodness. the baked fruit, cinnamon, and sugar perfectly balanced one another out.

after desserts were served, the opening of gifts began. by that time, jamie and oliver had stopped on by to join in on the festivities. of course, ollie was quite vibrant with his choice of words and opinions! he’s such a smart, funny kid! andrea proceeded to open up sweet gifts, after sweet gifts. baby stuff is just too darn cute and fun.

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[teeny tiny]

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[andrea and ollie]

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[hostesses with the mostesses, nikki and claire]

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[with the beautiful momma]

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[andrea’s mom, gail, jennifer, jamie’s stepmom, and patricia]

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[granola favors]

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[the wonderful couple with their soon to be newest addition]

after all her perfectly wrapped gifts were opened, we all hung out afterwards and lingered around to catch up with one another a bit more. i really had such a great time connecting with everyone. andrea is such a wonderful, sweet friend and naturally, all her friends are just the same.

i am so fortunate to have such a lovely lady in my life. she is sassy, smart, sweet, thoughtful, and kind. i can’t forget to mention stylish and fashionable as well…hmmmm, maybe that is why we get along so well?! hehehe.

anyhoo, claire and nikki did a fabulous job on andrea’s shower. it was perfect – down to the invite, decor, food, favors, and the fun hostesses! thank you so much for letting me be a part of such a special day! andrea and jamie: we can’t wait to meet your precious baby girl!

xoxo

marina’s little sprinkle gift

my friend marina is having her third baby! wowza! it’s kinda crazy how many friends of mine are pregnant right now…and they are all having girls!!

so all the gals {initiated by miss kris} got together {via social media} to get marina a bunch of cute baby gifts in lieu of a shower, so it sprouted into a little sprinkle gift! how sweet. we were all so excited to do this. all the girls sent me their gifts {from different states!} and i put it all together in a white woven basket, surrounded it with pink colored tissue, flowers, and handmade a cute little pink banner to adorn it with.

we had planned a night where we could head over to marina’s house and give her the presents. i put olive in her pj’s…yes, it was going to be a late night {i figured we would be at marina’s ’til 8:30ish}, too close the her bedtime and i wanted her to be ready to go down once we got home.

we got to rina’s around 7:30pm and pam was right behind us. it was so great to see her and the boys! it was absolutely adorbs how sweet and interested maddox was in olive. he was trying so hard and saying some cute things like “take a picture of us!”…how sweet and yes, of course we took a ton of pictures!

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[maddox being soooo cute with miss olive…he asked us if we could take a picture of them together!]

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[she was not impressed, and then he showered her with gifts ūüėČ ]

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[playing together]

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[chillin’]

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[oh, that belly]

after we hung out for a bit, chit chatted about life and the crazy changes that are happening very soon {a lot of changes that will be bittersweet as well}, we wanted marina to open up her gifts {i wish all the gals who participated could have been there too}! she was so surprised and excited! it felt great and wonderful to be able to give her some fun, needed presents for her little bundle of joy.

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[her little sprinkle]

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[somebody found a fun, new toy!]

after she went through all her girly goodies and needed necessities, maddox dug into the basket and, of course, found the breast shields and got super creative with them. he was being so funny!

it was a great, quick evening at their household. we had an excellent time just chillin’ while the kids played around and got silly. i was so happy marina was so delighted over her presents. we cannot wait to meet her sweet baby girl! yay!

xoxo

pickles and ice cream baby shower

this cute little shower idea is to die for! i love how adorbs it is. such fun little details and delectable sweet treats to serve your guests.

i love how the theme plays off of stereotypical ideas of when a women is pregnant. pretty decor, fun theme, and very cute ideas! a pretty in pink party that would be entertaining for all your guests.

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[showers ahead! beautiful table spread]

i love the hanging parasols. such a whimsical touch to any event space. the gorgeous centerpiece is filled with my favorite flowers…garden roses and peonies. so beautiful and romantic. each setting has lovely light pink napkins, pink hobnob glasses, and champagne for each guest.

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[craving station]

how cool is this?! wine, ice cream, hot sauce, chocolate, pickles, fruit, sushi, and pasta. an odd mix that sounds so right…to a preggo lady! i remember the days when i was pregnant, if i wanted something to eat, i wanted it now. or i would eat the weirdest combos. for example, i would eat ice cream and then spicy doritos. yup. one after another.

or fruit was my biggest craving. i needed fruit everything. whether it was fruit juice, fruity gummy bears, fresh fruit, popsicles, whatevs. it always hit the spot! so, whether it’s what is pictured above that you display or whether you want to personalize it to the momma to be and her cravings…create a table spread that’s unique to her!

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[pickles and ice cream]

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[what are you craving for today?]

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[champagne for your guests…served in a lovely hobnob pink glass]

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[juice box for the mom to be]

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[strawberry and champagne cupcakes]

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[chocolate bars]

decadent cupcakes and bittersweet chocolates make for great endings.

this shower is so darling…i love all the feminine details and how cute the theme is! it’s a perfect idea for any momma to be. add in some savory entrees and voila, you have yourself a perfect baby shower.

{planned by karson butler events and photographed by anne robert photography}

animal bebe shower idea

continuing on with the bebe shower ideas!

the next one on my mind is an animal themed baby shower. you can go so many ways with this one! my girlfriend, jodi, had an animal themed shower the prior year. it was so cute, the favors were beautifully packaged animal crackers and fun little animal sign holders. the invites, the table signs, and the games were all cutely tied together.

the shower below inspired me with my gender reveal party from this past summer! the colors scheme and the little animal topped jars started my imagination and ended up with this final result here! it was a great party…look how a colorful baby shower inspiration led into a marvelous gender reveal fête!

here are some fabulous ideas for an animal themed bebe shower:

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i am a big fan of backdrops, any type of fun decor you want to whip up will always be a do! i love the streamer style background for this dessert table. the strung wooden animals add a perfect fun element to the decor. you can find some similar one here.

for the desserts, you can’t go wrong with cupcakes! this shower has fruit tartlets, vanilla cupcakes, and strawberry shortcakes on a stick. yum!

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[beautiful floral arrangements…i love roses, especially garden roses!]

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i like the wooden drink stirrers, a very festive touch. how fun! depending on the season, pink lemonade is a perfect, fresh drink for a baby shower. otherwise, choosing a seasonal drink is easy…there are so many fun recipes out there. like for an autumn shower, an apple cider, cranberry, and ginger punch would be delicious!

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i love how romantic the ribbon streamers look, a pretty walkway entrance for your guests. if the party is outside, you can use a tree limb to complete the look or over a doorway, if indoors.

of course, flowers always complete a party. i love soft, warm colors. my favorite flowers? garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, and anemones!

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put together some delicious finger foods & apps for your guests, like heirloom tomato tarts and kale chicken salad.

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of course, everyone loves bread & dips! easy, quick bites for your guests. naan is a yummy choice and one of my favorites!

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how fun is this tea bar?! so adorable and a great favor gift for your guests to take home!

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[wiley valentine paper products // photos by andrea patricia]

i love the little animal wooden cutout straws. so easy to do! you can find similar straws here.

i love the soft, pretty pastel colors of this party and how whimsical and romantic the decor is! such great ideas to use at the next baby shower you throw or any fete to be had!

xoxo

liam’s baby shower

our friend jaime and sean prematurely had their little baby liam on st. patrick’s day! he was delivered at 30 weeks and he came out a fighter!

j’s shower was prescheduled for that saturday, following the delivery of liam on that monday! so, that was unexpected! her shower was then rescheduled for the end april. it turned out great for me because i couldn’t attend her first original shower date and now i was able to attend the latter.

pampers drove over to our house and we were able to tour her through our new home. after hc did the full walk through and talked in detail about all the changes we were going to make to our place, we finally went on our way to go pick up marina at her house.

then, onto burr ridge we drove. it was such a beautiful day…the sun was shining and the temperature was perfect. it just makes me so happy to have such great weather.

the party was already in full swing. i settled in with olive’s stuff and walked into the mix with my little bebe. oh! she was a hit! everyone just adored her! the only problem?? olive didn’t adore anyone! it was so loud, there were so many people, and all these unfamiliar faces were freaking her out! yikes! olive only wanted to stay in my arms. she would not let anyone hold her! poor babes. she kept crying if anyone got too close to her face. omg. it was comical.

so, there i was‚Ķjust holding my precious baby making sure she stayed clam. everyone ooh’d and ahh’d over her cheeks, her hair, her outfit, her cuteness. i know, she’s my little girl‚Ķshe is so flippin’ cute!

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[j, rina, preggo pampers, moi and o]

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[champagne libations // gifts]

after some mingling…darling hostess with the mostess, amber, offered us some drinks. yes, please. champagne with fresh raspberries…gulp, gulp.

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[red velvet cake favors // scratch off cards to win a prize]

the decor/theme was so sweet! i loved all the details of the party! the pastel blue hues, the pretty lanterns, the personalized napkins, the chevron design‚Ķdefinitely my kind of party planning! they also had hired help; so servers came around and offered us savory hor d’oeuvres and sparkling refreshments. we socialized for awhile before lunch, it was great seeing all the familiar faces‚Ķgals from high school i don’t get to see often but always have a great time catching up when we do get together!

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[drink bar + cuteness]

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[i love the animal decor and personalized water bottles]

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[how fabulous is this decor?]

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[me, amber {hostess with the mostess}, and jaime]

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[personalized cocktail napkins]

we were then summoned for lunch, we all chose our seats and then went to grab our food at the buffet table. i was able to connect with some new faces at our table and had an absolutely swell time chatting it up with them! i met lauren’s mom {sister in law’s mum} and amanda {cousin’s wife}, they were such sweet, sweet ladies!

while we were eating, olive was getting cranky…it was around 1 which is her nap time. amber directed me to an empty room, so i fed her upstairs and then put her down for a nap. baby girl was out. i went back downstairs and they had served the delicious looking cake and j was about to open gifts. i bit into my slice of the cake and was in heaven! it was so scrumptious! i could have eaten at least four slices! delish.

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[sugar + balloons]

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[how amaze is this cake? i loved all the details]

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[candy favors]

jaime continued to open up all her wonderful gifts {so many great items} and we yakked it up in the background. after all the present time, we stayed a bit longer to hang out with the crowd. it was honestly a great time and we didn’t want to leave right away! besides that, olive was having herself quite a good nap!

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[jaime opening up all her wonderful gifts]

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[the most delicious cake ever!]

we finally wrapped it up and i gathered my luggage to get ready to go. i went upstairs to transfer olive from the bed to the carseat, hoping she would stay asleep…unsuccessful! but she was in great spirits! she said goodbye to everyone and off pampers, rina, o, and i went.

what a beautiful shower for baby liam! amber and randi did an amazing job! baby liam is one lucky boy!!

xoxo

pammy’s beautiful baby shower

i was so excited to be celebrating pam & baby d at her wonderful baby shower!

it was held at d.o.c. wine bar in lombard! i headed out to the burbs to drop off olive at my parent’s house. my sister thuy so kindly volunteered to watch her. after dropping her off, i was off to the shower! silly me, i must still have baby brain ’cause i totally thought the shower started at noon! nope, it was 11:30! whoops! i walked in and lunch was already being served! i thought‚Ķwow, they were quick to serve the food. little did i know that i was totally late!

anyhoo, i was delighted to see all the girls! i said hello to pam and greeted all the ladies! i grabbed some grub and sat down to mingle with some peeps i haven’t seen in awhile. once i noshed on some tasty morsels, i walked around to take in all the decor. it was so cute! carol couldn’t make the shower but she helped out by making a majority of the decor!

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[the cute decor // carol, you did a marvelous job!]

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[the glowing mom to be! // photo by becky g]

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[the wonderful decor by carol // left photo by becky g]

i loved the color scheme and the diy glitter mason jars were so fun. everything tied in together so well!

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[jenny, me, pampers, jaime, and marina // photo by becky g]

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[guests get to guess if baby d is a boy or a girl! i guessed a boy!]

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[gifts – left photo by becky g // guessing game]

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[rina and me…we love selfies]

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[photo by becky g]

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[pam and her bestie becky]

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[delicious eats – left photo by becky g // yummy animal cracker favors]

after lunch, pam started to open up all the beautiful gifts. baby stuff is always so cute. every ooh’d and ahh’d over all the cuteness! while she was opening up all her wonderful gifts, they served the delicious cake. i have only have one complaint‚Ķmy slice was not big enough! i could have eaten the whole top layer. ūüėČ

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[marina and pampers // photo by becky g]

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[the sweet cake // photo by becky g]

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[muma and me]

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[the super cute growth chart from pbk // photo by becky g]

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during the opening of gifts, ryan, the hubby, made his appearance. the braun always has to come near the end to muscle all the gifts to the car!

after pampers was done opening all her presents, i mingled some more with the other guests. caught up with some folks i haven’t seen in a bit and finally decided it was time to go. as usual, i always want to get home to the babes! i’m always missing her!

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[ryan, pam, her mom and dad // photo by becky g]

thank you pam for letting me celebrate such a joyous occasion with you! we love you and ryan and can’t wait to meet baby d!

xoxo

children’s book bebe shower idea

i love throwing parties and i love hosting people {we need more space!}. ¬†it’s so fun for me!

i’m always thinking of creative ideas for future f√™tes. ya never know when you will need to whip up some fun decor!

what has got me thinking of baby showers lately, is the fact that i will be attending several showers in the next few months {whoa}! i’m so excited for my friends, who are having babies, and i love going to a good party!

here are some of my favorite themed showers i have seen of late. watch out! some great inspirations headed your way {aaaaannd, it’s not just for baby showers, these ideas are great for any party!}‚Ķit will fill your head with awesome creative ideas!

a children’s book shower:

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book themed baby shower

i absolutely love the onesie clothes string! what a colorful, fun idea. a very creative touch. you can buy inexpensive onesie and have each guest personalize it by decorating each one making it unique and a perfect gift for the mom to be!

the table spread is just darling with the colored glass {i love colored glass…hobnail, milk glass, green, pink…}, you can visit vintage shops, ebay, or etsy to collect fun glassware. or to add to the eclectic look, have your friends, who are helping out with the shower, bring their own collections!

how cool is the book garland?! it’s made out of old children’s books. ¬†just cut up the pages and cover each ‘mini’ book with colored construction paper and hang it up with clothes string/twine/fishing wire and clothes pins. pepper in little paper poms and voila! a themed decor to elevate the ambiance.

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what a yummy table spread! since most showers are mainly during lunch time, make it light bites. whether you are a cook or you will get it catered, make sure you have something sweet and savory. i love a hearty salad, a meat dish, a fresh side of pasta, and some good ‘ol carbs to top it off! depending on where you place the food table, you can easily create an inexpensive backdrop to the table. rummage through your stash and find color coordinating streamers or purchase some at a dollar store, to create a whimsical background. of course, flowers always, always add a perfect finishing touch to any table spread!

get creative with favors by sticking close to the theme of the party or representing the mom to be by giving away something that is so ‘her’! i love these onesie sugar cookies as favors, perfectly tied into the baby shower decor.

the lower right hand corner photo is the invite to the party. how lucky was this lady to have a friend hand draw the invites {like myself, who had a dear friend, darling olivia, create our wedding invites‚Ķyou can see it here}. if you do have an artistic friend to recreate classic children’s book characters or just print them out, it will make for a unique invitation. bind the pictures accordion style {washi tape would be a perfect accent} with the right wording and font, you will have such a cute invite everyone will rave about [and something special the mom to be can save}!

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[beautiful!]

what a wonderful party, non? i have a few more favorites i will sporadically share soon!

xoxo