This past weekend my sweet sister-in-law Rosalyn threw a baby shower for me. For us! I never had a bridal shower and I felt a little funny about having a baby shower, but thought it would be a wonderful way to see all my friends together and to celebrate this babe who is 6.5 weeks away with cake and prosecco (and, ahem, mineral water in some cases). So, not for me after all!
When we started planning it a few months ago, we thought mid-May would be the perfect time to have a casual park picnic. The park in our neighbourhood has fire pits that can be rented for free, which is a really lovely thing that makes the street smell so nice in the summer. Unfortunately, the weather on Sunday was shockingly horrible and unseasonal—cold with periods of hard rain and even hail, although luckily it was quite sunny. We ended up having the shower in our apartment, which made for a cozy atmosphere. It was perfect. I loved having so many dear friends in our home! Of course, it was also quite chaotic, and I didn’t get the chance to take any pictures. I did take some shortly before our guests started to arrive.
I got the paper puffballs above in 2012 for our wedding—I barely remember if we used them—and had saved them thinking they would be perfect for a baby shower. They ended up waiting a few years longer than anticipated, but I was glad I got to use them after all (there would have been no way to hang them in the park!). The room they’re in in this photo is the baby room, which is still in progress. It’s my favourite room in our whole apartment.
I made the invitations using a template from Vistaprint (I cannot resist a mailed invitation!). There are so many beautiful paper invitations out there, but these were the most affordable that I found, and I was able to customize the template quite a lot. I didn’t think there was a need to go overboard with invitations since an email invite would have been just fine! I was really happy with these and think they’re pretty adorable. I put a note on them that partners were welcome.
The beautiful flowers came from Lauren of Timberlost. These roses smelled like candy! I loved the chamomile.
I wore a beautiful dress from HATCH, the Lina caftan. I can’t remember the last time I got so many compliments on a dress! I haven’t been feeling too amazing about my weight gain (even though I know it is for the best reason), but I felt really good in this dress. It’s such a pretty colour, it has lovely details like the tassel cord, the fabric is light and airy, and I will be able to wear it for years to come. If only it were caftan season all year long. Yes, I did wear my Moroccan slippers at the party, ha. Oh and yes I feel very awkward putting my hands on my belly!
I’ve been admiring cookies by Lindsey Bakes for years, and while I’ve purchased her special edition holiday ones in a few local shops and coffee shops, I never had an excuse to order custom ones for myself... until now (I wasn’t hosting the shower but I went rogue). I gave her some suggestions, although I left it pretty open, and was thrilled when I saw these sleepy animals and sleepy cloud cookies. These are made with the cloud cookie cutter from Herriott Grace! They were a huge hit.
Delicious chocolate “bambino” cake and cupcakes by my friend Lynlea! I forgot to cut the cake until almost everyone had left, so ummm just lots of leftover cake for me.
Since the party had been planned as a picnic, I had purchased disposable paper plates, cups, etc. (although I of course do not own enough dinnerware for 35–40 people!). The last time Geoff and I were in the US we bought the cups and plates from the line designed by designlovefest for Target. I’m not a huge fan of disposables, but this is such a cute line! The Target we visited didn’t have the full range with all the black and white options, but it was fun to have colour on the table.
My brother barbecued a few different types of burgers (thanks, Victor!) and we had a variety of snacks such as cheese, olives, antipasto, and, of course, chip salad (ETA: a mix of 4 or 5 different chips, always a huge crowd pleaser!).
Thank you so much to everyone who came! I love you all.