Friends, it's been a little while. I've been feeling under the weather for quite a while now. I've been to the doctor more times in the past two months than ever in my adult life. I think things are on the upswing now so I'm hoping to get back to my regular life in the next couple weeks. While I'm up and with some energy, I wanted to share with you all an event from a few weeks ago that meant so much to me.
When I first found out my sister was pregnant, I was thrilled. A few weeks later, I laid awake in my bed with the sudden realization that we would have the opportunity to throw a baby shower. I shook Adrian awake to share the great news. I don't remember his exact response but I'm most sure his enthusiasm matched mine. (Note: sarcasm.)
Then I heard that Erin didn't intend to find out if she was having a boy or a girl. That sound you hear is the sound of my baby shower dreams come crashing down. Throwing a gender neutral baby shower was a challenge. I struggled with what colors to use and how to decorate. Many, many phone calls later, my aunt, my mom and I decided on black, white and teal.
I started the baby shower process by creating somewhat of a logo for the party. I wanted to create something that could be duplicated throughout the shower and that could eventually be used as decor for Erin's nursery.
I wanted the logo to be reflective of the bilingual nature of my sister's family. So I came up with "Bienvenido (welcome) Baby Santana." I then searched for royalty-free stock photos to create a large poster with the logo to be used as a focal point for the baby shower decor and, again, that could later be used as decor in the nursery.
The combination of the logo and the stock photo came out beautifully.
I was so thrilled with how well it was printed. For just $3.50, Staples printed a 2' x 3' black and white poster for me. At the end of the party. we carefully took down the poster and gifted it to Erin to use as she'd like.
The flowers came from inspiration on Pinterest. Adrian and I used this beautiful tutorial from Lia Griffith. We modified it quite a bit to make the flowers are large as they were. Adrian created the leaves from scratch. I loved loved how they turned out. The paper for the flowers was a slight pearlescent white and worked beautifully.
I used the logo again on the glassine favor bags. I simply printed the logo on the bags from my home printer and heat set them with a hair dryer. Adrian spent hours the night before the shower making raspberry macarons, which we placed in the bags and gave out as favors. I loved how they looked in their little logo bags. Sigh. I loved it.
My aunt, my mom and I wrote up a list of the food we'd prepare for the shower. We fretted if there'd be enough. I laugh about it now. We had so. much. food. It was ridiculous. But so so good. We had everything. Mini muffins and cinnamon buns. Fruit skewers. Mini yogurt parfaits. Croissants with chicken salad. Veggie cups. Meat balls. Cold cuts and cheese. Eggs. Everything.
And it was wonderful.
Because Erin is not the center of attention type, we veered away from embarrassing games and encouraged guests to decorate onesies in a variety of sizes. We labeled a few months 1-12 so that Erin could use them to take pictures of her little one each month as he/she grows. I was so impressed with the talent at that party. One of Erin's friends even recreated the "Bienvenido Baby Santana" logo on a onesie!
A couple days after the shower, Adrian and I took Erin, Danny and their puppy Bronx out to take some pictures. I can't wait to share some of those photos with you next week. So be on the lookout for those!
I am so happy with how this shower went, thanks mostly to my mom, my aunt and of course Adrian. Erin was certainly showered with love and it was clear that everyone is so excited to meet this little baby!