Monday, September 3, 2012

a baby shower

Last year around this time, I was preggo and my friend Lauren co-hosted a fantastic baby shower with my sister.  The theme was "Prohibition" and we all dressed like flappers and gangsters (it was co-ed), shower games were outlawed and the boys played poker in the basement.  There was also booze, which of course I couldn't have but everyone else appreciated.  Now THAT'S a shower. 

Fast forward twelve months and it was time to return the favor, since Lauren is expecting her own little bundle of responsibility, Elliot Grace, in October (SO EXCITED!).  So I did - I threw her a shower.  Except that we had it at her aunt's big, beautiful house, and Lauren's big, beautiful Italian dad did all the cooking.  So WE threw her a shower, really.  The experience taught me many things: 
1.  I suck at organizing.
2.  I suck at budgeting.
3.  I suck at time management.
4.  I don't suck at crafts nearly as much as I thought I did, but I still hate them.
5.  I suck at public speaking.
6.  I make freaking excellent blondies.
7.  Someone else needs to do the rest of the cooking.
8.  Champagne bellinis are awesome.
9.  With much help from friends and family, "I" (we) can throw a pretty decent party.

This is what it looked like: 
The invite - Lauren and her hubby are photographers,
so I ran with the "Picture Perfect" theme.

Photography-themed onesies I rigged up in "Polaroid" painted canvases. 

A memory board I made to match the baby's room.
Guests took Polaroids of eachother and wrote messages for Elliot on them.

There was apparently a color scheme, and we nailed it!
 I am seriously gonna kiss that baby's face off when it gets borned.

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