Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's a baby shower for Blondie!

Last weekend was the second of two baby showers that I've helped to plan this fall. This one, a Beatrix Potter Tea Party for Blondie, who is due with her first baby, a little girl, in December. I've been working with Blondie's sister, Sporty, throughout the fall to get things coordinated for the shower. While this one was a bit more stressful to get together and resulted in little sleep for Sporty and I, it was still a great event.

I headed down to San Diego after rehearsal on Friday and found Dressing Queen and Sporty hard at work on the food prep. Thank God for Dressing Queen - she generously volunteered to help with the food at the end of Vino's shower and we quickly took her up on the offer. While Sporty and I had a good outline of what we wanted to do, it was great to have Dressing Queen offer her expertise and to clean up the final menu. I love to cook and all, but things have been so crazy this fall that it was a blessing to have someone else really pulling the food stuff together.

After a yummy dinner from Sporty's mom, we got down to business putting together the favors and tissue poms. Oh, the tissue poms. Yes, they're adorable and in the end, I'm so happy we used them, but oh my. They took for-ev-er to assemble. We we're punchy by the end and it looked like the kitchen table had exploded with tissue paper balls. Heh.


The next morning we were up super early to get everything ready. Vino, Dressing Queen and their mom Crafty joined us as well and between the 6 women (including Sporty's mom) and the two guys we recruited for brawn, it all came together right as the first guests were arriving. Nothing like cutting it close. ;)


Sporty's mom has several sets of beautiful china that she has collected over the years. She happily let us use them for the shower. Each table was set with a different pattern and I think that they fit the theme beautifully.







Hard at work in the kitchen!

Appetizer Table




We also had a full spread for lunch - 2 tea sandwiches, chicken salad in cucumber cups, spinach salad, but I completely neglected to take pictures of it. Oops. :/

Dessert was mini NY-style cheesecakes with strawberries and pumpkin spice cheesecakes.

The happy grandmas-to-be

Games and gifts



Group Pics



It was a such a fun afternoon and I think Blondie had a great time. Blondie, I'm so excited for you and can't wait to meet your little girl in just a few weeks. :)

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Our group has now planned almost a dozen parties together for one another - baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, etc. The moms always joke that we should just go into business together already. We all just laugh it off, but I think that after planning these two showers practically back to back, it was a thought that seriously crossed my mind. Realistically, we all just live too far apart to ever consider it for real, but I've never met a group of women who are able to plan events so efficiently and without any drama. We all just seem to feed off of one another's ideas and visions and the events develop and grow in ways that always appear to be more than the sum of their parts. Sure, we all put in a ton of work to make the parties beautiful and special, but it's always more fun than it should be and I look back after all of the hard work and am so happy with the final product. I love these girls so much and am so happy to consider them all friends and partners in crime. It'll be nice to have a bit of a break, but let's get back on the party bandwagon soon ladies. Anyone up for starting to think about 1st birthday party themes for the wee ones? ;)

14 comments:

Ginnie said...

I did an Alice in Wonderland tea party for my two daughters' joint (un)birthday party in June. My 3 year old was Alice and the 1 year old was a cute interpretation of the Cheshire Cat. I have some of the photos posted on my blog if you need inspiration! And we're thinking of doing Dr. Seuss next year!

www.underneaththewillow.blogspot.com

Gail said...

That is very elaborate for a baby shower.

Susan said...

That looks like an AMAZING baby shower and the star of the show looks gorgeous pregnant.

How fun!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a wonderful theme for a baby shower! The food looked amazing and I love how you used a different set of china at each table. Good times, great friends, new little person on the way and the memories made...priceless!

~julee~ said...

I stumbled upon your blog and fell in love with your awesome shower inspirations - thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

Every time I see these parties you throw, I think you should go into business - they always just look amazing! Not so over the top it takes away from the focus of the day, but gorgeous and so well thought out. Glad it was yet another success!

Leslie said...

I love party planning! And I love when you share your own party planning adventures. Looks like another great one. Blondie looks stunning, too. :)

Handmade said...

I can't believe the amount of effort that goes into these Showers - is that typical? It all looked just amazing! Here in Australia - it's all very casual and I've never heard of themed showers - very nice!

Tasia said...

Wow, what an amazingly stylish party! I'm terrible at that kind of thing. You certainly have a knack for putting together a great-looking event! It's the gloomiest, rainiest day today so I really enjoyed your sunny pictures! :)

Nanette said...

Great job, Amber!

Winnie said...

Very stylish party! The mom-to-be looks gorgeous! You did a fabulous job planning this shower.

wan said...

beautiful, as always! i can tell you from experience that as much fun as it is to plan and execute fun events like this, it loses a lot when it isn't for fun anymore and you're working with demanding clients. i vote for just having a blast at the parties for those you love :)

Haylee said...

This has got to be one of the cutest baby showers I have ever seen! I love the pretty china.
I'd definitely pay to have you plan a party for me. That is if I had a party to plan.. haha but you definitely have the talent! I say you should go for it.

Faye Lewis said...

What a beautiful spread!