For the past month, Anya and I have been getting together at her house and slowly knocking out tasks on our to-do list. This was the first baby shower either of us have ever planned, let alone attended. Needless to say, Pinterest was our go-to for inspiration and ideas.
Anya and I spent an entire day putting together a diaper cake. If you’re not familiar with this, look here and prepare to be impressed. In true newbie form, Anya ended up buying the wrong diaper size – she snagged two boxes of newborn/1 month diapers instead of 6 month. Luckily, rolling up 170 tiny diapers was well-worth it and the resulting cake was beautiful.
We decorated it with fake flowers and sheer pink ribbons.
We also made many, many trips to Michael’s and the Dollar Store to snag the best deals on games, plastic pacifiers, and decorations.
The day prior to the baby shower, Anya and I got together and created our second beautiful creation of the month: a stunning (and huge!) balloon arch.
It took a while to blow up over 100 balloons (so.much.dizziness) and I had doubts that the arch wouldn’t shape properly, but the end result blew (no pun intended) everyone away. I still can’t believe we created this beauty!
The next day Anya and I arrived at Lena’s house 3 hours early to decorate and prepare the room for the 1PM party. Anya got busy designing beautiful creation #3 – a baby in a carriage fruit plate.
She gets full credit for this gorgeous display (original idea from Pinterest of course)! Gosh I have the most talented friends ever.
I finished up decorations and iced the red velvet cupcakes I baked the night before. Everything came together beautifully!
Friends and family started arriving at 1PM and we got the party started with mimosas and food.
Each lady also received a pacifier necklace:
After snacking on a plate full of cheese, chicken piroshkis, shrimp, and deli meats we moved on to games:
(Baby Libs – the baby shower version of Mad Libs)
(Use yarn to guess the circumference of the pregnant mommy’s belly – we were all way off)
(Guess Who? with baby photos – can you see where I am?)
In between games we caught up with old friends, made new ones, and had a great time.
Finally, it was time to open presents!
Lena received plenty of great items including a baby blanket…
…and an adorable onesie line:
By this point, people starting sneaking to the dessert table to grab a sugar fix:
I was really worried about how my cupcakes turned out (I used this recipe for the cupcakes and another for the cream cheese frosting) but everyone loved them!
Aren’t they adorable? We bought the two cupcake stands from the dollar store and they fit perfectly with our theme.
Time ticked by and eventually people started departing…but not before we had a mini photoshoot!
(the stunning mom-to-be…if only we could all look so gorgeous while pregnant!)
I was in charge of snapping photos of everyone. The lighting was horrible but we managed to capture some great memories with all those who attended. I’ll refrain from posting too many photos of the guests and the fiancée but I’ll share some lovely photos of my ladies and I.
The little lady is already so loved!
Anya and I, as the proud (and successful) hosts made sure to take some memorable photos as well:
(I adore her)
Given that this was our first baby shower, I’m proud to say that it was a complete success. Everything went smoothly, the food was fantastic (thanks to Lena’s mom), and there was never a dull moment. Hooray!
(I wore: sheer top from Zara, tweed skirt from Bebe, and Kate Spade nude heels)
We also purchased a scrapbook for Lena and had people sign with wishes for the baby prior to leaving.
I can’t quite figure out yet how it feels to celebrate the upcoming birth of my first close pregnant friend. Of course, the most obvious and prevalent emotion is pure and utter happiness for Lena and her fiancée. I am so excited to meet their baby girl in a few weeks!! Seriously, the end of March can’t come soon enough.
But I also can’t ignore the sneaky nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach. I can’t explain the feeling but it seems to revolve around the fear that life is zooming by and the real world that I’ve worked so hard to accept for the past two years is only just beginning. Such celebrations of life really put things in perspective for me. As I sat across from the glowing mother-to-be, I couldn’t help but see how different our current places in life are. I mean, I honestly couldn’t be farther from engagement/pregnancy/stability…I’m as single as they get! It’s a scary thought but not one that significantly affects me. I’m happy with my current life and I know that my true friendships will remain grounded no matter where life takes me. All our lives are about to change along with Lena’s and we’re all so incredibly blessed to have one another in this crazy world.