Friday, May 11, 2012

Baby Shower

This past Saturday I had my baby shower in Spokane (my hometown).  My good friend Christina & her mom hosted it at Luna, one of my favorite restaurants!  The shower was beautifully put together making for such a fun afternoon.  I was overwhelmed by all the generous gifts I was showered with.  Liam & I are so blessed!  I haven't gotten the pictures off of my mom's camera yet, but I couldn't wait to post about this great event so the photos I have will have to do for now!

The Invitation:

Tiny prints makes the best invitations, and the one Christina picked out was just too adorable!  She also snuck in an insert telling everyone how much I loved books and asking them to help me start Liam's library.  This was a huge surprise!

The Dress:

About a month before my shower, I had a fun shopping day with my mom and found my dress for the shower!  It's a Jessica Simpson dress I came across at, where else...Nordstrom.  It's not maternity, which is great because I love it so much I plan on wearing it all the time.  Maybe even to my Seattle shower!  Unfortunately I don't have any great pictures of the fun cut-out back of the dress!  I wore it with some nude Coach peep toes (yes, I'm still wearing heels) which were a perfect compliment!

(My mom, the two lovely hostesses, and I)

The Venue: 

The shower was held in a private back room at Luna.  The table was set beautifully with vases of gorgeous flowers.  Also, Christina's youngest brother made the cutest "Liam" banner!  The food at Luna is always to die for and there were plenty of options!  While I sipped on water, all the other ladies got to enjoy a few afternoon glasses of wine!  And for dessert, a lemon chiffon cake from Chaps.  This cake was light, fluffy, & perfect. :-)

The Books:

Liam has quite the collection of books now!  Amazingly enough, nobody gave me the same book or one that I already had.  Some of the books were already favorites of mine either from my childhood or from working with kids over the past few years: Pat the Bunny, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Brown Bear Brown Bear, Are You  My Mother, Corduroy, Blueberries for Sal, Berenstien Bears, Hop on Pop, and Go Dog Go.  A very special book was from Conor's mom, a copy of Make Way for Ducklings that has now been passed down 3 generations! Others are new to me, but after reading them once already they are sure to become quick favorites:  Lyle Lyle Crocodile and Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site.  I also got many touch 'n feel toddler books that will be perfect for Liam while he's little.  I also enjoy getting in on the "touch 'n feel" action!  All his books are neatly organized in a bin in a corner of the nursery just waiting for Liam's little hands to start turning the pages...

The Presents:

I now feel a little more prepared for Liam to arrive since we received so many gifts at the shower!  I  have many of the necessities along with lots of outfits that are just plain cute!  I won't bore you all with each and every gift, but I will mention the "mommy present!"  I opened a card that read, "This is a mom gift to make your life a little more easy.  Because when you are spending all that time boiling water, how can you get anything else done!!"  I started laughing hysterically which turned into tears...  I knew instantly I was about to open a brand spanking new electric tea kettle!!!  My mom is the best!  After two weeks of morning the loss of my tea kettle and using a regular pot, I now have a new one.  Making tea is once again a fun experience! :-)

I also had a couple presents to bring back to Seattle because they were for Conor & Liam!  Conor got to do a little present opening himself...and is now the proud owner of a Carhart hat with a little matching one for Liam!  So darn cute, I'm really excited about having a baby boy!

I also received a surprise gift in my email a few days after my shower....  The mom I used to work for in Arizona, Pam, who is also a great friend, sent me a gift card to pick out my own Mei Tai baby carrier!  This was her favorite carrier when her kids were little, and she always raved about it.  I was so excited to pick out my own and find one that I thought Conor would wear too.  The one I picked is exactly our style:

The People:

Saturday was an incredible day!  I loved being surrounded by friends & family who were all celebrating the coming arrival of baby Liam.  I wish I had had more time to spend with everyone, it seems like that is always the case for me at parties.

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