I know I may sound biased, but I’ve just been to the Best. Baby. Shower. Ever – and it just so happened to be mine! I know what you’re thinking; but I really don’t think I’m biased – it’s true. So I figured I’d share all the ways to ensure your shower is not only fantabulous in your eyes – but your guests as well!
First, you’ll need the support of your friends or family to really take on the planning/hosting roll of it so all you have to do the day of is sit there and enjoy yourself. But, if you’re like me and you like to have *some* creative control, you should try to be involved in some of the planning aspects – like putting your two cents in on the major stuff – and then your hostesses can go execute most of it.
Have a reason to get your baby nursery done early. After my rather depressing blog post last week about being stressed due to my upcoming baby shower being at my house, thus my nursery needing to be done-zo in time, I was all set to tell you all to not make the same mistake I did: DON’T HAVE YOUR SHOWER AT YOUR HOUSE! But now I’ve changed my tune. I mean, yes, it was a tad bit stressful trying to get the nursery done because it was such an expense to buy all that crap to fill a room in such a short amount of time. And I know I didn’t really have to have the room done, but c’mon, you know that’s what peeps want to see so you’ve gotta deliver the goods! Much to my happiness, everybody loved the nursery! (I can tell they weren’t just being nice either!) *pats on back* The best part is I’m 32-weeks preggo and my nursery is pretty much done! I’m not saving the task until the last minute when all I want to do it veg on the couch – YAY ME! Having the shower at my house forced me to get that thing done and I’M GLAD.
Plan an additional event for out of town guests. My friend Erin who lives in Indiana loves to plan events, so she offered to put together a Napa Valley wine tasting event on the Friday before the shower for all the out of town guests. How freaking sweet is that? We lucked out big time on Friday with a blue sky, 75 degree day and our first wine tasting was outside in a private area with lunch following. It was so nice! We went to two other tastings and by the end of the day, as this preggo is driving everyone back to the hotel, the backseat shenanigans sounded a lot like this; “I looooove youuuuu maaaaaan….you’re my bessssttttt friennnnnnnnnd evveeeerrrrr. You’re just, AWESOMMMMMME. No. No.. you’re AWESOMMMMME!” And of course the tipsy ladies were already declaring this the Best. Baby. Shower. Ever. and we hadn’t even had the dang shower yet! HA!
Have your shower indoor AND outdoor. Despite speaking a little too soon, those winos were right – the shower was fantastic, if I do say so myself! It was just so comfortable and laidback, even with games! Usually I’m not a fan of baby shower games because they’re lame, but this was fun and just the right level of activity. Like Friday, we lucked out with perfect weather on Saturday so people could hang out both outside and inside. We had two tables set up outside so people could chill and eat, but also design their own onesies for the onesie decorating contest – which I think is such a fun little activity for guests. Plus, the mom-to-be gets a bunch of new onsies and what do newborns live in, especially in the summer – onsies. Despite having a house on the small side – hey, I live in Cali y’all! – by having the party both indoor and outdoor it never felt cramped and it was breezy and casual – just my style.
Include the ambiance elements you enjoy. I love fresh flowers, candles, good music, and CUPCAKES, so I wanted to make sure the shower included all that. Thankfully, my friend Victoria knows how to make killer floral arrangements, so she had handmade bouquets strategically placed throughout the shower and it was GORGEOUS! I attempted to make an iPad playlist for the shower but my stupes iPod was failing me so I just turned the TV station on Comcast’s Hottest Hits and that worked fine. Except it was a little weird at one point during the present opening when it got quiet for a second and Eminem was blasting in the background talking about needing a doctor coz he’s about to lose his mind!!
Well, that’s enough on shower stuff. I had a blast and it was such a memorable weekend. Thanks to all my friends and family that came and made it so special, especially my mom, Victoria, Melissa, and Erin for hosting and putting together the shower and Napa trip! You’re the best, muah!
Baby bump watch continues – week 32!
I can’t believe I’m 8 months pregnant! This has been such a journey so far, both wonderful and in recent times, uncomfortable! And I can’t believe I only have 8 weeks left of pregnancy – if I go full term! According to Babycenter.com, the baby is about 3.75 lbs by now and 16.7 inches long, or about the size of a large jicama (whatever that is!). I’m supposed to be gaining about a pound a week from now on and this means baby is packing on the weight in preparation for birth. She has toenails, fingernails and hair on her head (or at least peach fuzz)! She moves like crazy and she’s getting really distracting at work! I have to be careful in meetings when she moves in such a way that elicits a strange look on my face because someone might think I’m giving them the stink eye, when really I just got a foot or head butt to the ribs! Ouch!