I have been dying to write about our baby shower since as soon as we got home on Saturday night, but we have been busy every day since then and have had things going on each evening, and I just wanted to make sure that I had enough time to devote to it in order to do it justice on the blog! So here is a recap, though I promise I am not going to really be able to explain how fabulous, amazing, and beautiful it all was. Sit tight though, folks, because this is gonna be a long one!
Very shortly (maybe a couple of weeks) after I told Sarah that we were expecting, she told me that she would like to host a baby shower for us. At the time, I thought it was SO nice of her to offer…however when she told us only a few weeks later that she was also pregnant, I told her that she did NOT need to host the shower as she would probably be uncomfortable by then and definitely did not need something to stress her out or cause her to be on her feet a lot! But, she insisted. Turns out I was right, she definitely should not have been stressing out or on her feet like she was… I was worried about her all day! These factors just make it all the more sweet of her to do this for us and Miss Hadley. Makes me teary eyed just to think about it!
During the planning of the shower, Sarah asked me if I would be ok with the idea of having a couples baby shower rather than a traditional “girls only” shower (side note: this is literally the ONLY thing she even mentioned to me about the shower…she told me NOTHING during the planning so everything was a complete surprise to me!). Of course a couples shower sounded great to me, because I would say that the majority of my (our) friends are boys—but I wanted to check with Jon first. Jon thought it was a good idea, but I think his exact response was, “Well, there will be beer, right?”. He surely knows the way to our friends’ hearts. ;) Turns out there was beer AND football on tv during the shower (I told you, best shower ever!), so the boys were not on complete baby overload, even though there was, as always, a lot of pink. Some things that were said directly to me, or that I overheard from the boys after the shower:
"I have never been to a baby shower before but this one is AWESOME!"
"Hell, If this is what baby showers are like then maybe I need to have a baby!"
Oh please God No…
The shower was held at the clubhouse in Sarah and Dan’s neighborhood… and the place was so nice! There was not an overall theme of the shower (I am really just not a fan of themes!), but the colors were red (my favorite color) and pink (Sarah’s favorite plus also pink for baby girl)! In the main room, there were several cocktail tables with pink and red ribbon tied around them (sooo cute) and some “munchies” on them, including my FAVE that I have mentioned in just about every weekly update, cheese balls! The tables were decorated with mason jars full of baby’s breath (get it?!) and baby food jars with tea lights inside…such a great idea!
Another one of the cute decorations (which doubled as an amazing gift!) was made by my sister, Bekah. She totally rocked out a diaper cake that was displayed on one of the tables. This bad boy had (I’m estimating here after taking it all apart) at least 200 diapers in it, and it was beautiful! I’m so impressed with her craftiness—I’m not sure how she got the crafty gene, that is definitely not one that I was blessed with. Isn’t this so cute?
She has got to teach me how to make one of these!
Now, on to the food. OMG, the food! If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that pretty much from day one, I have been craving: fruit, veggies, pizza, and mexican food. So, what did my bestie do? She served all of these things! The menu consisted of a nacho bar with chicken and beef and tons of toppings, pizza dip, fruit, veggies, and last but not least, BBQ pork sliders. Now, she says that the BBQ was just random and that she just did it because her dad happens to be great at cooking a pig, but I thought it was perfectly fitting and special to me…because the night that we told Sarah and Dan that we were expecting, we were eating dinner at The Pit, one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh that specializes in BBQ! :) I know that Sarah had a lot of help from her fabulous mom, Jeanne (“JJ”), with the food and all of the setting up, etc., but they really outdid themselves with this spread. Everyone was talking about how delicious it all was… so delicious that, unfortunately, Bekah (the designated photographer, yet again) did not take pictures of the food until everyone had eaten… it was too good to take the time to take pictures when all we all wanted to do was eat! :) Here are the pictures that she did get of the spread…not sure if you can read it, but the sign says “Steph’s Cravings”…love!
Sarah also made cupcakes for dessert, (funfetti, my favorite, and pretty much the only cupcakes that I will eat). She handmade the cutest wrappers for them and some super cute onesie decorations that went on them… I think I’m further proving my point here that Sarah may have missed her calling as a party planner!
I think that covers it for the food. I’m telling y’all, it was all so delicious, I know I went back for seconds and I saw some of the boys sneaking back for seconds and thirds. YUM!
At some point during the planning of the shower, Sarah came up with the genius idea to give koozies as favors…perfect for a couples shower, right? Something useful that even the boys would love. She enlisted the help of Bekah for this one, since Bekah’s neighbor owns a screen-printing business. Bekah went over to his house and actually helped him make these… seriously, how awesome are they?!
And, as if one favor was not enough for everyone, Sarah made yet another one. She picked up some popcorn from a specialty shop in Raleigh (Carolina Popcorn Shoppe) and made these cute little bags with the popcorn in them… I have eaten some every day this week, and I swear there must be crack in it because it is literally the best popcorn I’ve ever had!
I know you have to be thinking, ok that has to be all. Nope, not even close! Sarah enlisted the help of one of our former coworkers, Moneque, for the next awesome thing at the shower… a thumbprint/signature tree for all of the guests to sign! I am sure some of you have probably seen these at weddings, but this one was personalized for our sweet baby girl…it was perfect! Be sure to check out Moneque’s Facebook page for her new business venture, Gifts and Mo! Here is a before and after shot of the canvas:
My favorite signature on it: “Fun Uncle Jeff”. Also, obviously Sarah knew that our nursery colors were pink and green, but she could NOT have known how perfect this was going to be in the nursery. It fits perfectly in one space that I had been trying to find a picture for… and the frame that she gave me for it as well as all of the colors on the canvas make it look like it was seriously made to go where it is… you can all see it in the nursery soon when I blog about that!
Ok, I think there is just one last “detail” that I need to mention is probably one of my favorite things from the whole shower. Sarah made “wish cards”, which she asked everyone in attendance to fill out with their wishes for baby Hadley. I had never seen this idea before, but I absolutely loved it!
Everyone took their time in filling them out, and some of the responses were hilarious, and some of them were unbelievably sweet. Jon had the idea for each of us to fill out a card for Hadley on Sunday night before reading what everyone else wrote, so we did that and boy, let me tell you that as we read some, the tears were flowing, and others, we could NOT stop laughing. Some favorites:
"I hope you get… a husband just like your Daddy." -from my Dad (*tears*)
"I hope you never forget…your parent’s birthdays." -from Mark (agree)
"I hope you become…a clogger since it didn’t work out for your mom." -from Kennette (there are a few of y’all out there who know why this is hilarious)
"I hope you laugh…at your dad’s lame jokes" -from 6 different people (do you think they’re trying to tell you something, Jon?!)
"I hope you become… an NC State fan, what choice do you have?" -from 4 different people (of course she will be!)
"I hope you grow…boobies" -from Andrea (just lol at that one)
I am going to find a book to put all of the cards in for us to keep and for Hadley to read when she’s older. Thank you, Sarah for doing this, these cards are something we will treasure forever!
Whew. I know that is a lot, and I’m still not done! Believe it or not, after all this, we still had to do the actual “gift-opening” part of the shower… though honestly, everything up until that point had been so amazing, we were not even concerned about the gifts (though they were all amazing!). We were just so happy and feeling so blessed to have our family and all of our best friends all together; it was the first time a lot of those people had been together since our wedding, and I really just didn’t want the night to end.
I will just share a few pictures from the gift opening, so that I can show how amazingly generous all of our friends and family were. I am not kidding, this little girl is blessed beyond measure already.
Bib from Heather…hilarious
Baby Chuck Taylors from Jennifer…seriously adorable
AMAZING little NC State chair, handmade by Moneque
I still can’t stop laughing at this. Light switch plate cover from Jennifer, she said she wanted to teach Hadley about diversity at a young age! hahaha
Bib from Jeff…look familiar? Lol!
CUTE little tutu for Hadley… to be seen again soon in her newborn portraits :)
Sweet teddy bear blanket, crocheted by my Mom (“Mee-maw”)
I told you…amazing, right? Our friends and family were so generous and all of the cards saying how excited everyone is to meet Hadley just solidified the fact that we really do have the BEST friends and family in the whole world. A huge thank you to everyone who came for all of the sweet gifts… they will all be put to good use when she arrives, we promise!
I will wrap up this post (I warned you it would be long!) with some pictures of us with our family and some of the best friends ever. Thank you all so much for being there for us during this special time in our lives!
Me with my two bests from home, Jennifer and Kennette
Me with the excited aunts to be, Bekah and Heather
My Dad, me, Bek and my Mom
Jon and I with the Raleigh crew
Jon and I with Kennette and Mark—they drove all the way from Statesville to be there!
My bestie and me (and Hadley and Baby girl Baum)-33 weeks and 27 weeks!
Last but not least, we had to get a photo with all of the people who made this shower happen: Sarah, Dan, JJ and David. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for all of your hard work on everything. You made us feel so special, and we cannot possibly ever tell you how much we appreciate all that you did for us. Everything was absolutely amazing and this was a night we will never forget. We love you all so much!