For years, my mom and IÂ had joint birthday parties with themes and costumes. They were always silly and elaborate with lots ofÂ homemade decorations and matching activities (like our Alice in Wonderland party where everyone played a round of flamingo croquet). It’s been a few years since those birthdays, but the excitement we experience over matching details, thrifting just the right pieces, and finding the matching paper suite, has not changed.
When the topic of my baby shower came up, both of us had the same idea without ever discussing it: high tea.Â We toured venues in the area, and Sepia Chapel was perfect. Gina completely understood our vision, and even offered up her grandmother’s wedding china so guests would have actual teacups and saucers. Planning went so smoothly with Gina coordinating all the linens, place-settings, and beverages, my mother-in-law working hard to make sandwiches and fruit cups, and my mom taking care of salads and all the beautiful desserts. In the week before the shower I picked up succulents and greens from Green Bay Floral, and, with the help of friends and family, every little thing was taken care of.
The shower was incredible. So many people were able to make it, even those who had a little drive to get there. We sipped tea, snacked on sweets and savories, played a few games, and chatted. Before gifts, my Grandma Claudia openedÂ anÂ outfit that would reveal the sex of our baby. Guesses from our guests came in nearly tied: 22/21 in favor of a boy, but Grandma was right (as she always is) and from the bag she unwrappedÂ a tiny sailor dress that we picked up when we were in Maine. It’s a girl!
Thank you to everyone who came to the shower, for those who sent surprise gifts in the mail, and for the special people who care so much about us that they set aside time to help plan, purchase, make, and set-up all the things that made this shower so wonderful. I will be sure our babe knows how much she is already loved.
Sepia Chapel (venue) www.sepiachapel.com
Green Bay Floral (greens/succulents) www.greenbayfloral.net
Almond & Ivy (macarons) www.cakeandcookiellc.com
Ashley Viste (photos of meÂ and some details)