Mar 16 2011
So my baby shower was on February 20th a Sunday… Of course I had to be involved in all of the preparations- don’t judge me. So the theme was forest friends- forest animals and the outdoors/ camping feel. I really enjoy planning parties and getting all the little details together. The hostess’ were my mother who held the party at her house and my sister who helped me pull it all together. I also had help from my girlfriend who made a lot of the decor happen with her cricut machine, my cousin who made a lot of cupcakes for me, and various family members cooked different dishes, thank you to all of these wonderful women for helping and making my baby shower so amazing! Also to my sisters boyfriend who hand painted me a backdrop of my invite for us to take pictures in front of and to my husband who did a lot of the dirty work and heavy lifting- he’s the best!
Let me just say Saturday night as my sister and I are making chocolate dipped pretzels and I went to meet my mom at costco for last minute shopping, we got a call that my dad had been rushed to the hospital with a serious head injury!!! OMG we were freaking out! We rushed to UC Irvine crying all the way, in the rain, not knowing what we were about to walk into. To make a long story short… we left the hospital about 5 hours later after we were able to see and talk to my dad, he fell and hit the back of his head, he cracked his skull and had some bleeding inside his head, 3 staples, but he was going to be okay. Wow- this was one of the scariest things I had ever been through! I was still upset going to sleep that night- the last thing I wanted to do was have a baby shower. Needless to say the next morning we got up and made things happen even though we didn’t do a lot of things we planned to, because we didn’t have the time or energy for. I was pretty stressed out that morning, very frustrated, and drained emotionally and physically…
Here I am with my big belly and the backdrop….
I ended up showing up a little late, a lot of the guests were there already, once I was there I was happy and ready to celebrate my baby, and I was happy that my dad was okay. I was so overwhelmed with all of the emotions from being busy, to frantic, to scared, to sad, to relieved, to stressed out, to rushed, to happy, to exhausted…. what a weekend!! Thank God I had my family with me through it all!
Here are some of my forest friends….
These were the centerpieces, I wanted to get photos of the tables set up before anyone got there but like I said we were crunched for time and that didn’t happen but you get the idea. I took these shots at the end of the night when the party was over… Every table had a different Forest animal, we had them in mason jars filled with birdseed to hold them up, we also put pine cones and little wild flowers in mason jars, along with everyones little favor boxes at each seat.
These were favors we sent everyone home with, little smores treats to take home and make, they had marshmallows, mini hersheys bars, graham crackers, and skewers. The little sticker says Thanks for coming, take home s’more fun….
These were also favors, we had these little boxes at everyones seat, they were filled with jelly beans…
These were the cupcakes and the three different toppers we made with the cricut, a labor of love… it took time to make them but they were soooo cute!
This was a banner we made also with the cricut, I love the way it turned out…
What a great day it turned out to be, everyone we love was there, we had around 50-60 women there, the food was great, the sky was clear, we got soooo many gifts, it took me like 2 hours to open all of them! I can’t express my gratitude enough, we are very lucky and our baby is coming into a lot of love!
We are lucky to have so many people that love us and are there for us no matter what… that is what family is and that is what the baby shower was really about- us starting our own little family, adding on to the big family… I want to instill the importance of family to my son and keep us all close the way we are now.