I'm not even sure how to begin this post because I am still absolutely blown away by the baby shower my friends gave us last Sunday- it was so incredibly beautiful, special, and all such a labor of love. As soon as I told my best friend, Elissa, months ago that we were expecting, she informed me that she would be planning a baby shower. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be anything like this but I should have known considering E's creative eye and the fact that she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Her wedding 3 years ago was something out of a magazine; Elissa and her Mom, Jody, both need to be in the party planning/wedding business. They are so talented! See some from E & Jose's wedding here.
My friend Shelbi and her Mom sweetly offered to host the baby shower in their home (which is absolutely stunning as you'll see below), and they all made magic happen. I just got to show up and get pampered and spoiled, but I know that countless hours went into making all the details and decor you'll see below. Elissa's husband, Jose, even crafted much of the decor, like the place card holders and guest book. In the weeks leading up to the shower, if I'd call E, she'd answer the phone with "Baby Shower Central!" as she did so much crafting, creating, and planning for this event. Even the plates we ate off of at the shower were made out of birch wood! I'm talking every last detail=perfection. I can't thank Elissa, Jose, Jody, Shelbi, her mom, Kelli, and her sister, Lindsey, enough for making this day one I will always cherish. And of course all of my amazing friends who spent their Sunday showering us with love. I cannot get over how kind and thoughtful you all are- Baby Boy is very lucky to have so many wonderful aunties!
I'll stop rambling and let the pictures do the talking because there are a lot- I just couldn't narrow them down. So many picture perfect details and Yash did a great job of capturing the day! (and yes, all of the floral arrangements are real. I couldn't get over them- they're so pretty that I had to touch each one just to see if it was real!)
my dress | shoes
Hair & make-up: Etoilly Artistry
Photos by Ban Avenue Photography
All Florals/Event Planning: Jackie from Lary's Florist & Designs in Friendswood
Big Centerpiece: Made by Lary's. They placed birch logs in a clear vase and put an arragement on top. They gave it some height by putting the vase on top of a wooden stump found at HomeGoods and decorated with animals and moss at the base.
Cake: Cheryl from Cake Conspiracy in The Woodlands (it was a chocolate cake with almond buttercream & raspberry preserve filling)
Birchwood Backdrop: Elissa ordered the frame from Annie's Creek on Etsy, and ordered birch slices from eBay for the banner. She hand painted the letters herself using graphite paper transfer and decorated the backdrop with faux greenery and sheer fabric. *If you order from Annie's Creek on Etsy, she recommends ordering solid logs but NOT assembled. The joined ends were botched and she had to cover them up with greenery. Just a side note!
Invitations/Signs/Paper goods: AlwaysBBrave on Etsy
Other decor: Elissa ordered the bottle brush/sisal animals from Amazon. Her husband made the twine holder, guestbook frame, and headband holder. Everything else ordered from Etsy.
Food: Zoe's Kitchen : Always our go-to for events, Zoe’s kitchen is a crowd favorite every time. Several guests at the shower had dietary restrictions/were vegan, and Zoe’s Kitchen accommodates everyone’s needs. Delicious and healthy…my personal favorite are the chicken kabobs!
I just want to say a huge thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who made this day one I will never forget. Driving home that evening, I felt so much love and just kept thinking, "This little boy is coming into a world where there really are a lot of really good people". And 'really good' doesn't even begin to sum them up. Zach, Bear, Baby, and I are grateful beyond words and love you all very much!