My mom threw me the most amazing baby shower; it’s crowning jewel was a “Momosa bar”. She hosted at her house in Northern California, but I have such amazing people in my life that LA friends and family flew up for the day! I (and my baby) are pretty lucky.
For those throwing a baby shower the things I most appreciated (people excluded since they are obviously #1) included:
The cheekiest “bar” I’ve ever seen.
Bite-sized everything. From fruit kabobs to mini sandwiches wrapped in green onions, no one left hungry.
Games, games, and more games. My idea of a party is people coming together as a group and having a bit of a giggle fest. Mission accomplished with my Mom’s version of Price is Right and the Name Game.
A party isn’t complete without a theme. My mom used soft blues, whites, with pops of yellow. As well as Mom and baby elephants! I lurv everything with animals, so that theme won my heart.
And if that wasn’t enough, my grad school girlfriends in LA threw me a surprise baby shower when we did a ladies trip to Lake Arrowhead!
When the camera man and I packed up our bags and left California for the East Coast I was incredibly excited to see what a season really is (translation: lots of effing snow), but at the same time was pretty bummed out about having to leave my friends and family. The people I love are everything to me. I wanted to pack them up and take them with me. Short of being able to uproot all these people and install them in a little house down the street, I took a little souvenir from each of them and created a California “art” wall in my new home.
At a going away bbq, amidst the eating and libations, we put together a painting station where friends could create anything their little hearts desired. I discovered that I have some talented friends! People really got into it! And now when I look at my California wall and see my friends’ individual paintings I get to remember sixteen little pieces of California. Also, the nugget looooooves staring at it.
Please note: Red solo cups. Keeping it classy.
Process to hang – I traced one of the canvases on top of a grocery bag and cut 16 squares based on this shape. I didn’t do any measuring when hanging, just eyeballed it to get an idea of where I wanted the display in my home. The level and ruler were busted out in the hanging stage.
And just cause I love them so much – all my painters!
I’m pretty obsessed with the pom pom curtain trend, but not so into the price tag that seems to go along with it. I found curtains at Urban Outfitters and Anthro, but they ranged from $70 – $180 for one set!! I’m not forking over that kind of cash for something I can make for $20 buckeroos.
Preparing for a baby is the most exciting and stressful experience. In the process of cooking up this baby, I feel I’ve had to make a thousand decisions. Day care or no day care? Co-sleeping or straight to crib? Accent wall in the nursery or one calm color in the whole room? I’m not kidding about the last one. I am an indecisive optimizer. Read: crazy making for my poor husband. I’ve sat in what seems like 100+ gliders (for those not privy to the world of nurseries, these are the chairs that rock which I hear you sit in for hundreds of hours)…and alas, still haven’t picked one. When people ask if we have a name, I stifle laughter. “Do you know the magnitude of that decision?”, I think. “How on earth would we know that yet?” I realize, for normal humans, they probably know the name at this point. And probably have the glider in the room. But it took me three months to pick the wallpaper! And now that it’s up, I love it so so much. The room is still a bit of a shamble, but the wallpaper really makes my heart sing. I will eventually make the other decisions…I just hope I don’t have “Baby Boy” on the birth certificate.
Creating a Thanksgiving table that represents the vibe and style you want to convey can be creative, fun, and perhaps a touch stress inducing. Hoping the tablescapes below inspire your imagination (you can do some easy and cheap projects!) and ramp up the style in your home.