A little girl was born. Well, she is soon to be born. My sister-in-law, who is one of the most important people in my life, is due with her first child, a girl, at the beginning of September. And she (mom, not daughter - well, not yet, anyway) loves Harry Potter. And she's a reading specialist. And she is crazy about damask (she used to be obsessed with zebra; damask is the classier version of this print).
Taking all of this into account, we decided to throw her a children's book- and damask-themed baby shower. I was a little curious, I have to admit, how all of this would come together at the beginning of our planning. The results, however, exceeded my expectations.
For the centerpieces, I found images of children's book covers on the net, adjusted the coloration, and wrapped books that I had lying around the house (trust me, I have plenty; I just packed over 30 banker's boxes and 10 milk crates full of books, not to mention 4 other boxes for oversized ones). Another friend provided the linens, tablecloths, and decorations (she does have a side business in this, but you could easily reproduce the results with cheaper materials).
|One of my favorite book covers of all time. I like the 60s/70s vibe of the drawings.|
|My favorite is "Emerald Yolky Food with Accompanying Pig Product."|
The food table blended decorations from Alice in Wonderland and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
|A very naughty caterpillar (hehehe)....|
|Luckily our punch didn't make anyone grow/shrink...|
|Thinking back, I would have put "a princess" now....My mom was right. She always is (damnit;)).|
And, finally, since this girl means the world to me and has helped me through a lot of hard times, I wanted to make her a special gift, one that would hinge on the theme of the shower. I decided to make her a basket filled with the things that I would call "mama" essentials (my favorite things that bring back good memories of my own childhood and motherhood) each with a little tag explaining their significance. I started with one of the books my mom read to me all the time when I was little, The Giving Tree. This book, in my eyes, sums up what it means to be a good parent - you give and give and give and give, and kids take and take and take, and you love them more and more and more with each passing day.
|Please note the wine in this basket, an absolute "mama" essential.|
|Please disregard the mess in the background - I'm getting ready to move;).|
I had fun putting together the basket, and I made her cry, so I call that a success:).
Last, but not least, because it is so damned cute, I had to post this fruit basket another friend made (she found the idea on Pinterest). I mean seriously, how cute is that???
So, come on baby girl, get here. Your Auntie is ready to meet you. I promise I'm not as scary as I look;).
Tomorrow's blog, lip gloss and apples and villains ... oh my!