Green or yellow? We decided to wait to find out our baby’s gender until he or she gets here because I love surprises, but it definitely complicates the ‘prep‘ part for the color scheme of shopping, the nursery and the shower. Thankfully Pinterest is always there to rescue the day and I’m pretty sure Pinterest should be thanked for improving communications between mothers and daughters across the world.
I talk to my mom almost daily on the phone when I’m in Switzerland (6:30 am my time is 9:30 pm her time) and from my ’13 wedding to the baby shower, we had fun pinning cute ideas we loved, but couldn’t quite describe over the phone. My mom, sister and aunt put on a beautiful California baby shower for me last Saturday and I’m excited to share photos of last weekend celebrating with family and friends…
<Instead of yellow & green, the color theme was mint & peach and my mom hosted the party on my parents back deck in Northern California. The weather was perfect in the mid 70’s and while there is a severe drought, luckily there’s been enough rain to keep Nor-Cal green through Spring>
<The Lunch Menu>
<A garland of baby pics from guests and Jakob & I>
<Little Details - She ordered these white cloth napkins & cylinder bud vases that almost looked like test tube vases from Amazon. If you’re planning a party, Amazon Prime is better than any party rental business>
<The Shower Crew! It was so great to see cousins, friends and family from all over Northern California>
<Welcome Apero – My husband and little brother cooked all the food while the ladies were sipping on Peach Bellinis. He loves to add a little European flair to every meal so he created a little Italian style Apero as guests arrived with a mini olive bar, seasoned chips and fresh bread sticks from the best local bakery in town, Schats>
<Pinterest Score - My mom was trying to explain these little veggie dips she saw on Pinterest and created them in these (about the size of shot glasses). Just cut skinny carrots and celery, add a little Ranch dressing or dip and serve. You can use these little 2.5 oz parfait glasses for mini-desserts too and they come with cute sterling silver spoons>
<Time for Lunch>
<My mom, sister and I in the sun / My aunt Jean and I / My friend I’ve known since college, Kristen>
<Mini cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes in San Francisco. They sponsored the Savvy Sleepers launch party a couple years ago and I’ve loved them ever since – especially Red Velvet>
<Gift Time - When I started opening all the newborn baby clothes, it started to feel so real that I’d be putting them on a real mini human being in a couple months. Luckily they’re tiny, so I was able to squeeze every little outfit, bib and blankie into a large suitcase back to Switzerland. The handmade quilts were so thoughtful and those gifts you just keep for-ev-er>
<Hermione with her little girl, Venice, who was more interested in the lemon sorbet ice-cream push-pops my sister made for the shower>
<A New Generation – I have 3 cousins on my mom’s side expecting this summer. My cousin Whitney is due in May, me in June and Michelle in July. Lots of babies coming soon!>
Hope you had a great weekend! Thanks for all the bump compliments and pregnancy tips in the last few posts.
PS – I got my Whale Print Jersey dress by Julie Brown at Last Call by Neiman Marcus (new store in SF on Market Street). It’s not maternity, but it’s jersey knit, super stretchy, really good quality and on sale. I love the prints and styles of all her dresses below. They remind me of DVF.