Sunday, August 24, 2008

She will be loved

It's been a fabulous long day, so I'll recap most of my shower with pics. Let me just say, though, that when you combine two of the world's best party planners -- my mother-in-law (MIL) and the lovely JustJENN -- people are blown away.

You can see the entire set of pics on Flickr here, but if you want some narration, read on!

My in-laws have an amazing place for parties, so the shower was at their place. It started off in the backyard.

backyard

tables

My MIL made the centerpieces, which were bunnies reading to baby bunnies. I joked that it's because Brent and I are multiplying like bunnies. The many kids at the shower got to take a bunny home in addition to the awesome favors that Jenn made them.
centerpieces

My MIL made a wonderful lunch of chicken salad, fruit and rolls. And Jenn provided quite a spread of desserts, including a cereal bar for the kids.
cereal yum

malt balls burger cookies

But these sleeping baby cupcakes are what really dropped folks' jaws!
cupcake

Their little blankets aren't fondant - they're melted, rolled out Starbursts! And marshmallow pillows!
sleeping babies zzzz

In addition to fake sleeping babies, we also had some adorable real babies there.
livy

This is Cat from Next Exit Photography (our wedding photographer), along with her adorable baby girl.
Cat, Baby Clara, me

And here I am, right before opening gifts, thanking my lovely shower hostesses and everyone for being there. I was so overwhelmed with love and emotion and pregnancy hormones that I nearly started crying.
me

Our baby girl got so many awesome gifts. And she'll never go naked, lemme tell ya that much.
opening gifts

As I opened gifts, I explained to everyone how I knew the gift giver. As I explained that there were at least seven gals there whom I'd met through blogging, I noted, "See? Not everyone on the internet is crazy!" Later I had to try to explain blogging to my mother, who doesn't use the internet and thinks everything I ever buy online is from eBay ("No, Mom, that's from Old Navy.")

Anyhow, the party ended with adults getting to take home these wonderful favors made by Jenn, which included a cup-a-cake, complete with an amazing gingerbread cupcake inside and personalized notecards. So adorable! And the two babies in attendance got these personalized notecards. I know -- too cute, right???
favors

I had a really great time and am continuously floored by the love our little girl has already received from friends and family. If nothing else, she's going to know that there's no shortage of folks who care about her.

Thanks again, everyone, who spent their Sunday afternoon celebrating with me. And of course oodles and oodles of thanks again to my MIL and Jenn for throwing a stellar bash for Em Dash and me!

"My heart is full and my door's always open. You can come anytime you want." - Maroon 5, She Will Be Loved

38 comments:

  1. Those are the most amazing cupcakes I have EVER seen!

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  2. Awesome awesome party! You both are very loved. :)

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  3. starburst blankets? awesomeness.

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  4. It was a beautiful shower and I was so happy to be there. I think my favorite moment was during dessert when everyone was oohing and aahing over the cupcakes, etc. Jenn's Kid said, "Everyone likes my Mom's stuff!" He had the biggest grin and was very proud!

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  5. I take good pikchas!

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  6. Wow you girls really know how to have a party out there!

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  7. Sounds like a great time!

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  8. How beautiful! I agree with the awesome cupcakes - how creative!!! What a lucky girl you are!!

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  9. It really was a lovely shower...thank you so, so much for having me. Your baby girl really IS loved...I was so happy to be able to celebrate with you. I had a great time.

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  10. What an awesome shower. Those cupcakes are just darling!

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  11. You and Em Dash are two very lucky and loved girls! What an awesome party! Congrats!

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  12. Those cupcakes are just so creative!

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  13. Nanette, the shower was beautiful and Jenn and your mother-in-law did an amazing job. Thank you for letting me be part of it!

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  14. Your shower looked beautiful! Lot's of love is for sure!

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  15. What a beautiful shower!

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  16. Beautiful! I love the cupcakes. And your ILs have a gorgeous backyard!

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  17. okay this shower looks amazing. you definitely have some talented family and friends, i love it. and those cupcakes are amazing, starbursts?! so creative...and tasty :)

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  18. what an awesome shower! i can't get over how creative the cupcakes and favors were. wow!! the whole setup was absolutely beautiful. thanks for sharing the pictures =)

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  19. Oh my goodness! What a fabulous shower... I love all the details!

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  20. Beautiful shower!! I am impressed by JustJenn's many skills!

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  21. What an awesome shower! Everything looks so pretty and so yummy :)

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  22. Yay! What a wonderful shower!

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  23. Wow...so much detail. Love it. Yay for another great shower!! You are loved. :)

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  24. Wow, what a great shower.

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  25. so beautiful!! Can't wait to meet the little looker :)

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  26. oh that looks like a fantastic party!!

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  27. Showers are such a blessing!

    Those cupcakes are WAY too cute!

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  28. Such a great shower! Kudos to your MIL and Jenn!

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  29. Well, I'm A Little Crazy.

    I had Fun at Your Shower, though!

    xoxo,
    TDR

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  30. what an awesome shower!

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  31. such fabulously cute details! love it!

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  32. cute cupcakes.. gorgeous shower!!!!

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  33. I'm so blown away - that is the cutest baby shower ever. I'm so loving cereal bar, great ideas all the way around. The bunnies are so cute!!

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  34. Lovely shower! Miss Em Dash will one day see pictures and wonder why she wasn't invited. :P

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  35. Those cupcakes are so cute, everything looked so pretty. Congrats on your little bundle.

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  36. i love how most of my friends i met via an online site. i mean, i've hung out with them MANNNNY times subsequent to that, but it's kinda funny how there was/is a stigma over that.

    looks like a great time!

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  37. I had so much fun at your shower! Everything was perfect! Every detail was awesome and so personal! My favorite: the cereal bar and the personalized stationary :) Thank you so much for including me in your shower and you are so right, Em Dash is so loved already, and she's not even here yet!!! Wait until tomorrow night when she hears Jack live...she's going to go nuts in that belly of yours!!!

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