My sister, Sarah, just had a darling baby boy, weighing just under 10 lbs! In November, my other sister, Emily, and I threw a baby shower for her in California, at Sarah's new place.
This shower was especially meaningful as Sarah missed out on the baby shower we threw for her first little boy, Oliver. At the last minute, due to pregnancy complications, she was not able to travel – we tried to video conference her in, but it just didn't quite have the same effect.
Hence, Emily and I decided to throw a small, intimate luncheon with just a few of her closest friends and family to celebrate the impending arrival of her second little boy.
Don't you love Sarah's chic maternity ensemble? She kept complaining that she looked like a pirate but I thought she was the epitome of style. Her dress was vintage maternity from Cadeau and at the last minute, Sarah threw on a striped sash to give her bump more definition.
We chose a citrusy color palette of yellow, orange and apple green. Since this is Sarah's second boy and she has most all the baby essentials she needs, we decided to ask everyone to bring their favorite children's book.
We included bookplates with each invitation to personalize the books. I love this idea as many years from now, little Francis James can look back at his books and hear his mom tell him the story of who gave each one to him.
The shower was a family affair and included Emily, me, my mom and dad. However, after all the manual labor was accomplished, my dad exited the premise to eat pizza and watch sports. My brother, a frequent blog reader, sent well wishes from Boston.
I designed and brought a color-coordinated banner to hang from the rafters.
My mom made the most delicious pumpkin seed cranberry nut mix for the guests to nibble on as they mingled before lunch.
We decided to set up tables outside (only in California can you dine al fresco in November!) and hung paper lanters from the trees (thanks, dad). So cute and festive!
I brought matching water bottle labels which were all recycled after the party.
My mom made Ina Garten's delicious butternut squash soup which we garnished with a dollop of creme fraiche and homemade croutons.
We also served the most delicious salad comprised of chicken, avocados, mandarin oranges, apples, and cranberries (we served walnuts and feta cheese on the side) and Emily made our shower food staple, Ina Garten's turkey basil sandwiches. Divine!
Each guest left with a darling owl cookie. I loved that the party was so personal and came together rather easily, even though planned from long distance. Most importantly, I think Sarah was thrilled and felt loved!