My neighbour Jennifer's baby shower was yesterday. I think it went well, but given that none of us had ever attended one before, we didn't really have a benchmark. If the measure of success is everyone having a good time, it hit the spot.
And I had such fun creating along a baby theme, shamelessly stealing ideas from all over the place. Big thanks to Tasha for sharing her shower plans with me and Cathy Gaubert for the secrets of her nappy cake which I had to copy (complete with minimoopy topping).
Apologies for the dodgy photo - I actually forgot to take one and had to go round to Jennifer's after the party and ask sheepishly to take a picture. I didn't dare ask for styling privileges too!
Much to my husband's amusement I made gingerbread babies, complete with sex-appropriate nappies. He made a LOT of politically incorrect and insensitive jokes - I'll leave those to your imagination. We used these in a predict the gender test on Jennifer and the gingerbread says girl, but personally I'm plumping for boy.
This might explain why the gifts I made her aren't overly feminine. Another go at the bitty booties using my hand dyed blanket and a freezer paper all-in-one with a bug. Freezer paper courtesy of my swap with Melissa.
My friend (in real life !) Sarah made these gorgeous nappy favours filled with soap for all the guests and was very soothing as I panicked about getting it all together.
Jennifer had some really lovely presents and it was such fun to coo over them. It's much more civilized than the usual British thing of waiting till the baby is born. I found gifts straight after the births of my boys totally overwhelming at a time when I didn't have any capacity to enjoy them. The shower idea could really catch on here I think.
And you guys, thank you for all the lovely comments on the latch board and Robbie Robot. You gave me the warm fuzzies and I really appreciate it. You're the best.