A few weeks ago I had the loveliest opportunity to throw a baby shower for a sweet friend of mine and her second baby boy (who is almost here!!).
I collaborated with one of her closest friends, and we dreamt up something that felt a bit like an afternoon at the farmer’s market; kraft paper, vegetable centerpieces, and a simple assortment of wood + white enamel.
It was planned for mid-July so I felt pretty confident throwing it in a local park. I thought being surrounded by picnic tables and perhaps having a bit of a breeze would be really lovely, but as Oregon likes to remind me time and time again, weather is uncertain and it definitely doesn’t care if you have plans.
A few days out from the shower they were predicting 97 degrees, which is beyond unpleasant if you’re anywhere other than an air-conditioned room. We don’t have AC at home, so moving the location wasn’t really an option so I bought a few misters, made some watermelon “popsicles”, bought bags and bags of ice and hoped for the best.
Remember when I mentioned stress a few posts back? Yeah, this is the point that things got pretty nuts. We woke up on the morning of the shower to rain. And thunder. And lightning. The weather forecast was insistent that it would be clear by noon. And then by 1. And then by 3. Things weren’t clearing up, and at about 1pm we decided that we needed a back up plan. Hosting a party for 15 girls in a soggy park (with mostly paper decorations) didn’t seem like the best idea, but between out of town guests and a nearly full term mama we knew that the party must go on!
And then the most magical of things happened. Through some pretty bizarre circumstances, we got our hands on a huge tent and it completely saved the day. We set it up over two picnic tables, and made it work.
The results, I think, were pretty charming. The perfectionist in me had a hard time letting go of what I had originally planned but our guest of honor and all of her friends seemed to enjoy themselves, and the celebration lasted for hours and hours.
Since our mama-to-be is vegan, and can’t have gluten or cane sugar, coming up with recipes that both she and all of the guests would enjoy was a bit tricky but everyone seemed to love everything! Here’s what we came up with:
During the shower the guests printed on blank bibs + onesies for baby boy with carved carrot stamps, and favors of farmhouse tea towels, seed packets and honey sticks were sent off with them when they left (they also served as a cute table decoration).
So, stress shmess. Ultimately, I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to celebrate someone I really value + love during such a special time in her life, as well as the chance to meet so many sweet, interesting women.
Congrats, Mama! We can’t wait to snuggle that baby boy of yours.