My brother Dan, and his wife, Anna are expecting their first baby at the beginning of August! Not only is this their first baby, but it is also the first grand baby for both families! Which means I will be an Auntie for the first time! DAnna (Dan and Anna’s celebrity couple name) announced earlier in the year that they would be having a BOY and his name will be Connor Jacob, love it! (warning… this is an exclamation-heavy post)
As you can tell, I am very excited about the arrival of Connor. DAnna will make great absolutely wonderful parents and I am thrilled for them.
This past weekend, my mom, my sister, and I hosted a baby shower for Anna and baby Connor at my house in Richmond.
Here we are all prettied up and ready to get the shower started!
My mom came to Richmond the weekend before the shower to hang out with me (while Nick was away at a sailing race) and to help prepare for the party.
We had a great time and got lots of tasks accomplished. My mom doesn’t think she is creative or crafty but she was a huge help in brainstorming and making the vision for the shower come to life!
I designed and pressed the invitations last month.
I wanted to go with a vintage-style boy friendly theme for the shower.
So we stuck with neutral blues, greens, mints and creams for the color scheme.
(check out those ironstone plates mom found at a local antique shop when she came to visit… she bought me 20! They are the perfect size for finger foods and even have a little handle on the side for easy holding! Such a sweet momma)
The drink station was made up of mason jars with name tags…
…paper straws and the most yummy strawberry lemonade (compliments of Trader Joes!)
Mom helped make these cute little name tags… see, isnt she crafty!
We also made these fun little utensil pockets…
…and the pennant banners on the chalkboard window and fire place.
Here is Hobie eyeing the food table before the guests arrive.
Friday night before the shower, my mom, dad, sister, and I went on a crazy food making frenzy. I couldn’t have done it without them!
We made chicken salad croissants, broccoli bacon salad, pesto past salad, chocolate covered strawberries, fruit salad, glazed ham rolls, turkey-brie-fig bites, cupcakes, mom’s famous home-made cheesecake and white chocolate dipper pretzel sticks!
It was certainly a labor of love… but dont worry, we brought them to the Mellow Mushroom for dinner that night!
(My Mellow Mushroom count last week officially totaled 5…this is bad)
Guests started arriving and the food buffet was open!
Anna’s friends came from near and far! She has such a wonderful group of beautiful friends!
(Anna on the right!)
I recently bought a mini polaroid camera ( I know, so hipster right?)
As I snapped pictures of the event, we placed them on the mantel!
After everyone mingled and ate, Anna opened all her sweet baby boy presents
And of course there were many, many, “ooooos, and ahhhhhs”
After all the gifts were opened, we went outside to take a few silly pictures.
This is Anna and her sister Melissa, fellow first-time auntie!
Let’s frame that adorable baby bump!
Seems like you can’t throw a party these days without a mustache photobooth!
We thought it was a perfectly appropriate way to celebrate Little Man Connor.
We had a great group of ladies and I really hope everyone had a good time.
(you can see we had a few other expectant moths in the crowd!)
It was such a fun party to plan for such a SPECIAL occasion and a SPECIAL lady!
I am so blessed to have the best sister-in-law in the world and cannot wait to meet little Connor!
Less than a month to go… :)
I will be selling a line of vintage-inspired, handmade paper party goods in Orange and on Etsy soon!
Stay tuned for more pictures and details