Real Baby Shower: Baby Blessings & Sweet Notes

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Well, hello there December.  We've been anxiously waiting for your arrival because we love everything about you -- the crisp cool air, the lights, cheery carols, pepperminty sweets -- ooo! and let's not forget the fun holiday greeting notes you get to send to all your friends and family!  There's something so exciting about opening your mailbox in the winter and seeing red envelopes with snowmen, reindeers, and snowy trees on them!  We love any kind of creative paper design -- especially Elizabeth.  She tends to get a bit giddy when she sees an extraordinary paper design, which is why she fell so hard for Sarah's sweet shower.  This shower has so many cute printable note ideas -- from cupcake toppers to bookplates and letters to Baby Noah.  We also died from sweetness overload when Sarah told us that guests created a book of little things that made the soon-to-be-Momma an extra special Mom -- just a little something she could read during the sometimes lonnnng days during Mommihood with two active boys. :)  Isn't that just a wonderfully simple and thoughtful baby shower idea?!  Loves!  And, there's even more wonderful ideas tucked inside Sarah's note at the end of today's post -- so, make sure all you paper loving divas check it out!

From Sarah... Right before Noah was born, my sweet sister threw the most amazing shower for me. It was a "Baby Blessings Shower" -- an intimate gathering of my closest girlfriends and family. Since this was my second little boy, I really didn't need a traditional baby shower, but Katie still wanted to do something special to honor me and baby Noah. So, the purpose of this get-together was to shower us with prayers and blessings. It was such a touching celebration ... quite possibly one of the best days of my pregnancy ... and the memory of that afternoon is something I will treasure in my heart forever.

Katie really pulled out all the stops ... from the food, to the decorations, to all the thoughtful details that made the day so memorable. One of the many little things Katie did to make the shower extra meaningful was to include a "Notes to Noah" notecard when she mailed out the invitations. Each guest was asked to write a small note to Noah and bring it with them to the shower. Katie collected all the cards and put them into a keepsake album for me.

The food was spectacular! Everything was so delicious ... black bean tartlets, chicken salad mini rolls, pumpkin mousse cups, raspberry jam bars ... I could go on and on ... :)

Instead of a gift, Katie asked everyone to bring their favorite children's book to the shower to help build baby Noah's library. She printed out bookplates so each person could write a personalized message and stick it inside their book.

And after I unwrapped each book, she asked the "giver" to say one reason they thought that I was a good mom. She took notes and recorded what everyone said, and later she sent me an encouragement page titled "Little Things that Make Sarah a Great Mom" for me to pull out and read whenever I'm having a hard day with the boys. Isn't that a fantastic idea?!

And knowing that I'm such a paper diva, she made coordinating food tent cards, favor tags, and cupcake flags that all matched the beautiful invitations she sent out. I LOVE those kind of small touches!

Design & Photography: Sarah from Jack & Izzy


BK said...

What a beautiful baby shower. Those chocolate covered pretzels look delicious.

Anonymous said...

I loved reading Sarah's view of the shower. So sweet and appreciative of her thoughtful sister. The books were a good idea. The giver explaining why the book was chosen - a great idea! cek said...

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