From Maegan... Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for one of my dearest friends, Emily. We have been friends since high school and it is no wonder why. She is such a fun, crafty, down-to-earth, kind, hard working, all around wonderful person. She deserved a fabulous shower.
Did I mention hard-working? Ah, yes... Emily owns Tiny Belle's Boutique and has been up to her eyeballs in tulle and ribbon for the past year. I wanted to give her an afternoon of pampering and relaxation. When her mom, Doann, offered her gorgeous backyard for the shower and I jumped at the opportunity. It was the perfect setting for Emily's Garden Spa themed baby shower.
There were a few things I planned to make this baby shower extra special. It can be hard for mommies to relax with little ones in tow, despite their best efforts, which is why I hired a sitter for the shower. I wanted everyone to be able to sit back and enjoy themselves, especially their massages. Yep, I hired massage therapists to give everyone mini-massages during the baby shower. Nothing says relaxation like a massage. My friend Angela (the über talented photographer responsible for these pictures) recommended a massage school in the area. They had come to her MOPS group and given massages earlier in the year. Massage schools are a wonderful (and much less expensive) option if you are considering something like this for your next event. Instead of shower games, I set up a manicure station to go along with the massages.
You simply cannot have a spa baby shower without pampering bath products. Each guest took home lavender scented lotion, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath cubes, lip balm and sachets. I designed all of the labels for the favors as well as the signs you see scattered about. I even made most of the favors with lavender from my yard. (Go, me!)
Let's not forget the dessert buffet. There were three expectant mommies in attendance. We had to have treats! Again, Angela, photographer extraordinaire came to my rescue with her recommendation of A Little Taste of Heaven. They made an assortment of delicious desserts for me. Everyone was raving about them during the shower, especially the little lavender Frazier cookies. Mmmmmmm! In keeping with the lavender garden theme, we served Lavender Lemonade. It sounds strange but was quite good. I do have one suggestion though if you are making this for a large group of people. Instead of using fresh squeezed lemons, add the lavender to lemonade concentrate. LOL!
Instead of gifts, we had a wishing tree at the baby shower where people could write their wishes for Baby Stella and Emily (and attach a gift card if they wished.) I thought this was a nice touch considering that this is Emily's third baby girl and has just about everything she needs already.
Tablescape Styling and Party Designs: Simply Styled Home / Photography: Angela Parris of Stillpoint Photography / Flowers: Emily's Mom, Doann / Desserts: A Little Taste of Heaven by Lora Brewster / Massage Therapists: NW Noetic School of Massage / Sugar Scrub Cubes & Whipped Sugar Scrub: Bungalow Bath & Body