Friday, November 13, 2009

Fantastic Owl-Themed Baby Shower!!

Last night was my baby shower, hosted by my best friend, Tami.

Since I'm due at the beginning of January, Tami had the shower just before the busiest time of the year (Thanksgiving and Christmas).

I just about died, it was all so perfect. Remember the adorable invitations she already sent out? She kept with the owl theme. Which I love, since I fell in love with my Carter's Tree Tops baby bedding because of the darling owl on the comforter.

The pictures simply don't do the shower justice. The time and effort, the detail, all the special little (and big!) touches made me feel SOOOOO loved. Several girls asked Tami if she'll be their friend, too ("Hint, hint, do MY next baby shower!," they were all thinking). : )

But I'm going to try with the pictures anyway.

Welcome table at a local clubhouse:

This "family tree" has pictures hanging from it, and five of them are all of our baby pictures. 2 of them were from Tami's family. People had to guess Whoo was Whoo, knowing 2 of the pictures didn't belong!

This nest contained the cards for the opening game. Look at those beautiful white feathers!

Here are the cute "guessing" cards. No one guessed all of us right, though most people were pretty good at weeding out the pictures that didn't belong. A lot of people thought Rob's baby pic was me and visa versa. : )

My flash was too strong and too close, so it's hard to see these little miniature blue binkies on their brown-ribbon necklaces, but they were cute. They were the other game. If you said "baby," and got caught, you had to give up your necklace. I think the person with the most necklaces at the end had 5 of them. Of course I lost mine in about the first 2 minutes!

Going around the room, from left to right, after the welcome table, was a nice sitting area.

Next, my woodland animals comforter was set up on display next to the cookie bar.

And what a cookie bar it was! Look at all those gorgeous, fresh home-made cookies, and their presentation! There were little bags you can see at the bottom of the picture that had stickers on them with the owl from my invitation, and people could mix and match cookies and take them home in the little baggies as their party favors.

And look at the beautiful diaper cake in the middle, with the rich brown and blue ribbon, and little miniature binkies attached to each layer!

Swinging around to the right were banquet tables set up end to end, with a blue runner, miniature bird's nests, apples, & fresh flowers that had similar blue and brown ribbons wrapped around their vases (I took a new pic of the flowers as they sat on my mantle this morning, so you can see just how pretty they are).

The tables were next to a mirror, and you can see the food table in the background.

And of course the food was DELICIOUS, since Tami served things I'm craving, like chicken salad sandwiches with cashews, purple grapes, celery & chicken, with a twist of ranch dressing mixed w/ mayo. Mmm mmm. I took this pic before everything was set out, though. Can you see that fresh fruit behind the wraps? Happy sigh. I'm still full.

Here is my yummy & pretty chocolate cake. I know you're asking, "Well, what did everyone else eat?" But I was really nice.
I shared.

Some ladies, eating. I loved seeing so many great friends; "school" moms (we meet when our kids are in the same classes, and bond quickly), neighbors (I have an AWESOME neighborhood, it's one of the reasons I never want to move), and gals from church (I also have a great ward/congregation, yet another reason I love right where I live).
Some ladies, chatting (ok, well, a lot of them stopped chatting when Tami snapped the pic).
More chatty ladies. That's what we do best. I loved every minute!
One of my gifts, a home made "rag" quilt from my neighbor Hope, which I took a picture of this morning.
I would also post the picture of the home-made hooded towel my sneaky cousin Shelly sent Tami from Illinois, that Tami quietly nestled in with the rest of the gifts. But it's already upstairs in the bathroom where the boys were quite excited over who got to use it first.
A picture of Tami and me at the end of the shower. Awww. The perfect ending to a lovely night. (And if you look at the cookie bar you can see it was a hit. Even though Tami replenished it all night, pretty much ALL the cookies went home with the guests.)

Well, actually, it was made even better when she came over to my house later that night and we sat and re-lived the shower together, which I always love to do after something memorable.
Again, what else can I say but give a HAPPY, contented SIGH, and cuddle up with some of the baby's new, soft blankets and stuffed animals? And tease my kids about letting them "eat" a piece of the diaper cake???

Life is good.


Shelly said...

Oh wow, I really should have tried to mail myself. I want Tami to be my friend to (and I have no immediate plans for another baby).

It looks perfect! I'm so glad it went so well!

You know I make the towels for the babies and the siblings love them, lol.

Rorie Jones said...

You are such a cute preggo person! I hope I have half of your luck :)

Katie said...

Wow! what a celebration. I am so excited for you! I'm sorry I missed it, my mom sure had fun.

Katie said...

Kimberly, you look so beautiful in these pics. Tami, you did a fabulous job. Thanks so much for taking care of her for us. We wish that we could have been there for you, but we're glad that Tami and all your friends were there for you. Everything looks beautiful in the pictures.

Kimbooly said...

Shelly--yes, I do know you love to make those towels, thank you! And thanks for my hair clip back and the cute shoes. AND, the boys have already enjoyed using the towel. : )

Rorie--you can be my favorite person; I'm just starting to feel huge, not cute. : )

Katie--I undestand you couldn't make it, and got your fb message about it. Don't worry about it. I was DELIGHTED your mom came. What a special treat that she went so far out of her way and stayed so late so she got to go to our horribly messy house and talk to Rob and tell stories to the boys!

Katie Tatie Sister-o-matie-- I love you and I wish you could have come, too! And you can also be my favorite person for saying I look beautiful! I do have wonderful friends here, I feel extremely blessed.

stewbert said...

You look amazing! Sounds like a fun party with wonderful friends and awesome gifts. :)

Brittany Alecia said...

Where is the woodland blanket/quilt from? I would love this for my nursery. Thank you

Debbie Miller said...

My daughter-in-law and son loved the quilt so much they decided they wanted one similar, only in brighter colors for their baby. After searching everywhere for the pattern, my husband drew each square of the quilt. I used light turquoise for the sky, and purple for the sashimg! It turned out fantastic! Thank you for posting your quilt for great inspiration!

Chery Bradley said...

I love the woodlands quilt. Is there any way to get the pattern for it?

Debbie Miller said...

I have the drawings I used to make the quilt. If you are interested you can go to my Etsy page and contact me. It is SquirrelLakeQuilts.

Kimberly Wilson said...

Debbie, that is so cool! And thanks for your help--I seem to have an issue with my comments getting to me, so I don't see them sometimes until months or even years later. If you will email me your comments as well, at my gmail email with the handle: kimburlyandrob

Chery, I got the quilt as part of a bed set at Babies R Us. I forget the specific name of it, but boy did I love it. Even though it was my fourth baby, it was my first true baby bedset, with the side bumpers and a dust ruffle and a mobile and everything. I still love the set, and am not sure I'm willing to ever part with it, even though it was only used for my last baby.

Kimberly Wilson said...

Debbie, how do I get to your etsy site? I went to etsy and typed in your name, but didn't see anything come up that resembled the woodland quilt.

Debbie Miller said...

Kimberly, I don't have the quilt on my site yet. I am trying to get more pictures of it, but we've had snow that kept me from taking it outside. If you'd like a photo of the quilt I can get that to you.

mackyton said...

Adorable baby shower. Seriously in love with everything you had arranged. The welcome table is something that is adding grace. Have never thought of such an amazing theme but just loved it. Planning to have most of arrangements for my sister’s baby shower at one of LA event venues. Want to make her day a memorable one.