My dear friend Heidi's baby shower was today! My, oh my we had a lot of fun! I'm so glad we went with the earlier date too, since just last week she was scheduled for a c-section next week due to some special circumstances. Baby Ella Kate wasn't due until the end of September, so please keep Heidi and Ella Kate in your prayers for a smooth, safe delivery and a healthy baby girl with strong lungs!
Since Heidi's nursery for Ella Kate is decorated in pink, green, and yellow, we decided to go with that theme for the shower. Her mother graciously let us have the shower in her clubhouse, which worked out great!
Here's Heidi with the cutest baby bump ever! Of course the only picture I have of us with her, Grace is blinking in :( Here's a better picture of the little pumpkin! The cake inspired by little girls' mary jane shoes! I'm upset that in the frenzy of getting everything set up, I didn't take a picture of the cute matching petit fours, complete with "fairy dust sprinkles" as the baker told me (iridescent sprinkles) Some of the goodies My homemade contribution, strawberry delight trifle - yum! A while back I stumbled upon these cute baskets with striped liners in pink, green, and yellow - how lucky is that! So I used them to hold my gifts to Heidi. We asked guests to also bring a copy of their favorite children's book to help us build Ella Kate's library - so fun! And she ended up with 30+ books!!! Since I love all things monogrammed or personalized, I bought Ella Kate four of the "Ella" books :) A close up of the sweet wreath. Now, I'm not a big fan of the diaper cake since most that I've seen are a little tacky in my opinion, so when one of my co-hostesses told me she was making one I crossed my fingers that it would be cute. I had nothing to worry about - it turned out adorable! The centerpieces were simple and elegant. One of the other co-hostesses borrowed family photos from Heidi, copied and framed them. This one is of my sweet goddaughter Madeline when she was 4 months old! The photos were great conversation starters and Heidi even got teary-eyed when she saw them. Opening gifts. Madeline was so excited to help! She kept running to Heidi, hugging her belly and telling Ella Kate "look what you got!" :) Right after Heidi found out she was having a girl, I found out Belle Ame had started carrying newborn pettiskirts. Immediately, I KNEW I had to get this little confection for her. Imagine how excited I was when Heidi told me a couple of weeks ago that she wanted to dress Ella Kate as a ballerina for Halloween! I knew my little raspberry petti would be perfect and she LOVED it, which made me so happy. It was so hard to keep it a secret, but I did!!! I'm not good at keeping "happy secrets" - I like to share the joy right away :) Of course, I couldn't leave big sis out. This fun little number was perfect for Madeline! And this is the cutest book for any big sis about to have a little sis. And finally, the cute party favors! Can't wait to meet you soon, Ella Kate! Aunt Jessica loves you!