Baby Shower En Blanc for the Andersons

About a month ago, we were honored to throw the Andersons a baby shower for their little one Austin {who joined the world on just a few weeks ago}! I offered to throw Jess a shower last fall, not totally realizing how much more work it would be to host a party with a brand-new baby, but I did all of the planning before Daphne was born and it worked out pretty well!

Jess had requested an “En Blanc” party, so the theme was super easy: white. I pinned lots of different things, but wanted to keep things simple, both décor and food. Most of the décor I got from Etsy, but everything is linked below for those who have asked. There were tons of babies and it was so wonderful to see so many friends.

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{Popcorn favors}

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{Guess how many candies in the jar & the winner gets the entire thing!}

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{Wishes for Baby Austin}

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{The dessert bar!}

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{Thanks to Cale, the father-to-be, for helping get this donut cake together!}

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{Eloise, Daphne, and Jaz before the party!}

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{These two girls had the BEST time!}

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{All of the MAMAS! Such an amazing group of women.}

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{All of the “new” Papas!}

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{Oh brother, those papas…}

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{The Andersons!}

{photos by Jess // Ready to Pop favor stickers: Kaspi Party Etsy Shop // small white picture frames: Michael’s // white clipboard frame: Target // art: Soeurette, my mama // lidded glass vase: Michael’s // small flower bouquets: Michael’s // Oh Boy banner: Ur Invited Too Etsy Shop // LOVE sign: Target (old) // Wishes for Baby cards: DIY // white balloons: Display and Costume // tissue tassels: DIY // menu card: DIY // Oh Boy cake topper: Foiled Prints // mini cupcakes: Trophy (vanilla-vanilla)}

Congratulations Jess, Cale, and big sister Jazmyne!

M

project baby {car seat cover}

{be sure to check out amanda’s car seat cover too!}

there are a few craft projects that I wanted to finish for baby lower before his or her arrival, especially since I am not able to set up the nursery space yet {its like my own kind of nesting!}. I didn’t want to take on anything too big, but a car seat cover seemed do-able.

amanda & I chatted a bit about this project this tutorial of a car seat cover complete with a peek-a-boo window. at first I was worried about the extra step of adding the window {since I am definitely a beginning sewer} but after reading thru the instructions a few times, I decided to go for it! {side note: this is the first time I have ever had to top-stitch & it went better than I thought it would!}

Car Seat Canopy

{peek-a-boo car seat canopy}

supplies:

  • 1 1/3 yard front fabric – I used this cloud fabric from PlayTimeFabrics on Etsy
  • 1 1/3 yard back fabric – I used a similar fabric to this circle dot fabric from JoAnn 
  • 4 inches of sew-on Velcro
  • medium bowl (to make the rounded corners)
  • ruler, measuring tape, scissors, matching thread (I used white for this entire project)

I followed the instructions pretty much exactly, & apparently don’t have any of my in progress photos… I know I took them, but I cannot find them for the life of me! darn that pregnancy brain! so here are some final photos. our car seat is en route, so just imagine it draped over a car seat!

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{the front with the flap & the straps // close up of the flap}

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{the inside of the flap & the peek-a-boo window // the inside of the cover}

I am really happy with how this cover turned out – it will be perfect to keep baby lower out of the sun & also to keep any germy hands out of the car seat! plus since its just two pieces of cotton fabric, it is really light for the late summer & early fall months. the fabric selection was a bit of a challenge for me at first since I wanted to keep it neutral without being boring & this cloud fabric was exactly what I needed!

mamas out there – did you use a car seat cover?

M

project baby {boise baby sprinkle}

{happy fourth of july!}

as I mentioned in this week’s bump update, my friends jen & beth threw me a baby sprinkle {a shower with a sprinkle theme} last weekend while we were in boise. they did an amazing job {especially considering they have a 3 week old & a 12 week old, respectively} & it was such a perfect way to celebrate baby lower with old friends & family. everyone that was there I have known for at least 10 years so it was really special to celebrate with this group of ladies. thank you so much jen & beth for the sprinkle!

there were lots of yummy desserts – all with sprinkles! – a fantastic drink bar – with lemonade, my fav – peonies, & these gorgeous paper garlands! plus, there were lots of mamas & daughters which makes me so happy.

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{beth’s son henry & her mom // me & barbara // sprinkles!}

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{my sister-in-law kelly & me // kaitlyn, me, & our bumps // kathy – jen’s mom, barbara, my mom, debbie – beth’s mom, & henry}

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{barbara, my mom, kathy, & my aunt gail // the hostesses! // me & my sister anya}

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{kaitlyn, julianne, & anya // debbie & julie // beth, vicky & julie}

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{catching up! // julie, me, & our baby bumps! // jen, her youngest son graham, & kathy}

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{the drink table // beth’s gorgeous living room // dessert table}

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{a fearsome foursome – we’ve been friends since middle school! // vicky & my mom // a gorgeous paper garland // me & the bump}

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{the ladies // opening gifts}

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{oh baby clothes // cupcakes & peonies – doesn’t get much better! // loving on baby graham}

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{sprinkles on cookies & donuts – yes please! // mint green moccasins from freshly picked – adore!}

thank you to my sister anya for taking all of the photos!

a huge thank you again for spoiling me with such a fabulous shower ladies!

M

project baby {seattle baby shower}

as I had mentioned in this week’s bump post, amanda threw me a beautiful & lovely baby shower this past weekend. it was likely a bit of a challenge since it was gender neutral, but it was so, so perfect! every detail was thought of & executed to perfection. thank you amanda – such a fantastic way to celebrate baby lower with a fabulous group of women!

the spread was perfect – snacks & dessert {french macarons & cupcakes – my fav!} & I adored those hanging balloons. & the very sweetest thing was the guest book: everyone’s thumbprints on the cutest print from where the wild things are. this is the first art piece for the nursery!

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{hanging balloons // the spread // the sweets}

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{the guest book // shower prizes // oh baby banner in the bathroom // the most delicious drinks}

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{quote on the guest book // shower game // favors // the spread}

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{the drinks // my balloon chair // law school gals}

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{playing shower games // admiring the youngest shower guest // the oldest of friends}

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{mom, me, & the bump // the guest book // the lovely hostess & me // balloons!}

perfect, right?

M