I can’t believe I’m 5 weeks away from my due date! I can’t wait for this little one to get here (well, I guess I can – there are still so many things to do!!) Between getting a house and planning for a newborn bundle of awesomeness and working, I’m surprised I haven’t lost my mind. Maybe it’s good that I’m preparing myself for a non-stop responsibility roller coaster ride. I’m still so amazed that I’m growing a tiny human. It truely is amazing to me. I’m not sure it will fully hit me until I get to meet him. I think I will probably cry for days. Of joy and amazement, of course.
Anyway! I’ve been wanting to post about my baby shower for a while now and found myself a free moment this morning. Part 1: invitations! I was so excited to design and screen print my own invitations for the shower. Combining my favorite activities with such a joy-filled event felt really great. I wanted to make something cute & nature-inspired because I really feel like my approach to parenting will involve a lot of “let’s go outside” strategies. I want the little one to have a lot of fun outdoor times and we are so excited to take him on adventures already. Also – it’s springtime so it was perfect! Every step of the invitation process was ridiculously fun for me – from the hand lettering and illustration to addressing each envelope (it’s no wonder this is my job!) – and I’m really proud that I dedicated so much time and love into the project. “Labor of love” has never been more of a thing.
So, here they are! Each invitation is screen printed with yellow and green ink on french speckletone paper. We printed the invites and thank you notes at the same time. I got matching yellow envelopes and lined them with kraft paper for a cute added touch and then hand addressed each envelope in calligraphy.
I didn’t stop at invitations! I really wanted to make some fun shower favors for the guests and decided on little succulent open jar terrariums.
First, I got to go to a huge magical greenhouse with Lisa from Pot & Box to pick out some succulents. They were all so pretty and I couldn’t choose, so I went with a variety! Next, all I needed to do was:
+ put rocks at the bottom of the glass jars (just your average mason jar!)
+ followed by cacti potting soil
+ add some decorative moss
+ and then dig a little hole in the soil to plant the adorable succulent right in the middle.
I have a ton of little left over terra cotta pots that the plants originally came in – I’m wondering what’s tiny enough to put in them?
Lastly, I wrapped each jar with twine and tied a yellow tag with each person’s name in calligraphy and little kraft labels with tiny care instructions on the back! (These were way easy – I bought some circle kraft labels and printed them off on my printer)
Needless to say, it was pretty time consuming, but SO worth it. I really actually enjoyed putting lots of energy into this little time of celebration. The only downfall was that I’m pretty sure that playing around with all of the the soil and plants that day gave me a cold, which I was able to (for the most part) shake off for the day of the shower.
Speaking of the actual shower – it was so fun! I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better baby shower. I can’t thank my mom and dad enough for putting it all together at their house. My mom really bent over backwards (and probably put way too much stress on her back) to host my shower – she is the best hostess with the most mostest. Overall, I’m feeling super SUPER grateful. Especially for the people who sat around for like, two hours while I opened gifts. Note to self – baby shower bingo was a good idea because otherwise it would have been EPIC SNOOZEFEST for everyone there.
My real favorite parts (aside from getting to hang out with some lovely ladies all day) were the lemon flavored Sweet Heather Anne macarons (they were seriously such a hit – I think I ate 20), GORGEOUS flower arrangements from Pot & Box and our favorite lunch food from Jerusalem Garden (even their day-old falafel tastes better than anyone else’s at it’s freshest – no joke). I guess Ann Arbor businesses had a lot to do with making my shower awesome too!
And I can’t end this post without some photos of Steve and I being Steve and I (thanks for snapping these really quick, Laura!) and a pretty picture of me and my mom :)