This last weekend I had the honor and privilege of hosting a garden baby shower for my very best friend, Lauren and her baby girl #2, Annie- who will be here next month!
I know a lot of people side eye the notion of baby showers for any baby besides baby #1, but to that I say, BAH. I think every.single.baby is so stinking special and they all deserve to be celebrated just as much. So, if you’re my BFF and you’re on kid #1 or kid #10, you can expect a party from me. Because your babies are so very loved, even before they’re here, and they all deserve their own special party.
Okay, off my soapbox!
For Lauren’s 1st baby shower, we celebrated in January so I went with a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” theme. But this time around, with a summer baby on the way, I wanted to do something really flowery, girly, and springy. I ultimately ended on the “In Full Bloom Garden” theme and had so much fun putting it all together! With flowers, gardens, light and airy decor and foods, this garden baby shower came together just how I had hoped!
Take a look!
The first thing I purchased for the shower were these invitations from Minted. They kind of turned into the entire inspiration for the whole party. They’re so soft and feminine and beautiful. It’s kind of crazy how much I love these invitations!
Everything I decorated with basically came from my own house! I hit it big with the Target Dollar spot this spring when they had tons of sweet garden themed decorations in it. I found lots of vases, signs, and the chalkboard garden markers there for just a few dollars each.
I actually love making beautiful royal icing cookies, but I knew that I would be pressed for time and wouldn’t be able to make them this time around. So instead I hired out a friend who recently opened a bakery to make these amazing cookies for me! I sent her an email with the invitation attached to it and told her I didn’t care what the cookies looked like, but that this was my inspiration for the shower. And this is what she made! I was blown away by how gorgeous they were.
If you’re in Joplin- you can find more of Kristen’s amazing work at her website: here!
Other than the cookies, I(with the help of three amazing friends from church- seriously I am forever indebted to them for their help!) made all of the food for this shower. At the end of the post I will try to put together a source list of all of the recipes I used and any of the decor I can find to link to!
At the last baby shower we decorated burp rags. I wanted to do something similar but different this time, so we made baby girl some new bows and headbands! I purchased a kit from Etsy that came with all of the bows and elastic, all I had to do was set out hot glue guns, tags for folks to label which bows they made, and I set out this cute little watering can to put the finished products in!
After food had been eaten and hair bows were being made, Lauren got to open her gifts(with the help of many, many little girls). As she opened a gift, whoever gave it to her gave her some advice, or a hope and wish for baby Annie. It was a really special and personal time. Even filled with a few tears! Without sharing all of Lauren’s story, I can just say that both of her girls were so desperately longed for, just like both of mine were. So to get to celebrate another baby was such a special and happy thing.
Yes, Abigail fashioned herself a really awesome dress/robe/cape out of wrapping paper. Five year old’s are awesome.
If there was ever a quintessential Lauren and Courtney picture? This is basically it.
Luckily, we clean up pretty nicely.
Lauren and I were laughing/reflecting over how at her last shower, we had no children to wrangle(I had left Abigail with Jim) and we had both of our Mom’s there early helping organize and put everything together! This time around, we had three little girls to keep up with and my Mom couldn’t make it this time. So, needless to say, things were a little crazy! But, I did it! Both of my girls really did great for four hours in the car, plus a party, plus a distracted Mom. And most importantly, we had a really wonderful shower celebrating Miss Annie and our Auntie Lauren.
Lauren and I still can’t believe that for two girls(us) who became best friends because we desperately needed another girl in our life- both of our houses were filled with brothers- that here we are, having daughters! It’s so crazy! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is absolutely amazing.