My actual baby shower was a couple of weeks ago, but my talented photographer sister finally got a chance to upload and share the pictures yesterday! I am super excited to share them with you! They look amazing, especially since my sister uses a fancy-pants camera and knows how to do all kinds of editing tricks on the computer to enhance the colors and the focus. ENJOY!
Speaking of fancy-pants, the baby shower was held at the Vanilla Pastry Studio, an upscale cupcake bakery in Regent’s Square. The inside of the place was colorful and whimsical and fun, and it SMELLED amazing.
While we were “partying” in the party room upstairs, it was business as usual downstairs, with all sorts of tasty treats and a fancy espresso machine bringing people through the door.
Even though we were surrounded by delicious goodies (and it would have been much easier to just allow them to cater), my mom insisted on making her own treats from scratch–because she’s sweet like that. 🙂
Me with some of the girls in my small group–I love these girls! When the party started, my mom wanted everyone to introduce themselves and say how they met me, and it was a little bit funny because every single person knew me through church! I guess I didn’t realize it before, but that’s really where I’ve made most of my Pittsburgh friends.
This picture cracks me up–my dad trying to look sophisticated with his little cup of blue fruit punch. 😉
Thankfully, my mom and my sister stayed away from doing any awkward shower games (identifying the smushed candy bar inside the diaper? The blindfolded baby food taste test? The baby bottle milk-chugging contest–>harder than it looks!). But she did have the girls decorate plain white baby bibs with permanent Sharpie marker, to create a little keepsake. They were all SO cute (and now I have a stack of baby bibs to use)!
Danielle, my graphic artist friend, was working on this one with little giraffes. 🙂
The finished products!
I felt overwhelmed by a giant mountain of gifts–it literally took me an hour to open them all!
Some of my favorite gifts were the handmade ones. My Aunt Sondra made a soft book out of fabric for the baby–I’ve never even seen such a thing! It has an adorable story about a fluffy little bunny!
My mom made a soft, fleecy baby blanket with cute little owls sitting on crescent moons. If you couldn’t tell, owls are kind of my thing. 😉
I feel so grateful for my family all traveling such long distances (Knoxville, Cincinnati, Philadelphia) to spend a whirlwind weekend in Pittsburgh for the baby shower! My sister has never been to Pittsburgh before, but this lookout point at Overlook Park is about as close as she got to seeing the city! She and my mom did an awesome job on the shower (and the beautiful pictures!).
Only three more weeks until my little owl is due to fly from his nest! 😉