Baby Shower!

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. πŸ™‚

She made these little blue cupcakes herself, even infusing jelly into the centers and topping them with edible sugar forest animals (to match my nursery theme)

She made these little blue cupcakes herself, even infusing jelly into the centers and topping them with edible sugar forest animals (to match my nursery theme).

Hand-dipped pretzels! Look how pretty they are!

Hand-dipped yogurt pretzels! Look how pretty they are!

She also made this fruit punch (using a packet of blue Jello). She tried to float some little rubber ducks in the dish, but they went bottoms-up, haha! :-)

She also made this fruit punch (using a packet of blue Jello and vanilla ice cream). She tried to float some little rubber ducks in the dish, but they went bottoms-up, haha! πŸ™‚



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. πŸ˜‰


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. πŸ™‚


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. πŸ˜‰


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! πŸ˜‰


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10 thoughts on “Baby Shower!

  1. Oh how nice it is! The place was very colorful and the cupcakes look so YUMMY. I can’t help to appreciate it that much. Congrats to your upcoming blessing. And I hope you will still share more of your special moments.

  2. Debbi Hodges

    Rachel- Thanks for sharing the pics-Heather is amazing, too! You look adorable and the shower looks like such fun-I sooo wanted to be there! I didn’t make anything homemade, as I am not as creative as your mother, but I hope you will find good use for my gift. I am excited about you becoming a mother and my prayers are with you and Justin for God’s wisdom and blessings as you begin this new phase of your lives! I can’t wait to see the pics of your little “owl” πŸ™‚

    Much love,
    Aunt Debbi

  3. Oh my goodness. I don’t know where to start. I love it all! The rubber ducks are drinking the punch – they think it’s tasty, obviously. That looks like the perfect baby shower venue. And I love love love all the sweet bibs designed by your family and friends! Best for last – YOU! You look fabulous! You are gorgeous and glowing.

    • Thanks, Amy! The bibs are so cute that I’m afraid to wash them! But I’m sure when the baby starts using them I will NEED to wash them, eventually…haha. πŸ™‚

  4. Ashley B

    You look great and your mom and sister did such a great job with the shower!! So cute! And how do you only have 3 weeks left?!? Can’t believe it. You better send me lots of pictures πŸ˜‰

    • Two and a HALF weeks left, now! (Not that I’m counting or anything.) πŸ˜‰ I will definitely post pictures! Justin keeps threatening to take during-birth photos even though I’ve forbidden him from it (thankfully, it’s against hospital rules). If he does manage to sneak any of those, I DEFINITELY won’t be posting them…only cute baby photos!

  5. I love it!! It’s all so sweet! And the bib decorating idea is just precious! What a cute (and useful) idea! πŸ™‚

    Also, I know what you mean about your closest friends being people you met through church. Christopher and I were talking the other day about how if it weren’t for church we would hardly have any friends in Memphis. Mostly just our neighbors, haha! So yeah, it’s great how church brings community together! πŸ™‚

    • My husband has done a great job of making friends with people at work (and inviting them to church!), but I just never seem to find many good friends at work. It’s hit or miss!

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