Over the weekend, we marked a rather amazing milestone. My little human just turned one. ONE! How is that possible? Fastest year of my life, bar none. So today I have a fun little throwback for you – the reveal of my baby shower from a year ago. I thought it’d be fun to share the never before seen pics. It was such a special day.

Not really being a big fan of showers – they’ve always felt a bit torturous to me – I knew exactly what I had to do – call in the big guns, aka my bestie Cassandra of Coco + Kelley fame to create an afternoon both my guests and I would be sure to love. I knew she’d understand my desire for a chic, understated fete. And since the majority of my family and close friends are in the Seattle area, I got to head north to enjoy an afternoon in Coco + Kelley’s beautiful studio space. It did not disappoint.

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Our theme for the shower was Golden Slumbers. The clouds, stars and moon motif was an elevated nod to all things nursery without having to hang onsies on the wall. (Note, all the cutesy baby stuff has grown on me since actually having a child. I was in ignorant bliss before that). However, I was and remain obsessed with all things paper, so I adored our letterpress invitation created by Farewell Paperie.

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The muted color palette was obviously right up my alley. Soft grays, touches of blush and a minimalist hand in accessorizing set a lovely, understated scene. The afternoon was spent relaxing, eating and catching up with family and dear friends. No games, no crafts. My version of heaven.

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The food was really the most important part of the day for me. Because everyone loves to eat well, especially a pregnant lady! The spread of fresh salads, individual finger sandwiches wrapped in wax paper & raffia, salmon skewers and stuffed mushrooms were as delicious as they were beautiful. And how sweet are those custom cupcakes by famed Trophy Cupcakes & Party. I should have frozen one to enjoy on le bebe’s birthday.

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what i’m wearing: rag & bone blazer // hatch silk jumpsuit // Celine pumps

Of course Cassandra outdid herself by having custom paper mache clouds made. Guests wrote wishes for the kiddo on metallic stars that dangled from each cloud. It’ll be so fun to read each wish to him one day. We ended the day with a little bit of obligatory gift opening, but a few ooohs and awwws at cuddly stuffed animals and tiny clothes that were too cute for words was tolerable!

And of course, we had to have a little treat bag for the guests to take home.

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Everyone was treated to a tote of lovely little somethings, including a lunar calendar, ceramic star trinket dish and luxurious lip salve. The day was such a wonderful way to celebrate such a life-changing milestone. I felt close to and supported by all the amazing women that have been in my life through the years. And of course I was so grateful to Cassandra and my squad of girlfriends for organizing such a perfect day.

In celebration of Carter’s first birthday, Cassandra and I thought it would be fun to share a gift bag with all of you!

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1. Lunar phases calendar 

2. Leather Star charm

3. Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner 

4. Rosanna star trinket tray 

5. Hatch Collection Hatch to Hospital box 

6. Antica Farmacista Baby Diffuser 

Whether you’re a mama-to-be or are simply in the mood for a little treat, this goodie bag is the perfect spring pick-me-up. And we’ve added a few additional touches for you! The first is the Hatch to Hospital kit. It is the perfect gift for any expecting mama. I LOVED mine – I used every piece while in the hospital and still live in my soft nightshirt and pad around in my cashmere socks. And Cassandra added the Antica Farmacista Diffuser. Regardless of whether your expecting or not, a lovely scent to freshen your home to a sweet lip gloss to freshen your lips is the prefect little treat yo’self care package.

HOW TO ENTER: Enter to win by simply leaving a note in the comments below. Cassandra and I are giving away one bag each – we’ll pick the two winners at random and announce them on FRIDAY, April 15. Get a bonus entry by following Apartment 34 on Bloglovin – it’s an easy way to make sure you keep up on the next phase of our new/old house design!

And be sure to head over to Coco + Kelley for her shower-planning tips. You can enter to win a goodie bag there too!

photography by katie parra 

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  1. What a lovely shower! Having my son in 2015 has given me such a different and deeper respect for my own mother, grandmothers and mom-friends. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a nice gift.

  2. Wow. Everything is so beautiful and I love the colors!!

  3. Fantastic bag and shower 🙂 Gorgeous details. Following on bloglovin!

  4. love this giveaway! i’d love to share this with my friend who is due at any minute! i also followed on bloglovin’ under kailove07.

  5. I love those papier mache clouds! So sweet. I already follow you on bloglovin.

    So fun to look back at the shower a year later

  6. What a beautiful set of gifts for a new Mama. I know some lovely ladies who would really appreciate such beautiful gifts! ♥

  7. Your baby shower looks like it was beautiful. I love the clouds and stars theme.

  8. What a lovely un-fussy shower! Showers seem to have such a negative connotation recently – a lot of hassle and scripting for not a lot of enjoyment. It looks like you pulled it off beautifully. Love the gift bag!

  9. Love this giveaway! I’m also now following you on Bloglovin 🙂

  10. I love the paper mache cloud with stars to write little notes down idea for a baby shower. Such a unique and beautiful theme.

  11. Such a cool and different idea! I love the bag and treats 🙂

  12. As a momma of a 1.5yr old it’s so hard to feel justified in taking the time for yourself! I’d keep this beauties just for me, to remind me that I’m doing my best and that I’d always hang the moon for my little star ;o)

  13. oh this is just the sweetest! everything i perfect for a baby shower – i love it! i just signed up to bloglovin and am now following you as well 🙂

  14. The shower is so darling and love those treat bags! What fun!

  15. I’d love to send this to my cousin…she just had her first baby and I think she deserves a pick-me-up after the fact 🙂

  16. Those cupcakes are gorgeous! I also was not a big fan of playing games at baby showers and enjoyed just relaxing and catching up with family and friends on that day.

  17. What a beautiful pack! Thanks for the opportunity to win it… 🙂

    1. Also following on Bloglovin’ – can’t believe I wasn’t already!
      The food looks amazing – do you have recipes?

  18. Oh how I adore all the sweet details of this baby shower! What a beautiful celebration. I’m about to have my first babe in 3 weeks or so, and I would love a treat such as this right now! Following Apt. 34 on Bloglovin, as well. Happy birthday to your little man!

    fingers crossed,
    Natalie
    @oystersandpearls

  19. My new baby boy is just 3 weeks old. What a perfect little mama gift. Thank you for hosting such a lovely giveaway. Fingers crossed…

  20. This is gorgeous! Cassandra outdid herself.

    I finally hopped on the Blogloving train and I’m enjoying staying up to date with your home!

  21. I love the idea of an un-fussy shower! Since I’m southern and we believe one per mama (no matter how many kids) you only get one go around and this looks so simple and set up perfectly for socializing instead of doing games and such.

  22. Love your baby shower theme. It looked like such a nice calm event honoring you and your son.

    The gift looks amazing. I am expecting my first later this year and loving all the shower and gift ideas. Thanks for the opportunity!

  23. Cutest idea ever! I have several baby showers to help with this summer and yours is a great idea. Thanks!

  24. My favorite cousin and first time Mommy deserves this so much!! She has had multiple miscarriages and finally had her “rainbow” baby on 3/27/2016!! She has cared for so many children throughout her life and it’s a joy to see her with her own baby girl!

  25. I love everything in this goodie bag – all so gorgeous! My husband and I are expecting our first baby boy on July 31 and I would love the chance to win.

  26. Love! This would be so great for my sister in law who is pregnant with her first child. She needs some major pampering!

  27. I would love to give this to my cousin, who is a new mom as of a month ago. She certainly deserves some pampering!

  28. My sister is having her second baby and I’d love for her to win this gift!

  29. Love the baby shower theme! Would love to win the Hatch hospital box for a pregnant friend!

  30. This is a gorgeous giveaway. And congrats on making it through the first year!!!!

  31. What a lovely way to celebrate and feel celebrated! Thank you for sharing.

  32. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I only wish that I could hold a party as special for my son when he turns one. Congratulations!

  33. This sounds so wonderful! I am expecting a baby girl this sept and I cannot wait. i love love my son but am over the moon to have this baby girl join our little family!!

  34. Love the theme of the shower. It looked STUNNING. I’m having my first child in 6 months and taking notes from this.

  35. Everything looks so chic. I’d share the treats with my sister. We’re both expecting a month apart and it would be a special treat.

  36. My favorite is the sitting nook with the cloud and stars. So very pretty indeed. I’d love to share this lovely gift with my best friend.

  37. Such a lovely baby shower, I love how peaceful and dreamy everything came out.

  38. Your baby shower is the cutest and it’s so chic! Love the light grey and rose gold combination. I am not an expecting mother but I would love to win these gifts and share them with my wedding planner, who is expecting in June. She’s a good friend of mine and would definitely enjoy the treats you and Cassandra hand picked for this giveaway. Thank you for this opportunity and Happy Birthday to your son!

  39. Love to colours and the not to “kiddy” theme!

  40. What an adorable theme! Love this idea! Beautiful shower!

  41. Such a beautiful shower! I’m jealous I didn’t think of this lovely color palette for my shower. Maybe next time around!

  42. Beautiful! You both have such great style. Fingers crossed that I win.

  43. We are expecting our first grandchild this year. These ideas will come in handy. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Loved the star and moon decor at your shower. Reminds me of Baby Jives mobiles which I’ve had my eye on for my son’s nursery (who was born in December. Poor second child, who knows when I’ll get around to decorating his nursery!) We,too, just moved into a new house so I can relate to taking your time in decorating it!

  45. Such a sophisticated shower! I and love everything from Hatch!

  46. Thanks for the shower tips!! Very helpful as I start to plan my shower – I’m having my first this September! I would love to win this giveaway.

  47. I’m in love with your baby shower theme. It’s classy while being adorable and cute but without being over the top.

  48. What an amazing giveaway! The gift bags for your shower guests was such a lovely and thoughtful touch. My baby shower is this weekend and I’m also looking forward to good food and chatting with friends and family, many from out of town – that’s definitely the most important part!

  49. What a beautiful post. So inspired by the colors. Thanks!

  50. I’m due in July and hope to be as chic as you at my shower! Thanks so much for the chance!

  51. The Hatch box does sound like a lovely new-mother gift! And I’d love to try that diffuser – so elegant.

  52. Also, I am following you on Bloglovin: elizabethashley5 🙂

  53. I love the muted pallete; something I envision for my bridal shower this spring. I admire all that you do, keep it coming!

  54. This is so sweet 🙂 I’ve never been a fan of the idea of a traditional baby shower, but this soft, relaxed take is surprisingly appealing. Good job you!

  55. I’m being selfish and nominating myself as a mom of three littles…three boys under three years with not one shower. (Adopting through the foster care system). Such an amazing way to change my life as well as theirs!

  56. Gah! It’s like you hand picked all of the items that my own mother would pick herself. That’s who this gorgeous giveaway would go to…she is one in a million and will hit her 5 year cancer free date on May 5th. This would be an incredible surprise for her to celebrate that milestone. Thanks for the chance to win!

  57. Such a sweet and completely non-offensive shower!

  58. This is such a cute gift idea! I would love to win and share this with an expecting mama!

  59. Such a darling baby shower! Congrats 🙂

  60. Oh what a lovely gift of friendship and celebration. the gift bag is icing on the cupcake!

  61. My friend of 20 years is having her third!

  62. the hatch to hospital box is my dream! fingers crossed!

  63. So lovely! Thanks for giving us the chance to win!!

  64. Inspired by all of the beauty in each and every post! Thank you for that. Due in 3 weeks and excited for the chance at these goodies, or maybe I’ll have to find one or two on my own. Thanks! Maika

  65. I am expecting my second child after what has been a trying, tearful uphill battle the last five years. The challenges have made us stronger, and now my sweet boy will be a big brother! My husband and I are full of joy for this miracle. As a graduate student studying autism, and a grateful mama, I would be over the moon and back to welcome this luxury into my life.

    Thank you for sharing your beauty, light, and inspirational spirit with the world!