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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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