This past weekend, my friend Sarah threw me a lovely baby brunch in honor of Miss Gracie. It was absolutely lovely and I felt so special – just like any good shower should make an enormous pregnant woman feel.
It came at just the perfect time, too. I’ve been at the end of my pregnancy rope, dangling like a massive round watermelon. I tell you, weeks 35-37 in your pregnancy have to be the lowest. You are so far along and yet so far from the end that you feel like you’ve been pregnant for your entire life and that you’ll never have this baby. But then I hit week 37 and it finally feels like I might make it through this thing after all. So just as I was coming out of my “I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE” phase, Sarah invited some of our co-workers and my family over for a pink party celebration. It couldn’t have been a better time.
There was a ton of food and all the kinds I love – chicken salad and cucumber sandwiches (can we just pause to appreciate the cucumber sandwich? How I love its simplicity…), pasta salad, fruit salad, a big field greens salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, veggies and dip, this yummy salsa with a flavor that I couldn’t place but was really different and delicious, and – of course – cupcakes! Sarah made my favorite cupcake of all time. Funfetti boxed cupcakes with strawberry icing. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
Oh, and she made this amazing punch that will now become a staple in my house. Lemonade mixed with Sprite. It was so delicious and summery!
My mom was there, of course, and she helped with the decorations.
When I was pregnant with Bean, she made this gorgeous diaper cake for my baby shower. This time, she made a giant pink one for Gracie. It was the centerpiece on the gift table and it was adorable! The box that everything was sitting on had a bunch of baby goodies in it like shower cream, lotion, and baby nail clippers. And the, of course, every tier had diapers. So, it was beautiful and practical, too.
Sarah had the party set up out on her back porch by the pool and she did the cutest thing out there. She strung up a clothes line and then hung pink and white baby onesies and socks. It was so simple and so sweet and was such a practical decoration because after the shower, I got to take all the clothes home with me. What a neat idea! I’m definitely stealing this!
When the guests all arrived, we played some of my favorite shower games. I love the one where guests take a string of yarn and they try to guess how long the yarn should be to fit around the pregnant belly. Let me tell you – people think I’m HUGE. Every piece of yarn was at LEAST two feet longer than I am around! It was a lot of fun! We also played a game where you had to fill in the blank with nursery rhymes and I realized that I am a terrible mother because I am not well-versed in those. I had no idea how to finish Rub-a-Dub-Dub or Old Mother Hubbard! And I couldn’t remember what kind of pie Little Jack Horner stuck his thumb into, either!
People found the cutest baby clothes to give Gracie, too! Look at this little tutu!
And check out these adorable handmade baby booties! They came from an Etsy shop called Little Posh Bebe. They are made with eco-friendly felt and adorned with the cutest, most adorable little flowers. I think they are absolutely beautiful!
People were so generous and it made me so thankful for the new friends I’ve met since we’ve moved to Florida.
All in all, it was a perfect way to kick off my last two weeks of pregnancy. I think I might actually be able to hang in there until April 4 after all.
Though, if Gracie wanted to make her appearance any earlier, I’d be okay with that, too…