Have you ever heard of a sip-and-see style baby shower? I hadn’t until recently when we hosted one for some of our closest friends and their brand new baby boy, Zane. Basically, it’s a baby shower that happens after the baby is born, so friends and family can bring gifts and also sneak a peak at the new arrival. By the time baby number two or three comes around, parents don’t need too many of the big ticket items, so there’s no need to have the shower before bebe arrives.Zane’s shower felt more like a party that a traditional shower, which can be a bit awkward at times…You (the mama) are dressed up and opening all these gifts with everyone watching while you are huge and miserable and uber pregnant. You’d rather be on the couch with your gigantic feet propped up rather than try to appear semi decent for pictures. Wait, was that just me? (Disclaimer: I loved my shower, really I did.)
I wanted the decor for the sip-and-see to be “manly” and rustic. Navy, lime, and shades of orange were the chosen colors. I found the green fabric on sale at a discount store and hung it over the fence to serve as a back drop. The paper mache deer head was a $12.99 purchase from Michael’s that I spray painted white.
A friend and I cut strips of scrapbook paper and stapled to chording to make the bunting. This took a little time, but was cheap and turned out super cute. Such an easy way to incorporate colors into the decor. The letters were cut from foam, and clothes pins held them in place.
Here’s the man of the hour… Look at both of these gorgeous kids! There was never a 6 year old more excited for a baby brother as Gianna, our adorable goddaughter. It was such a special moment when our friends Meghan and Dante told us they were pregnant…We have always joked about having babies at the same time. We went out to dinner when I was six months pregnant and 24/7 heartburn was sucking the joy out of every meal. Amidst salsa that I couldn’t eat and ice cold margaritas that I couldn’t drink, we heard some of the sweetest news…
Meghan gave Gianna a little nod, and she almost exploded with, “Hey Hedder (Heather), guess what? You have a baby in your belly, and mom has one in hers too!!” Screaming, laughing, and crying followed for the next several minutes. To say we were happy is an understatement…You know when it’s snowing outside, and you’re curled up in a massive fuzzy blanket in front of a fire place? That’s the kind of warmth we feel sharing this time with our friends who are really more like family.
You can’t see, but the bags are filled with popcorn and Reece’s Pieces, my new fav snack. How much do you love the $1 bins at Michael’s? I got a “Z” stamp that I used on these bags for a buck. A buck!
The future bride and groom…wedding date TBD in the year 2035. Stu holding Gemma and Mister Zane with his grandma. These two babies have no choice but to marry…
Zane’s grandma made two versions of sangria, one white and one red, for the grown ups. We had fruity tea and strawberry basil lemonade for the kiddos. There were a couple close calls when parents caught kids helping themselves to the wrong fruity beverage on accident…We really should have labeled the drink dispensers.
The “family tree”. I enlarged pics of mom, dad, and baby sis and put them in little wooden frames. Here’s the woodsy cupcake stand that I posted about making earlier this week.
This was most definitely a family event. Husbands, kids, and babies flooded our house and backyard. Oh, the babies…Have I mentioned that 2013 has been dubbed “the year of the babies” in our circle of friends? These are just four of the eight babies that will be here by year’s end. We’re realizing that when they outnumber us, we might have a problem. Until then, there will be lots of swapping clothes, toys, strollers and advice. It is so nice to be a first time mom with all of these ladies in my life to help.
Zane and his momma Meghan, Darby and Dana, Gemma and me, Winnie and Lyndsey. (Gemma decided to be a party pooper and nap through all the pics.)
…Finally, a tuckered out baby boy. A “Noble” one indeed.