Wow things have been busy since returning to Raleigh two weeks ago! All good busy things but they did delay the making of this post. I've been excited to share it since it's a topic that's never been on my blog before because well, I've never had a baby!
It was such a special afternoon seeing the smiling faces and feeling the embraces of loved ones. Catching up, getting belly rubs, and simply relaxing with everyone was just what I wanted. I'm so thankful to the owner of the Airbnb house we stayed in for letting us host the party there and trust us with his gorgeous home. Before finding him I had started losing hope for a location. I knew that it had to be indoors due to the chance of rain but I didn't want a restaurant and I couldn't find a suitable event space for a small gathering that felt intimate and casual. Luckily this Silver Lake home was absolutely perfect. The way it was decorated and designed was pretty close to what I would have in my own home so it instantly felt meant to be.
For the party details, we did it completely DIY with the food, floral arrangements, and party favors (The Soap Kitchen gets credit for the actual bars of soap - we didn't get that crafty). While my family took care of the essentials, we invited guests to draw or write their messages of love for our baby girl on a swaddle blanket. The result was AWESOME. I'll have to snap and share a photo of the completed piece but between the scribbles from my nieces, the self portrait by my talented sister, and the creative additions from friends, it's a truly special (and useful) memento.
Other special and very useful things that came from the day were the beginnings of the baby's wardrobe. In lieu of a baby registry (registries aren't Joe's and my thing) we asked guests to bring a onesie of their choice so that we could think of them every time she wears it. We specifically asked for organic cotton or bamboo pieces. Admittedly I felt strange about asking but eventually conceded that if we're going to get 20+ onesies, we might as well ask for what we prefer and would buy ourselves. Boy did my friends deliver! Not only was it fun to see their personal style in each gift but it was a great way to be introduced to new brands and kids boutiques. Another bonus? It was all very easy to pack in my luggage for the flight back home.
The party seemed to go by in a flash but I'm so thankful for the time and effort everyone made to be there. Next time we see them it'll be a "we" that I'm carrying in my arms instead of inside my belly. What a trip that will be. Until then, it's a beautiful thing to know that so many people are excited for her arrival and ready to shower her with lots of love. She's one lucky lady.