This past Saturday, my sister’s mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law threw her a lovely baby shower for family and close family friends. The two sisters, both teachers, are extremely creative and crafty, and you could tell that every detail — from the decorations to the desserts — had been thoughtfully planned out.
The afternoon began with an Italian-style buffet lunch of sandwiches, eggplant parmigiana, and cavatelli and broccoli that Levi gobbled up. (Well, he devoured the noodles. Still can’t get the kid to eat vegetables.) Rock-and-roll rubber duckies fittingly accented the blue bathtime punch, and the dessert table was loaded with bite-size goodies like cheesecake, mini chocolate cupcakes and blue gummy bears.
Handmade onesies that had been dyed in shades of blue and adorned with clever iron-on designs were hung up around the living room and dining room. My brother-in-law is a musician, and the one above was crafted with him in mind. It featured a fermata (the musical symbol for “hold”) above the word “me” — get it?
As a fun baby shower activity after lunch, the guests decorated either a white onesie or a bib for my sister’s baby boy. Later, she and her husband picked their three favorites. Actually, Levi and another toddler picked two of the winners. Levi and I must have a very strong connection because he picked my onesie! Can you tell I’m not at all artistic? I was going for the iconic name tag with my nephew’s nickname on it but forgot to write “Hello!”
My sister was lucky to have both of our grandmothers in attendance. They were thrilled to be there to celebrate with her and to spend time with Levi. Above, Levi is touching up my grandma’s hair with a brush he found on top of a handmade diaper cake. And see my other grandma? Can you believe that she’s 97 years old?
Almost as fun as watching my sister unwrap goodies for her baby boy was watching Levi ham it up for all of the guests. The kid loves to be the center of attention! (Hmm, I wonder which parent passed along that gene…) He alternated between acting as garbage man and bellhop, tearing and throwing away wrapping paper and carrying large boxes around the room. If it had a handle, he’d carry it!
It was a long and lovely afternoon, and my sister received many beautiful (and useful!) gifts for her baby boy. Living so far away, I appreciated being able to spend time with family and friends I don’t get to see very often…though most of my time was spent wrangling Levi and chasing him around the house!
PS: A friend’s gender-neutral yellow and gray baby shower inspired by Pinterest!