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My Best Friend’s Baby Shower

My Best Friend’s Baby Shower

My Best Friend’s Baby Shower

For me and this little e-space of mine, this is the summer of friendships, and it’s only fitting that I include a post about my best friend.  Megan and I began our connection as band nerds, and believe me when I say this: this is the best way to start a solid friendship.  A love of music, an insatiable appetite for card games, and a true skill for mocking the trumpet section (this is one’s duty as  a woodwind player; we are rivals after all) is what nurtured the first seeds of our camaraderie.

 

In college we maintained our friendship with the occasional meet up and the more frequent chats online.  She was the one that Brad met for coffee when he picked out an engagement ring.  She was the one that brought a bottle of red wine with a huge chocolate bar and let me cry when we found out about the miscarriage.  She’s the one I talk to about all the good and all the bad and all the weird.  I am forever grateful for the years we’ve laughed and cried and swore and sent ridiculous memes about bacon and dancing and the oddities of life.

 

Megan & Babe, Plus Me

Megan & Babe, Plus Me

 

So just a few weeks back I was honored with throwing a baby shower for her and her baby girl who will be arriving this fall.  I’ve gotta be honest: I was terrified I’d screw it up.  I mean, it’s my BEST FRIEND.  It needed to be perfect and lovely and awesome just like her.  Because while she’s been there for me, she’s also been there for my kids.  She is Auntie Megan to them, and I hope to be the same for her sweet babe.

 

Megan & My Baby, Cormac

Megan & My Littlest Baby, Cormac

 

First things first I needed a theme, and going for “random literary stuff” felt good.  This meant Harry Potter quotes, “book worms” as favors, and having guests bring a favorite baby book in lieu of a card.

 

Party Favor "Book Worms"

Literary Worms are the Most Delicious of Worms

 

 

Games were managed by her college roommate and long-time friend, Heidi, (yay! because I’m terrible with games!) and she aced it.  You’ll notice that many of the guests have random babies stuffed in their shirts – this is from one of the games; I promise.

One of the Game Winners

Megan Displaying one of the Game Winners

 

Kim, The most Winningest of Guests with all her Babies

Kim, The most Winningest of Guests with all her Babies

 

For decoration, I took the Harry Potter quotes that I hand lettered and framed them in these cool shadow boxes, which were thick enough to stand on their own.  I also made two simple PomPom Garlands to drape around the room in the colors of Megan’s nursery (I actually have a tutorial here for you to follow if you want to make your own!), and it added just the right amount of festiveness without being over-bearing.

 

Wisdom from Albus & Sirius

Wisdom from Albus & Sirius

PomPom Garland

PomPom Garland

 

Deep Teal, Mustard, & White PomPoms

Deep Teal, Mustard, & White PomPoms

 

And then of course there’s the FOOD, which everyone knows is the most important part of any gathering.  Virgin Mimosas started off the party, and then it was an all out stuff-your-face-brunch-buffet situation.  It was fantastic.  Homemade waffles, this quiche, and another quiche, bacon, fruit… and coffee.  Lots of coffee.

Quiche Friends

Quiche Friends

 

Nothing says love like a platter full of hot waffles

Nothing says love like a platter full of hot waffles

 

Continuing with the book theme but adding a splash of nerdy, I made these fun cards for the guests to fill out in order to impart tidbits of wisdom to baby with a slightly (okay, heavily) nerdy twist.  What would your answers be?

Nerdy Words of Wisdom

Nerdy Words of Wisdom

 

And after all our bellies were full, and the games had been played, what really was the absolute best part of the gathering were the amazing women that celebrated this baby-to-be.  Megan truly has amazing friends, and the conversations and laughter and just LOVE that came out of this group of women was so uplifting.

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Megan with…. Top: Laura & Baby Brody. Bottom: Kim & Jessica

 

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Top: Jessica & Emily. Bottom: Alicia & Lindsay

 

Heidi, Alicia, Megan, Michelle, & Baby Braiden

Heidi, Alicia, Megan, Michelle, & Baby Brody

 

It was a merry crowd, and I’d call the day a success.  All that’s left is to patiently await baby’s arrival, and love on her and her momma!

 

Thankful for friends,

~M

 

P.S.  Are you considering a book/nerdy baby shower?  Check out my pin board for some ideas!

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