Shower her

Apparently, I should be a professional baby shower thrower.  I secretly (I guess not so secretly) would love to be a party planner. I feel like it is just in my blood, my nature, my calling if you will.  Fortunately, I have lots of besties that I have had the opportunity to plan (co-plan) many of parties for, but this one, is my piece de resistance!

My dear friend Molly, received a little big surprise, when she found out at 27 weeks that she was pregnant. Yes, you read right. Sneaky baby girl went undetected for six months before giving her momma a sign that she was there. Molly, was not trying, and in fact vowed to be a 3 person family (having one daughter already). She jokes that she (baby Madison) is going to make her debut holding the “pill” in her hand. Funny.

When I received the call from Molly to let me in on her little big secret, and after the shock and awe, had somewhat went away, I immediately blurted out, “I am throwing your shower!”
You see, Molly and I are like two peas in a pod when it comes to creativity…we just kind of complete one another.  I am like the Stewart to her Martha. It is she who I consult design decisions, and who I call to sew my children’s clothes, bedding etc. She is crafty as can be, and she has unleashed my inner craftiness and I am so glad that she did!

That being said, I knew what the theme of the shower would be before I hung up the phone. It had to be “secret garden.”

Secret baby, secret beautifully done shabby-chic garden shower. Brilliant.

Molly mentioned birds as a possible nursery theme, and I knew I could add the bird idea to my already ingenious plan.

With the help of two other dear friends of Molly’s, Jami and Liz, we came up with a soft, feminine, whimsical, vintage-esque shower, beautifully executed.

All guests received a variation on this invitation (with out the ****’s, of course)

The invitation
The invitation

If you can’t tell, I hand crafted these myself (with a little help) which I had a ton of fun doing.

Once the invites were out, the real planning began, and with a wonderful collaboration of ideas and personalities, this is what we came up with…

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the dessert table
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the gorgeous white chocolate truffle cake by Liz

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French macaroons by Liz

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There was elegant touches from all angles of the house, including the birds on a wire I put behind my antique flea market window…remember this?

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the banner that hung over the food table
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and the refrigerator even has a little something special…quite cleverly done if I don’t say so myself.

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The backyard was just breath taking…so much so, that I didn’t even get a picture of it in all it’s glory. I am hoping someone did, or else no one will believe how beautiful it really was.

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a view of two of the three tables
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the third table
note the adorable fence art that I picked up at my local thrift store and spray painted pink
note the adorable fence art that I picked up at my local thrift store and spray painted pink
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the sitting nook
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the new, incredible table my hubby made
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the precious details

Remember those up-cycled baby jars from the last shower I organized for Molly? Just look at the beautiful vintage tea-pot as the centerpiece.

DSC_0111 (2)Along the back fence hung this banner, with another one of my antique flea market finds, displaying Molly’s due date. Adorbs, right?

Now, no party can be complete, without a well stocked bar. In this case, a “bubbly bar!” Champagne and a variety of juices. Perfect for a brunch shower, or any other party for that matter.

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The guests were all given mason jars with their name on the tag which also doubled as their assigned seating arrangement.

DSC_0116 (2)Molly, also had a beautiful turquoise chair to set her apart from the rest…as if the belly doesn’t already (he he).

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to help out the mommy-to-be, we had the guest fill out a self-addressed envelope

I think everyone had a great time…

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Molly’s mom with Liz, the other hostess with the mostess!
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mommy group

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heck, even I managed to have a great time!
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both expecting 🙂

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After we eat and played a nursery rhyme guessing game,

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we went inside for cake, cookies, and presents.
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After we brought them all inside, of course.
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After all the adorable gifts were opened, the guests as their gifts, were asked to please take home a jar of homemade strawberry jam (courtesy of my dad, the great!)…

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the garden display

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It was truly the perfect day. If there ever is such a thing.

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preschool crew
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The hostesses with Molly
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belly love

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I felt like Martha would not only be proud, she might even be jealous!

We love you!
We love you!

I can’t wait to meet you, Madison!

Thrift shop Love.

I’m gonna (did) pop some tags… I have (had) twenty dollars in my pocket…I-I-I was huntin’, looking for a come up (found some), this is f#>king awesome.

Seriously, this song, and Pinterest, revolutionized the thrifting world – almost to the point I am convinced they are “jacking” up the prices at these local treasure shops. Oh, well, it makes for a really good song, and constant entertainment as it plays in my head the whole time I perusing the isles trying to steal granddaddy’s style. More like grand-momma’s style, but you catch my drift.

I am hugely into the shabby chic décor these days, something I used to purge as fast as I could in my childhood bedroom. My dad’s voice is ringing in my ear as he said repeatedly growing up, “that everything comes back in style.” I really had a hard time believing that bell bottom pants where going to once again grace the clothing racks of Wet Seal, when I was pegging my pants to get the bottom of my jeans as tight as they could go around my ankle. Now, thank the Lord that skinny jeans are in style. If they are ever not, I will single-handedly bring them back. I am just sayin’.

On Mother’s day, I went to the antique flea-market in Sacramento. I was amazed with how many vendors there were, and astonished at the high prices. I went there thinking I could find old wooden chairs, for like $10 bucks, and frames for a couple bucks (two things on my thrifting list). Not so much. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some great deals, but NOT thrift shop deals. I guess they need to make a profit. I get it…I just don’t like it.

Here are some of the amazing things I found, that I DID NOT buy…but would have liked to

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Truly, I think had I not been on a budget, and didn’t drive a Corolla, I may have just taken these jems home. I do plan on making some of these on my own with treasures I find at local thrift stores.

I did manage to snag these amazing items at an awesome deal…

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this one was a splurge at $40, but it is pretty awesome. It will have a new home in my kitchen, when I get around to re-doing my nook

joining the uber cool calendar thingy in my kitchen, will be this beauty

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Sure, it is a little rough now, but I plan on turning it into a chalk board window…just you wait!

I also scored this frame (which I had the card already waiting for the perfect mate)
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I also got this apothecary jar for $3 dollars too. Another steal!

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and lastly, a booze decanter (another new collection obsession) for hubby that I picked up for $5

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The one on the right is the one I got at the antique flea, the other rounded one, I got at a garage sale for $3

Driving home that day, I saw this billboard, and got REALLY excited.

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So , this weekend, I went to the new Goodwill here in town. Apparently, they do not consider themselves “thrift”, but in my world, I do.

I found these gems…

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$4.99

I love the vintage charm of this, and it will be fabulous in the boy’s room. My intent is for little cars and trinkets, but right now, he just dumps it over and tries to open all the drawers. It doesn’t have wheels, and he can’t really push it around (they only things that interest him), so I think I will use it in the office for now, until he decides it is suitable.

I also got this owl…

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESain’t it a hoot? Really, I just love it and for $2.99 I had to have it. I won’t lie, I thought it was a little pricey, but worth it.
I am not sure where it will reside. Hubby wants it outside, Elle wants it in her room, and I like it in the living room. I was thinking of spray painting it too, but Now I kind of like the gold. Thoughts?

I also got a paper-cutter (true Martha style) for $2.99 and a brand new Converse dress for $5.99…not bad for a Sunday outing…

Or for twenty dollars!

Thrifting is simply awesome.

You should try it sometime. Really.