Forecast: A Shower to Remember.
it didn't rain...it didn't pour...but, we were in fact showered with an overflowing amount of love when we celebrated the coming of baby Landon this past weekend. a lot of planning and thought went into his first fiesta and i am here to share all the bits and pieces that led to a shower to remember.
when i initially started the planning process i focused mostly on location. what i didn't want was the typical sweet sixteen/wedding hall with colorful strobe lights and fog machines- no way! i geared my vision more towards the casual New York daytime brunch setting with a trendy feel. i chose a bricked wall hall floored with white resin chairs and small round tops located in Brooklyn, NY.
Brooklyn Fete set the mood with its unique style and outdoor garden patio to say the least. it complimented my vision just the way i pictured it. at this point, i started to introduce some sort of "theme" for the party. tip#1: sometimes by choosing the location first allows for tons of theme ideas to start flowing. i didn't go with a specific boy trend like nautical, jungle, sports etc. instead, i stuck to a color scheme of blues with silver and white as the accent colors.
yes- i made the centerpieces myself! i always find that there is no room for disappointment when you become hands-on with doing things exactly to your particular taste. the footprint dinner plates and silverware were the finishing touches to wrap up the entire table look. tip#2: centerpieces are what your guests eyes go to first- make sure its something that pops and catches everyones attention.
next was what i felt was the hardest part, the cake table! because this is almost always where most of your pictures are taken, having a presentable cake table is key. staying true to my array of blues with white & silver hints, i bought tons of desserts from hard candy like gum-balls and lollipops to cupcakes and my personal favorite, macaroons!
choosing the cake was also rather challenging. i didn't want it to be overwhelming and overpower the whole table so i stuck to a simplistic feel as per usual. tip#3: the cake could be all types of gorgeous but if its not tasty it's a waste. my cake was a sweet Dominican batter with dulce de leche filling, yum yum yum!
next was picking the favors and let me just say this was bittersweet. not only has 8 months of no alcoholic beverages been tough but ordering my favorite wine with custom "thank you's" as favors was the ultimate tease. tip#4: favors are hit or miss. i went with the eatable route because i feel it's most rewarding rather than an imprinted trinket that'll just collect dust on a shelf.
last was the games, socializing, dancing, and gifts that wrapped up the whole event. music creates the party's overall vibe and my good friend did an excellent job in setting the right tone. tip#5: creating and running through a playlist before the event is always a good idea. the games stayed true to my young 20's and wild nature- baby bottle beer chug. a team of 6 male and females were created where the girl had to feed the boy beer out of a baby bottle and whoever finished first was the winner. disclosure: no photos were taken in this hysterical portion of the event. i also had the traditional belly measuring contest which also concluded in tons of laughs and un-captured moments.
as for gifts- i chose not to open any at the baby shower for the sake of time. instead, the next day i had a full morning of unwrapping, card reading, photo slideshows, and of course- leftovers!
overall, everything, if put into one word, felt magical. although some points were more stressful than others and hosting isn't the easiest job- in the end it was all 100% worth it. all that's left now is for Landon to make his ultimate arrival. life tip: make your memories count.