A blueberry baby shower

10 March 2016

I have so many posts that involve Miss June in the queue! Posts about her birth, her nursery, books I read while pregnant, the first six weeks, and her newborn photos are all in various stages of completion… but today, since I’m definitely not going in chronological order, I wanted to share the photos from my North Carolina baby shower!

Before I do, however, I have to mention that I also had a wonderful baby shower in Connecticut, hosted by my sisters-in-law, Natalie and Marget. This one was much larger – maybe 40 guests, including extended family, childhood friends, high school friends, college friends, and my Mom’s friends :) It was in a cozy room with a fireplace at the Norwich Inn & Spa, and the favors were the adorable sugar cookies below! Even though I don’t have too many photos from it, I treasured this day, and the chance to see so many New England loved ones, SO much. The thoughtful details by my two main Thomas squeezes were just the icing on the cake!

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My second shower, in North Carolina, I DO have photos from – mainly because a talented photographer was the co-hostess. You may recall that I co-hosted a woodland-themed baby shower for sweet Nancy back in the spring, and I was tickled that she volunteered to team up with my sisters and return the favor a few months later!




My younger sister Kim and Nancy took the lead on organizing everything, and they did an amazing job. They decided on a “blueberry” theme, a nod to our nickname for June while I was pregnant. There were SO many sweet details – here’s a peek!






My older sister Kate unleashed all of her pent up miniature food recipes on this gathering, and it was glorious. Treats included mini Caesar salads in parmesan cups, mini pulled pork tacos, mini cups of mac and cheese, mini stuffed peppers, and cucumber tea sandwiches. Ashley Cakes contributed adorable sweets, including mini cupcakes and hand-painted cookies!




Finally, the gals thought up the cutest shower activity. Since June’s nursery has a light horse theme, they provided a little plastic horse for each guest to paint. I know she (or at the very least, I) will love playing with them in a few years!!




For more photos from the shower and for Nancy’s perspective, take a peek at our feature on The Little Umbrella! Big hugs again to these ladies for arranging this special day for me!

P.S. My little niece below – ha!!


Photography: Nancy Ray | Invitations: Minted | Bonjour Blueberry print: Maison Everett | Flowers: English Garden Raleigh | Sweets: Ashley Cakes

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March 10, 2016 8:31 am

That last photo is perfect! Can’t wait to see it recreated with June, too!

March 10, 2016 8:44 am

This is so adorable! I love all of the little blueberry details and the horse figurines that June will love as she grows and learns how meaningful they are! Such a beautiful celebration for a beautiful time of your life :)

March 10, 2016 8:49 am

I love the last photo, too! Looks like a wonderful celebration!

March 10, 2016 9:20 am

I am dying for the mini foods, the cookies are gorgeous, and the painted horses were a great idea! As usual, I love everything about this post – particularly the last photo of all the ladies :)

March 10, 2016 12:18 pm

I was so sad to have missed it, so it’s extra fun to see Nancy’s beautiful photos! Everything is so lovely and sweet!

March 10, 2016 12:38 pm

How darling! I love the gingham tablecloth and all the adorable foods! I’m co-hosting a shower next month, so this is good inspiration to get going on the planning!

March 12, 2016 2:31 pm

I’m impressed with the job Kate+ did with the food. Looks like a very nice time. But I think John might demur from your reference to “your two main Thomas squeezes”…(no matter how much you love your sisters-in-law!)

March 13, 2016 3:08 pm

I love this so much, Em! What a special day to celebrate two special ladies :)

March 14, 2016 10:27 am

It was a lot of fun!

March 14, 2016 10:44 am

Look like a splendid day! XO

March 22, 2016 4:14 pm

So, so sweet!!