Mariel here. This past Saturday, my mom, step-mom and my son’s godmom all celebrated his imminent arrival by hosting a baby shower in my hometown. Incidentally, my hometown is now my again-town since my husband and I moved back just three weeks ago.
While “me-themed” parties usually feel a bit awkward, this one was low-key, lovely and relaxed, the perfect mix of friends and family and I eased into the day minus any anxiety…a rare feat in my world. It probably didn’t hurt that I had wrapped a deadline the day before and have temporarily become a lady of leisure until my self-imposed maternity leave is up in September.
Anyway, the day was perfect – truly. While I insisted my mom NOT cater the event – that way she could actually participate and enjoy all her hard work – she played a crucial role in orchestrating the food, naturally. Every detail was well-tended, right down to the cocktails and mocktails. She had arranged for the staff to whip up my favorite childhood beverage from a now defunct local restaurant, so when I walked in, I was greeted with a Strawberry Lemonade a la Scarborough Fair and I promptly broke out in tears. I should mention that my hormones are running wild in general, so I now also cry when the roman shades don’t close properly or my dog takes too long to come in from outside. It’s awesome.
While I won’t bore you with every last detail of the day, if you happen to be planning a baby shower in the coming weeks or months, I wanted to pass along a few recipes and tidbits that made my day extra special. And if I disappear during the next 2+ weeks, I’m probably in labor…no biggie.
- Since I’m a brand new homeowner, my mom wanted all the flowers to be potted plants, that way I could take them home and stick them in my empty, over-run garden. An ancillary gift: she then came over and planted them. Given my current girth, it’s hard enough just fastening sandals. The finger-food on this hydrangea-adorned table includes my favorite Egg Salad and my mom’s Chunky Chicken Salad with Walnuts & Cherries (yes, we had the staff use many recipes featured on Feast, hope they weren’t insulted!)
- Because everything looks fancy in a martini glass…especially when you’re 9 months pregnant…
- While the beet/goat cheese combo pictured isn’t a Feast recipe, these Roasted Beets with an Orange-Balsamic Syrup would sub in swimmingly.
- My mom’s Mango Gazpacho – you’ll never go tomato again.
- Key Lime Tartlets – my mom’s Key Lime Pie would work well or try my Key Lime Blackberry Bites.
- That’s just me, doing what I love to do…opening presents.
- Chocolate Mousse Shells (or try our Chocolate Ice Cream Cups).
- Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Final final thought: While I’m normally not a baby game type of gal, my best-friend organized a bunch that were really enjoyable (for me, anyway). She had each guest write my little guy a birthday card that corresponded to a specific year, so when he turns 18, for instance, he’ll read a tear-stained double-sided note from my mom. My bff also had my husband answer a few key baby-related questions and then I had to guess what he answered. Important things like, “How many diapers do newborns go through in a day?” and “When do kiddos stop needing naps?” In other news, if you know the actual answers to either of these, do tell.
Thanks again to everyone who came out – I felt so loved and we left with so much loot that this baby will never go naked. Unless he wants to, which is fine too.