My sister, Hope, epitomizes her name. After years of struggles with Crohn’s Disease, she fought her way to remission. There was a secret we kept from her for awhile though. In one of her multiple surgeries, the doctors found her disease-induced inflammation tangled in areas that could make conceiving a difficult task. That news shattered my sister’s heart when she found out, but she still had hope. She accepted that she might have to work harder at having a baby, but she believed that her dream of motherhood would come true one day. Hope knew it would, and it did. In fact, it came a lot faster than any of us would’ve ever believed. We all may have doubted (myself included), but Baby S started growing in my sister’s tummy with ease — a gift from God indeed.
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star What a Gift from God You Are.” Hope’s first purchase for her nursery was a white embroidered pillow with this saying, and it inspired the theme of the baby shower. Since we do not know if the baby will be a boy or a girl, we wanted bright, light, and airy neutrals — no green or yellow allowed! We celebrated in the mom-to-be’s home, which reflects how she naturally gravitates toward this color scheme in terms of home decor as well. Our venue also made transporting her gifts a breeze…we just walked them down the hall to the nursery as she opened them.
Welcome! My mom hung these baby clothes over the archways in Hope’s living room. They add such soft, tiny sweetness to the room.
I created the mantel decor with a sharpie and some pre-made banner finds from the dollar spot at Target.
Of course all of these glasses were filled to the brim with mimosas before the guests arrived!
My mom collected all of our sterling silver pieces from our childhood and used them to accessorize around each room. I love that they have sentiment to them. My favorite detail was the flowers displayed in our silver baby cups.
The big cake was the spotlight of the dining room table, but it also held a special place in our hearts because the cake maker, Kathy Allen, also made our wedding cakes. The cake was so sweet (our favorite flavor, Madagascar Vanilla) but Kathy is even sweeter! Since Mark and I got married in 2012, Kathy has become a dear and darling friend to our whole family — Nancy and I popped over to her house last week to visit! (You can spot her cakes at my gender reveal and baby shower too.)
I gifted Hope the large wooden sign (more on that soon!), and as soon as it arrived on my doorstep, I knew I couldn’t wrap it up. It HAD to be part of the decor. I’m glad I made that decision and presented it to her a day early. It certainly was a statement piece in terms of decor and even caused a few tears from some veteran mamas!
To make thank you notes easier on the mama-to-be, we set up a small table for guests to self-address their envelopes. I created the 5×7 framed “print” by simply using a free Design Love Fest background, adding some text and more stars on PicMonkey, and printing it.
At the mama’s request, we set out calendars for guests to predict not only the due date but also the baby’s gender. I created this print/rhyme using Design Love Fest + PicMonkey too. And how cute is that baby diaper cake? It’s little hat is a tiny ode to the proud parents’ alma mater.
By the front door, we framed the invitation and added an ultrasound picture to the back. It will easily transition from shower decor to nursery decor!
Mary Klein, who is local to Charlotte, created delicious cookies and wrapped them individually for guests to take home as favors. She created smiling clouds, silver and gold stars, and a moon with a night sky background. The detail she added to each cookie was impeccable. Some of the clouds even had a hint of blush on their cheeks!
In addition to the neutral decor, we even decided to wear white.
These ladies are my best friends, my angels, and my whole heart. The entire feel of the day was peaceful and dreamy. The mama-to-be floated and glowed; moreover, we all cannot wait to meet the real star of the show and find out if it’s a boy or a girl! (And I cannot wait to become an auntie!!!)
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