Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Baby Shower

My wonderfully sweet, giving and all around awesome BFF, Ady, helped me make my vision of a "vintagey" shower with a nesting theme a reality. She worked hard to make sure that all the details were taken care of and that everything came out perfect.

My cousin Jessie was the wine connoisseur and she also prepared delicious appetizers, including homemade hummus and pate. She also helped decorate my house and paid attention to all the details.

Damaris (pictured on the left), my amazing gourmet cook of a friend, prepared delicious food including croissant sandwiches, pasta salad, meatballs, quiche and more. YUM!

I cannot thank these ladies enough for making my shower as perfect as can be!

Now for the details. The sign-in table had a framed message from my baby girl that I created in Photoshop. I also made these little tags where guests could write down their wishes and drop them inside a vintage birdcage.

We also had a candy station with apothecary jars and some milk glass... My BFF bought most of the delicious candy and made these beautiful stamped tags mounted on doilies to identify each flavor.

I mounted baby photos of Richard and me on little flower frog stands. Can you guess which one of us our little girl will look like? I personally have no clue but something tells me she will look like her daddy!

Then we had these amazing mini cupcakes from Misha's. Instead of a cake, my BFF had these custom made with pastel colors and she also ordered extras to spell out the baby's name, Grace. We placed those on a vintage baby scale I found on Etsy :)

Lunch was served outside under a white tent by the pool and the place settings came out beautiful! THANK YOU to my cousin, Jessie, and my friend, Ileana, who let me borrow the white plates, wine glasses, silverware and chargers for us to use. You guys rock!! The centerpieces had fresh flowers placed inside large mason jars decorated with doilies.

I had a great time hanging out with my friends and enjoying their company.

To my surprise, Richard came home a bit early and I found him in the bedroom. I brought him out and we got to open presents together. We received beautiful baby clothes, sunglasses and sandals, baby bottles, the car seat, and other essentials. A standout was this amazing quilt that my dear friend, Maritza, made for me. What a special gift!!!

Here I am showing off my new mommy bracelet that my talented friend, Esther, created for me with the baby's name on it. What a sweet gift! I love it so much that I've been wearing it every day!

For months I have been searching the Internet and looking at magazines for ideas and inspiration for my shower. I knew what I wanted... And I am so grateful for the love, support and hard work that my friends contributed in order to bring it all together!

What a special day :) There's many more photos, but I don't have them all yet...

My friend, Lou, also posted some photos on her blog and I love what she wrote because it shows all the little details :) Check it out here.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

To all you wonderful moms out there who love with all your heart and take care of your families each and every day! You are amazing women and I wish you all the happiness and love you deserve. Have a wonderful day!! xoxo

Mother's Day is always a hard one for me. I know I've said this before, but it's bittersweet. I'm so thankful to have spent most of my life surrounded by my Mami's love. She loved me unconditionally and was always by biggest supporter. My Mom was always full of love as well and, although our relationship was difficult at times, I know she adored me and I miss her dearly. Both of them are gone and I miss them all the time!! There's so much I wish I could say... and do!!! It just makes me so very sad...

I lit a candle for them both today and placed it next to their photos.

On a day like this, I am so very thankful to all of you who have taken the time to call, email and text me wishing me a Happy Mother's Day... that was so sweet. I know that technically I am not a mom just yet, but my baby girl will be here very soon! I am starting my 33rd week of pregnancy and she's weighing in at 4 pounds so she'll be here before I know it!

I have Baby Shower pics to share and I plan to post those tomorrow so come back and check it out!!