This post about the baby shower with my girlfriends is long overdue! I figure I better sneak it in before the baby is born, and that could be any day now 😉
On March 10th, my BFF Mary and my oldest friend, Bradie, co-hosted a baby shower for me in the Whistler Room at Manitou Station in White Bear Lake. I have quite a few girlfriends so it made sense to have one big shower and invite them all, but we needed a big space to do it. Special thanks to owner and friend, Jake, for offering up the space. What a lovely shower we had!! Mary has an eye for detail and is such a fabulous party planner, she could do it professionally! Bradie helped in many other ways 🙂
A few of the decorations:
Party Favors ~ Chocolate covered strawberries
These next few photos were taken by my friend Toni on her cell phone
Not only did we have super-cute decorations, but we also had awesome food!
Bruschetta and Crustini
Turkey Roll Ups
We also had Artichoke Dip, Tortilla Chips, Hummus, Pita Chips, and Parmesan Crusted Chicken Strips. Not to mention the chocolate and carrot cakes. Everything was really good and I think everyone enjoyed it 😉
The best part of the shower was seeing so many of my girlfriends. It really made me feel special that so many of my friends made an effort to come spend the afternoon with me. Here is most of the group later in the afternoon. A few of the ladies had to leave by this time and a few couldn’t make it, but we had a great turnout and I will cherish this forever.
Me with my Besties, Mary, Kim, Tamie, Sonja and Lanee
Dana, Ang and Heather
Leah, Mandie, me and Kara
Mandy, Kelly, me and Bradie
Me with Michelle and Erin (and new baby Maverick at 4 weeks old!)
Toni and Me
Me with my college girls, Laura Blonde, Janet and Laura Brown
Me with Laura, Heidi and Janet
Me with Dana, Ang, Heather and Mandie
I was 34 weeks pregnant that day, Lanee snapped this belly photo
Kim and Tam
Erin and Maverick ( a few of my friends enjoyed holding him )
Sonja with her daughters Angelina and Mariah
We socialized and ate for at least half the shower and then they made me get the show on the road with the gift opening. Holy Moly, did I get an ton of amazing and generous gifts!! It was pretty awesome and I am ever so appreciative and thankful to have each of these ladies in my life.
Unfortunately this is the only photo I got of my myself with both Bradie and Mary
Other details about the shower that I don’t want to forget include everyone writing out Hope and Dreams for baby Bretton or for Erick and I as his parents. Very sweet and thoughtful, they will go in his baby book. Mary also had a “Diaper Raffle” for me in which the ladies could buy a raffle ticket with proceeds going into a fund to buy diapers. I drew four names (Kara, Michelle, Olivia, and Denise) and each lady got a really cool prize….. a cupcake kit or gardening/spa goodies. There were also door prizes for the ladies who got diaper name tags with a secret surprise inside (opened at the end of the shower). Each lady also got a beaded necklace at the beginning of the day but could “steal” the beads of anyone whom they heard say, “Kristi”, “Erick” or “Baby”. At the end, Ang and Erin had the most beads and each got a prize.
All in all, I don’t think I could have asked for a better shower. I am so incredibly blessed. A huge thank you to my besties, Mary and Bradie for the wonderful effort they put into all the planning and the financial obligations. I can’t thank you enough!!