Wednesday, November 10, 2010

showered with words

My baby shower was a dream come true.

My hostesses (Susan, Lorie, Ashley) agreed to my hair-brained idea of having a book shower. Again, the practicality in me won out and I couldn't bear the thought of having a thousand blankets and no books. Or getting all 0-3 month clothes and nothing for 6-12 months. My mind couldn't bear the insanity of that.

Plus, I was hoping all my friends who work with children or have children of their own would choose some of their favorite books and I (oops, Claire) could benefit.

See, I'm practical.

And, I was right.

(And, please don't look too closely at the photo above. I can't stand the way I look, but I wanted my hostesses to know how much I appreciate them.)

I should also mention the invitations were beyond perfect. Not only were they cute, but the wording was so special.

They used an old cradle and some items from Claire's room for decoration at the shower.

Lorie and Ashley made all the cupcake toppers. They did raid my punch collection though :)

And, they included photos of Greg and I (thankfully they chose a photo of me pre-lazy-eye and I am eternally grateful for that act of kindness).

Lorie made a little book to write all my gifts in and some friends even wrote some advice in the back. Definitely something I'll be holding on to.

I ended the day with a car-load (no kidding!) of wonderful books and only one duplicate. They filled the shelf outside Claire's room and I'm so happy to have a collection of books ready for her before her arrival. I'll be sharing some of our favorites as we read them to her, but until then, I must tear Greg away from the Princess Book that plays "Bibbity-Bobbity-Boo."


justem said...

It looks incredible! And is that Claire's quilt????? Totally amazing. I am really needing that post about the nursery... ;)

Unknown said...

Oh, looks fabulous! Looks like a fabulous shower!

Dori said...

i cannot believe you have a copy of "where did the baby go?" !!!!!!! is that a vintage copy?

i have my original copy from 1982ish and its my only Golden Book to have survived the years. it was my most favorite book when i was little. now I have tucked away, waiting for my 2 year old to be old enough to handle its aging pages.

laura vegas said...

this is such a fun idea for a baby shower! that is so cool that you have a huge collection for claire, ready to go.

lisa truesdell said...

is that the quilt you made for claire?? love.

i love children's books, so i love this idea. =)

Barb said...

Looks so beautiful!

Carrie said...

What a terrific idea for a shower! I also have a tattered copy of "Where Did the Baby Go". One of my favorites as a little girl!

Ally said...

Perfectly fantastic idea for a baby shower!

Zorina said...

very pretty baby girlish shower pictures! salute. loved the idea of vintage books and such for Baby C. The early reading training for babies, the better!

Megan said...

You look beautiful! And the shower looks lovely. Thanks for sharing the pictures. :)

Keshet said...

Looks like a wonderful time!

Olivia said...

Everything looks beautiful, what a lovely idea, I have so many happy memories of being read to as a child. If you haven't got it already I'd definitely recommend Guess How Much I Love You?
It's a lovely story with delicate illustration.

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

Love your shower photos! What a great idea :) I'd love to know where you got your invitations... They're so beautiful!