Super excited to share my baby shower/sprinkle with all of you today! As many of you know, it was a little over a week ago and I’m sorry that I haven’t had a chance to write about it until now. It’s just been a really busy week! But better late than never, right?!
You might’ve seen some of the coverage on People.com or in People Magazine this past week. We’re so grateful that they covered the special day for us and even if you did see it on/in People, I’m going to share a bunch more photos here on Ali Luvs today! Honestly, it kind of feels like you guys should’ve been there with me! So many of you are such a big part of my lives. Many of you I talk to every day really. As those of you who comment on my blog daily know, I try my absolute hardest to comment back every single time! So know that even though you guys weren’t there in person, you definitely were in spirit!
I have to start this blog post by thanking my friend Leila Lewis for throwing this beautiful shower for me. I almost didn’t have a baby shower/sprinkle. Life has just been so crazy lately that I didn’t even have time to think about it, and even though a few friends offered to do one, it just seemed like a lot of work for everyone. But then Leila Lewis stepped in and insisted on showering me and my baby boy. You guys might recognize her name because she not only planned my baby shower for Molly, but she and our team also completely planned our wedding! She’s the type of person that I can count on for anything and everything! And everything she does through her company Be Inspired PR, and in life in general, is pretty much fabulous. Check out her Instagram HERE to see all the incredible events she throws!
And all the photos you see on today’s blog are by Brandon Kidd Photography. Brandon also shot our wedding and he does absolutely beautiful work! Not only that, but he’s just a really sweet person. All the girls at the shower kept commenting on how kind and lovely he was. It’s so important to have a photographer you enjoy being around to capture special moments like this in your life. If you guys are wondering why my dear friend Ashley didn’t shoot photos of my shower, it’s for two reasons. One, she was out of town. And two, even if she had been in town, I would’ve wanted her to sit and enjoy the shower! And we just adore Brandon so we were happy to have him shoot our special day!
And I say “our” special day because the baby shower wasn’t just about me and my baby boy. It was about Molly and Kevin as well. I honestly think all dad’s should attend baby showers/sprinkles. The day is just as much about them as it is about me and the baby.
OK, time to share details about the day! The shower was very small and intimate. 13 of my closest friends came to shower me, Kevin, Molly and our new baby boy with love. We knew we wanted it to be somewhere beautiful and peaceful so we decided on Malibu Beach Inn. If you guys ever get a chance to visit Malibu you definitely have to stop by! My sprinkle was in a private room, but they have a gorgeous balcony overlooking the ocean. And their food is just unreal! I’m a big fan of avocado toast and there’s is on point! My guests had a poached egg on their’s, but I did mine scrambled since I can’t have runny eggs until after the baby comes. Man do I miss runny eggs! Eggs Benedict might be the first thing I order and eat for breakfast after I have this baby. After I have a few sips of wine of course. Ha!
Oh let me backtrack for a second. When Leila and I were trying to decide on a theme she sent me the idea of doing “Blue Jean Baby” as a the theme for the shower. She sent a few other ideas, but I knew that Blue Jean Baby was the one for two reasons. The first being that Kevin and I love a song called “Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts” by the band The Gaslight Anthem. The album that that song is on is one we listened to a ton when we were first falling in love. So I loved the idea of the Blue Jean Baby sprinkle because it reminded me of that song and reminded me of a time when I first fell in love with my baby boy’s father. The second reason I loved it is because Leila suggested we do denim pockets for the flatware to put on the table. I just thought that was such a cute idea! And I knew the perfect person to make them! My dear friend and colleague (we work together on Home & Family) Orly Shani, who is a DIY queen! So I knew I could count on her to make the denim pockets for the flatware. But she took it a step further and also made the fringe backdrop for the name cards. I think both the details really brought the whole table together. Thank you Orly!!! She was at the shower too of course.
And speaking of the table, every detail was just perfect. I mean, the flowers were stunning! A floral company called Hidden Garden did all of the arrangements and I really think they did an incredible job. Flowers can be a very girly touch at any event. But I really feel like the flowers they used perfectly complemented the theme and everything else on the table. I took home one of the centerpieces and so loved having them in our home.
We got our table top rentals (beaded chargers, goblets and gold flatware) from Soiree8. We actually used this company for our wedding too and I was so blown away by everything about them that we had to use them again! They’re just really professional and have the most beautiful items! I can’t recommend them enough! And the beautiful menus and name card calligraphy was done by Xowyo Paper & Press. The menus were even backed with denim. Such a lovely touch.
Every good party needs a backdrop for photos! So we had a braided blue jean backdrop made by Jesi Haack Design. And the sign on top that says “blue jean baby” was made by Creative Amme (she also did the “Oh Boy” stir sticks). My bestie Stefanie and I posed with our baby bumps in front of the photo backdrop in the pic below! She’s about two weeks behind me with her little baby boy. How cool is it that we’re having babies so close together! Technically, if she delivers a little early and I deliver a little late we could have babies on the same day! Although, I REALLY hope I don’t go late! Ha!
Last but certainly not least are the cake jars by Sweet and Saucy Shop! Are these not the cutest desserts you’ve ever seen?! I’m not gonna lie, I took a few home with me and ate them later that day. And for Molly, the cake jars were definitely the star of the whole show! She doesn’t get sweets very often. In fact, the only other time she’s ever had cake was at her first birthday party. Man did she dig right into the cake jar! She was eating it while dancing for all the girls. It was quite the little performance!
Well, I think that’s everything! Oh wait! How could I forget my outfit!!! I can’t believe I almost forgot. Fashion is what I do!!!! My maxi dress is by Rachel Pally. You can get it HERE or HERE. Rachel Pally has the BEST maternity dresses. If you are looking for a dress for your baby shower, I would definitely look at her stuff. I got my sandals HERE. I had to be comfy! And we did spend a good portion of the day on the beach so sandals were a must! And I wore these earrings.
Ok, NOW that’s everything! So many of you were sending me DM’s asking me about specific details so I thought it would be easiest to share them on a blog! Before I go I have to thank all my girlfriends for being there. It was a much smaller and more intimate shower than what we did for Molly. For example, family and friends from around the country weren’t able to fly in because it was planned so last minute, but we definitely felt them there in spirit even though they were missed. And my girlfriends that did come made me feel so very special and loved. As I get older I think it becomes more and more apparent to me how important your friends are. I think I’ve always known that but they just mean even more to me now. So thank you Orly, Kaley, Bri, Stef, Valishia, Kim, Willa, Mel, Brittany, Emma, Jenna, Amy, and Ashley! I just named everyone from left to right, top row to bottom row in the photo below. That’s because they all mean so much to me and I could never decide who’s name to say first so I just had to do it that way! Ha! I’m lame and think about things like that. Anyway, to all you girls, I want you to know how much I love each and every one of you and how grateful Kevin, Molly, baby boy Manno and I are for all of your friendship.
Can’t wait to meet our little boy!