My Baby Shower | November 2015

I had the most beautiful baby shower thrown for me by my mother-in-law, Suzanne, and sister-in-law, Emily last November.  It was a beautful afternoon tea party served at Suzanne’s house with friends and family.  Suzanne and Emily put so much thought and effort into tailoring an event to remember and one that spoke right to my tea-party-loving heart.  Baby Girl was celebrated in not only beautiful style, but pure love.  That sense of loving joy in anticipation of her arrival is what I treasure most from my memories of this special day.

All photos are by Creative M Families

baby shower november 2015 family

Fast forward six months and I now have a sweet-as-can-be four month old baby girl named Charlotte.  I’ve been meaning to put this post up for so long now, but struggled with how to capture the experience without sharing photos of guests to protect their privacy with the exception of Suzanne who doesn’t mind having her photo posted publicly.  I finally decided to just cut out any and all photos with people other than me for the most part and focus on the thoughtful details and beautiful ambience that Suzanne and Emily created for this special celebration.  I hope this still provides you with a sense of the event, as it was so lovely and a memory I will always treasure.

baby shower november 2015 flowers

Suzanne and Emily transformed Suzanne’s house into a Victorian era tea party venue worthy of royalty!  They ordered beautiful arrangements from a local florist as well as single blooms which Emily arranged herself and dotted throughout the party rooms.  The flowers created such a soft, feminine environment and also provided the most lovely aroma that mingled beautifully with the tea service.

baby shower november 2015 decor

Suzanne borrowed some of my antique tea pots and teacups (mostly inherited by my late Grandmother who happens to be Charlotte’s namesake).  This was my only hint of the shower’s theme, as most of it was a surprise for me and guests alike aside from the tea themed invitations.  I love how Suzanne pulled out some of Emily’s dresses and dolls from her childhood to enhance the tea party theme.  The miniature tea set they set up for the children in attendance was too cute.

baby shower november 2015 reveal

I arrived at the party early as Suzanne and Emily wanted me to be able to take in the scene before I got caught up in chatting with guests.  I don’t think I’ve smiled this much for so long since my wedding day!  It truly felt that special.  All those little details added up to one big message of love.  I’d never felt so celebrated in my life.  Just thinking of it now makes me well up at the memory of that joy.  I took in every detail, savoring the thought and care put into this celebration.  I’m so happy I have these photos to remember it by.  Hiring a professional photographer was a wonderful way to commemorate the day and be able to enjoy it fully without the distraction of a camera in my own hands.

baby shower november 2015 tea service

Suzanne and Emily hired local speciality caterer, High Tea with Gerri, to provide a full tea service.  I had no idea such a business existed!

baby shower november 2015 food

The staff was lovely, dressed in Victorian fashion.  They provided antique cups and saucers, a silver tea set, dainty plates, silver cutlery, and small lacy napkins to serve the traditional tea party fare with.

baby shower november 2015 food service

Not only was the tea service beautiful, the food was excellent!  It included all of the elements you would expect from a proper tea party: finger sandwiches, petits-fours, and scones complete with clotted cream and jam.  Delicious!

baby shower november 2015 games

Tea and food were served soon after guests arrived.  Suzanne and Emily thought of a few fun shower games to play that guests were encouraged to participate in.  They set up a station in the foyer for guests to fill out “Wishes for Baby” cards (perfect for this scrapbook loving mama!), a “Guess How Big the Belly” game using toilet paper squares (how many do you think my belly was?  10!), and a fun “What’s In Your Purse” game that we played in teams.  They also ordered a beautiful cake that they served when I was opening gifts and gave out sweet honey pots as favors.  No detail was spared!

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We also played a game where Don had answered some questions in advance about the pregnancy and things he was looking forward to as a parent and I had to answer them as I thought he would.  For example, one question was “What book do you most want to read to your baby?”  Don answered “Winnie the Pooh” and I answered correctly (which is a no brainer in our family, really).  His answer for “What is it about Jen that will make her a great mom?” – “The love she has to give is limitless.”  Cue heart melting awwing now.

baby shower november 2015 gifts

The opening of gifts during a party is fairly customary at both bridal and baby showers in America.  Usually I feel pretty awkward opening gifts in front of people (I remember sweating in my chair at both of my bridal showers!), but this time was different.  There’s nothing cuter than baby things!  It was so fun to open and share about all of the sweet gifts for Charlotte.  I especially loved the handmade blankets two of her Great Grandmas made for her.

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baby shower november 2015 jen & don

As an introvert I was initially a bit nervous about being at a party as the guest of honor with all of the attention that goes along with it, but it ended up being one of the most special celebrations I’ve ever been lucky to be a part of.  It was an incredible blessing to have my yet-to-be-born baby honored in such a thoughtful and caring way.  I loved every minute of it and often think back to that afternoon with great fondness and warm memories.

I’m so grateful to Suzanne and Emily for giving Charlotte such a warm welcome into this world.  She’s a lucky girl to have family that loved her so much before she was even here!  As my niece Grace taught us to say (age 2), “I love you so much already.”  Don and I are so blessed by all of the love in our lives.  We couldn’t imagine a more loving circle of family and friends to welcome Charlotte into our fold.  It is such a joy to see these same loved ones interact with Charlotte now that she is here.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into this special celebration.  I’d love to hear about your baby shower or one you’ve thrown for a loved one if you care to share!

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42 comments

42 thoughts on “My Baby Shower | November 2015”

  1. Thanks for sharing Jen!

    Me and my husband decided that for our 3rd girl we were going to have a showee because we didn’t get the chance to for the other 2 girls, so we threw everything and just wanted friends and family to come and support and have fun!!! It was a cute autumn theme I DIY’d everything from the center pieces to the banner and games! It was sooo cute!! It was held in thee most perfect barn that was connected to a church, and it was such a blessing because it was sooo ridiculously affordable for what we got! I had so much fun that I didn’t get not one single picture….sad tale. But it was nice because our family and friends were there and we got to announce our baby girls name via the cake!

  2. What a beautiful family and experience Jen! I wish you all the happiness in the world because that’s what you deserve.

  3. When I was pregnant with my daughter (after having 3 boys) Everyone went crazy with pink and ruffle clothes at my baby shower. My mom put a label on each item with the persons name that gave that outfit. So when she wore it I took her picture in it and sent the picture to gift giver. Your baby shower was beautiful and so special ! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Jen, I see how much you are blessed having such a wonderful family. Don’s mother is really special person, not mention his sister too. Generally, you all guys are:))

  5. Beautiful photos!! <3
    Baby showers are so wonderful!
    We gave out a candle and prayer cards for when I was in labor people would light the candle and say a prayer for a good and healthy delivery 🙂

  6. Jen, Such an amazing celebration. I could feel the love radiating through your words. Such a lucky little princess you have that is surrounded by such amazing, loving people on both sides of her family. Congratulations again and thank you for allowing us in to this special moment in your life.

  7. Jen, you are an awesome mom. I’m sure Charlotte will grow up to be the best combination of you and your husband. God bless you and your lovely family. I would love to be an amazing housewife and hard worker as you are, because I know from watching my mom growing up that doing one is hard, but doing both has to be harder.
    Best regards from México!
    Karen

  8. Hi Jen! I am so happy you decided to share this with us! Such a beautiful and thoughtful shower! They planned the theme perfectly! 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing! I love planning parties . Your shower was beautiful. Hope you do a similar post for you wedding some
    time ♡

  10. Are you going to the Geaux Wild conference? Are you bringing CC with you? It would be great if you could vlog and show us how you travel with your 4 month old.

    1. Yes I’ll be at Geaux Wild & Don and CC are traveling with me. Not sure if I’m going to vlog yet or not but I’ll definitely share about my experience here.

      1. Sounds fabulous! I hope you have a great time and good luck traveling with the little one. Hopefully Don will help you out 😉 Bring her lots of toys!

  11. Simply stunning! Jen, you looked gorgeous (as always!). Thank you for sharing this lovely moment with us. The details, especially the honey pot favors, are so sweet!

  12. What a lovely baby shower! I think this theme was a wonderful fit for you and your family! They pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jen, this was so lovely to read. You are one blessed woman. I have been a subscribed youtuber for years. I am very shy and never posts videos. Just truly enjoy your channel and personality. Thank you for sharing. It was truly heartfelt.

    P.S. Your channel was the first channel I subscribed to.

  14. We are so lucky for you to share this time with us. I am so happy for you and Don. I wish you and your family the best.

  15. Beautiful pictures they truly capture the love and warmth of that day. Such special memories to treasure forever. ❤️

  16. What a beautiful shower! You’re lucky to have so many friends and family members who smother you with love 🙂 Are you planning on having more children in the future? I know you just had CC but was wondering if you were thinking of having more kids…I’m sure CC would adore a little brother or sister within the next couple of years.

  17. Oh, Jen, this was wonderful! The details were incredible. You have such a wonderful mother-in-law and sister-in-law and you so deserve to be honored in this way! Thank you so much for sharing. And how proud does Don look! 🙂

  18. It looks like a gorgeous shower! What a great treat for you and lovely memories. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t end up having one but if I’m lucky enough to have another child then I will be planning my own after looking at lots of inspiration on pinterest! Looks like motherhood really suits you, enjoy every moment. My little girl is now 2 and I can’t believe where that time has gone!xx

  19. The photo where you look at Suzanne in front of the TV you look breathtakingly beautiful! I literally gasped when I saw that photo!

  20. What a wonderful post! I think you did a great job sharing while still keeping the shower private. Your words really made me tear up! You look beautiful and so happy in the photos.

  21. So pretty, I’ve loved the idea of the high tea. Every time I’m in London it’s the first thing I like to do! I’m happy for you, I cannot imagine how special that moment was. You really do have such an amazing family. Take care, xo

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