Two Little Pumpkins Baby Shower

For years, I have wanted to help host this shower, but we have been patiently waiting for a little baby to arrive that we could love on and shower. God has a special way of orchestrating his plans for our lives because instead of one baby to shower and love, we got two!

A little back story for you, after years and many different roads taken to expand their family, my sister-in-law and her husband chose adoption as their best option. Even with making the choice to move forward with adoption, there is still a time of waiting, moments of great joy and anticipation and then moments of anxiety and discouragement. In late August, Sarah and Ryan were given their first sweet baby girl, Ivy-Jean.

And for the party planning committee, the ideas started flowing. We originally planned on a late September shower, but couldn’t settle on a date with our new mama. She told us,”I will give you a date soon, but can’t give you all the details just yet.” A week later, we knew why. Sarah and Ryan had been chosen to be the parents of yet another baby, and can you guess, another girl! Baby girl 2 (as we called her) was due to arrive any day. So the fun and anticipation continued as we thankfully and expectantly waited on another niece to arrive. Autumn Grace joined our family early October. Our hearts our filled and many prayers answers.

We (the PPC) along with very many other excited volunteers, showered Sarah and her girls with a party we thought she would love. My SIL is an avid gardener and lover of all things detailed and pretty. She also loves and cares deeply for people so we invited family and her closest friends. What a beautiful, October afternoon it was.

Of course, I had to have a dessert bar! This one was filled with treats for everyone: vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, etc. Plus, the ever so popular sugar cookies, these pretties are always such a hit!

For the room, we were able to decorate with beautiful photos of the girls and new parents, something not every shower has since baby is still in utero. The girls even came to the party for a bit!

And the flowers, oh the flowers, our friends at Poppy Design Co and Grace Rose Farm donated their time and resources to bless Sarah with beautiful arrangements and flowers, EVERYWHERE! What a huge blessing that was to us but also the new mama. What an outpouring of excitement everyone showed toward this wonderful couple.

Because of the the season, we included a touch of pumpkins and peachy-orange colors, these little details added to the shower but in no way made it seem like we were at a pumpkin patch or fall party. It felt very girlie and pretty!

New mama, Sarah, has said many times that it feels like with so many prayers being answered, she feels like she is being spoiled. Rightly so, my dear friend, and even during a time that was designed to bless her, I know that she encouraged so many hearts as she shared about the “wait” and “journey” to get to this point. We all experience these times of waiting, but how will we grow in the midst of the wait?

And remember, sometimes when you ask for a miracle, God gives you two!

Romp and Stomp Dinosaur Birthday

Do you ever have those moments of immediate regret? I had one such moment this past weekend as soon as I saw the birthday banners and brightly colored decor transforming a local park into party central. My regret, not bringing my camera along with me to capture all the details. Mamasaurus did such an amazing job planning and designing the perfect party for her little one. You know it’s going to be good when mama is a graphic designer, but this party was just too good not to share! So, you will have to enjoy all the amazing-ness from the view of my phone camera.

Being a DIY girl myself, I just love seeing what other crafters come up with for their projects. These banners and Dino-mite signs really showed mamasaurus’s creativity and attention to the little things. Oh how I appreciate those details. She even had different tables set up for the kids, adults and babies all fitted with different decor and favors for the guests.

I really feel honored when such talented customers trust me with their desserts and what a treat it is for me to add a special touch to all their hard work with custom sweets.

I made a smash cake, cookies and cupcakes to add to an already delicious spread. The dinosaur cookie cutters and templates were from SemiSweet Mike. These were so fun to make and so cute!I also love the “spiked” cupcakes. They added a Dino-mic treat to the table and the gummy candies are a sweet and tangy addition to the buttercream icing.

A round of applause to everyone who made this fun party a real jaw-dropper. That little one-year-old is a loved boy!