baby shower

showering baby girl parker with love (and pumpkins)

On Christmas Eve, the Detwiler Family is due to receive the best gift ever — a baby girl, daughter of my cousin Anna and her husband, Robert.

I have only been to one baby shower in my life, let alone ever hosted one. My cousin Heather and I jumped at the opportunity to host a celebration for Anna and her little one. It was a beautiful afternoon full of lots of love, bubbles, bites, and gifts. We can’t wait to meet you, Baby Parker!

decor

We couldn’t resist some pink (and gold, duh) and so selected this gold foil square invite with a pink envelope liner from Paperless Post, the paper line.

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many think that Paperless Post is always paperless, but think again! The quality of these festive invites was pleasantly surprising — more so than other popular stationery brands I’ve seen.

Since the shower was in October, we easily decided on an autumn theme. I found this photo on Pinterest that served as inspiration (more to come on these very versatile decorations!):

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Here’s our version, plus some additional gold and pink details with some canvas and chalkboard signs:

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you should have seen Heather and me blowing up these balloons…we found a sip of wine before each effort helped tremendously 🙂

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more to come on these carved pumpkin centerpieces!

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it’s amazing what you can do with some spray paint, candlesticks, and Costco flowers!

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big balloons and metallic pumpkins greeted guests at the front door

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a cool copper color spray paint I found at the local hardware store

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dress my cupcake is a great décor brand (albeit a little pricey when it all adds up!) that I found at Zucher’s

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can’t resist a colorful straw and some chalkboard food signs!

menu

We decided on a baby shower brunch since it was on a Sunday and provided some yummy small bites of both breakfast and lunch foods.

Heather and I prepared:

  • A mimosa bar and some non-alcoholic options
  • French toast casserole with maple syrup (rave reviews. recipe here.)
  • Avocado toast with homemade bread
  • Bacon wrapped fingerling potatoes (my personal favorite. recipe here, plus we brushed on some pesto before baking.)
  • Veggie cheese quiche from Cristina’s (which disappeared in about 20 minutes)
  • Donut hole kabobs

Friends of the mom-to-be brought:

  • Mini quiche
  • Fruit
  • Kale salad (our all-time favorite. recipe here)
  • Pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes from Bigwood Bread (anna’s favorite)
  • Caramel chocolate cake from Cristina’s (another of anna’s favorites)
  • Baguette with spinach dip and mixed veggies
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I repurposed the “yay” gold letters I made for our “K” birthday party and served tea and coffee out of these one-of-a-kind cups from Boulder Mountain Clayworks

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the spread!

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these were ridiculously delicious…

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pretty dessert corner with a canvas sign that took me wayyyy to long to make

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gotta love brunch

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pretty avocado toast on homemade bread by mike

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how pretty is that cake from cristina’s?!

the company

Anna and Baby Parker are so loved, and that showed with the guest list and the size of the present pile! I’ve also never had so many small children in my home, let alone newborns!

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mom-to-be and cassie hitting up the mimosa bar (sparkling cider for anna, of course!)

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these are real…newborn…babies…four of them…in my house!

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hostesses and the beautiful mom-to-be!

the present pile

the present pile

pretty present wrapping

pretty present wrapping

It was a great day, and we are counting down the days until Baby Girl Parker’s arrival!

cheers krista

 

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weekend love it — morels, mccall, babes and a baby!

1. i left my heart in san francisco and a baby on the way: There are so many people that I love in San Francisco, and there’s about to be one more! I had such a great time visiting my cousin to celebrate her baby on the way, due at the end of June. She is one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out, and I can’t wait to meet her daughter or son. We enjoyed lots of great food, and some solid entertainment, but my favorite part was helping her and her fiancee continue to set up their baby nursery. What a lucky kiddo! I truly love this city and was sure I’d live in the Bay Area again at some point in my life. Never say never, I guess!

the most adorable gray and white gender neutral baby nursery, complete with a goodnight moon PB Baby gift from my mom

the most adorable gray and white gender neutral baby nursery, complete with a goodnight moon PB Baby gift from my mom

some of my very favs

some of my very faves

scissors — the most logical tool to cut pizza at amazing restaurant A 16

scissors — the most logical tool to cut pizza at amazing restaurant A 16

I made everyone go on a walk by the water #idahoislandlocked

I made everyone go on a walk by the water #idahoislandlocked

incredible brunch cocktail

incredible brunch cocktail

non-alcoholic (thank goodness) shot of watermelon water to kick off the morning

non-alcoholic (thank goodness) shot of watermelon water to kick off the morning

super cool wall display at a la urbana brunch the following morning

super cool wall display at a la urbana brunch the following morning

dad-to-be carter amped on the baby gifts

dad-to-be carter amped on the baby gifts

beautifully wrapped presemt

beautifully wrapped presemt

j-mills

j-mills

cutest pregnant lady ever. I cannot wait for an occasion worthy of these balloons

cutest pregnant lady ever. I cannot wait for an occasion worthy of these balloons

BABY!

BABY!

always a sucker for a chalkboard sign

always a sucker for a chalkboard sign

incredible photo/balloon display that I need to replicate...and an incredible view

incredible photo/balloon display that I need to replicate…and an incredible view

cheers to baby wigell

cheers to baby wigell

impromptu early birthday breakfast for my dear cousin laura

impromptu early birthday breakfast for my dear cousin laura

adorable baby gifts from GAP

adorable baby gifts from GAP

erica asked me to be her bridesmaid, and I couldn't be more excited to stand by her side!

erica asked me to be her bridesmaid, and I couldn’t be more excited to stand by her side!

2. heather mcdonald: It’s a really good thing I don’t have a weak bladder, or I probably would have peed my pants a couple weekends ago. The boy’s amazing sister had the great idea to go see Heather McDonald at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco. You may recognize her from Chelsea Lately, one of my favorite shows from college. I had never seen a live comedy show, and I can’t wait to see another one after this great experience. Here’s a clip of her standup, which I found to be incredibly relatable and hysterical:

3. mccall is for (morel) lovers: Whether it’s steelhead, grouse, or mushrooms, the boy might have a slightly obsessive personality. At least it mostly applies to outdoor activities? We have been on the hunt for morel mushrooms — a.k.a. the only mushroom I enjoy eating — for two years now. The mythical morel was finally found in McCall, and with a strangely wet spring, they’re all over Sun Valley as well. More to come on this adventure (not for the faint of heart) in an upcoming “beginner’s guide to morel hunting” (although I still have no idea what the f I am doing). Otherwise, McCall was a great escape and excuse to visit with his parents, although neither was feeling well. McCall is further proof that Idaho is an incredibly beautiful state, and one I feel lucky to live in. Can’t wait to head back to McCall for a couple exciting weddings this summer!

I enjoyed the "Idaho Gold" at the Salmon River Brewery, which is delicious also gluten reduced!

I enjoyed the “Idaho Gold” at the Salmon River Brewery, which is delicious also gluten reduced!

the first morel discovery — thank god!

the first morel discovery — thank god!

look at this little guy! precious

look at this little guy! precious

double morel

double morel

pars ready for the hunt

pars ready for the hunt

cleaned up and out for a drink at the shore lodge

cleaned up and out for a drink at the shore lodge

the first day's loot

the first day’s loot

4. the start of wedding season: I will attend the first of six summer weddings on Saturday, and it’s certainly inspired my wedding pinterest board (which will remain private…). Here are a couple of my favorite finds of the week that make me swoon just a little bit, along with what I thought was a nice take on finding the right ring.

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seen as stylemepretty.com

can't take credit for this find — taylor pinned this on our brass blossom pinterest. Check it out!

can’t take credit for this find — taylor pinned this on our brass blossom pinterest. Check it out!

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seen as stylemepretty.com

love the texture of this bouquet, also from stylemepretty

love the texture of this bouquet, also from stylemepretty

5. good reads: Taylor and I have both mentioned this book, but seriously, read it. Pulitzer Prize winning All the Light We Cannot See is the best book I have read in years, and I love that author Anthony Doerr is from Boise, Idaho. Doerr will also speak at the Sun Valley Writer’s Conference  in July, which I will sadly miss.

all the light we cannot see

My new “rip-through” read is #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train. I cannot put it down. Pick it up if you haven’t already!

6. the marten stuffer: Welcome to “The Onion” of Sun Valley. The clever and anonymous writers of satirical site The Marten Stuffer are keeping me laughing. Some of my favorite articles include “First Lite Yoga Pants Feature New ‘Camel Toe Eraser’ Technology,” “Wood River Valley Mating Inequality Baffles Researchers,” and “Valley White Stress at All Time High,” just to name a few…They’re lol funny and incredible accurate in many ways.

7. the start of wildflowers: I went on a quick hike with my friend Rachel on Tuesday, and the wildflowers were incredible! Nothing’s better than wildflower season.

wildflowers

wildflowers

wildflowers

wildflowers

 

Have a great week!

cheers krista

 

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