February 13, 2014

A Baby Shower for Baby D

Over the Christmas holidays, my mother, two of my sisters and myself held a baby shower for my dear sister Sophie, who is expecting her first child, Baby D, any time now!
We planned to have the shower between Christmas and New Years as my two other sisters {Janelle and Adèle} live out of town, and we wanted them to be here.
{NOTE: this was the first event I photographed with my new camera! Exciting! I was still getting used to the settings, zoom, and flash so my apologies for the poor quality!}
Sophie chose not to find out the sex of the baby, which is amazing to me {because I HAD to know what I was having for both pregnancies!}. Having said that, we wanted a theme that was gender neutral. We based our decor on some baby shower napkins which were pale yellow and apple green with a hint of grey.
My principle task was to make a diaper cake. I bought some size 1 Pampers Swaddlers diapers as well as onesies, washcloths, socks and spoons that were all color coordinated. I chose to wrap the diapers facing outward since their colors matched the scheme. Here is my finished product: 
Janelle had the idea of making some little colored flowers to tuck between the layers! Pretty!
Other color coordinated decor consisted of tissue paper pom-poms, made by my eldest sister Adèle:
My co-planners also found patterned duct tape in coordinating colors to wrap around water bottles for our guests:
 And they made lovely candies out of washcloths, ribbon and tule! So sweet!
A color-coordinated cupcake display adorned the buffet table!
As we had a few younger guests, my mother purchased little loom bracelet kits and lipgloss tins for each girl!
We put my nieces to work as the greeters! Emma on the left is 10 and Marie-Eve is 7. They were in charge of getting each guest to write their own address on the thank-you card envelopes {as a service to the mom-to-be} as well as fill-out a ballot for door prizes.
Here's the momma-to-be in all her beautiful pregnancy awesomeness!
And here are other pics of the guests, decor and gifts! Here is her awesome highchair from IKEA, which she selected herself! 
An amazing gift basket made my my cousin, Amy. Do you see those tulips made of little socks? So sweet and clever!
With mother and mother-in-law by her side, she tackled the gifts with pleasure!

Now, this gift needs an special introduction.
This collection of stuffed animals is called Kaloo. Every one of my nieces, newphew and my own kids have a Kaloo of their own. This tradition started with the eldest niece, Emma. She received a lovely pink bear Kaloo at her baby shower from a cousin. She grew to love the bear so much! When my sister Adèle announced she was expecting her second child, I, being the god-mother, chose to continue the Kaloo tradition and buy one for my god-child, Marie-Eve. So, Marie-Eve recieved a pink rabbit Kaloo. A few years later, Adèle was expecting her third child {a boy this time, Mathéo} and I was expecting my first, also a boy {Nicholas}. Our sister Janelle and brother Pierre found two identical blue rabbit Kaloos for each child! When Luca was born, he also received a small blue bear Kaloo, and he adores him! The sweetest part is that each child is attached to his or her Kaloo and they all call them Kaloo! So Janelle came through again {cause these Kaloo's are actually difficult to find} and found this mint kitten Kaloo for Baby D! The tradition continues...
Baby D is so loved already! I find it so exciting that my sister didn't want to know the sex and can't wait to meet this little person! My prediction is that it is a GIRL {just for the record}! And no one is more deserving of this precious baby than my sister Sophie, who has been through so much. Hence why this baby is so loved and so awaited!