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five on friday: showering baby western

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Happy Friday!  After a great weekend, my entire week has been spent recovering from my trip to Michigan for our baby shower.  I’m 30 weeks, getting bigger each day, and dragging myself through the airport isn’t quite as easy as it once was.  However, I had a great trip and I am excited to recap our baby shower.
Friends and Family
With my Mom and Dad.
I have always known how lucky I am to have such great family and friends, but on days like our baby shower, I feel completely in awe of how blessed we are.  The whole day was perfect, from start to finish.  I remember having a similar feeling at my wedding: there is something about having so many people that are normally separate, and that you love and care about, in the same room with you.
With my 2 sisters and my Mom.
With my 2 sisters and my Mom.
With my Mother-in-law
With my Mother-in-law
It’s hard to explain, but it feels so wonderful.  I am thankful to my mother and my sisters for throwing this shower, and to my beautiful mother-in-law for traveling in and her help.  Baby Western is so lucky to be coming into the world, already loved my these people.
Sugar and Spice
A project that I really wanted to take on for our shower was the sweets table, it used to be a fun hobby of mine. I LOVED how it turned out.  I made the banner by hand, and the signs on the candy/cupcakes were an easy 10-minute addition.
I chose lots of white for the candy to match the wintery center pieces.  We were really hoping for the baby shower to have a wintery feel, and so I kept the table clean with lots of white and silver, and a few splashes of purple.
Raspberry Cheesecake
Raspberry Cheesecake
Red Velvet
Red Velvet
The cupcakes were from a great local spot, and I honestly could not choose a favorite.
Baby Gear
From binkies to blankies and everything is between, Baby Western (and mommy) feel completely showered and spoiled after this weekend!  All of the baby gear our apartment (the outfits, the crib, the car seat, the Bumbo) are reinforcing the fact that baby girl is coming…and not too far from now!  We are waiting until we move into our house to dive into some of the boxes, and I am getting anxious to set up her room.
My Fav “Mocktail”
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Old City Hall in Bay City, where the shower was held, has a fantastic cocktail on the menu that I often request as a mocktail.  I tried to re-create it at home, and I think I got pretty close!  You can find the recipe here.  I made several this week, so fresh and delicious!
I mentioned this already, but we just feel so fortunate to have our family and friends.  They have been there for us through the dark times, and now, are there to share in our joy.  They traveled from Minnesota, Kentucky, and New York to Michigan for our shower.
We received several beautiful homemade gifts (like our quilt) that were clearly made with lots of love. We also received gifts that weren’t on our registry that I am thankful for because they come from a  place of experience.  I didn’t even know they existed!
In place of a guest book, we asked that our guests share advice on cards for Baby Western’s scrapbook.  Every one was so thought-out, and I so lad we asked.  There was so much love showered on our little family on Saturday, and we are so thankful.
This past weekend will be tough to top.  However, we are closing on our house in exactly one week, and it’s sure to be another great adventure.
This Friday, I linked up with:
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