When my sister started planning my baby shower and asking me what was off the table, I knew I wanted simple and understated, casual and warm, without all the traditional formalities like opening gifts and playing games. While they are all well and good for some people, I wanted to do things a little differently. I personally could take or leave the gift opening portion of showers, so I didn’t want to make my guests suffer through that either. Many bridal and baby shower games can be obnoxious and uncomfortable, so I wanted to avoid that altogether. Especially considering I’d be almost 35 weeks pregnant and not my normal hormonal self.
The theme was yellow, white and green, gender neutral with hydrangeas, natural greenery, and lemons. It was beautiful and understated. And the shower was in a rustic barn with big French doors that opened up on to a large outdoor porch overlooking the apple orchard.
There were no games played or gifts opened, but the guests kept themselves occupied catching up and chatting with old friends, enjoying the delicious food, some catered, the rest prepared by friends and family. Gifts came unwrapped accompanied by books instead of cards, with personalized messages to poppyseed.
Gifts came unwrapped accompanied by books instead of cards, with personalized messages to poppyseed.
They created an alphabet book for poppyseed. This was a huge hit! Everyone had so much fun getting creative with it, some appropriate, some pushing the envelope—still appropriate, just quite humorous! It kept everyone talking and interacting with each other without the uncomfortable pressure of game playing or watching me open gifts and wondering when it would be over.
My shower was perfect in every single way. I am so grateful to my family and friends for the stunning vision and how they brought it to life! They kept the whole process stress free for me, which is exactly what I needed. Special thanks to my sister, Tracy, for going above and beyond—per usual! And to Shannon Knudsen, for her incredible photography skills and ability to capture meaningful candid moments!