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Turning The (Baby Shower) Corner

If I’m going to be really honest here then I have to say that I usually have mild anxiety when I receive a baby shower invitation. It’s not that I don’t think babies and pregnant ladies are wonderful but I’m just not good at all the baby stuff.

First, the whole gift thing is always really overwhelming. I have made several attempts at actually going to the store and buying things from the registry but that usually only happens after I stand at the entrance paralyzed looking between the registry sheet in my hand and the aisles and aisles of stuff that I have zero knowledge on and then recruit the help of a sales associate. I’ve discovered a method that makes the whole gift thing more manageable. A gift card and a book. A win for both parties.

Second, I’m getting to the point where I feel a little “odd one out” at showers. It seems that more than the majority of attendees now have babies.

And third, I don’t have a lot to contribute to the gift opening dialogue. I have nothing to add about the best toys, sippy cups, nursing supplies, etc. I’m really good at “awwwing” though. Especially with mimosa in hand!

All that said, I was absolutely thrilled when I received an invitation to my friend Brittney’s baby shower. It was a long road to this day for her and my heart is full of love and happiness for her that she is preparing to welcome a baby girl.

The shower had a lamb theme to go along with Brittney’s nursery. Be sure to check it out, it’s so cute! My friend Kelly and some of Brittney’s family hosted the shower in Brittney’s home . I’ve been to several showers lately at the mommy-to-be’s house and I think it’s such a great idea so that they don’t have to haul everything home and they can show off their nursery.

The shower was at 11:30 and the food was brunch themed, which I was very excited about. I loved these french toast cups. Such fun (and practical) presentation.

There was also a donut hole tree. Pretty awesome.

The food was delicious. We had ham, french toast, pimento cheese, biscuits, a really cheesy egg casserole and fruit. All of the food was wonderful but the big hit was the spicy pimento cheese. Apparently, it’s Kelly’s husbands specialty and he’s pretty famous for it among friends and family. The recipe is on her blog. I loved making mini sandwiches with biscuits, pimento cheese and ham.

After we ate it was gift time. Why is baby girl stuff so freaking cute? My “awww-ing” was very authentic! ;)

Brittney’s mini dachshund, Clyde, got pretty jealous that he wasn’t the center of attention and kind of developed a little love for Brittany. If only he knew what is really coming. Poor Clyde.

We hung out chatting after the gifts and the baby got quite active. We all took turns feeling her move.

Maybe all of her movement was thanks to these adorable (and tasty) cupcakes. Kelly’s aunt makes cakes and did these cupcakes for the party. So creative!

I can honestly say that I enjoyed every second of this shower! It was a really fun way to spend my Saturday with some great girls. Maybe I’m finally turning the baby shower corner. ;) Congratulations to Brittney!

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  • pamela January 13, 2013, 8:35 pm

    Ugh. I have kids and I stil don’t know what to say when they open gifts at baby showers. Baby showers can be awkward. Good thing it’s all about the love! Wishing your friend a beautiful birth and sweet baby days.

    • Jen January 14, 2013, 2:20 pm

      haha – that makes me feel better! and in the end it is all about the love and celebrating a new life!

  • Jennifer January 13, 2013, 8:38 pm

    I feel the same way when I get shower invites. I have literally cried in Babie’s R Us….and I also feel out of place when it comes to talks about pregnancy, kids, and marriage. I just want to eat and talk about my dog in those moments.,

  • Sarah January 13, 2013, 8:55 pm

    Haha I know exactly what you mean. THat food looks amazing! Glad you enjoyed!

  • Alaina January 13, 2013, 8:59 pm

    How adorable!! I’ve been following Brittney’s blog for a while now and I’m so happy to see that her and Greg are welcoming a little girl. :-)

    And love those cupcakes!! Too cute.

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 13, 2013, 9:03 pm

    That looks like the most delicious baby shower food I’ve ever seen! I’m still too young for my friends to really start having showers but I’m almost to the “wedding stage”..which I could not be more excited for!

  • Michelle January 13, 2013, 9:04 pm

    Baby showers are fun!!

  • Stacy @ Stacy Eats January 13, 2013, 9:11 pm

    Those cupcakes are adorable!

  • Paige @ The Balancing Act January 13, 2013, 9:37 pm

    Love the French toast cups! And the cupcakes. Actually, I just love party food. I think I was an event planner or caterer in another life!

    I’m at the wedding stage with my friends. I didn’t think it would happen this early (I’m only 21), but BAM, all of a sudden it seemed like a different friend was changing her Facebook status to “engaged” every week. I’m thrilled for all of them, of course, but I can’t help but feel kind of awkward and lonely in comparison.

    Also, I meant to comment on your last post and tell you how excited I am that you’re getting cycle certified!!! I hope it’s RPM…It’s my favorite workout class ever! Can’t wait to hear all about your certification process. Good luck!

  • Jane January 14, 2013, 1:07 am

    I know exactly how you feel about baby showers. Those cupcakes (and all the food) look awesome.

  • Brittney January 14, 2013, 6:15 am

    I love this post Jen! Made me smile! I know what you mean about baby showers too. I’m glad you didn’t feel awkward about mine :) I love the pictures you got too. I hardly took any so it was great to see so many moments, the food, and decor captured! Thank you so much for coming!

  • Kristi Healey January 14, 2013, 7:35 am

    I have 3 kids and hated baby showers – especially my own!

  • kat January 14, 2013, 8:03 am

    Totally with you on the baby showers. But when it’s a close friend it’s special, so I will attend and usually enjoy myself, too.

  • Erica January 14, 2013, 8:46 am

    Boy is this a relatable post! I am definitely in the minority (non-baby haver) among my friends and peers lately. It seems like the showers come in waves, and according to several recent Facebook announcements, it seems another round of baby showers is coming up in my future! Thanks for the book/giftcard tip! I will be employing it :)

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers January 14, 2013, 9:00 am

    Though I’m sorry you get the anxiety, am glad you said it. I get that too. I just never know what questions to ask, gifts to buy (registries help), etc. I know too little! haha

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 14, 2013, 10:20 am

    I have never been to a baby shower before, but those lamb cupcakes are TOO CUTE!! :)

  • Katherine January 14, 2013, 10:49 am
  • Lauren January 14, 2013, 10:58 am

    I’m not interested in attending baby showers at all, but I guess I’m not sure what’s different about shopping on a baby registry compared to shopping a wedding registry? When I go to Macy’s I have no idea where the immersion blender or the specific dish sets are, so I guess I always assume I’ll have to ask just as I would at a baby store.

    Love the french toast cups and the cupcakes!

    • Jen January 14, 2013, 2:06 pm

      oh i LOVE shopping for kitchen stuff so wedding shower gifts never bother me. i love going to crate + barrel and williams-sonoma. but gift cards are a pretty convenient wedding gift too! :)

  • Dufy January 14, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Don’t feel like the odd one out at another shower. And do you know what one of the nicest things you could give to a mom? A free training session for post baby. I would have loved a few of those!

    • Jen January 14, 2013, 2:05 pm

      i actually thought of doing that but i didn’t know how it would be received!

    • Courtney January 14, 2013, 10:16 pm

      Ooohh I like this idea!!

  • Sara January 14, 2013, 2:23 pm

    I have to say I’m not a fan of showers. Maybe if/when I have children I won’t be so bored at them.

  • Kelly @foodiefresh January 14, 2013, 2:52 pm

    Even though I love showers, there are a few that I typically dodge…usually the ones that are in a church fellowship hall. :) I think mimosas are always a good way to help people have a good time or wine if it’s a bit later in the day. Thanks for coming! I’m so glad you had a great time.

  • She Rocks Fitness January 14, 2013, 3:06 pm

    All of those eats are so freaking cute, especially the cupcakes. Adorable! I too have a hard time with baby showers as well. I am at a point in my life where almost all of my friends are married and now having even their second child. It’s hard for me to relate because I’m so single (which I’m okay with) and not even close to thinking about kids. HA! I truly believe gift cards or cash are the way to go. ;)

  • Addy @ Six-Kick Switch January 14, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Haha, this is me and WEDDING showers! Though I’m sure baby showers won’t be far in the future…this party looks so fun and creatively put together! Wow!

  • ashley January 15, 2013, 11:21 am

    Those treats are adorable! I, too, get overwhelmed w/ the registry. I usually give one of my favorite books along with something practical. According to friends, you can never have enough stroller blankets!

    Baby showers are so difficult for me. It’s awkward being insanely thrilled for my expecting friend but the pain and loneliness I feel due to IF can be so overwhelming. I just try to grin and bare it! And I have stopped feeling so guilty about my feelings. If I can’t get my emotions together, I send a gift with a friend.

    Love the idea of a training session!

  • Lauren K January 16, 2013, 9:40 pm

    Catching up…love the dress, looks great! I don’t know how to relate at all with baby showers but I do love all the cute clothes and accessories! As for gifts, sometimes I will make my own iron on onesies with logos/initials for the baby. Takes a little more effort but budget friendly and they are personal!

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