When Jen pulled up to the house she acted so surprised and was so "mad" that we had "gotten her" two weeks in a row. If she wasn't surprised, then she deserves an Oscar for her performance.
I loved, loved, loved planning the shower. I did try to keep all the fuss to a minimum as that is why Jennifer didn't want the shower to begin with. I went with a gray and yellow theme since the sex of the baby is not known.
I wanted to do some special touches to show the thought I put into planning things for Jen's special occasion. I think I originally saw the idea to set out a piggy bank on Pinterest. Then I found this adorable chalkboard piggy bank at Target and just wrote on it asking the guests to fill the bank.
As the guest arrived I asked them to fill out these cards, "Wishes for baby." They slipped their filled out card into a mini photo album and it's something I hope Jen, an eventually her baby, will look back on and smile.
I found these cards and printed them for free here.
I made all the decorations myself including pinwheels from this tutorial and tissue paper pom poms from this tutorial.
Since I knew Jen didn't want to play games, I decided to buy small prizes and give them away during the time Jen was opening her gifts. You know, the old set a timer and whomever's gift she is opening gets the prize. No harm in that right?
I also made little favors to thank the guests for coming by attaching a tag to color themed antibacterial hand sanitizer. Good for when the guest come to visit baby!
None of these details really matter however. Even though each thing was created with love and thought of making the day special, none it really mattered. All that mattered was seeing Jennifer happy, and I truly think she was.
Because seriously, what mother-to-be doesn't deserve to be showered with love?
The happiness was seen on her face.
I would have done this shower a million times over (even on 3 weeks notice) just to see that happiness again and again. I love you Jen, and I know you'll be a fabulous mom to your new baby. I can't wait to meet and love him/her!