Ahoy It Is A Boy

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Haleigh and I have been best friends since High School (too many years to count anymore) and in those years she has always impressed me with her self-assurance, beauty, and incredible style. Just look at that gorgeous dress...

The white bow on her belly echoes the half bow on the back of her wedding dress. Nice touch Hales!

The funny thing is our styles (both home and dress) could not be more different. I tend to be monochromatic with sharp silhouettes. In contrast Haleigh exudes a laid back, but lady-like sophistication that is inspired by her summers on Nantucket and her deep love of the beach, seersucker blues, and bright pops of color (such as a good pair of Nantucket reds). Her wedding was absolutely perfect and perfectly her and her husband Nick (see the gorgeous photos here). So when it came to her baby shower I knew I had to pull out all the stops!

Honing in on some of the nursery themes I took to pinterest (see the inspiration board here) and with a great suggestion from the momma-to-be found the ideal venue in The Ruby Tap located in Wauwatosa, WI. Rustic and charming, this wine bar is the bang-on spot for a grown up casual shower.

Guest got to sample a variety wines from these awesome tasting machines at The Ruby Tap.
The gift table was overflowing and I used decor items I took from Haleigh and my house (little boats, coral) to add more oomph to the beachy vibe.

After dropping their gift, guests were able to relax in a lounge area sipping on their choice of wine, enjoying great nibbles (the nuts and truffle popcorn were big hits) before settling down to lunch.

Combining the feel of The Ruby Tap space and the nautical theme, the tables were decorated with simple seersucker runners, basic kitchen linen serving as napkins, the sweetest custom menu cards, and a sprig of rosemary (who doesn't love that smell and the bright pop of green). Flowers were from The Flower Lady around the corner and they did an incredible job combining a variety of blue and white flowers in milk glass and ball jar vases to create a relaxed elegance.

The nautical knots were leftover table number holders from Haleigh's wedding.

A quick note on games - I am not a huge fan, BUT I do love finding small ways to help spark conversation amongst guests and incorporate the dad-to-be. On each table were a few table tents with a series of questions dad answered. I think the top two favorites were:
1) How many diapers does a baby go through in a day?
A: 5
2) How many do you plan to change?
A: 2

With some help from the future aunt and a friend, we came up with the cutest idea to help decorate the nursery and be a small way for guests to show their love for the future addition to the group. We ordered an actual life buoy (life ring) and had each guest sign their name.

A fantastic lunch was followed by a fantastic cake. The cake was almost an exact replica of the one I found on Pinterest and couldn't have been more on theme. I ordered it from Sweet Perfections where Haleigh's wedding came from (same flavors too). I also used ribbon and some of the leftover invitations (they had a great print on the back) to make a mini-bunting as a cake topper.

Guests adjourned to the seating area with mismatched vintage chairs to open gifts. I have to say lounging with a cappuccino, custom made macaroons, and family/friends is a great way to spend an hour or two. The macaroons are from Le Reve where they created striped macaroons along with a multitude of white and blue macaroon mix-n-matches.

The grandmas-to-be brought baby photos of mom and dad.
When the gifts were open and we were all ready for naps after our fill of great food, everyone took a little piece of the shower home with packaged macaroons for a later in the day nibble. The dad-to-be may have eaten a few too as he carried gifts to the cars.

Such a beautiful day! Many thanks to all who helped. A true testament to my awesome bestie.

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