June 15, 2012
My cousin Mandy and her husband are expecting their first child, a boy, in August. They live and work on the family’s dairy farm and are two of the talented people behind the amazing Prigel Family Creamery in Baltimore County. The farm made the perfect backdrop for the baby shower my sister and I planned on a sunny June afternoon! The theme was “Feather Her Nest” and we all had a perfectly lovely time helping them prepare for and celebrate the baby. I thought it would be fun to share some photos I managed to take in between refilling drinks, carrying platters of delicious food, and sipping my iced coffee…
My sister set up a “make your own” onesie station in the yard- guests could design a teeny onesie for the baby using iron-on letters and decals. The ironing board and iron were set up in the shade of a large tree, and then the finished shirts were hung on a twine clothesline for all to admire! My five-year old, Grace, was even able to get in on the creative action.
The drink table featured cucumber-mint ice water (so refreshing!), limeade, and in order to satisfy the guest of honor’s pregnancy craving– an iced (decaf) coffee bar, complete with flavored syrups, whipped cream, chocolate and butterscotch topping, and of course some farm-fresh creamy milk. This might have been where I spent most of my time.
Dessert was a fruit tart buffet featuring my talented sister’s homemade tart shells, lemon curd or vanilla custard, and fresh summer berries. Yes, I had more than one, why do you ask?
Part of the joy of this event was putting it on in a true DIY manner, with help from all the ladies in the family that love Mandy and her growing family so much! Maybe you’ll see something inspiring for your next celebration!
Flowers: hydrangeas and lemon verbena from my yard; lanterns: IKEA; food: the kitchens of our sweet family members; paper straws: Amazon.com; wooden birdies, birds in the tree, and nests: Michael’s; serving dishes, mason jars, and drink dispensers: we already owned them; chocolate robin’s eggs: flown in from London in the carry-on bag of my sister