Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Chelsea's Baby Shower

What a beautiful evening!  Chelsea had wanted an outdoor wedding....but it rained.  She wanted an outdoor baby was delightful!  We decided to go with a June date, with six weeks to go, hoping the temperatures wouldn't be crazy high.  As it turned out the day before was hideous in heat and humidity, plus dangerous storms.  But shower day was just perfect.  Grandma Ruth offered up her back yard.  It was great!

Jonathan's girlfriend, Darcey, holds another guest's baby.
Yes...that is news. 
Jonathan is dating and we love her!

Two of my dear friends.  
Kelly in pink and Melissa in sunglasses.

 Chelsea's precious flower girl, Jocelyn.
She is such a mini Chels.

Jocelyn's big sister, Arizona.

 Jocelyn's mom, and our long time friend, Kandi.
Have you noticed the clothespins?
It was part of one of those dreaded games where you can't say 
a word, in this case the word was baby, or you lose your pin.

I love this photo of my friends, Deanna and Jennifer.
And behind them, Chelsea's former co-workers who
still love and support her so well.
In the forefront is our friend, Laura.


Our precious daughter in law, Emily, put sooo much into this shower.
She is so very good at these things.
This was a photo booth.
Kelly went straight for the purple boa.
The others are deciding on colors for their masks.

 They were so much fun!

The little girls wanted in on the fun.

They shared the boa with their mama.

 Then it was time to open gifts.
Sweet Chelsea was so tired by this point.
She worked with me all day to her choice.
She loves event planning. 

 Precious guests....generous guests.
Sue is waving....and trying not to be distracted from watching Chelsea.

As I review these photos and look at the precious faces who attended
it strikes me how Chelsea's connections cross generations completely.
She loves each and every one in attendance, dearly.

This was a surprise we kept.
Three friends came into the shop one day while Chelsea and I 
were on a buying trip.
Grandma Ruth knew that they had purchased this awesome mobile
for Chelsea and we knew HOW much she would be thrilled 
by that generous act. 
When our artisan, Corrie, first brought this to the shop
Chelsea expressed how very much she would love to have it 
in her baby's nursery...but the price tag was a bit over her budget.
There is a lot of work put into this mobile.

Funny story....One day while coming out of the restroom at the shop
one of the hot air balloons got caught and ripped off.
Chelsea was devastated.
Corrie took it home and fixed it....and then brought it back.
So it was after that when the friends came in and purchased it for Chelsea.

 She was genuinely surprised to see it again!!
And pleased.

Melissa had "a bit" of fun shopping and wrapping her
gifts to Chelsea.

Because of her brief time with red hair as a teenager, Chelsea had the nickname
Carrot with one group of friends.
Bibs were available to decorate.
Mindy brought back the nickname in the cutest way.
She also found a little bow tie with carrots on it.
That was mind boggling.
Good one, Mindy!

More of our guests creativity on the bibs.

A few of the flowers.
Mom made simple but pretty arrangements of flowers 
from our yards.

We brought some air plants from the shop.

How could I not make candle favors for my daughter's shower?
Took me an hour to decide on the theme.
But this was perfect, both for color and for Chelsea's history
of time in Australia.


Emily and Michael gave many gifts.
This one is very special.
A baby photo shoot!!
They will love that.

 My cutie pie!

So beautiful...with just six weeks until her due date.

So many thanks to all who helped make this evening
such a success.

It was a blessing!