We’ve been spending the last few weeks getting ready for Bear’s first birthday (can you believe it’s been a year already?) and I found myself going through some photos of my friend Ellie’s birthday party for her son, Max.
Ellie did such a beautiful job with everything for this party, from the decorations to the food to the amazing smash cake for her little birthday boy. Obviously, I loved the Bear theme she chose!
So as I was looking back through these photos, I wanted to share a few shots I took at the party with you guys.
Aren’t they just darling? I love all the beautiful little details she thought of, from little chalkboards displaying every detail to the teddy bear cake! It was such a perfect afternoon, and I hope that our party in a few weeks is half as pretty as hers was.
Tags: baby · parties
It’s a little funny, but I had a lot of anxiety over my baby shower. (Is that normal?) For my bridal shower and basically every wedding-related event before Chad and I got married, I was so happy and excited to have “my” special day and to have it all revolve around me.
For my baby shower? Weirdly, I was sort of uncomfortable with it.
It may just be that I’m at a different place in life than I was four years ago (almost five!), when Chad and I got married. Sometimes, I wonder if having this blog has actually made me less interested in attention in my day-to-day life — since I’m constantly posting photos and stories about all the things that are happening to me, when I’m off the internet, I’ll happily blend into the crowd. My capacity for attention is just about maxed out.
But, thankfully, I have a wonderful, amazing family who wanted to celebrate this special moment, and I am so, so grateful they did. And in the end, my mom, sister and mother-in-law threw the most amazing baby shower I could have possibly imagined, and I loved every second of it. In retrospect, all those nerves seem totally silly — having a baby shower isn’t just about focusing everyone on the mom-to-be, it’s about gathering your friends and family and celebrating the little person who’s about to enter this world.
I always say that the most amazing part of our wedding wasn’t the party itself — it was having all the people we care about together in one place, even briefly. And I had the same feeling about this shower. It was a wonderful way to reflect on how grateful I am for all of our friends and family, and how much love there is waiting for our son when he arrives.
So, with that, I thought I’d share a few pictures with you guys! I know that many of you saw some of my pictures on Instagram right after the shower, but I also took a ton of video clips, with the hope of putting them all together to capture how beautiful and lovely the day was. So please take a peek at the video above, or scroll down for photos!
Also, I have to give a special shout-out to our amazing balloon bear decorations! Our housekeeper, Leonor, made them for us, and she is so incredibly talented and they were such a special addition to our party! (You can see more of her designs on her Facebook page here!
Alice and Olivia Fierra dress, BHLDN Luna Moth earrings, Jimmy Choo Abel pumps.
Tags: baby · life · parties
A few weeks ago, Chad and I decided to celebrate the Fourth of July with a last-minute party for some friends at our house! We kept it super casual and low-key, and I made a selection of quick, simple appetizers that people could nosh on before we all got in the pool. It was the perfect way to spend a holiday, and it made our mid-week day off so much more special!
I’ve gotten so much use out of these beautiful Noritake serving platters — they seriously go with everything, and they’re just the right size to lay out mini bites for a group! These are a mix of patterns from the Metaal and Evening Glow patterns, along with their beautiful Rockford goblets! I use these absolutely all the time — there’s something very sophisticated about using actual china for parties, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to go back to plastic plates and paper cups!
I’m putting some of the recipes below! The cake was just from a mix — I know, it’s sacrilege to admit it, but we decided to have people over that morning and I wanted something super quick and easy. We also grilled fish and meat on our backyard grill, but I didn’t get any pictures — next time!
And if you guys want to check out more Noritake China, use the coupon code SUGARLAWS for 15% off any order on their website!
Tomato and Nectarine Crostini
1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices
3 plum tomatoes, diced
3 nectarines, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
Flaky sea salt
Toast the baguette slices until slightly golden. In a separate bowl, mix together the tomatoes, nectarines, olive oil, and sea salt. Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of the mixture, and sprinkle with black pepper.
Corn and Kale Salad
4 ears fresh corn, husks removed
2 cups kale, washed and cut into about 1-inch strips
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp flaky sea salt
Boil the corn for about 10 minutes and allow to cool. Cut kernels off cobs and place into a mixing bowl. Blanche the kale for 30 seconds in simmering water, and add to the corn. Add lemon juice, sea salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic powder and parmesan cheese, and mix together. Server warm or at room temperature.
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