Sunday, July 31, 2011
Once Upon a Time There Was a Baby Shower
Once upon a time there was a girl, Amberella, who was with child. She had two sisters and an aunt who were wildly creative and wildly overachieving. Even Martha Stewart feared the lengths they would go to to throw a good party. When their bookish sister got pregnant, they knew they would just have to throw her the most fabulous book-themed baby shower ever seen.
So they decorated the party with many, many books. They even went so far as to make their own miniature books, complete with full-color cover and back and interiors (using only 10% of book content, as these were law-abiding sisters who cared about copyright infringement). They hung the books all over the party, from the chandelier, over the arches, and around the tables.
Of course, they couldn't stop at just books, so they made a delectable feast, complete with treats such as homemade grapefruit jellies. The jellies reminded Amberella of Hansel and Gretel and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...
...because they had festooned each food and treat with its own accompanying book. Like this delicious fruit salad (complete with fresh mint and cantaloupe cut out in the shape of leaves) and the accompanying baby book "Eating the Alphabet."
They also had a scrumptious cake, lemon poppyseed with raspberry filling, just like Amberella had asked for, and a scrumptious black raspberry punch.
Amberella got to open many, many presents, including a quilt that her Aunt Carollella had made her, based on the book "The Hungry Caterpillar" which she also gave her. Amberella was quite astounded that her aunt would go to so much trouble just for her and baby.
In fact, each guest gave Amberella's baby Alexandra a book to start her own personal library.
Amberella got to see many friends she hadn't seen in a long time.
She even got to see some she'd never seen before at all, like her nephew McLane, being held by his grandma.
Her family got to be reunited, including her grandmother and three of her grandmother's seven children.
She even got to compare belly bumps with her Skinny Minny aunt and cousin, who incidentally were not pregnant.
And she finally beat her sister-in-law in the belly bump game, after this sound defeat in Moab.
She even got awkward pregnancy hugs and rubs from some of her friends.
After a great day, she was so thankful for her two fabulous sisters and aunt who threw her shower, and everyone else in between.
(Amberella shown with fabulous sisters and mother, as fabulous aunt was behind the camera. Thank you to the fabulous sister on the right who took all the photos for her.)