If you know me, you know that any kind of shower isn’t really my “scene”. They go against two pretty defining points of my personality: I hate being the center of attention and I hate small talk. Plus those games… ugh. First world problems that my loved ones want to gather to give us presents, I know. Oh - by the way - notice how I said “us”. That’s a whole other point of contempt: why does only the mom get all the baby paraphernalia? Sorry, not in this house. Those diapers are definitely not just for me thank you very much.
So - what DID I want? Here’s the short list: I wanted Mike to be there. I wanted good food. I wanted our guests to actually have a good time and not be like ugh I have to go to a baby shower. Be honest, that’s what you think when you get a shower invitation. So while it may have been a Sunday afternoon - this was a cocktail party. This was an open bar. This was a ridiculous amount of food from the restaurant’s farm. As a reward for throwing a kick ass party, God graced us with the most perfect sunny Spring day.
Onto the fun details. For the florals I wanted a riverside / beachy Spring feeling so I went with thistle, bleached ruscus, silver dollar eucalyptus, and rye sprigs in mismatched bottles. Also couldn’t throw a party without a balloon garland (Yes I installed it myself. Yes everyone was yelling at me to get off the ladder. Talk about not being able to give up control 🙃). At the last minute I knew something was missing, enter: eucalyptus sprigs!
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FOOD. Everyone raved about the menu from Hudson Farmer & The Fish. In case you feel like drooling here’s the full menu:
Welcome Stations / Seafood tower, farm fresh veggies & dips, charcuterie and cheese, wood oven pizza: escarole white pizza, red clam pizza, margherita pizza
Passed Appetizers / Clam fritters, tomato / mozzarella & greenhouse basil skewers, beef sliders, lobster roll sliders,
Small Plate Stations / fried chicken baskets with hot honey, beef carving with fingerling potatoes, spring hake and asparagus, farm beet salad
Dessert / fresh fried zeppoles, mini cupcakes
Last but not least: stationery. Call me biased but this is my favorite invitation project to date. Baby Nac’s nursery is Hudson River themed and I wanted to carry that throughout the shower. I knew I wanted to do a watercolor crest design for the main invitation, working in key illustrations that went along with the theme: a fishing canoe, oars, and fish. I used those illustrations throughout the signage along with watercolor lettering.