Elephants + Elegance

July 28, 2012


What an afternoon full of elegance, cake and love!


My best friend going back to age 2, Kirst, and her mom, Vibeke, hosted the most beautiful shower today. Kirst did such a gorgeous job with the decorations – which she made herself!


Including this gorgeous ribbon mobile that I am going to hang over the baby’s crib!


We headed over at 12:30 and were welcomed with a beautiful spread of foods

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We played a few fun games after lunch


The first was a game of children’s literary characters and books. We had to guess in teams – some of them were really hard to guess (like Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot!)


The second game was a baby photo guessing game! Guests were asked to bring a baby photo and we had to guess who was who



Guess who!


And who!


So glad Sarah was able to come and I was able to meet baby Annabel for the first time! Hard to believe I was at her shower just a few months ago!


Baby Y-M received so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts. Many of the shower attendees were from my mom’s church and it was lovely to see them all in this exciting time.


From darling outfits


To toys that bounce and light up


To handmade gifts, books, and practical items (ahem, breast pads : ) )


And a handmade quilt featuring MARSHMALLOW PEEPS in honor of my mom’s adoration of the famous confection!


When all of the gifts were unwrapped, we feasted on two homemade cakes that Kirst made!



One was chocolate with strawberry filling and the other was vanilla with chocolate filling


I enjoyed a small slice of each – plus some ice cream – and was full of heaven!


As party favors, Kirst made pacifiers from Oreos and Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate! So cute.


Mom and I have been ooing and ahhing over everything as we’ve unpacked and sorted back at home.


Thank you so much Kirst and Vibeke for such a memorable event. And to everyone who attended for your love and gifts. And to Larbs for taking most of the photos!


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1 Marci July 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

that nursery rhyme game is super cute!


2 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco July 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

What a beautiful celebration! I am so happy for you, Kath. 😉


3 Cait's Plate July 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Such a gorgeous shower!!


4 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Lovelys July 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I love your dress! Looks like you girls had a lot of fun. The food looks wonderful :)


5 Rachel July 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

awww everything is so cute!


6 Macrae July 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

WOW! Kirst and Vibeke should have their own business, that is such an impressive shower! Also, I had completely forgotten the Magic Pasta Pot, I will definitely give that to my nephew next :)


7 Erin @ The Grass Skirt July 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

What an adorable shower! It likes Kirst has a calling. She could plan showers professionally. :)


8 Dynamics July 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

That quilt is amazing. I have to go find some of that material. Joke in my family is giving my kids peeps every year (they hate them). One last peep in the form of a pillow would be fun. I also loved the mobile. You are so lucky to have such talented friends/family. Have fun playing!


9 Michelle (Peachy Palate) July 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Looks like you had an amazing day! Super excited to you :) Those cakes look incredible…actually all the food does!


10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Looks like a great afternoon! And that cake looks AMAZING!!


11 j3nn July 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

What an incredible shower! The food looks great, and all of the wonderful gifts! Wow! So much love. :)


12 Katelyn July 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm



13 Mai July 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

me TOO.


14 Meagan July 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I love the ribbon chandlier! How cool! And that looks like such a nice shower. And the food spread, OMG


15 Micky July 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I’m curious as to the significance of the elephants :)


16 KathEats July 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Just a fun theme! And maybe a nod to Kirsten’s time in Niger


17 Sabrina July 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I want to make those exact cakes (down to the shape) for Raffi’s party – except with a raspberry filling. Any chance you can put me in touch with Kirst? I’d love her tips.


18 Jennifer July 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm

You got so many really cute and unique things. :) That was so nice of your friend to do that for you. It looks like she put a lot of work into it and did a great job.

The food looks amazing in those pictures. I wanted to reach out and grab a deviled egg. :)


19 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 28, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Oh Kath, what an amazing celebration of your little one! Everything sounds perfect!


20 Lisa July 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

What a memorable day!


21 Liz July 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

It looks like a fabulous shower! I especially love the quilt because my mom’s a quilter – I’ve got some great ones around my house. Your dress is really pretty, too! So cute that baby A was there :)


22 Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate July 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

The shower looks gorgeous! As do the food and gifts!


23 carol July 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

What a nice celebration and baby’s quilt is GORGEOUS – I love it! Woo Woo – pretty soon!


24 sarah (the SHU box) July 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

had so much fun!!! can’t wait for our babies to be playmates someday :) !!


25 Melissa July 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

What an adorable shower! Love all the photos … and that QUILT!!!! (And I don’t even like Peeps, but that is just amazing!) Thanks for sharing the photos with all of us so we could “attend” too!


26 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

That looked like a gorgeous party!! All the food and the elephant theme! I hope you had a wonderful time with your family!


27 Marla-Deen Brooks July 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I’m so glad you have all of these wonderful photos of this day! Just beautiful! You will love looking back on them!


28 emme July 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

KAth you’re GLOWING in those pictures, so, SO pretty! i have to ask though, why the elephant theme? it’s super cute but i feel like i’m missing something. congratulations on baby y-m :)


29 KathEats July 28, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Just a cute theme! And maybe a nod to Kirsten’s time in Niger


30 Jasmine @ learning to feed yourself July 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Pineapple casserole sounds interesting! Was it a sweet or savory dish? And I want to eat all of that cake….


31 Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini July 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Pineapple casserole includes the oddest combination of ingredients but is SO amazing—it’s sweet and almost dessert like!


32 Lani July 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Looks like fun! A lovely way to celebrate you and the bebe! So happy for you.:)


33 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I’m so glad that your whole shower went so well- you can tell that your friend loves you (and baby) VERY much from all the effort and time she must have put in. She did a wonderful job- having a great friend like that is a blessing!
Looks like you got some great gifts and a whole lot of…….LOVE! :)


34 [email protected] July 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

We played the baby picture guessing game at my sister’s baby shower and it was such fun! Love the yellow and gray. All of the food looked delicious….baby showers are the best!


35 Khushboo July 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Wow what a fabulous shower- Has your friend thrown any in the past?? Impressive!!!!


36 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles July 29, 2012 at 1:03 am

What a lovely shower! I’m not a fan of the run of the mill baby shower (or bridal shower) games, but these are fun! I think I’m going to send the ideas to my sister-in-law, who is planning mine :) That ribbon mobile is perfect for your nursery, are you going to be able to use those cute bunting flags too? I know you already have some in the nursery, but those ones might look really cute in baby central downstairs.


37 Mel July 29, 2012 at 4:29 am

Looks like a lovely baby shower! I too, like the elephants!


38 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) July 29, 2012 at 5:36 am

stock up on those breast pads!! you will need them ! :) looks like a lovely shower. what a blessing!


39 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) July 29, 2012 at 5:37 am

What a beautiful baby shower! The theme is so fun and the food is just perfect. I’m taking notes in case I ever am asked to put on a shower. 😉


40 Katie July 29, 2012 at 6:56 am

You are glowing and you look so beautiful Kath! What a beautiful shower! Looks like you got so many great things for the baby! SO happy and excited for you, Matt, and your whole family! <3


41 Angel7 July 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

You look beautiful, Kath! You are glowing!

What a wonderful party! You got great gifts!



42 Grace @ Grace Dishes July 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

Everything looks so wonderfully put together from the decor to the entertainment to the food. Congratulations again and I LOVE that you shared this. I love attending special events celebrating joyous occasions.


43 Amanda @flecksofgreen July 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

I wasn’t sure what I liked more, the food or the decorations–it was such a close call. Then I saw the pimento cheese rolls and the food takes the cake (pun intended :) ) I hope you enjoyed your shower!


44 Jeri July 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

Borrowing the idea of labeling food so guest know what they are eating. But what I live most are the cakes. Nothing wring with store bought and decorated, but these you know were made with love.


45 Jennifer July 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

What a beautiful shower!! The food all looked amazing. You received some really wonderful gifts.


46 Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

Ooooh my gosh, I adore that onesie with the men’s tie on it. I can’t wait to see Baby Kerf rocking that! And what an awesome spread of food…looks like a great shower :)


47 Sara July 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

Kath – you look beyond gorgeous. What a lovely day!


48 Rhapsody July 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

All the gifts are lovely, but the quilt is super-adorable!


49 Sneakers2Sandals July 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Too cute!! The diaper wreath is like the cutest thing of my life (besides my puppy)!

What program do you use for your photo collages? Do you use Lightroom for that?


50 KathEats July 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Yes, this one I did


51 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut July 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

What a nice shower! You look purty. :)


52 Jenna July 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Love your dress – so adorable on you! Where did you get it from? I’m looking for a cute maternity dress to wear to my own shower :)


53 KathEats July 30, 2012 at 6:45 am

motherhood. I’ve had good luck with their stuff


54 Krista July 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm

That quilt is gorgeous!


55 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 30, 2012 at 6:23 am

What a beautiful shower! I love your dress! :)


56 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac July 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Pimento cheese rolls! What a great idea instead of serving it just as a dip. Looks like a wonderful shower!!


57 MommyPage July 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I hope you had a great time at your baby shower!! Those baby gifts look perfect for a newborn and the food looks delicious! You are going to make a wonderful mom and I’m certain your baby will be very well-fed.


58 Sarah @ See Sarah Eat August 1, 2012 at 8:07 am

So awesome that your friend made all of that stuff for your shower! And I love the children’s literary quiz too, I wonder how many of those I would remember? And the baby picture game was pretty cute too. Great game ideas :)


59 Simply Life August 1, 2012 at 8:12 am

wow! what a beautiful shower! that quilt is just gorgeous!


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