This past Sunday afternoon, my girlfriends threw the most beautiful, generous, special baby sprinkle for me to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our new baby.
It was held at Dogwood Southern Table, which is a newer farm-to-fork restaurant in the heart of South Park in Charlotte. The brunch menu is ... oh my goodness ... spot-on. I chose a country ham bowl that included sauteed greens, rice, a delicious sauce, a fried egg (I prefer mine over-hard -- even while not pregnant), all topped with pink pickled onions.
I kept the invitation list fairly small, just inviting a few Charlotte girlfriends, the grandmothers, and the aunts. Ian's sister was unable to come from Ohio and my middle sister was unable to come from New York, but my youngest sister, mom, and mother-in-law were all in attendance which was really special since they all drove in for it.
Laura even took all of the photos from the day which helped me to relax and have fun but to relive the day through pictures later. Laura -- I love you for this!
Here are some other highlights of the day. I received some great baby gear, gender-neutral clothing, and diapers galore! Two girlfriends even spoiled ME with gift certificates for a mani/pedi and a hair blow-out ... so sweet and thoughtful.
The favors were provided by my sweet friend Lindsay and were something I'd never seen before. They were little plantable seeds in the shape of buttons! She brought these gorgeous flowers and the hand-lettered sign as well. So unique and beautiful.
The best part of the day was just chatting with everyone and getting excited for this sweet new addition to our family. Most of my friends seem split 50/50 on the gender. Moms of little boys seem to feel I'm having a boy next, and moms of little girls are thinking we'll have more pink around our house!
Thank you again to my lovely sister Laura for capturing these special photos and for being the most fun person to share a pregnancy with!
And to my sweet girlfriends who hosted this day, you mean so much to me! It was truly the most generous baby shower I've attended, and you went above and beyond to ensure that everyone was well fed, hydrated adequately with mimosas and coffee (ha!), and spoiled with yummy buttercream cupcakes. Thank you for everything, you are the best lunch bunch girls!