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Candlelit Baby Shower

"Let's look at the calendar and pick a date for your shower," I said. "The last weekend in August would be perfect," I exclaimed. A small gathering of people in the warm sunshine on the back porch will be awesome, I thought. As the weekend was quickly approaching for the shower, I was checking my weather app every. day. Monday, Sun. Tuesday, Sun. Wednesday, Sun. Friday, Sun. Saturday, Cloudy. Then Saturday, Rainy. Then Saturday, Thunderstorms & Lightening. And then Saturday came. Because the weather app had told me that the weather was not looking promising, I had already planned to host the party indoors, but little did I know, at 12:45pm, approximately 1hr. & 15min. before our party was supposed to begin, the power went out. The power at our house almost NEVER goes out. Everyone else's power around us will go out, but ours will stay on. Not this day. Luckily, all the food was prepped and I had just finished blow drying my hair. The power will for sure come back on before the party, I thought. The party started with no power. The power will for sure come back on during the party, I thought. The power NEVER came back on during the party. Thankfully, one of my friends brought over a Rubbermaid box of assorted candles. We were definitely smelling like a potpourri shop towards the end, but we had a little extra light!

Enough about the power debacle. I'm actually feeling a little like a rockstar. Who else has hosted a small party, successfully, without any power!?! There is a first for everything, that's for sure!

Let me tell you about this awesome girl that was our guest of honor. Her name is Shanna, and I met her almost 4 years ago. For the past year, I have gotten to know her and her sweet family super well, as we've lead our high school aged small group for our church together. Shanna is a Southern girl to the core. She makes sweet tea, insists that her kiddos have the best of manners (they do, in case you were wondering :)), and never misses a University of Alabama football game (ROLL TIDE!). Another thing about Shanna, is she does not like attention, and she absolutely does NOT like her picture taken. But if you know me, you know how I love on people. I throw them a party! I had to ask her about 5 times if I could PLEASE host a shower for her. Persistence is everything, and I eventually won her over to the idea. Once I convinced her that it was a good idea, I got a list of her current pregnancy cravings, and I built all of the food around that list. I ditched the usual cupcakes and super cute sugar cookies for Krispy Kreme donuts and white powdered sugar mini donuts (They were supposed to be donut holes, but I went to pick up fresh ones the afternoon before, and they were sold out. Not a single powdered sugar donut hole in the entire store. The gal even checked in the back for me. Lame.). I chose navy and yellow as the color theme for the party, with super cute whale and rubber ducky accents. I'm in love with pennant banners currently, so there were a few of those, and I even added one to the donut display, because anything mini is extra cute in my opinion. I usually pass off the games responsibility to someone else, but I did choose the games this time around. I found free "Price is Right, Baby Shower Edition" printables on Pinterest, a quirky children's book game, and did "Guess how many cotton balls." I'm all about non-invasive games. For prizes, instead of searching for little gifts that will most likely add on pounds, add clutter, add to the donations pile, or go straight into the garbage when the winner gets home, I picked up $5 giftcards from Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Menchies, and Dairy Queen, because who doesn't like a sweet treat every once in a while!?! Enough about the details, here are some pics of our candlelit afternoon...




















Shanna,

Thank you so much for giving in and letting me throw you a baby shower for Baby B #3! I am SO excited to meet your new little one. I know that he will be the perfect addition to your sweet family. You are an incredible friend, wife, & mother. You are selfless, supportive, and caring. I am so glad that God had you wander into our small group almost 4 years ago with sweet Brayden still in his infant carseat, and that our friendship has grown ever since. I love you beautiful friend! ROLL TIDE!!! (I'm not from the South, but I'm pretty sure this saying is always appropriate ;)).

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