Hello everyone!!  I hope you are having a splendid week so far.  ;-)  Today is a special day for many reasons.  First, it’s my birthday!  I’m not a big ‘birthday person,’ so March 7th really just means fancy dinner reservations.  haha  But March 7th took on some extra significance when my doctor told me last summer that my estimated due date was today.  You can imagine my complete shock upon hearing that.  At the time, I was still getting used to the idea of being pregnant.  It seemed all too perfect that she was due on my birthday, too.  ;-)  Although I never expected her to really arrive today (less than 5% of babies are born on their actual due dates), it was a fun fact.  Olive still has time to be in that 5% minority, if she’d like!  For now, she seems more than comfy in the womb and I’m practicing my patience, awaiting her arrival.

Today I thought I’d share some pictures from my baby shower back in January!  I actually was blessed to have three amazing showers thrown by loved ones, but this one was the largest.  My sister, Anna, and dearest friends, Michelle (of Love and Splendor) and Kristin (of Petal and Thorn), threw this shower for me, along with my mommy (excited first-time grandma!).  The design of the shower was inspired by the whimsical Joel Dewberry fabric I chose in making Olive’s crib bedding.  I was really drawn to the slightly retro patterns and totally fresh colors: saffron, persimmon, aqua and white.

The celebration all took place at one of my favorite LA restaurants: Lucques.  Their lovely courtyard patio made a charming backdrop for the festivities and the seasonal 3-course menu allowed guests to enjoy dishes like a persimmon and pomegranate salad with burrata as well as braised short ribs with swiss chard.  Food is a big deal to me so while I was not privy to the details and design of the shower, I did request that I pick the menu.  ;-)  Lucques also created a specialty cocktail and mocktail for both guests and mommies-to-be (there were 7 in attendance!) with raspberry and fennel.

Every detail was thought out with love, from handmade felt mobiles (which now grace Olive’s nursery) to a French Dr. Seuss book used as a guestbook (French is my second language).  Tables were covered with aqua patterned linens from La Tavola, and a custom game of “I Spy” was placed at each setting.  Decorations included cheerful centerpieces crafted by Kristin (a former florist) and DIY thumbtack and fabric-covered spheres.  {found} vintage rentals also created a cozy lounge for opening presents.

Guests traveled from San Diego to San Luis Obispo to shower Olivia! Michelle kicked off the shower by reading a poem (“The Love of a Mother”), and the formal meal was concluded with desserts brought in by my dear friend and another mama-to-be, Melody from Sweet and Saucy Shop. After the adorable gifts were opened, each guest departed with a bottle of olive oil (“Olivia Oil,” to be exact!) to commemorate the sweet occasion.

This was one of the most joyful days of my life (I don’t say that lightly) because being surrounded by the love of my favorite women, most of them mothers themselves, was truly a blessing.  Here’s some glimpses of the day courtesy of the lovely Jessica Claire

and yes, i think i’ll end with this pic :)

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  • location & catering: lucques, west hollywood

Hope you all enjoyed this little sneak peek at such a special day for me.  Grateful for each of you who stop by to read & comment on this blog!

xoxo, Angel

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Comments (6)

  1. diana elizabeth: March 7, 2012

    oh my gosh cutest thing ever. so sad i had to miss it. love you & happy birthday!!!!!! love you!!

  2. michelle: March 7, 2012

    brings back such great memories of helping plan this wonderful day for you!! i still love looking at my olivia oil bottles and debating whether i will actually use them. can’t wait to meet the precious babygirl!!

  3. Rachel (heart of light): March 7, 2012

    So gorgeous! Still so sad that I had to cancel, but I was thinking of you ladies that day!

    Happy birthday, Angel dear! And happy due date to little Olivia!

  4. Kel: March 7, 2012

    So happy for you, Angel! Happy birthday! :)

  5. kristin @ petal and thorn: March 8, 2012

    Yay! been waiting to see these pictures! you are so adorably dorky, with that socktapus on your head. Soon Olive will be knocking your socks off! Can’t wait! (sorry, cheesiest comment ever.) btw, forgot to thank you for the lovely hostess gift. now my house smells like anthro goodness!

  6. Tina Yang: March 9, 2012

    It was such a wonderful day, and everything was perfection! We love seeing your adorable bottle of Oliva Oil on our kitchen counter every day while we’re cooking. :) Love these photos, and love you!! Happy belated birthday, I cannot wait to meet little Olive! Thinking of you from Tokyo! xoxo

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