Saturday, October 21, 2017


Babies are worth celebrating, whether it's your first, second or fifth. In the past, showers were typically meant to celebrate first-time moms, but baby "sprinkles" are a new trend that's emerged that ignores that tradition. Basically, a sprinkle is just a scaled-down version of a baby shower -- less people, less frills, and typically less or no gifts since many second time moms already have all the equipment they need. It's a great way to tastefully welcome a sweet new addition.

When my dear friend announced her 2nd pregnancy, a sprinkle sounded like the perfect way to celebrate. The party was an intimate group of 5 of her closest friends, so I thought it would be fun to have an afternoon luncheon with a fancy twist. I pulled out my lace table cloth, serving trays and that china I registered for but rarely use. After all, how often do we get to sip champagne without screaming kids in the room?

I kept the food fairly simple:
Quiche Lorraine 
Spinach Quiche (with added mushrooms)
Salad with arugula, goat cheese, strawberries, candied walnuts and my favorite homemade dressing
Grilled Asparagus

I picked up fresh French bread and flowers at the farmers market that morning, and cut some added greenery off of a few trees and bushes in our yard. For dessert, I made my family's famous white chocolate cake (which we have every Christmas), but freshened it up with some flowers. I ordered the white balloon & faux garland off of Amazon and had a local calligrapher, Abigail T Calligraphy, write directly on it. I also found some cute little white vases off of Amazon (did I mention I love Amazon?) and added minature succulents to them as favors. It was a beautiful day to celebrate my beautiful friend, and didn't require too much effort. 

I've come a long way these past few years and sometimes it feels good to reflect on the progress I've made. There was a time I wouldn't have been able to handle the thought of attending a baby shower, let alone hosting it. It's taken time, a rainbow baby, and some more time, but I'm finally in a space where other babies and pregnancies don't upset me anymore. But if you find yourself in the thick of it, just keep swimming and know that it will be okay. You're not alone, you're not a terrible person and I promise it won't be that way forever. Just allow yourself time to process and heal. 💛

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