Do you calligraphy yet?

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Calligraphy is an art form that takes years and years to fully master, but if you can, it has so many fun uses: invitations, gift wrap, letter writing and so many more.

Some of us at the Bebe au Lait HQ have always had a secret desire to take a class or two, so we recently had a tutor come and give us a 3 hour crash course – learning the very basics of how to hold the pen at the correct angle, how to slide the pen in a downwards motion and ‘swoop’ up to create the beautiful curves that calligraphy is known for. There are so many different forms of calligraphy, but our teacher focused on the basic italicized font to give us a good grounding.

We decorated the conference room with festive ornaments and had a pot luck with everyone sharing their favorite Holiday appetizers and desserts, paired with hot chocolate and the most delicious mulled wine.

We all agreed that it was fun to learn, but much more difficult than it looks! We’ve been putting our new skills to use  by creating our own gift wrap – brown packing paper makes a wonderful base to write on and with a metallic pen, even the most novice of calligraphers can impress!

Try it out for yourself!

Bebe au Lait Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Month

 

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                     Welcome to Bebe au Lait’s

       Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway

In recognition of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we are giving away one nursing cover every weekday (Monday thru Friday) in the month of August.  To enter our BAL/BAM Giveaway, all you have to do is head over to our Facebook Page (click here for a shortcut) and let us know your favorite Bebe au Lait or Hooter Hiders print!

Winners will be randomly selected and announced for each drawing!

For more information about World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st – 7th, 2013), please visit the official website: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

 

‘An Afternoon In Italy’ Baby Shower

How sweet is this?

Last Saturday, I attended “An Afternoon in Italy” Baby Shower in celebration of a close friend, pictured above, who is expecting her first child — a little girl! — at the end of December.

The setting was completely charming! My friends who hosted did a stunning job transforming one of their backyards into a beautiful space reminiscent of an Italian trattoria.

The afternoon was complete with Italian music, delectable homemade and catered Italian bites…

 

Bellinis, vino, champagne, and Pelligrino…

{On a side note: How cute is that watermelon-baby buggy?! And how about that homemade chalkboard? I made it out of an Ikea picture frame and a can of chalkboard spray paint :) }

And gifts and games! My favorite game was trying to guess the name of the famous baby mama stuck on your back. It’s a great ice breaker if not everyone knows each other. I FINALLY guessed mine after deducing that my celeb was blonde, around 30, married, not an actress, not a model, not a singer, that she is seen in magazines like Us Weekly and People, and not on reality TV but her dad is — Can you guess who?!

We played two other games throughout the afternoon. In keeping with the Italian theme, the winners each won a bottle of wine. One game was to estimate the number of taffy pieces in a glass jar, and the other was to determine who carried around everything but their kitchen sink/the most useful stuff in their handbag. To determine the winner for the latter, a pen was handed to each guest along with a piece of paper listing 50 items. Anything from a toothbrush to a calculator, rubber band, and safety pin. If you had it in your bag, you got a point. I had a teeny tiny handbag with me that day so I got two points since my smart phone counted as a calculator and a camera. Someone (with a big bag) got 38/50! I didn’t walk away empty-handed, though. All guests received a cute little jar of cocoa butter with the event name and date engraved on the top!

Finally, I just have to share that as gifts were being opened, one of the gals sitting directly next to me whom I had never met before pulled out a Marmont Nursing Cover and started nursing her baby! …Of course I had to say something and she was kind enough to allow me to take photos even after I warned that they might end up here or on our Bebe au Lait Facebook page :)

Have you attended a baby shower recently? What’s your favorite baby shower game?