A Simple Bebe Shower

A Simple Bebe Shower

We celebrated a friend and colleagues pregnancy last weekend and the timing wasn’t bad at all – on Wednesday Jessica and her husband Jason welcomed a baby girl into the world. Congratulations guys – Ava Elizabeth is absolutely gorgeous!

Having moved house last weekend for the 5th time in 7 years, our house was still littered with boxes, so we needed to keep it simple. Most of the preparation went into getting the house straight and visitor ready and buying the baby shower necessities.

One of my favorite things to do is decorate a table for dinner, so this was an enjoyable task.
Our theme was ‘English Tea Party’ – we were going to hold the event outdoors but the Northern California weather for once let us down, so the party was moved indoors to the dining room. The gloomy outdoor weather only added to the coziness and we lit some candles to brighten things up and make things festive.
Here are some of the details:

The Invitations: Martha Stewart Crafts for Michaels The Menu: Tea Sandwiches from Whole Foods, A big salad and a gorgeous cake from Icing on the Cake - this place is a true treasure in Los Gatos.
The Drinks: Mimosa’s: Freshly squeezed orange juice (it makes a difference) and champagne
Non-alcoholic ‘Mimosa’s’ for the pregnant: Freshly squeezed orange juice and 7UP
The Decorations: Shabby Chic has to be the best way of authenticating the English Tea Party look.

I purchased bedding from the Simply Shabby Chic for Target range to use as the table linen and now I can use them on my little girls’ beds –multipurpose –yay!
The centerpiece – I visited a local flower store and purchased this cute baby carriage. It was originally black so we had it spray painted ivory – a bit more babyish. Then I lined the bottom with foil and placed some wet oasis in the bottom and inserted pink tea roses all around, along with some greenery from the garden.
Other Deco touches: I placed small vases (I used old glass yogurt pots!) with single Gerbera Daisies alternating down the center of the table in white and pink. Our plates from Ikea were perfect.
We chatted the afternoon away, talked baby names and children and had a very nice time indeed!
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Finding Style in the Simple Pieces

I saw this woman in NYC last week at ABC Carpet and Home. Sidebar: amazing store! Cost Plus meets Fred Segal. There was inspiration in every corner. They said they’ll have their online store up in a few months.


Anyway, the mom. Yes, she had the Bugaboo stroller which is stylish on its own but Graco and the like are catching up these days using more sophisticated color palettes and design. What I loved about her was that she did “style” well by using basics. Every mom I know has these basics, it’s just a matter of putting them together. Great, dark rinse jeans with a chic flat + fitted tee + casual, lightweight jacket + shiny, sleek hair and the topper–she wore it all well. The pieces were fitted and simple but put together with care. Find time to feel good about yourself by putting yourself together and planning an outing to somewhere your mind can wander a bit. Whether it’s ABC or a book store. Finding your own style is just this side of easy and predictable.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

Breastfeeding Improves Baby’s IQ!

Heard the news yet?

An international team of scientists has concluded that breast milk and breastfeeding are beneficial to a baby’s IQ.

See Breastfeeding.com
or…
MSNBC

This confirms what many people have long believed, and several other studies have attempted to prove.

On average, breastfed babies had a 5 point IQ advantage over babies that were not breastfed. There is still controversy as to whether the breastfed babies score better because they are breastfed, or because breastfed babies have moms that further influence their babies’ IQ development.

Regardless of the reasons, whether physiological or psychological, breastfeeding is a smart practice to raise a healthy and intelligent baby.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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