Real Celebration! Kara’s Baby Shower

Although my sweet little prince is over eight months old, yesterday’s lovely Chicago weather reminded me of the day that Renny, Katie and Jesse hosted my baby shower last year.

I have yet to post any the beautiful photos, and while I honestly can’t quite remember what life was like before Carter Jackson stole my heart, I do vividly recall just how many special and stunning details The Gang put into my special day.  
In a surprising turn of events, Renny, Katie and Jesse decided on a nautical-themed baby shower of Navy, White and Yellow for me.  I honestly giggled with glee and shouted my adoration as tears of appreciation and joy trickled down my face.  
And here’s why:
A custom navy and white cabana was erected on Renny’s lawn, providing a luxurious backdrop for the single, long dining table contained within.  A perfect lunch was put together by Renny, Katie and the help of Nicole of longtime favorite, Blue Plate Catering.
Jesse designed all of the flowers – an undulating collection of perfection in whites, yellows, navy and green.  Jesse used milk glass, crystal and hammered gold for all of the pieces and knew precisely what flowers would make me nutty with love:  Ranunculus, fluffy roses, hydrangea, whimsical chamomile, privet berry and velvety geranium foliage.
A darling beverage station was set-up in front of the hedges and included mango mimosas, wine, blueberry lemonade and sparkling water.
Guests were encouraged to fill out cards of advice for me.  [HELP!]
Even the area to collect gifts was perfectly staged!

The day was nearly as special as my wedding day – knowing how Joel and I had deeply longed for a child.  Renny, Katie and Jesse put on the most beautiful and spectacular shower a gal could ever dream of!

SO much love and appreciation to my dear, dear friends!