Babysitting Kit

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of babysitting my niece for an afternoon. I prepared a special kit to make sure our hours together were successful ones! Continue reading


I’m An Aunt!

My precious niece, mere moments old.

Congratulations to new parents Naomi and Nick. This little angel epitomizes the phrase “bundle of joy.” I’m so glad I have a chance to be a part of her life. Lily is blessed to be surrounded by so many people who already love her; aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so many more.

Sugar and Spice…

Sparkling Berry Lemonade

Naomi’s baby shower was Saturday, February 13. It was an open house style event to accommodate an expansive guest list of friends and well-wishers and I cannot even begin to tally how many hours I spent on this project. Despite the aching back, feet, fingers and head I took home on Saturday night, I think the results were well worth the effort. I especially want to thank my friend Michelle, who showed up and offered me moral support as I raced to finish all the appetizers, and of course, my husband Tyler who is always there for me when I need him. I also want to thank my mom and sisters for working so hard to get ready for the madness and for welcoming dozens of guests into their home with such warmth and hospitality.

I haven’t tallied up the final costs, but I did my best to plan a party with an estimated headcount of 70 on a budget. For a couple (or a few?) hundred dollars, we threw an event for dozens of people that featured refreshing beverages, a satisfying buffet, a gourmet hot chocolate bar, and coordinating decorations and table settings that helped set the mood. We got a bit of practice last year for my wedding so we had ideas about which finger foods were easiest to make and most popular. Lena even baked her signature shortbread cookies, much to my delight and my waistband’s chagrin, and she hadn’t tackled that tricky project since my wedding last February.

The theme was pink and white, gossamer and girly. Butterflies, tulle, lacy hearts and lots and lots of cupcakes (more on those later) set the mood. The decadent hot chocolate bar (lots more on that later) was so fun to set up and offered guests a favor that was both portable and indulgent, if they weren’t already too stuffed from the buffet. There is so much I want to share with you, including a few recipes, but sorting through the hundreds of pictures of the day will take some time, so for now I would like to share a few photos of the food and decor. Enjoy!

Glitter encrusted butterflies perched delicately around the room

Everything was kissed by pink, from the napkins to the placecards to the sprinkles on the cupcakes

The subject of a small study - guests ate more of the labeled food than the anonymous refreshments

Dried apricot crostinis with a feta cheese spread

Sundried tomato crostinis on a toasted french baguette

The smorgasboard extends as far as the eye can see and the stomach can fathom

Lily Ann’s Nursery

I’ve given you some glimpses of the nursery here, and shown you many of the projects in progress here, here, and here, but it’s finally time to share the finished product! Enter Lily Ann’s nursery – a haven of restful cheer perfect for sharing the joy of our family’s first baby in nearly two decades. Naomi is due March 16, so for now this cocoon has but a shadow of its future inhabitant but soon it will be full of life, and I’m betting (she is part of our family, after all) – noise.

Sources: The crib, changing table, and shelf are from Pottery Barn. The chair is from Haverty’s. The rug, lamp, table, and most of the wall art are all from Target. The bedding is courtesy of moi via fabric from Joann Fabrics. The valances are from Target, via ebay, enhanced with trim from Etsy.

Nursery – Nearing the Finish Line

All images C. Anne Dewvall. I knew you were dying to know.

Naomi’s baby shower is tomorrow and we have been hastily putting all the finishing touches on the nursery. It is adorable! I will post finished pictures later, but I wanted to share a few of the in-progress photos as a sneak peek. I’m excited for the baby shower. A tremendous amount of work has gone into making it special, and there are still many hours to go, but I am confident that it will be a lovely event, befitting my sister, my family, and my lovely niece-to-be. I can’t wait to share pictures of everything – especially the hot chocolate bar! (Shhhh! It’s sort of a surprise…) All this prep has also led to a potential business idea for me, so I am looking forward to working on that a little once the shower is over and sharing my ideas with all of you! Time for me to get busy- the count down is on. T-29 Hours!