As we speak, I am waiting for my mother-in-law to get to the house so I can go to the hospital and witness the miracle of life with my best friend, Taryn. For the 4th time. Okay, really this will only be my 3rd time with her, as on her last delivery I had a 1 week old and lived an hour away and was in no position to venture out of my house. And by "witness" the miracle of life, I mean hang out in the waiting room with the rest of her family, reading magazines and eating cupcakes not, like, WITNESSING witnessing. We're close, but not THAT close.
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In case you can't tell, Taryn is the one in the center of the photo above. For each of the previous children we've done a shower. I know some people don't like the idea of a full on shower after your first child but we're party people. You can't not do it. This time though, I asked her if she might want to switch it up and try a sip and see instead. According to the Real Housewives of Atlanta, a highly reliable news source in my home, sip and sees are a southern tradition where you quickly glance at the baby and drink bellinis. Oh and most of the gay men where stilettos. While we will keep some of those traditions (bellinis), we're going to go in a different direction for the others.
Although Taryn enjoys modern, crisp, simple, neutral, classic, I've decided that a Baby Farm theme fits her situation perfectly. After all she is, in fact, a baby farm, especially with casual talk of a 5th. I plan on trying to bridge the gap between vintage farm and fancy glam. Of course, the original theme idea came from a sign on the first season of Tori and Dean, which you can see in the upper left hand corner of the inspiration board. (I think, might be second - with all the reality tv I watch it is hard to keep the seasons straight. I can tell you it was definately post-Puck Real World.)
Because this will be set up like an open house so that there isn't a deluge of people all at one time (Taryn is loved by everyone who knows her so attendance will be high) treats will be light, drinks will flow and kids will be entertained. With what? Who knows at this point. I have a few months to plan it and I will keep you posted on details along the way.
So congrats to my friend and her family and I can't wait to meet #4! And then I can't wait to plan the party.
AH! She's here, photo sources to be updated later!
Black strawberry basket - Original link no longer available
*Updated to add: The baby is here!!! It took longer than expected but a beautiful baby boy, named Dylan, was welcomed in to the world around 6:45 pm yesterday. Mom and baby are doing exceptionally and the rest of the family is over the moon with the new member of their family. So happy for my friend!