A Circus for the Baby

One of the biggest reasons I was excited to move to the Bay Area was to be in closer proximity to my family. My sister lives in San Francisco,  I have an Aunt and Uncle in Marin, and the flight from SFO to see my parents in San Diego is much shorter than traveling from Pittsburgh.

Back in February my sister shared the news that she was pregnant, and then in March we got the news that my brother would be moving from Boston to Palo Alto.  As our family gets bigger, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for my two siblings and I to finally live in the same metro area, let alone same coast.  Its been over 12 years since we all lived near each other!

It’s been great to see my sister so often as she goes through her first pregnancy! This past weekend I hosted her baby shower, and had a lovely time spending the afternoon with family and Margot’s closest friends.  Since Margot chose not to find out the gender, we opted for a circus themed baby shower.

My mom and I took on the invitations, decorations, and food.  I had lots of ideas and was happy to see everything come together on Sunday! I tried to have the theme come through in the food and printed materials, so that we could stick with understated decorations.

Here is a peek into the shower!

The invitation.

Caprese bites and olives with almonds.

Fruit salad with golden raspberries.

Buttered popcorn and caramel popcorn with toffee covered peanuts.

Cheese platter with Pt. Reyes Blue, Raspberry BellaVitano, Mt. Tam Triple Cream Brie,

and Gouda (I can’t remember what variety).

Oversized circus animal cookies, made to look like our favorite childhood cookies by Mother’s.

Vanilla cupcakes with buttercream.

Strawberry lemonade and mimosas.

French Macarons for favors.

The frame on left had a photo of Margot when she was a baby, and the frame on the right was used to display the “Wishes for Baby A” card that the guests filled out. All of the wishes were very cute and thoughtful, and I’m sure it will be fun to look back on these in many years!

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4 thoughts on “A Circus for the Baby

  1. Anonymous says:

    love it all!!! such a good job amanda!!!!

  2. Pam Smith says:

    awesome job Amanda — i want the cookie recipe!! it is Erin’s and my favorite also
    love Aunt Pam

  3. […] flew in from Boston to all be together on his 90th birthday. As we’ve grown older and started our own families, we all see each other less often than we would […]

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