This next shower we threw was a first for all of us. Our lovely friend Maggie and her husband answered the call of God on their hearts to adopt a child with down syndrome and embarked on a 1-year journey to bring their now 2-year-old son home from Bulgaria. To commemorate this life-changing trip to Eastern Europe, they chose a vintage travel theme for his nursery, which we couldn’t pass up carrying over into her shower.
Again, we went with a non-traditional venue and tried desperately to find something travel-themed (contenders included Indiana Transportation Museum and Mr. Muffin’s Trains), but we just couldn’t make it work logistically. In the end, we opted for a local favorite, Hubbard and Cravens Coffee, and it worked out beautifully on a crisp Halloween day.
Our spread consisted of fresh fruits and veggies along with a variety of meats, cheeses, and breads. The mom-to-be is paleo, so H&C kindly allowed us to bring in our own dessert, roasted balsamic strawberry tarts with coconut cream, made by the 38-weeks pregnant beneficiary of the last shower, major-league baker Laura.
We introduced our theme with the perfect invites (found by Liz) from Etsy, setting the stage for everything else on the day of. We had the entire place to ourselves, so the set up included several smaller tables at which we placed mini centerpieces made of stacked travel books under simple porcelain mugs filled with coffee beans (kindly provided last minute by H&C). We scattered a few vintage cameras and suitcases around the center tables and added photos of their little man to personalize the look. For the finishing touch, I ordered luggage tag favors from Etsy picturing vintage European maps.
The guests enjoyed a tantalizing game of baby shower bingo while our mama glowed with love and excitement as she opened the goodies her son would be using soon. Fast-forward a few months, throw in several heaven-sent timing miracles, and this little boy found his way home to his adoring parents by Christmas.
Coming next is a look at my favorite on-location shower, a Parisian baby bash for none other than Baby O&O!
I'm a Virginia-native uprooted to Indianapolis to marry my husband and start our sweet family of 3. As an overdressed editor, I love planning parties and good reads.