Real Moms-to-Be: Jacky’s Baby Shower

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Meet Jacky: Our Senior Online Marketing Manager! Jacky graciously allowed us to take a peek inside her super-adorable baby shower and told us a little bit about the process:

Tell us about your shower outfit! What did you love most about it?

I’m very petite, so I wanted to wear something fitted that showed off my baby bump. I loved this Laundry by Shelli Segal Dress right away because it was comfortable and stylish, which is very important to me at this point in my pregnancy. To add in a pop of color, I paired the dress with a bright statement necklace. I made sure to wear a maternity shaper underneath, which helped to give me a smooth, sleek look and also helped to relieve some back pain I’ve been experiencing.

Q: How did you decide on your location and theme? Who helped to plan the shower?

The town I live in is very rich in history, so I really wanted to take advantage of that. The shower was held at a charming, old hotel that was built in the 1700’s with beautiful antique features. Since my husband and I are keeping the gender of the baby a secret, the theme was “What Will it Bee?” My family coordinated everything around the theme from the honey jar favors to the bee hive shaped cake. My mother-in-law even baked all the sweet treats that also fit into the theme. It was truly perfect!

Q: What was the most memorable gift you received?

We received a lot of amazing and thoughtful gifts. One of the gifts that stood out to me is from my mother-in-law. She crocheted a replica of an alphabet picture that my husband had in his room as a baby; that was very special to me. Passing on these traditions are very important in building our family together.

 

A Healthful Game Day!

Heading out for the Big Game? Add a classic dish with a healthful twist to your host’s spread with this super simple and utterly delicious Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip by Ellie Krieger. Full of savory flavor and the decadent texture you know and love, this low fat version is packed with pregnancy-loving folate – thanks to you, spinach – and smart dairy swaps for a Big Game snack that is sure to please.

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Instructions from Cookingchanneltv.com:

 Ingredients

  • 1  tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 (9-ounce) package artichoke hearts, defrosted, rinsed and dried
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, excess liquid squeezed out.
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) Neufchatel cheese (reduced-fat cream cheese)
  • 2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • Pita wedges or crudites, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until onions are light golden but not browned. Remove from heat and cool.

In the bowl of a food processor combine artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, Neufchatel, mozzarella and salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Add cooled onion-garlic mixture to the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.

Transfer mixture into an 8-inch glass square baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate which has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with pita wedges or crudites.

Showers of Happiness: Giraffes!

A touch of modern and a whole lot of whimsy, a giraffe-themed shower can be just as sophisticated as it is adorable. By mixing in cool prints such as chevron and animal print, it’s relatively easy to create a baby shower that’s one for the books.

FABULOUS INVITATIONS

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PETITE CAKES

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REFRESHING DRINKS

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ADORABLE FAVORS

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Dressed for the Occasion: A Holiday Gathering!

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It’s Christmas week and we’re craving something to wear that’s as comfortable as it is stylish. Enter this 3/4 Sleeve belted maternity dress with a flattering cowl neckline and bump-defining tie at the waist. The super soft hacci knit fabric will keep you cozy and casual for the entire length of your family gathering. Layer your look with a fitted and cropped dark wash maternity denim jacket, and add some texture with a pair of patterned tights and soft, brown leather boots. Gold-tone drop earrings add a touch of shine a boxy tote polishes off your look in style.

Showers of Happiness: About to Pop!

EAT:

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Sweet: A mouth-watering popcorn bar. Get the recipe here.

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Savory: Delectable dishes with a POP! Get the recipes here.

DECORATE:

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An adorably appropriate balloon wreath.

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Perfect pop décor!

GIVE:

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Thank your guests for popping by!

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Popcorn favors, but of course.

PLAY:

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A guessing game for your guests! Get a customized calendar for your bash here.

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A personalized pop quiz! Award a prize for the most correct answers.

DIY Wednesday: Baby Shower String Monogram

A cute and crafty addition to your shower décor, this string monogram project comes courtesy of eyeheartprettythings.com. We adore her use of unconventional colors and how she chose to display it on her dessert table. This super easy DIY only requires a few items which cost under $20 dollars – such a steal for such a sweet shower addition! See the easy pictorial directions below:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A piece of wood (you could use reclaimed wood or brand new from the hardware store)
  • Paper to trace letters
  • A ruler
  • An Xacto blade (or scissors)
  • Nails
  • Yarn
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Recipe Box: Sparkling Cran Razzy

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Have your own happy hour with a delicious MOCKtail! All the taste and none of the guilt make mom-to-be a happy lady. In fall’s favorite flavor, cranberry, your taste buds will definitely thank you.

Try this refreshing, fall-inspired Sparkling Cran Razzy from Eating Well:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, for garnish
  • 2 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus 4 wedges for garnish

PREPARATION

If using fresh raspberries, freeze them in a single layer for about 1 hour (or overnight) before proceeding with Step 2.

Combine cranberry-raspberry juice, seltzer and lime juice in a pitcher. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with frozen raspberries and lime wedges.

For more on this recipe and additional ideas from Eating Well, click here.

Game On! Personalize Your Reveal

Sick of the same old gender reveal party ideas? You’re in luck! Miss Party Mom has some clever and crafty ways to spruce up the big reveal.

Share the fun!

Provide a fun game for guests to partake in. Let your friends and family come up with name suggestions for a boy or a girl and place their votes into a jar. This can also serve as a great keepsake item to display in the baby’s nursery.

Cast Your Vote!

Allow guests to vote on the baby’s gender, and then tally it up! Pick a fun prize to award the winning team.

The Big Reveal!

We absolutely love this idea: Have your party store put confetti into a matte, dark colored balloon. When it comes time to reveal, simply pop!

Is it a Boy or a Girl?

Gender Reveal

Gender reveal parties are quickly becoming an adored tradition during pregnancy. From cakes and balloons to confetti and piñatas, these festive occasions are uniquely personalized to each couple and are a creative and fun way to announce your baby’s gender. And although treats and confections have become the norm in revealing if it’s a boy or a girl, we have a few apparel options that we think are just as great!

Why not try one of our adorable tees to make your big reveal? Surprise your guests by changing midway through the party and then reappearing in your new look! Thinking smaller? Our gender revealing frames are the perfect gift for family members. Simply place a copy of your sonogram photo in the frame for a surprise that is sure to be cherished for years to come.

Shop our gender reveal tees and accessories from Motherhood Maternity!

POLL: Which Dress is YOUR Favorite for Your Baby Shower?

POLL: Baby Shower Dresses

We can’t get enough of bright colors, especially for an occasion like your baby shower! Whether a solid, stripe or a textured fabric, pretty dresses in vivid hues are bump musts. So, tell us: which dress would you prefer for this special day, A, B or C?

Shop these baby shower looks from Motherhood Maternity!

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