A Baby Shower for Alissa

I planned Alissa and Alex’s wedding last year, and I was so thrilled to find out this winter that she’s pregnant with their first baby, who’s due in mid-July.

I’ve known Alissa since I was seventeen (I dated a close childhood friend of hers, and she and I stayed friends after he and I broke up, although it’s worth noting that he and I are still friends as well) and it has been a total joy for me to have had her in my life for the last eleven years. I’m pretty sure I told her that I wanted to throw her a shower approximately 30 seconds after she told me she was pregnant – what can I say, I really love parties.

I’m not a big fan of booze at baby showers (it just seems… slightly mean to drink when the guest of honor can’t?) so we settled on afternoon tea. My parents have an amazing garden, and my fingers were crossed that the weather would be nice enough to hold the party there, and I totally lucked out. The day was unseasonably warm and gorgeous for April, and it ended up being more of an “iced tea” party than a traditional one.

We kept things relatively small (20 guests) and simple  – no games, just eating, socializing, and gift-opening. I didn’t want to go too traditional (aka cutesy) on the color scheme or decor, so ended up with grey, blue, and orange, with touches of gold. The dinosaurs were way too much fun to make, and were a big hit (many of them were gone by the end of the shower – they ended up acting as impromptu favors.)

It was really lovely to spend time with a group of women who were all invested Alissa & Alex’s lives. I cannot wait to hold their baby boy later this summer!

all photos: Emily Takes Photos. You can see more pictures from the shower, as well as some maternity shots of Alissa, on Emily’s blog.

posted in food and drink, fun stuff, parties


  1. Alissa Bartlett
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 11:05 | Permalink

    Liz – thank you SO MUCH for throwing this AMAZING shower! It was everything I hoped it would be and nothing I didn’t. Baby Boy Bartlett is lucky to have you as an “auntie” :)

    • elizabeth
      Posted June 7, 2012 at 17:18 | Permalink

      oh, it was totally my pleasure. xoxoxo

  2. Posted June 11, 2012 at 10:10 | Permalink

    Oh this looks awesome!

  3. Posted July 28, 2012 at 19:55 | Permalink

    These are so lovely, I almost missed this link <3 <3