Thursday, March 08, 2012

In the Moment: Showers for Gates

I hate the spotlight, choosing to be the one behind the camera over being the one in front of it. Where most moms-to-be look forward to their baby showers, for most of my pregnancy I dreaded mine; I needn't have. A dear friend took charge and ensconced me in an intimate gathering with my girlfriends, free of traditional shower games.

We had one of my favorite flowers, Gerbera Daisies, for our hair. (If you like knowing the meaning associated with flowers, Gerbera Daisies represent innocence and purity, beauty, and cheerfulness.) For the guestbook, there was a Polaroid camera with an assortment of Impossible Project Instant Film in black and white and color. (I can't wait to see the finished album.)

We also had some of my favorite foods - Buttermilk Pancakes, Cheese (Ewephoria, Benning Goat Gouda, and Drunken Goat) and Crackers, Country Loaf from Tartine Bakery, and water with citrus.

In the Moment: Surprise Baby Shower

At work, colleagues surprised me with a shower on my last day working from the office. They transformed our main conference room: the glass wall covered with clotheslines from which baby clothes were pinned, and the credenza with a cupcake buffet of vegan chocolate, carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting, and red velvet. The cupcakes were so professionally decorated and delicious that unless you were told, you would have thought they were from a specialty cupcake shop. (I wish I got a picture of them but I didn't think to bring my iPhone with me to the conference room.) There was even a diaper cake that matched the color palette for Gates' nursery! Not wanting cubes to miss out on the surprise, I decorated Gates' nursery with the clothesline and signs.

Ciao Bella!
Credits: All collages created by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life. All images in the first collage were taken by Nina Ramos. All images in the second collage were taken by Jessica Palopoli. With the exception of the top left image in the third collage which was taken by Lisa Menestrina, images were taken by me (Eden Hensley Silverstein).