Botanical Nature Themed Baby Shower

Do you remember that lovely, gorgeous pregnant redhead in the dry fields?  This baby shower is very near and dear to my heart because of who it was celebrating, the lovely JM (Jennifer) and her second boy on the way.

Since this is more than simply capturing the details because I was also hosting, I will explain a bit more into detail the shower and all that went into planning.  This was thrown at JM’s in-law’s home, one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever been in.  Pammy has an eye for decorating and I cannot take any credit for the adorable details because she went above and beyond with the theme.

When it came to a baby shower theme, I wanted it to be a botanical nature-like shower since baby boy #2’s room is cutely decorated in that theme.  So I decided to theme the invites to give guests a glimpse into what they could look forward to.  Pammy just took care of the rest.

I love everything from the tray to the cake cutter and the little eggs and bird details.  Pammy has an amazing entertainment collection.  The guest favors were nest votive candle holders that were perfect!  I designed the little prayer cards with Matthew 6:33 on them, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”   The photo is JM holding little booties, a snapshot from the session in the fields.

I’m  not a huge fan of shower games.  It’s difficult to select ones that don’t make guests squirm, put the guest of honor in a tricky spot, or one that everyone has already done, to ones that just last way too long.  But, I knew we had to have some sort of activity and so in keeping with the botanical theme, I bought butterfly cut outs, crayons, and self-stick rhinestones from Michaels and instructed the girls to write a note to JM on one side, prayers, blessings, etc.  Then I told them to flip it over and gave them 3 minutes to decorate their butterflies while JM was in another room.  There were tons of laughter as they tried to decorate.  JM then returned and picked her favorite and the winner which was her sister-in-law won a prize.  Then they become little keepsakes for JM.  I think if you can find an activity where the guests or the guest of honor can keep something made, that’s a special thing.

This is Pammy with JM.  I hope to one day have a mother-in-law like Pammy.  She is warm, prayerful, gives “I love you gifts,” and is an encouraging amazing woman of the Lord.  I have never met a woman like Pammy and she is a treasure in my life.  Here she is sharing the blessings she’s grateful for and her thankfulness for Godly daughter-in-laws and their obedience to the Lord and amazing love they give to their husbands and children.  Pammy did a little devotional here and it was so moving and kept things in perspective to be intentional with our time we spend that it would be to things that are eternal, our relationships.   Things here will soon all burn and the only thing you can take with you to heaven are your friends and family and to keep that perspective – to share, love, and do work that will further His kingdom.

There is nothing like praying together.

For all the showers and other celebrations I have either thrown, been a guest, or been the recipient, I cannot express enough the incredible strength and specialness of blessing the food before a celebration or ending the event with prayer if you are a Christian.  Your guests do not all have to participate but you can open it up and you should never worry about offending anyone who attends.  What an incredible, bold, and amazing thing to give public gratitude to our maker for the blessing of love (marriage) and life (baby).  I want to encourage those of you who host these life celebration events to do this because  1- you should want those who you invited to celebrate with you (assuming they are close friends/family) to witness something such as this and 2- to give appropriate thanks where it is due.  I promise that it would make the guest (assuming she would want this) feel incredibly loved and of course, prayer is the best gift you can give anyone here on Earth.

Congratulations JM.  You already know how much I love you, but I’ll say it again.  I love you and I cannot wait meet Eli Ransom.

Location: Private residence in Paradise Valley / Cake Pops: Heavenly Cake Pops / Invitations: Silver Spoon Studio / Nest Candle Holder Favors: Price Wise Favors / Mini Sticky Buns: Paradise Valley Country Club / Cardboard Butterflies, Crayons & Rhinestone Stickers: Michaels

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II / 50mm f/1.2L / 85 f/1.8EF / 35mm f/1.4 L

Diana Elizabeth says babies are truly miracles.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

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