This past weekend was one for all of the history books. It’s Friday & I am still recovering & I’m the only one who didn’t even catch a buzz.
I have never had a bridal shower or an engagement party & my bachelorette was in Miami with my girlfriends who were down there with me for a work event. So with that said, this baby shower was my first adult party that was geared toward myself & our babe. I was overwhelmed with a.) the uncomfortableness of accepting gifts & b.) the abundance of love shown from so many. It’s hard to express how so many of these girls coming together to celebrate Baby P made me feel. It was unbelievably amazing & I am forever grateful.
I rented a house downtown that slept 10, overlooking Nashville with gorgeous city views. The house was unreal. It was the perfect place to host 45 guests on the top floor & 8 of my closest girlfriends who flew in from all over the US (one being Heather who surprised me from NYC!) who had rooms on the bottom two floors. I gifted the girls who were staying at the house with care packages full of OPI nail polishes for “10 perfect fingers & 10 perfect toes” – hair clips – wine – Ole’ Smoky Moonshine – Ghirardelli chocolates – & a huge thanks to License to Boot for providing each girl with her own new LTB tank top.
The girls started making their way to Nashville Wednesday of that week. First to arrive after a small Southwest delay (the weekend from hell for some Southwest travelers!) was my sister who, be-tee-dubs, should start her own party planning business. This girl had every “t” crossed & “i” dotted. She rocked it & I am seriously so thankful for her! She was no doubt, the hostess with the friggin mostest! THANK YOU, Jes! I am so lucky to call her my sister!
We moved into the house on Friday where I had my Norvell Dancing with the Stars spray tan sponsor, the amazing Rebecca, come over for a spray tan party. One by one, the girls stepped into her spray booth looking like Twilight & coming out looking like the Tropics. The cocktails flowed, we ordered in Pei Wei, & all had a hard time avoiding spray tan tear lines from all of the laughing. It was the perfect girl’s night in.
For Saturday, the day of the shower, I made it my mission to avoid all “Baby Shower” type games. I wanted these women to look forward to this party so we made it just that. I didn’t want anyone to dread having to avoid saying the word “baby” in fear that the small plastic baby they are holding onto would be taken away from them at the whisper of the word.
Instead, Jes & I stocked the bar fully loaded with Tito’s, Crown, Fiesta Winery Wines (based out of Fredericksburg, Texas, whom sponsored the wine bar – Thank you, Fiesta!), Mich Ultra, mimosas & all the mixers girls could dream of. I finished a “thank you” toast with a strong urge for everyone to #GetWasted & the party was an overwhelming success.
Once everyone left & the house was back to the original crew, we touched up our makeup, changed our clothes, & headed downtown for a little Saturday night in Nashville. I’d like to say, I made it to about 12:30 at the bar before the drunken stares at the big preg belly started getting a little too awkward.
I think the last crazy-train-Uber of my girls made it’s way back to the house around 4am. My sister & Heather bringin’ up the rear at the very end of the night. The stories & laughs we had back at the house were incredible.
I’ve had a total of 9 days of visitors in Nashville & it’s been incredible. Everyone has now returned to their rightful home & I will enjoy a little more down time for the next month as we anxiously await the arrival of the littlest Perdue. Things won’t be so relaxing for much longer so I’m getting it in while I can 😉
I can’t thank all of these women who went out of their way to shower Baby P & myself with love enough. I truly don’t feel deserving of what happened this past week. This baby is going to be the most loved & lucky little human out there & I surely feel like a lucky momma, too 🙂
*All photography by the ridiculously talented Aspen @ Mingo Photography
Dress – Naked Wardrobe Show Me Some Shoulder Dress – Out of Stock
Shoes – Sam Edelman
Head Piece – Handmade by me 🙂
Necklace – The Stagecoach by Desert Rose
Bump – (my best accessory) in collab with John Perdue 😉
Everything’s better when you look on the bright side.