A Thank You To Baby Beetle’s Aunt Casey

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I would be neglectful if I didn’t post about my twin sister and soon-to-be-aunt to Baby Beetle, Casey.

I could go on and on about how much her love, support, and encouragement throughout this pregnancy has kept me sane, centered, and comforted but of course, that is a personal discussion between she and I. I assure you it has happened on numerous occasions and will continue to be vocalized.

However, I did want to show off her party planning skills and abilities.  After showing off the woodland baby shower, which was planned and decorated by her, I feel the need to brag for a moment.

As a doting wife, mother of a 16 month old, pharmaceutical sales rep-by-day, patient friend, and loving sister, I honestly don’t know where she found the time to craft and plan such a spectacular event.  This point in-and-of-itself shows how loving and caring she is and always has been. I will seriously be indebted to her for life. xoxo

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From the overall vision to the tiniest, minute details, she thought of it all and executed everything perfectly.

Here are the details she outsourced:


And here are the some of the sweet details she crafted, which are beyond impressive:

details3From banners to photobooth masks to a diaper cake, every single detail was perfect, well-intentioned, theme appropriate, and hand crafted!  I mean, even the water bottles had cute little labels to show the cute factor. Perhaps she should reconsider her career choice.

What do you think?

Love You Forever Sister,



Mario Themed Baby Shower

Last year, I hosted a Mario-themed baby shower for my twin sister at her home in {Alexandria, VA}. She did the baby’s room in a Mario theme, which was an idea taken from an unfinished quilt my late grandma Mary was working on before she passed. We made a pact that whichever one of us had the first boy would get the blanket.  I gifted her the blanket at the shower and wanted to keep with the theme, hence the Mario Baby Shower.

Her {SURPRISE} shower was definitely one for the books!  We had a chef prepare dinner, a photobooth, a fun onesie decorating contest, and most important, we had best friends from all over the country, including Texas, California, and Indiana, attend her special day.  We even had a Skype/Facetime session for those who weren’t able to attend in person but wanted to share their love and excitement for the baby!

Here is a small picture recap from the day –

casey 18 weeks childhood friendsannouncement  crabcakes favors food2 fruit hummus jess kiss jess jess2 mac n cheese mario blanket mario cake mario nursery 2 mario nursery me and jess 2 me and jess onesie two onesie party photo booth 2 photobooth props picture balloons pierrards2 refreshments salad salmon skype the surprise 2 the surprise veg plate

Baby Shower Cake Inspiration: Woodland Theme

The shower for Baby Beetle will be hosted by our sweet families in San Francisco around Thanksgiving. As a family who loves hosting parties, I can not wait to see all of the details and special touches that will make the day memorable and unique.

Although I’m staying out of the planning portion, one task I am inserting my opinion about is the shower cake!

Let me be the first to say that I am not a dessert/cake person.  I don’t ask for birthday cakes and don’t opt for a slice at events. We didn’t even have a cake at our wedding.  However, I think cakes and baby showers go hand-in-hand so the cake is a very important detail to me.

My family has a lot to live up to in order to out-do the cake I had made in Alexandria, Virginia for my sister’s Mario-themed baby shower.


                      It’s Me….Mario!

Because we aren’t finding out the gender of Baby Beetle, we picked a {gender – neutral} woodland theme for the nursery, which will also be the shower theme.  When thinking of a cake idea that embodies the woodland theme, I immediately Googled “deer cake” and found these beauties.

Deer Bust Cakedeer cake4Deer Bust Cake by Intricate Icings

I mean…how cool are these? {Hint! Hint!}