Well, dears, I hope your Friday has been progressing swimmingly! Tonight I’m looking forward to attending the Capital Jazz Fest with my hubby and good friends. I’m ready for good music! Tomorrow I will help host my friend’s women’s solstice day. She’s asked me to lead the “jewelry swap.” It’s already shaping up to be an eventful and wonderful weekend. However, my heart is still full from the last. In fact, it was this past Saturday, that I had the pleasure of planning, coordinating and designing a very special baby shower for my beloved Ayisha. Bestie to my sister Blair, and social worker to the public, Ayisha really deserved something quite unique. She does so much for others with little thought to herself. In fact, when I needed a mixologist for my vintage wedding she jumped right in and excitedly wore the platinum blonde pin up girl wig I chose without complaint. Many of the wedding guests commented on her sweetness! But, I digress, Blair, hostess for the shower, asked if I would handle the affair. It would be the perfect gig for my new tea party themed business Pretty Parties and Fancy Favors. Held at The Palisades of Townson (just outside Baltimore, MD), it was a super cool venue for such an occasion. Ayisha told me that her baby boy would be named “Caesar,” so I suggested a Roman-themed baby shower. I felt such a grand name called for a shower of equal magnitude. Ha! Guests were asked to wear all white with gold accessories. Ayisha and her mother looked superb in their togas, laurel headbands (currently, all the rage) and gold jewelry. I ordered two cakes. The first a beautiful vanilla Italian buttercream chocolate chip cookie dough cake by Alexandra Murphy of Bijoux Fine Cakes. The second, a whimsical rosette blue marble dessert (the “Circus Cake”) by Society Fair. The variety of delicious scones, biscuits, oatmeal chair cream pies and floral jellies came from the outstanding bakery Bakehouse.
I baked snickerdoodles topped with white maple-flavored cotton candy. You may know I love my floral drinks, so we served rose sweetened lemonade and lavender sweet tea; which Ralph was so kind to whip up for me. For favors we gifted gold laurel leaf rings in gold sachets. The games were short, but fun – “Guess the Caesar” and a raffle. Winners were happy to take home champagne diamond shaped bath fizzers and Italian soaps (when in Rome). One of my highlights, was adding the toppers to the cakes and oatmeal chair cream pies. I feel this tiny touches make such a difference with presentation. The gold “Hail Caesar” (handcrafted by the talented Topper & Twine) and the glittery flags (made by Syringa Paper Co) were both discovered on Etsy, while the white columns came from decorating supply store/bakery Cakes Plus, located in Maryland. The guests seemed to really appreciate the little details: the baby’s birthdate in Roman numerals, the olives, grapes, laurels and other little tokens of ancient Rome.
The biggest thrill was Ayisha’s reaction! Shocked at the display, and happy to see all of her loved ones, her response walking in really touched me. I will have you know that she is in the hospital right now. Her water broke last night! We are on pins and needles waiting to hear about the birth of her little emperor! How exciting! I text Blair, “I’m glad we had the shower when we did.” Hee! I can’t wait to see the beautiful boy! Have a great weekend everyone! We’ll keep ya posted.
I’m a media strategist, fashion fan and whimsical event planner. For years, I’ve been “reporting” from fashion shows and fabulous events to my loved one out of pure joy. Unbeknowest to me in February 2012 my sister started kristysamone.com with photos and letters I’d sent her from New York Fashion Week. She said, “I think you need a blog!” LOL! I’ve been trying keep us with this and life ever since:) Thanks so much for reading!View all KristySamone posts.