25 September 2015

My Baby Shower At The Love Shack

Last weekend, my mom threw us a baby shower at The Love Shack in Brooklyn. About twenty-five of our New York-based friends and loved ones gathered  to celebrate baby girl and our venture into new parenthood. It was important to me that I had a  coed "Jack & Jill" shower since so many of our close friends are couples. Moreover, I wanted it to feel more like a laid-back cocktail party where everyone could mingle rather than a traditional, ladies-only luncheon shower.

Isn't the space awesome? My mom found it earlier this summer and I immediately gave an enthusiastic thumbs up of approval. Quirky, funky, fun (and barely any additional decor needed!). Britta and Alexander Love, the owners, were wonderful,  and I would highly recommend their services and space.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of all of the food and vignettes before guests started arriving, but essentially, that white table was filled with platters containing all of my pregnancy cravings. My mom catered in assorted grilled cheese sandwiches, potato wedges, fruit kebabs, pigs in a blanket, spanakopita, cookies, brownies, etc., along with a crudite platter, green salad, chips, candy and sparkling beverages. We also had a champagne toast to welcome and thank everyone for coming before opening gifts at the end. Party favors took on a "sugar & spice" theme with assorted rock candy and lavender oatmeal spice soap (shared here).

Upon arriving, I had no idea what was planned in terms of games, but my mom knocked it out of the park with a couple of simple interactive activities for guests to enjoy, including a hilarious toilet paper diaper derby (see pics below), a "name the nursery rhyme" competition and onesies with fabric markers for guests to write notes to the baby. My sister also gave a speech in the form of a letter to our daughter which left almost every single guest crying. (I was a mess!).

Tiho and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating together and feel overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone's love, support and generosity.

Below,  a few iPhone shots stolen from various guests. From top to bottom, left to right:

Cousins drinking (root) beer; a special gift from my mama in the form of hand-painted chair for our little girl; me in my toilet paper diaper; us lucky ones who were diapered; baby's overflowing toy basket; my family; good friends, present-opening; and candy display.

Can hardly believe we're in the two-month countdown now: we can't wait to meet this little babe!


  1. Kayla you posted this at 11:11! <333 love you

  2. Hey Kayla, you are doing a great job. I love your show and lately your website has been a real help for me. I’m a homeowner with a house constructed .

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  4. Congratulations Jack & Jill! Baby shower event is the most important for a couple and you guys are so lucky to celebrate it with your family and friends. It's so sweet of you sharing the photos, you are looking very beautiful. Hope, you have a healthy, cute baby soon. God bless you. Baby Shower Gifts.

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  6. I am truly saying this that space is so beautiful dear. I just loved everything about the place. I loved your dress also, you know I am also going to throw baby shower party for my first child so it should be grand like yours. I am thinking to book event venue Chicago for party. What you say?

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