A Del Ray Shower for a Del Ray Baby
Our neighbors Laura and John (whose home we featured here) are expecting their first child, a girl, in February. So of course all the ladies on the block wanted to throw Laura a shower to celebrate her upcoming bundle of joy. And Leslie and I were more than thrilled to DIY some special gifts for the baby too.
The hostesses (Leslie, Newsha and Amanda) decided to have the shower at a local restaurant, instead of someone’s home. They chose Del Ray Cafe for its delicious food and comfortable atmosphere. Of course it did not disappoint.
We sat upstairs at a large farm table tucked in the back corner, enough room for all eight of us. When we arrived, a special surprise awaited Laura — a gorgeous bouquet of flowers Amanda had arranged to be delivered to the restaurant.
And on the other side of the table, these pom pom “flowers” Leslie made. Laura can use these in the baby’s nursery or repurpose them into a mobile or garland.
As we pondered the vast brunch menu choices we sipped on mimosas and coffee (and other non-alcoholic bevs for Laura).
And chatted all things baby.
While we waited for food, of course we had to play one baby-related game. In this game “Daddy Knows Best” Amanda had asked Laura and John to separately answer questions like “how many diapers does a baby need a day” and “how many diapers will John change”? We had to guess how John had answered.
Judging by the laughs around the table, we knew John had a little fun with his answers.
Then it was time to eat. I enjoyed the vegetable quiche with zucchini, red pepper and feta.
Next to me, Amanda had the vegetable hash with poached egg and a croissant.
All the food around the table was devoured.
As for the DIY, Leslie’s gift was a “gift certificate” for a family photo shoot (by Leslie) that Laura and John can claim anytime during the year.
Leslie attached the card to another gift wrapped in tissue paper with a pom pom bow.
Inside, the world’s most darling hand-knit legwarmers. Leslie followed a pattern from Ravelry using a machine washable, incredibly soft wool and cashmere yarn she bought at fibre space. How fashionable this baby will be strolling along the Avenue!
Newsha got to knitting as well — look at these oh so precious baby booties with a crocheted flower embellishment.
For my gift, every baby born in Del Ray needs a Del Ray Baby onesie (which you can order through the Del Ray Baby website).
And a patchwork quilt to match. I made this with fabric scraps leftover from various projects — flowers, birds, and fun bright colors.
I stuffed the quilt with three layers of batting so it’s nice and soft for lounging on the floor or outside on the grass. The finished size is a 36-inch square. The backing fabric is supposedly stain resistant, but the whole thing can easily be washed in the regular washing machine.
A wonderful time was had by all. We can’t wait to meet the newest baby on the block.