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A Del Ray Shower for a Del Ray Baby

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.

baby shower flowers

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.

baby shower, pom pom flowers

As we pondered the vast brunch menu choices we sipped on mimosas and coffee (and other non-alcoholic bevs for Laura).

mimosa at del ray cafe

baby shower, table setting, del ray cafe

baby shower

And chatted all things baby.

baby shower

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.

baby shower

baby shower

Judging by the laughs around the table, we knew John had a little fun with his answers.

baby shower

Then it was time to eat. I enjoyed the vegetable quiche with zucchini, red pepper and feta.

quiche at del ray cafe

Next to me, Amanda had the vegetable hash with poached egg and a croissant.

vegetable hash at del ray cafe

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.

baby shower

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!

knitted baby legwarmers

Newsha got to knitting as well —  look at these oh so precious baby booties with a crocheted flower embellishment.

knitted baby booties

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).

Del Ray Baby onesie

And a patchwork quilt to match. I made this with fabric scraps leftover from various projects — flowers, birds, and fun bright colors.

baby quilt

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.

baby quilt

A wonderful time was had by all. We can’t wait to meet the newest baby on the block.

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