Baby Shower

March 9th, 2012
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Ok, let’s get a little girly here for a second (indulge the 36 week pregnant gal). I wanted to share with you our baby shower, since our friend Jennifer put on such an amazing tea party last Sunday. We’re getting so close to the beginning of a new chapter, so it was so nice to get together with some of our closest friends and family to celebrate this new little life that will be joining our world.

Jennifer spent days getting everything ready, making cake pops despite warnings on blogs that they weren’t worth the effort (sadly she only got about 5 out of it in the end), baking the famed New York Times cookies (delicious!), making cute finger sandwiches (apparently it’s very time consuming cutting off all the crust). Thankfully she had some help from our friend Hollie, who also made a lot of the baked goods above. John’s mom Nancy brought pierogies, which I can never say no to. Umm, the photos above are from before all the food was laid out.

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She handmade all the pretty poofs hanging from the ceiling. Our hired baby for the day Aria (ok, she wasn’t hired, but she was entertaining!) got a real kick out of them so I took a few for the baby zone at home. We haven’t even set anything up yet, mostly because it’s just the space beside our bed and well, it’s kind of strange having a baby space without a baby. But I guess we better get to it…


I’m still enjoying the prettiest roses.

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Half of the tea cups and pot set were borrowed from Jennifer’s mother-in-law (thank you!).


There were three teas from Tealish to choose from, and Jennifer thoughtfully made little take away samples for everyone. Toasty Almond was the most popular.


Since men were also invited to the party, Taylor got his man room all set up. They drank beer from tea cups, I hear.


We received many wonderful and useful gifts from our guests, I am slowly unpacking the box and getting everything sorted. I almost have a full laundry basket of tiny pink things. It’s kind of unreal.

Lauren, our assistant at the shop had to of course work, so she couldn’t make it to the party. But how cute is her gift? She worked with Arounna from Bookhou to get it all done, but hand stitched the Kitka logo herself.


I used to collect picture books, so Lauren found us some hilarious vintage Swedish books (in English). As you probably could imagine, Snurr is the comic relief. Also, a book about Buttered Bread…how quaint.



Early April is quickly approaching! It’s a little nerve-wracking entering the unknown, but I’m sure everyone approaches parenthood with a mix of trepidation and excitement. I’m nervous about leaving the store, as it’s a lot of work for John to handle on his own. But our mom and pop shop is growing, not only with the baby, but with the addition of John’s brother Frank, who recently moved to the neighborhood to work at Mjölk and help us out. He’s still learning the ropes, but he’s an awesome addition, and it’s nice to have more family close by. And of course there is Lauren as well, who we leave alone often when traipsing off to faraway lands. So I think the shop is in good hands!

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  1. congratulations again! i just found out today that my brother and his fiance are having a baby boy, so i’m hoping to do some celebrating myself, soon. :) i also highly recommend pom poms from the etsy store pomlove…i just made a teal blue one myself, and it’s SO pretty….

    but i think the most hilarious thing about this post is that my eyes first went to the chocolate chip cookies, and i thought ‘should i leave them a comment here, asking for the recipe? or is that too complicated?’, and then you answered before i could even ask, by posting the recipe link! awesome, just awesome.


    9 Mar 12 at 9:40 pm

  2. Hello–enjoy this time, and the early time after the birth–it won’t be easy but it can be enjoyable and easier if you let all the helpers do their thing. It is definitively nervous making, but also so very exciting and awesome, in the true sense of the the word. All you need is a cozy space beside your bed and a loving attitude. You will be wonderful. Enjoy and cherish!

    Holly Gnaedinger

    9 Mar 12 at 9:52 pm

  3. ahhh! That bib is SO cute! Good one Lauren and Arounna! Your little girl will sport is so adorably!
    Your baby shower was THE CUTEST! So glad I was there! April is fast approaching, soon we’ll have no bump and a baby instead! Hope to see you soon! xo


    10 Mar 12 at 10:50 am

  4. the bib is super cute, lauren did such a nice job with the embroidery
    I love the vintage illustrations, we have a lot of different books and the kids
    are always drawn to the older ones.
    a tea party baby shower – great idea


    10 Mar 12 at 7:51 pm

  5. so nice!
    you are getting so close! its so exiting!
    when is you due date?


    11 Mar 12 at 11:01 am

  6. Maya, due date is April 5th! Hope you’re doing well!

    John & Juli

    18 Mar 12 at 11:49 am

  7. I can remember loving Snipp, Snapp and Snurr when I was a kid. They had copies in the local public library.


    12 Mar 12 at 6:49 pm

  8. Oh I just saw this post, I’m so glad you took photos, everything looked so beautiful! Thank you again for inviting me! The count down is on now :)


    28 Mar 12 at 12:27 pm

  9. Very sweet. We think you guys will have to have some Elsa Beskow books, a long loved favorite in Sweden to go with the Momins. for your small one. One of our faves- Woody,Hazel and Little Pip.


    30 Mar 12 at 8:17 am

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