When I was home in San Diego, I was thrilled to be able to attend one of my very best friend's baby showers. I felt quite fortunate that the event was planned during my visit home and that I had the rare opportunity to go, despite living in Israel. Here in Israel, I seem surrounded by baby bumps right and left especially on young women in their early-to-mid 20s, but the trend tends to hit a bit later back home in the US. Not only was it great to see the baby bump itself on one of my very first pregnant friends, but also, there is nothing like a good reason to get together with your girlfriends. The shower was thrown at this beautiful Santaluz home in one of the San Dieguito Valley's premier coastal golf communities.
Nearly a dozen of the honoree's best friends chipped in to create a delicious spread including smores brownies, fruit skewers, yogurt parfaits, mini cinnamon buns and other bite-size delicacies. Trust me, it was all delicious.
The bubbly was strictly for the non-pregnant guests, which with orange juice, made for some stylish lunchtime mimosas.
No detail was left undone, including the beautiful bouquets knotted with pink ribbon and the charming image of the baby-to-be in the image below.
As you can see, the pink elephant theme was highlighted throughout the house. And speaking of the house, wow, it was spectacular. Let's take a look outside on the deck facing the golf course.
Pretty nice, isn't it? Soon enough, it was time for some baby shower games, including Pins-in-Rice (much easier said than done), a ribbon measurement contest and The World According to Jason.
I attributed my win on the The World According to Jason to the fact that Jason and I share the same birthday....great minds must think alike. After all the fun and games, it was time to open the gifts, which brought forth many ooh's and ahh's from our watchful crowd. There is nothing like baby clothes to make a group of women gush with joy.
Because the mommy-to-be lives in Dallas, most of the big items were sent her way via post, but there were still endless amount of clothes, blankets and baby toys to unveil. After the food had been eaten, the games played and the gifts opened, it was time to mingle once again.
The best part of all was getting all of our girlfriends together (well, a majority of them at least) from near and far to relish in each other's company for a fun celebration.
Kate and I have known each other since our younger days where we met in Hebrew school and bonded over our wanting not to be there. It is amazing to have shared in so many important life cycle events from our Bat Mitzvah days to high school and college graduations to studying abroad, engagements, weddings and now, babies. This little baby's arrival will be in February 2010 and I hope to make it to Dallas in April during my visit to the US in order to meet her in person. A beautiful shower for a beautiful friend! Join me over the next week as we visit Palm Springs, San Francisco, on then onward to Europe before landing back in Israel for good. I hope you've enjoyed seeing bits and pieces of my beloved hometown.