This weekend, I celebrated a very special person in my life as she embarks on a new journey, the journey of having her first child. To me, having a child is a lot like travel… now you may be thinking – this girl has obviously never had kids, but hear me out. You have to make sure you have all the right tools in order to be successful, whether that’s diapers, soothers and bottles or travel insurance, your bag and your passport. You’re going to have to make sacrifices. I have no doubt there are many sacrifices you will make when starting a family, but travel isn’t always glamorous either. It can be uncomfortable, exhausting and sometimes it will break you. Finally, the end result will absolutely change your life. People say having a child is the greatest gift in the world. I definitely don’t dispute that and hope to one day experience that feeling, but I do know that travel has changed my life in ways I never knew were possible.
As the flight attendant welcomes us to Saskatoon at the end of my one hour and twenty minute flight, her words stir up emotions that I know so well. Something that I fought with for so many years and now I am finally starting to realize how much those few little words mean to me.
Home it is. The truth is – no matter how many cities I live in, no matter how many amazing connections I make and no matter how many other beautiful places I see, a part of me will always see Saskatoon as home. I’ve decided I’m pretty blessed to be from such a beautiful under-rated city, because not everyone has discovered how awesome it is. Kind of like an old familiar t-shirt. You forget about it for years and one day you find it hiding behind your dresser and nothing feels more comfortable. Saskatoon will always feel like home to me. It’s where I was born and raised, have so many of my memories and still to this day have so many friends and loved ones.
One of those loved ones is my dear friend, Trish. The sweetest and most caring person I know. Trish has been with me through thick and thin and as a thank you for sticking with Chantelle and I on all our crazy adventures, we wanted to plan her the most beautiful baby shower possible. She is due to have her first child, a baby girl, at the end of May and we could not be more excited. The three of us share a friendship like no other and I can’t wait to introduce another girl to our trio and be a part of her life.
Trish was absolutely stunning. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to see her several times throughout her pregnancy (thanks to moving back to the prairies last spring) and I can honestly say that every time I see her, she is glowing and more beautiful then the time before. This was the first time I got to feel their baby girl move inside her belly, and the last time I will see her before the baby is born, so needless to say it was pretty special.
We decided to throw Trish a “story book baby shower” because her and her husband both love to read. Not only that, since this is their first child, we thought it was important to build up their story book collection. I have so many fond memories of reading stories with my parents and siblings. I think reading is such an integral part of bonding with loved ones as a child so this was really the perfect theme for the occasion.
For those of you who know me personally, you’ll know I am a DIY queen, and I LOVE crafting and planning parties. Just check out my tips on how to plan a DIY budget wedding here and you’ll see how a little creativity and a lot of help can go along way. Naturally, Chantelle and I decided we were going to DIY the heck out of this shower.
For food we had various items which were related to children’s books. We had pinkalicious punch, cloudy with a chance of meatballs, meatballs and a caterpillar fruit plate to name a few. I made the food cards but searching the story book image on Google and copy and pasting it onto a card with the description of the food. We also had a some beautiful cupcakes in which we made story book cupcake toppers for. Everything was delicious!
For favours, we had bookmarks which I ordered off Etsy here and I punched a hole and tied a twine ribbon. For decor we made story book bunting banners, a story book wreath, a diaper cake and a banner featuring pictures of Trish and Connor at various ages.
Most of the games we played were story book themed. We had a cute name that story book and a name that nursery rhyme quiz, which I got online for free! We also played “don’t say baby” in which all guests got a close pin. If another guest said baby their close pin could be stolen and whoever had the most close pins at the end of the party won a prize. During the gift opening we played baby bingo which kept the party interactive while opening presents. Trish got a tonne of beautiful gifts, including a stunning dream catcher for the nursery, which you can find here. You could really feel how much love was in the room.
As I sit on the flight back to Winnipeg, I am once again reminded of how truly blessed I am to be living this life. To be happy and healthy and fortunate enough to have the most special and caring people in my life. Every time I leave Saskatoon I feel a bit sad to be leaving the people that I know and love but I know I’m on my own path. Saskatoon will always be a part of me and the ones I love will always be there no matter what life throws my way. I may not ever feel completely at home in Saskatoon again because part of my heart will always be elsewhere, but that’s the price you pay for the richness of having connections in more than one place.