Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunshine, friends, delicious food and the beautiful baby shower

Today I feel so proud of my wonderful family.  As a mother I feel empowered to make wonderful things happen for my daughters, and as a first time Nana to be, excited to host my beautiful daughter Peta, her baby shower.
I need to step back a few days...
Continuing massive excavation of back garden and renovating of the inground pool. Check.
Brother In Law, Chris, arriving from Boston on Tuesday morning. Clean the house. Make up the guest room Check.
Work. Check
Wednesday, samples for new range of Rowantree Baby Designs. Check
Plant the white petunias. Check
Wednesday night. Sailing. Check
Thursday. Progress of front garden.  Panic. Lot's to do. Lots of mulching, lawn a disaster.
Friday....100 sq metres of turf arrives. Oh my!
My husband Patrick realises it would be a huge mistake to go to work, somebody has to lay the turf, somebody plus brother.  Thankfully Chris being a brother obliges...with only hours to spare before he is due to fly out to New Zealand, and much hard kiwi yakka, the turf is layed, watered and looking lush and green.  Chris has a quick power nap and Patrick gets him to the airport just in the nick of time.  Thank you Chris.  I know it wasn't on the brochure.  Next time Patrick and I are in Boston, maybe you could get Patrick to paint the house or something.
Friday night Patrick and I enjoyed a glass of wine admiring our lovely garden.

Our two happy poodles Louis and Hugo, enjoyed it too!

Excitedly I woke on Saturday morning, welcomed by a most beautiful sunny sky.  It's going to be a fantastic baby shower.  The canopy was the first to arrive supplied by a very reliable company Instant Canopy who always deliver a very clean canopy, which I think sets the tone for the event.  Ding dong, and talented Justin from Tasty Chef Catering drops in with the most delicious finger sandwiches, tempting smelling baby beef, peppered pies complimented by chicken and dill sausage rolls.  I love Justin's food, he is very passionate about your event and works very well to create the perfect menu for you and your guests.

Patrick climbs our magnificent magnolia tree to weave the bunting through the branches while I get busy decorating the garden and arranging the tables and chairs.

Could not resist a touch of retro

Some plants need potting

A crazy pot of succulents sit beside the front door

The baby blue watering can perched on little retro gardening seats

Time is ticking by and I am having so much fun.  Keeping an eye on the time as I am expecting my gorgeous daughter Lauren who is arriving from Brisbane to pop her happy head over the gate any moment. Hoping she will lend Peta a hand to ice the cup cakes.  Alexandra arrives with a glorious bunch of flowers for the hall table.  White hydranges and my fave pink peonies from Maria's Fresh Flowers.  Maria is a very talented and creative florist.  I use Maria for all my special floral arrangements.

The canopy, the orange tree and the drinks

It's all go in the house and Patrick is looking nervous.  He decides it high time to take the poodles, a six pack of beer and head off to the boat for some man and dog time.  The girls and I add the last touches to our outfits and we are ready and waiting for the guests to arrive.

Mathilda arrives wearing my Rowantree Design  Lara pop over dress. Isn't she tooo to cute!

We were so excited to greet Auntie Sue from  Ralston

And of course our vivacious friend Jane

Cooling bottles of San Pelegrini flavoured mineral water await the thirsty guests!

Nautical themed cup cakes

Ashley loves the cakes...Hmmm

 Refreshing fruit jellies

"Try these delicious lemon tarts, Mum and Lara"

Zara and Isla admiring my little touch of retro

Casey,  Isla and Mason

Lara enjoying cake

Maria and Zara

Sam and Isla

Belinda and her very pretty Zara

And now for the presents!

Thanks Auntie Sue for the Golliwog puppet 

....and the beanie

Wow! the very yummy mummy baby bag! Thank you Marie and Fiona

This looks fun, Isla lends a hand

Bookends from Grandma to be

The Flat Bear

Still going and Alexandra should apply to be a game show hostess

A handsome cardigan  

My happy baby sister Alexandra

My media tycoon sister, Lauren, teaching Lara bad mobile habits.

The cake

Cutting the cake together

Happy, tired and a recap

A fabulous day and a few people to thank for making this a baby shower to remember.

Josh from Infinity Landscapes for the turf.
Patrick and Chris for laying the turf.
Justin for the scrumptious catering.
Hugh for your tireless efforts in helping me get everything just right around the house for the day.
My beautiful and best friend Sim who is always around to help me..sneek off to Fiore Gardens Designs to pick up some plants, help me bake 100 cupcakes, bringing the most outstanding prosciutto and rock melon, being my best friend. 
Lara's big sister Ashley, for being a great hostess
My three gorgeous and beautiful daughters for making me so proud.


  1. Was truly an amazing day! Thank you
    Peta is very lucky and we can't wait for the newest family member to arrive

  2. What a beautiful gathering of family & friends

  3. When is the baby due?

  4. Sunny weather, fun atmosphere, divine decorations, complete with beautiful family, friends and of course Peta! Rowan will have such a good time when he arrives! Thankyou from Lara, Ashley and Lyndal

  5. Great to meet you in Spotlight today! How funny we should both be making starry bunting! If you get a sec, pop over to my blog and you'll see some of my fabrics in action! George x

  6. What a divine day! looked beautiful and hope Peta had an amazing day she will always remember xx

  7. Anna-Louise ... Fiore garden DesignDecember 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    all looks fantastic. Great to see my pot of succulents looks so fantastic near the front door. The stools and watering can look great too. Can't wait for Rowantree Design to be part of our Christmas Sale next year.
    Fiore Garden Design


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