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.
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
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.
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.