“Ice cream social” as a theme for my baby shower sort of found me. I was originally thinking I would do a picnic at one of my favorite parks, but my mom and sister were mutually horrified at the idea of me waddling onto a picnic blanket, and then dealing with the loading and unloading of food to feed 30 people from baskets. It wasn’t until I found myself in a kid store one random day that I saw an ice cream cone shooter. I hadn’t seen one since I was a kid myself, and smiled at the strangeness of it. Why would an ice cream cone shoot? A few days later, a dress covered in ice cream cones found itself on the sidebar of my computer as I was checking my email. I’m pretty sure the universe was telling me that I needed to celebrate this baby with a lot of ice cream…
Once the plan was underway, it was actually really easy to put together. First, I knew I wanted to host the event at Light Lab in Atwater Village. It’s so hard to find event spaces in L.A. that are the right combination of intimate, beautifully styled, and easy for a host, and Light Lab hits all of these needs at once. It also happens to be located in my favorite neighborhood in all of Los Angeles.
For ice cream, I’ve always loved the flavors at Salt & Straw. I chose four flavors that I thought would go well in floats and ice cream sandwiches: roasted strawberry and toasted white chocolate, coconut black tea stracciatella, classic cookie dough, and Stumptown coffee with Compartés Love Nuts. My aunt Tina baked her famous chocolate chip cookies and my dear family friend, Carol Beecher, baked her delicious cherry pistachio cookies to make the ice cream sandwiches.
For the floats, I reached out to Hi-Lo Liquor and got a mix of old-timey sodas. The hit of the day was the rose lemonade from Fenton’s, especially with the roasted strawberry ice cream. It was a lovely balance of not too sweet and perfectly fizzy. For those who wanted to skip the floats, I had a fun mix of sparkling, rosé, and white wine from Winc. Unsurprisingly, the rosé went super fast. And, because I’m an ice cream completionist, I brought my own toppings. Simple whipped cream, dulce de leche, and a batch of homemade bourbon soaked cherries.
I set up a DIY-inspired : creating a custom sprinkle blend. I went on Etsy and bought an insane amount of sprinkles, set them up in little vessels, and let my friends create their own combinations. It was so fun seeing the different color and texture combos come to life. Tina also helped me put together some of the DIY elements, like the ice cream cone balloons and the stickers for the confetti push pops. We have a tradition in our family of doing candy poppers at Christmas, and there’s always a pretty silly joke hidden inside. Finding baby jokes that weren’t deeply offensive was comically difficult, and I’m pretty sure I used all five that exist on the Internet to make these push pops!
The day was beautiful, and I felt so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful girlfriends. It’s funny—I’m kind of an introvert and tend to have one-on-one relationships rather than a crew of friends. So, it was a real treat to see all of the women in my life together in one place. I was encouraged by how many of them are mothers, and are so creative, ambitious, and kind. Opening presents was a bit surreal because, even though it looks like a beach volleyball is stuffed under my dress, it was crazy to look at the tiny doll clothes and realize I was creating a human that would wear them. It felt like I was having a birthday party for an American Girl Doll! One very special gift was from my sister, Amanda, who just launched her fine jewelry line, Aprés. She made me a rose gold and pave necklace with a little J dangling on it. J is for James, my soon to be son.
Needless to say, my ice cream social baby shower was everything that I hoped it would be!
What did your baby shower look like? Or what do you envision for your future baby showers?
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