Since Jeff and I decided to get married in LA, my mom and her best friends really wanted to make sure I had a shower back in Ohio. They wanted our friends and family back east to feel like they were still a part of the celebration - I did too. It was important to Jeff and I that everyone in our life felt like they were valued in this season. We have had so much support the last couple of years, especially from the communities we grew up in.
My mom's two best friends, Dar and Kristi put together a Cupcake themed soiree at Kristi's house. About 40 women joined us for the party from my aunts to my grade school teachers. Jeff and I were INSANELY blessed by their gifts and words of affirmation. Among my favorite presents were candle holders my Mom had bought for me when I was born, a rose gold Pandora charm from my Dad, an engraved Christmas ornament, special brie baker and a Scrapbook Cookbook by Mom put together with recipes from everyone at the party.
One of the best parts of the day was being surrounded by ladies I haven't seen in years. A family friend drove in from Michigan for the day, my cousin and Aunt came up from Columbus and 2 of my college best friends surprised me by staying for the weekend.
We played games of who knew me best, sipped drinks at the champagne bar and ate delicious chicken salad and cupcakes. Even though it was freezing outside, it was warm and bright in the house - I couldn't have imagined a better way to celebrate back in my hometown.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the day....
Dar hand made the favors, photo pie dish magnets!
The guests even filled out special memory and encouragement pages for me to keep.
Reunited with my cousins!