Double Baby Crack (Or Books for Beau and Bay!)

If you read my post about my westside weekend, you probably remember that I promised you pics of Tony’s scrumptious twins, Beau and Bay.

They got baptized at All Saints Episcopal in Beverly Hills last weekend, so I finally have pics galore.

This one might be my favorite.

I probably don’t have to tell you why…

This might be my favorite.

It’s two hot guys holding babies.

Duh.

Absolutely everyone had to get in on the baby action because… BABIES ARE CRACK.

Here’s Nicole freebasing on Bay.

Nicole's a natural.

Who could blame her? Bay is amazing.

Do you know what else is amazing?

Nicole and I accidentally almost matched.

See?

Here we are getting photo bombed by the babies' godparents.

Here we are getting photo bombed by the babies’ godparents.

Humor is a prerequisite for shepherding someone’s soul in my book, which is why my friends are fun.

I mean, they are responsible for the kids' souls and stuff.

Here are the godparents looking more serious about their duties for a minute.

After the ceremony, we all went back to Tony’s beach house for fried chicken and red velvet cake because Tony’s from Tennessee, and you can always count on the south to rise again at his place. (I would have taken a photo of my chicken, but I ate it too fast.)

After cleaning Tony out of deep fried food, I stole his baby.

But I wasn't the worst.

I may have mainlined.

But because my mom taught me to share, I let my cousin Maddie get her baby fix too.

Maddie gets babies.

I hope I didn’t get her hooked.

I didn’t think it would be right to eat all of Tony’s fried food AND takes his kids without leaving something behind, so I bought books for the babies that had special meaning for me and my family.

(You can find the posts about the books on my other blog here.)

BookS!

Peter Rabbit + Peter Spier = ❤

And because I LOVE making gifts look fancy-ish, I wrapped them in brown paper, tied them with brightly colored ribbons, and made my own gift tag.

See?

I love brown paper.

I don’t care what anyone says. Appearances matter. That’s why I get so excited about gift wrap.

OK, I’m off to check on my Spicy Calabrian Pork Ribs now.

I’m STARVING!!!

Pandas and Elephants, Oh My! (Or I Talk About Elephant Shower Decorations)

I’d like to interrupt this elephant shower talk with the announcement that my panda is blogging again.

I realize you may not know who my panda is or why I call her that; it’s a long story. Just know she’s one of my best friends in the world and she’s also one of the strongest, smartest, funniest, most amazing people I know. And I’m so lucky to have her in my life.

Two years ago, I got to meet her son when he was only a few days old and I happened to be in Michigan for a minute. I was supposed to help her with ideas for his Winnie the Pooh Party last year and got as far as this Pinterest board before the wheels fell of that plan.

Her son is almost two now, and she and her husband are going through the surrogacy process for a second time. For anyone who wants to read about that experience, you can find the posts on her blog here. Maybe this time I can get it right and do her shower up proper. (Something to think about, panda.)

Annnnnnd now, back to elephants. And the shower I threw in March.

We wanted to keep the cost relatively low, so we kept the flowers and decorations simple. We basically just raided the aisles of Target and went with soft pastels we found soothing and stuff.

See?

Elephant baby shower on Dogs Dishes and Decor

We used wrapping paper as a table runner. Then we bought some ugly elephants from Michaels and painted that business gold with some paint from Martha.

We wanted to keep the flowers simple, so we stuffed some tulips into mason jars. I did spiff up the tulips on the craft table, just a little….

Baby shower craft table on Dogs Dishes and Decor

Bows make stuff look fancy.

For the dessert table we used the cake stands leftover from my Peter Pan party. I wish we had changed the ribbon in them. Black is kinda macabre for a baby shower. (I ran out of time.)

Dessert Table on Dogs Dishes and Decor

I also wish you couldn’t see the grill looming like some big body bag in the background, but I was too busy hosting the show to worry about the picture quality. Blah.

As you can see, it was not perfect. But it WAS fun.

More on the menu and crafts another day. I’m sick and off to suck down the cough medicine my friend Vijaya brought me. #iloveher