Thursday, October 2, 2008

Asking For It

When I heard that one of my best friends, Brook was took me a while to come out and ask to do a shower. Why? Well, we went on a trip together with our church youth group & we were both in a uber busy stage. Also, Brook had a miscarriage with her first pregnancy. Out of fear that it might happen again, she was reluctant about spreading the good news with this baby. I can only imagine that she felt hesitant to let herself get attached. And I wanted to respect that by waiting till the fingernail chewing first trimester was over and all was well. So when she started telling other people, it was definitely time for me to pop the question.

I wanted to make it really REALLY special. After all, this girl was glued to my side during my wedding preparations and I know that I would just fall apart if I didn't get to vent to her every other day. She is that precious.

Asking "Can I throw you a baby shower?" just didn't seem enough. So I put my craftiness skills to the test. I decided I would give her a gift...a small token that would distract her momentarily and then spring on her the motive behind it.

I got a paper parasol and set upon painting it up really cutesy. I did it based on her original choice of bedding. And although it doesn't match what she ended up getting - I am so glad because dude, her new bedding choice rocks!

With the help of my trusty glue gun, some trim, ribbon and a bit of imagination - Brook's parasol was complete.

Then I set on making her a little red and white polka dot fabric bag to slip the parasol into. I made a little poem - glued in on some scrapbook paper and attached the poem to the outside with some ribbon. It was adorable if I do say so myself. Oh - and the last stanza of the poem I attached directly to the parasol handle so that when she opened the gift, she would know the true intention of the gift.

Wanna hear the poem? Ok - here she is:

Brook dear Brook
You got a bun in the oven
We know how it got there
Too much of Kent’s lovin’

Brook dear Brook
You have to keep growing
Cause labor’s no cake
(Practice breathing and blowing)

Brook dear Brook
You’ll have a little one soon
Your belly will shrink
Like a deflated balloon

Brook dear Brook
I hope it won’t hurt
I promise to be there
To greet the wee squirt

Brook dear Brook
I’m so very happy for you
I pray for your safety
And the little one’s too

Brook dear Brook
You have a lot you still need
The Baby will eat, sleep, poop
And grow like a weed

Brook dear Brook
Open this package with care
This will help you be ready
For a “showered” affair.

and she opened the package and read the tag which said:

Brook dear Brook
Here is my heart felt request
May I throw you a party?
Will you be the special guest?

She said "What?! What!?" And then I asked. It was great. I mean, if she wasn't having a baby I probably wouldn't give her some random umbrella made of paper. That's just weird. But seeing how a little bambino is on the way & I made up a special poem - it seems cute...I hope.

So that is how the whole baby shower process started. And now that the invites are out, it can't be stopped! Any fun ways you have done for your guest of honor? How bout when you asked your friends to be a bridesmaid? I love this kinda stuff - I could read about it all day long.

Oh - and just so that everyone knows - she said "yes!"


Lisa said...

Cutest. Thing. Ever.

You are an awesome friend :).

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wow, very special, i like it.

Lindsey said...

That is so adorable! You are so creative!

queenbee said...

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mrs.leah.maria said...

Oh my word! That is ridiculously touching! What a great friend you are to put so much creativity and effort into an event for your friend, while respecting her wishes!

Leah said...

That is so cute! What a creative idea!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm looking forward to reading yours as well!

Jen M said...

I love it! You are so creative.

tohearn14 said...

Very creative and thoughtful!!

Katie said...

Hi Ya'll,

Thanks for the compliments - I sometimes do stuff and think "this is just weird" and "nobody would think this is cute" and "am I being a clingy kinda gal?" so it definitely helps to hear that it is just creative and not stalkerish. How it changes from one to the other, I will never know!

But thanks all the same. Your kind words give me the gusto to keep on truckin!

XO - Katie

Freckles Chick said...

OMG, that poem is too adorable for words (LOL @ too much of Kent's lovin')!!
You went about it in the perfect way. She's so lucky to have you as a friend =)

G+D said...

Oh my gosh, Katie. That is SO SWEET! I totally choked up reading it!

Melissa said...

SUCH a sweet idea. I love it! I wanted to have a fun way to ask my best friend of 20 years to be my maid of honor when I got married, so the more my then-boyfriend (now-husband) talked about getting engaged, I made a little collage of all of our pictures, cards we'd mailed each other, old notes we'd passed each other in name it. Little did I know she was going to be AT THE PROPOSAL! I had to run home after saying "yes!" to grab the collage and present her with it. I think it's always meaningful, when you're asking someone a question, to do it with meaning and let them know how much they mean to you. I am loving that adorable parasol matching the bedding idea, BTW!