We finally finished our magical woodland nursery and I am absolutely in love! Rather than forcing the typical gender stereotypes (I mean…I don’t even know this person yet!), I wanted to create a mostly unisex nursery that encourages a healthy imagination since that’s what I remember most from my own childhood. We would gather around as my mom told elaborate stories about gnomes and fairies that my brothers and I fully believed and lived. They were so magical and real to us that I wanted to start my own child’s life out with that same sense of possibility and wonder. I combined stuffed animal taxidermy with a large painted mural of a magic forest, neutral furniture and the most modern-looking nursery essentials as possible. I already posted about some of the elements in the room, but the final result below really brings everything together beautifully. I hope you feel inspired to keep things simple, magical and woodsy for your baby too! Continue reading
It made more sense to have our baby shower host write the post about planning this shindig…so without further ado, I give you my bestie’s thoughts on throwing me a rockin’ party…
By: Jeff Hinchee
As someone who reads Delia’s blog, you no doubt spend your free moments thinking about how lucky her friends are to regularly indulge in her epic and well conceived parties. We ARE very lucky. Delia and (husband) Jeff are really amazing friends, so I wanted to throw them the baby shower they deserve. Actually, when Delia and I were in California last year throwing baby showers she pulled me aside, looked me in my eyes and said— totally deadpan— “Take notes. This is your job when I’m pregnant.”
The theme was loosely inspired by Delia’s nursery. Enchanted forest, real and imaginary animals, with a splash of “baby hunting lodge”. For the invitation I collaged together a bunch of images I liked to convey that unusual concept.
Throwing a party for such a seasoned party planner is a daunting task. Even though I knew she would be happy with anything, you would never invite the Queen of England to stay in your railroad apartment and sleep on the Ikea mattress on the floor that you call a bed. And so I enlisted the help of some other devoted friends, referenced Martha Stalwart frequently, and proved that you, reader, CAN throw these parties too!
With only 30 minutes to set up the space it was a scramble to get the food table arranged, the leafy pennants and balloons hung, and the furniture moved around.
All tucked away and ready for June!
Jeff and I decided to jump on the frozen meal train for our first month (or two) with the baby. It’s incredibly easy to get any type of food delivered in New York City at all hours of the day, but the cost and calories are ridiculous when added up. I decided instead of depending on the famously convenient city, I would plan a little over a month of food and snacks for us so we have minimal grocery shopping each week when the baby comes. Unfortunately, our first month will be smack dab in the middle of farmer’s market season, so not only will we miss a bit of that deliciousness in exchange for quality time with the tiny, but I also had to plan food that was summery without needing the seasonal veggies ahead of time. It was quite the task!
This is the master list of everything we can choose from….who needs take out?!
I started by doing some research on Pinterest and creating a board with frozen food ideas. The site Once A Month Mom also helped A LOT. Since those recipes are broken down each year by month, I was able to narrow my choices down to May through July which ensured that I would be picking food appropriate for the season. I wrote down all my ideas, separated them into breakfast, lunch or dinner and then narrowed them down by my favorites.
Yes…I TAPED everything in despite the fact that I am perfectly capable of using the computer!
When it came to typing up the recipes, I first established what portion of the meal could be made ahead and frozen and what portion would be better fresh. I typed the prep recipes separately from the “on the day” recipes which also included the grocery list for the fresh stuff.
The prep recipe is on the left and the recipe for Jeff to follow while I’m sleeping…;-)…is on the right!
I imagine each week we’ll decide which meals and snacks we want to have, and Jeff can just jot down the grocery list from each recipe onto a master list and hit the store on Sunday! I’m really excited to have all of our food planned for June so we can focus on being new parents. Now I just need to precook and freeze everything before I go into labor…
As Jeff and I settle into our new swanky baby-friendly apartment, I wanted to take a moment to remember everything that happened in our DIY garage loft that made me start this blog in the first place. So…here’s a little trip down memory lane…How It All Started, The Next Step, The Step After That, Getting Closer, One Last Disaster, Or So We Thought…, and The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For.
Proof for the baby that we were cool, edgy New Yorkers once!