Kids

A welcome celebration for baby McKnight

I found myself counting the number of baby shower invitations I've received over the summer when it occured to me, "Sunday Funday" had taken on a different meaning. Instead of indulging in bottmless mimosa's and brunch on Saturday mornings, I was shopping for pampers and baby books. All this excitement got me considering just how joyous baby showers are, even in the beginning stages.

A baby shower is like planning any other party: You need a theme that's decorous and every detail must inspire the concept. Cohesion is key! 

Los Angeles based event decorator, Dawnielle Ware created this 'Little Gentleman' motif in celebration of Emily McKnight's little bundle of joy. 

She incorporated various prints and patterns using vibrant colors, orange and blue, paired with crisp, contrasting colors, black and white throughout the space. Stacked building blocks spelled out 'baby' at the backyard entrance where a designated table for gifts and cards stood, letting guests know they've made it to the right place. Tons of balloons, fresh flowers and decadent desserts made their way to every table. 

While the party was all about surrounding the mommy-to-be with love and support as her pregnancy approaches its end, it was really the cake that stole the show. And bite-sized was the name of the game at this party: mini sweet potatoe pies, cookies in the shape of baby tuxedos and brightly colored candies gave guests a sugar rush to last through the baby shower games. All in all, it was light and fun and the decorations were executed perfectly.

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Book Review: Start Fresh With Tyler Florence

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Start Fresh By Tyler Florence

Start Fresh

is a great cookbook for those of you interested in creating great dishes for your infants and toddlers.  It's by celebrity chef

Tyler Florence

whom I love.  The recipes are simple to follow and are accompanied by beautiful photographs of the finished dish.  Recipes are divided into stages depending on the age of the child, which makes introducing more complex ingredients effortless.

" Cooking for my children means more than just going through the motions of getting dinner on the table. It's about forging the foundations for a healthy relationship with food that will last for the rest of their lives."

-Tyler Florence

The book breaks down all the information you'll need to steam, roast, puree and safely store food.  I love that.  I prepared Skylar's baby food every Sunday afternoon, which made the week run much more smoothly.  Plus, it was fun and easy to do!

I want you to have a copy of this book.  Leave a comment below letting me know what healthy choices you're making for your children.  I'll enter your name in a drawing for a copy of the book to help you along the way.  I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.

xo, Kimberly