Backstory: I was 9 weeks pregnant and still keeping things hush-hush. Patrick and I decided to wait until we passed the 1st trimester before making any announcements, so we just kept our secret within our tight circle of family and best friends. One afternoon, Kelly was coming over to the condo and since she was one of my dearest friends, I was so excited to let her in on our little secret too. “Kel…Patrick and I have something to tell you…” to which Kelly replied, “WAIT! But I have something to tell YOU!!!!!!” and without saying anything else, we both knew!!!! We were shrieking and laughing like crazy kids who won a trip to Disneyland! When we got settled with our celebratory cheers, Kelly asked “How many weeks?” and I said “9!” and Kelly let out a big gasp! Her jaw dropped, “Are you kidding me?!?! This is too WILD! I’m 9 weeks too!” then we started rejoicing again! We must’ve looked like two eng-engs hugging each other and cry-laughing. Our due dates are just 3 days apart so there’s a chance we’ll actually give birth at the same time—now that’s insane! And we’re both having BOYS too! Hahaha! There are no words to describe how blessed I have been to be journeying alongside Kelly through this first time pregnancy. She has been my constant text mate about all things pregnancy from random food cravings to fears, doubts and triumphs. I really thank God for HIS perfect timing and for sending Kelly my way 🙂 I just know our baby boys will be great friends too!
So of course it came as a no-brainer for us to have a joint baby shower as well. CUDSLY.COM, EVENTS BY MARGE and K BY CUNANAN were kind enough to join forces and they took care of all the details for us. As you probably know by now, Kelly and I are very laid-back and simple girls ..masaya na kami sa pansit&BBQ party so to have these awesome suppliers and brands shower us with so much love and attention was a real TREAT!!! We are truly humbled and eternally grateful. These are all unexpected blessings from wonderful people and we only hope that we’ll be able to pay it forward in our own little way too. We’d like to also thank all our friends who celebrated the coming of our babies, for being so encouraging and supportive from the very beginning. Here are the photos from the talented HAPPY FOLKS STUDIO! It was scorching hot on that day but still everything was absolutely perfect 🙂 🙂 How I wish we could do a repeat!!! hahahaha!
With the lovely ladies of CUDSLY, our super generous and sweet partners for this joint baby shower. Stay tuned for my next post on all the baby products we received from Cudsly and their partner brands. This list will definitely come in handy for moms-to-be like Kelly and me! In the meantime, you can visit their site www.cudsly.com for some happy baby shopping.
I’m so excited to sleep next to our baby boy thanks to this Co-Sleeper from Arms Reach–just 10 weeks to go!!!
A HUGE thanks is in order for my most trusted suppliers and dearest friends, Marge Montemayor of EVENTS BY MARGE and Kaye Cunanan-Gonzales of K BY CUNANAN CATERING. Kelly and I were completely stunned by what they managed to pull off on the day of our shower. These two girls were the pillars of our wedding back in 2012 and to this day I still get emails with warm compliments about our special day! For this next milestone, I just knew it was a MUST to celebrate with Marge and Kaye again and I’m so glad they indulged me yet again. Thank you Marge for letting me and Kelly relax by taking care of all the preps and keeping things in order. You’re indeed the GLUE that binds the suppliers to the clients and keeps the happy vibe before, during and even after the event. To my darling Kaye, you are a creative genius and it’s been amazing being a witness to how you work. You’re the only stylist/caterer I know who can totally upstage all the pinterest pegs! Hahaha! You have impeccable taste and I’ll always be fan of your work. It’s such a joy working with you and your team—especially your adorable manong waiters! 🙂 🙂 Thanks again Marge and Kaye–the DREAM TEAM when it comes to events!!! Speaking of using the same wedding suppliers, we also used GHOST CHAIRS by OLIVE TREE!!! They made our ceremony so elegant and it was nice to use their chairs again for this baby shower. Thanks again to OLIVE TREE girls 🙂 🙂
For our venue, we chose to partner with R SPACE because of their very accessible location and sophisticated interiors. R SPACE is located along Nicanor Garcia Street in Makati which made it very easy for our guests to find. It’s a beautiful space for intimate gatherings like birthday parties, debuts, corporate events and even small weddings. Thank you again so much Ms. Abby and your awesome team for accommodating us and our guests on that very hot Thursday afternoon. 🙂
Our sexy momma friends Cat Juan-Ledesma and Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio served as our game masters/hosts for the day. They kept things light and easy—exactly what Kelly and I were gunning for 🙂 Both Rica and Cat have been two of our most encouraging cheerleaders–they’ve sent nothing but good juju our way ever since we got preggers so it was really nice to have them as our hosts. We love you, ladies!!!
All the good food you’ll see in this post was lovingly prepared by K BY CUNANAN Catering.
The mommy squad: Patty, Stella, Marilen, Kelly and Sheila.
The cutest little egg bennies by K by Cunanan.
The Bento Queen, Kat and Major Jetsetter, Paula.
Feta and Watermelon to cool us down.
The cheery girls of Cudsly.com.
With Tippy and my dear college kabarkada, Kaia. Our summery OH BOY invitations were designed by Tippy Go of the famous GOOGLYGOOEYS! Thanks again Tippy for sharing your art with us 🙂
With our barkada from Church Simplified and my Southern girls, Kathleen and Mich. The game masters in action.
Sock matching game.
Krissy, Sam, Trooper and Indy Photobombing.
Taco Taco Taco!
Our CS crew.
My grade school besties Sheila and Stella—from nenes to mommies!!! Nearly 3 decades of friendship with these crazy ones 🙂 🙂
With Daphne, Cat, and Bianca—and of course one of our littlest guests, Liana. She’s so adorable!
The guys are ready to cheer for their bets.
The gorgeous Mich Araullo designed the flow “stabilo marker” dresses for me and Kelly!
Rica with Mr. and Mrs. Fernandez!
Amber, Maggie, Nikki and Indy.
Sharing a little inside joke! Kelly and I have a LOT of random and weird jokes between us. hehehe 🙂
With my South peeps, Krissy and Kat.
The newly engaged couple planning their strategy for the newspaper-balloon baby dance.
29 weeks pregnant 🙂
So thankful for this support group!!! They’ve been journeying with me since day one 🙂
Event Styling and Catering: Kaye and Nina of K BY CUNANAN. Event Coordination: Marge Montemayor and Jaresa Felipe of EVENTS BY MARGE. Videography: Kaki Tingzon of THIRTY SIX O. Photography: HAPPY FOLKS STUDIO. Cake and Lace Cookies: THE DELIGHTFUL MISS JOYCE. Venue: R Space Events. Ghost chairs: Ghost Chairs by OLIVE TREE. Invitation: GooglyGooeys. Gelato Cart: BONO GELATO. Gifts by CUDSLY and ARMS REACH. Giveaways: PRINT CAFE, DELSEY, TAAL VISTA HOTEL, and AMPARO’s APOTHECARY.