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A Berry-Themed Baby Shower

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Happy Mother's Day! We thought it would be the perfect day to share the story of how the staff of Martha Stewart Weddings recently created a baby shower for our style director, Kate Berry.

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A cuddly shower guest: Our mom-to-be is to put it mildly, totally enamored of cute animals. So, as a surprise guest, Foo Foo, an American Dutch rabbit, was hiding in a basket, waiting for the guest of honor’s arrival. 

Our two main activities outside of eating, drinking, and laughing, were playing a game (you'll see it in the gallery below) and assembling a community blanket. The original idea that inspired us for this activity was seeing a beautiful multi-colored "Bear's Rainbow Blanket" on Purl Soho's blog, created by Whitney Van Nes.

To recreate her idea, we bought 48 mini-skeins of Koigu Premium Wool Needlepoint Yarn each in a different color, as well as a full-sized skein of Jade Sapphire 8 Ply Cashmere in Natural/Ivory for the edges. At the end of the shower, each attendee picked a square. Then we gave our squares to Katie, who arranged them into a color pattern she liked. The idea behind this activity was that it takes a village to raise a child, and in today’s society, the "village" includes your work family. The super-talented textile artist Ryan Reineck, who crocheted all 48 of the squares for our project (!), then  joined them together to create the blanket for baby Berry.

Here's a look at all the DIY shower details, and the fun that ensued. (Tip: Most of the ideas would work just as well for a bridal shower or next-day brunch!) Thank you to Mike Krautter and Shira Savada for taking all these great photos!

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We're obsessed with Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant cameras, so of course the day was documented with tons of mini instant prints. (Photos snapped by Naomi De Manana)

1 We're obsessed with Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant cameras, so of course the day was documented with tons of mini instant prints. (Photos snapped by Naomi De Manana)

Our surprise shower was indeed a surprise! No small feat if you know KtB (as we call Katie around here) --- she seems to be everywhere at every second. In this shot you can see one half of the table …

2 Our surprise shower was indeed a surprise! No small feat if you know KtB (as we call Katie around here) --- she seems to be everywhere at every second. In this shot you can see one half of the table …

And in this picture, you see the other half. A pretty wallpaper, that was left over from our Perfect Palette: Red + Camel, was used as the table runner.

3 And in this picture, you see the other half. A pretty wallpaper, that was left over from our Perfect Palette: Red + Camel, was used as the table runner.

Senior style editor Naomi deMañana made the gorgeous arrangements using poppies, maidenhair fern, ivy berries, clematis, Queen Anne’s Lace, anemones, and ranunculus.

4 Senior style editor Naomi deMañana made the gorgeous arrangements using poppies, maidenhair fern, ivy berries, clematis, Queen Anne’s Lace, anemones, and ranunculus.

All the flowers were from the famed Chelsea Flower Market that's not far from our office. Arrangements were placed in white vessels on loan from our amazing prop house.

5 All the flowers were from the famed Chelsea Flower Market that's not far from our office. Arrangements were placed in white vessels on loan from our amazing prop house.

Like most bunnies, Double F is a big fan of timothy hay. (Did you know that rabbits make great indoor pets? Read up on sharing your home with a bunny at the House Rabbit Society, then check out too-cute adoptables in over 40 breeds at Pet Finder!)

6 Like most bunnies, Double F is a big fan of timothy hay. (Did you know that rabbits make great indoor pets? Read up on sharing your home with a bunny at the House Rabbit Society, then check out too-cute adoptables in over 40 breeds at Pet Finder!)

You are witnessing the first moments of true love. KtB was shocked to see Foo Foo and enjoyed feeding him a baby carrot. The two were inseparable not only throughout the shower, but up until the time Katie’s husband Ian came to take her to their birthing class.

7 You are witnessing the first moments of true love. KtB was shocked to see Foo Foo and enjoyed feeding him a baby carrot. The two were inseparable not only throughout the shower, but up until the time Katie’s husband Ian came to take her to their birthing class.

Real weddings editor Shira Savada made KtB a dish she loves: grainy bread topped with mascarpone, raspberries, and honey. (All organic for our mum-to-be!)

8 Real weddings editor Shira Savada made KtB a dish she loves: grainy bread topped with mascarpone, raspberries, and honey. (All organic for our mum-to-be!)

KtB is obsessed with boquerones en vinagre, an Spanish appetizer that combines anchovies, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and parsley. (Whatever a pregnant woman wants, a pregnant woman gets.) Those are marcona almonds next to the boquerones.

9 KtB is obsessed with boquerones en vinagre, an Spanish appetizer that combines anchovies, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and parsley. (Whatever a pregnant woman wants, a pregnant woman gets.) Those are marcona almonds next to the boquerones.

These Kalamata olives, along with other smaller edibles, called for picks, but not just any pick would do. I used adhesive-backed Soho full sheet labels in Natural Kraft I found at Paper Presentation in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, and created little flags that I imprinted with a cherry stamp using gold ink, both bought at The Ink Pad in NYC’s West Village.

10 These Kalamata olives, along with other smaller edibles, called for picks, but not just any pick would do. I used adhesive-backed Soho full sheet labels in Natural Kraft I found at Paper Presentation in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, and created little flags that I imprinted with a cherry stamp using gold ink, both bought at The Ink Pad in NYC’s West Village.

Goat, bleu, and gouda were just three of the many cheeses served. Raisin and cranberry crackers and quince paste were also big hits.

11 Goat, bleu, and gouda were just three of the many cheeses served. Raisin and cranberry crackers and quince paste were also big hits.

Here you can see the Eric Bur mini meringues and Hediard pate de fruits, both from Crossings French Food; red and green grapes from Whole Foods; and the pièce de résistance, a Strawberry Mille Crêpes cake from Lady M.

12 Here you can see the Eric Bur mini meringues and Hediard pate de fruits, both from Crossings French Food; red and green grapes from Whole Foods; and the pièce de résistance, a Strawberry Mille Crêpes cake from Lady M.

A close-up of the pate de fruits.

13 A close-up of the pate de fruits.

And this is a not-great picture of something truly great: Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks.

14 And this is a not-great picture of something truly great: Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks.

We customized three flavors of Whole Foods Market Italian Soda: Pomegranate, Orange, and Lemon. Using a razor, I shaved off the store’s labels, and replaced them with a new version made with a laurel wreath stamp and gold ink, both from The Ink Pad.

15 We customized three flavors of Whole Foods Market Italian Soda: Pomegranate, Orange, and Lemon. Using a razor, I shaved off the store’s labels, and replaced them with a new version made with a laurel wreath stamp and gold ink, both from The Ink Pad.

I wrote the flavor of each soda inside the wreath using opaque white ink and a fine nib calligraphy pen I found at Stevdan Pen & Stationer in Greenwich Village.

16 I wrote the flavor of each soda inside the wreath using opaque white ink and a fine nib calligraphy pen I found at Stevdan Pen & Stationer in Greenwich Village.

The paper and ribbon berry-and-“B”-themed garlands, created by our talented art department, lent a festive feel to our not-so-festive conference room.

17 The paper and ribbon berry-and-“B”-themed garlands, created by our talented art department, lent a festive feel to our not-so-festive conference room.

We gave the gift of safety to Baby Berry: A car seat. The actual item isn’t that photogenic, so instead, we’re showing you the exquisite wrapping job courtesy of the style department.

18 We gave the gift of safety to Baby Berry: A car seat. The actual item isn’t that photogenic, so instead, we’re showing you the exquisite wrapping job courtesy of the style department.

The art department gifted the Berry-to-Be with three books: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, Amos & Boris by William Steig, and This is Not My Hat by John Klassen.

19 The art department gifted the Berry-to-Be with three books: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, Amos & Boris by William Steig, and This is Not My Hat by John Klassen.

Naomi had the brilliant idea to create a game whereby KtB would be shown a variety of fruit, then asked if it was a berry or not. The art department designed these beautiful cards …

20 Naomi had the brilliant idea to create a game whereby KtB would be shown a variety of fruit, then asked if it was a berry or not. The art department designed these beautiful cards …

And then our Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Graves, led KtB through the questioning. That smile on Elizabeth’s face is proof of how funny it was …

21 And then our Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Graves, led KtB through the questioning. That smile on Elizabeth’s face is proof of how funny it was …

… watching KtB struggle to decide: berry, or not berry? Naomi served as an on-site fact-checking when Katie insisted on verification. In all fairness, is it not a little crazy that a banana is technically a berry?

22 … watching KtB struggle to decide: berry, or not berry? Naomi served as an on-site fact-checking when Katie insisted on verification. In all fairness, is it not a little crazy that a banana is technically a berry?

Cassidy Iwersen, our associate style editor, created this note station. In lieu of a guest book, shower attendees wrote out little wishes and wisdom for Berry ‘13.

23 Cassidy Iwersen, our associate style editor, created this note station. In lieu of a guest book, shower attendees wrote out little wishes and wisdom for Berry ‘13.

Here are the 48 different mini-skeins of, each in a different color, that KtB would place together in a pattern.

24 Here are the 48 different mini-skeins of, each in a different color, that KtB would place together in a pattern.

The completed blanket, which is meant to symbolize that we will be there to help Katie and Ian along the way as …

25 The completed blanket, which is meant to symbolize that we will be there to help Katie and Ian along the way as …

… their baby, Quinn Berry, grows into the awesome woman she’s destined to be.

26 … their baby, Quinn Berry, grows into the awesome woman she’s destined to be.

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