Baby Caroline’s BaByQ!

This past Saturday 40 of our friends and family gathered together on the most gorgeous spring day to celebrate baby Caroline. I still haven’t quite come down from the high we experienced and feel so overwhelmed with love that my heart could burst! It meant the world to us to have so many people travel near and far to spend such a special day with us and we truly feel blessed to know how loved Caroline already is! 

For weeks leading up to the party a committee of amazing girlfriends worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this day unbelievably special. Meeting weekly to craft, design and plan out all of the details of our perfect day, the girls did such a good job keeping everything a secret. Knowing how deeply involved Matt has been during this pregnancy (from picking out nursery curtains to having an opinion on every registry item) we knew we wanted the shower to be co-ed so he could attend as well as his friends and our dads too!


On the morning of the party my mom, sister and I got mani/pedis at Polished Nail Bar, followed by blow outs at Blo Blow Dry Bar for our last girls day together before Caroline arrives! The weather was unbelievably gorgeous – 100% sunshine and 72 degrees! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to be outside. When we arrived to Kristen’s house I immediately got teary-eyed as I walked around admiring all of the details of our party.

 Guests had the opportunity to write little notes on diapers for Matt and I to read when we’re up late at night changing baby Caroline. It was so fun to come home and read all the diaper messages.

The sweet tea and lemonade bar was absolutely perfect for the party! And please take note of the cutest whiskey barrel (filled with vodka) that Kristen found at Pottery Barn {here}.

 You may recall that one of the first clues that led Matt and I to suspect I was pregnant was my intense BBQ craving {post here}, so of course the party theme was “BaByQ” and the food was catered from Mac’s Speedshop, my favorite BBQ restaurant!

Mel rolled 200 pigs in a blanket for the party. Is she a good friend, or what? And how perfect is the pig tray? Kristen purchased it from Pottery Barn {here}.

Decorated with pictures of our most special pregnancy moments, Caroline’s monogram and a custom “gifts” onesie, the gift table was absolutely adorable and we were thankful to receive our entire Pottery Barn registry and some of our larger items (stroller, pack n’ play, monitor, rock n’ play sleeper, etc.)!

To maximize our time with everyone at the party, guests were asked to bring their gift unwrapped for a “display shower” so we wouldn’t waste any precious moments opening presents. I loved this and so did our guests!

Tags were provided for guests to pin to their gift so we knew who gave us each present.

We got so many amazing books too. But the funniest, most inappropriate book we received…

In lieu of cheesy baby shower games there were lawn games and a fun scratch off for guests.

The scratch off winner, Bobby, won a large baby bottle filled with peeps! Hilarious.

{Kristen’s fur babies – Marlowe & Millie}

The dessert table was one of my favorite surprises of all. There were adorable pink pig cake pops, chocolate dipped marshmallows, a variety of bite sized cakes/bars, custom m&ms and my favorite, an ice cream bar with toppings!!!

The shower favors were also pretty dang awesome. Guests got to take home a bottle of “Sweet Baby C’s” barbeque sauce and lots of candy!

On to the fun party pictures…

My beautiful hostesses {minus two of my besties that couldn’t make the shower}! I am forever grateful for these ladies and their friendship!

 {our family}

{other bumps at the party!}

{April & Laura – blog friends turned real friends!}

 {Blog husbands turned real friends}

 {my lil seester}

Best day ever!

I also owe a huge thank you to our wedding vendor turned friend, Amanda with Isabel’s Corner, for capturing our special day!




  1. Amanda {Kids and Cabernet}
    March 19, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    Stunning shower!! I love all of the details and the favors were too cute!

  2. Dee Stephens
    March 19, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    Great pictures and everything turned out perfect especially the weather! Love your hair like that. I might have to schedule a blow out! πŸ™‚

  3. Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five}
    March 19, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    Wow! Looks like y'all had a wonderful shower!

  4. Stephanie
    March 19, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    Ok I want to BE at that shower!! Seriously…your girlfriends did an INCREDIBLE job!! They definitely did not miss any little detail!! And you are seriously precious! I just want to squish you! Baby Caroline is so blessed to have y'all as parents!

  5. Breanna
    March 19, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    What a gorgeous party! I love the idea of a co-Ed BBQ as a baby shower, I may have to steal this idea for mine. I was trying to think of a way to involve my husband. Best of luck to you and baby C!

  6. P!nky
    March 19, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    What a beautiful, lovely shower.

  7. Lindsay @ la vita dolce
    March 19, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    wow your shower is gorgeous! I love every single detail. Seriously, whoever planned it, when I have a kid can they plan mine? πŸ˜‰ Not to mention how incredible you look, gorgeous!!!

  8. Sara Elizabeth
    March 19, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    What a beautiful and fun shower!! I love your dress – you are just glowing and radiant!! I love all the sweet details – your sweet friends did such an amazing job!!

  9. Karlyn Beth
    March 19, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    Wow – you have friends and family that REALLY love you and your little girl! What a beautiful shower you had and what a special time for you and your husband. Best wishes!

  10. Nikki @ WishUponAShootingStar
    March 19, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    Wow! Everything looked amazing! Such cute ideas and so many details!

  11. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    March 19, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    PERFECTION! I just love the pic of the four of us! Amanda captured this day perfectly! I'm so so so happy we were invited to attend (and host, duh), and shower sweet baby Caroline and her precious parents! Love that baby girl so much already! xoxo

  12. sarah forrester
    March 19, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    What an INCREDIBLE shower! Your gal pals did a fabulous job seriously, every detail was perfect! Miss Caroline is a lucky lady to have so many people that love her and her parents too! πŸ™‚ You are also absolutely stunning!!

  13. Bekah @ reβ€’solve
    March 19, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    Everything was so well done – and I'm so jealous of your weather! The display shower idea is genius!

  14. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    March 19, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    Everything looks absolutely beautiful!! I love how unique it was to you guys & just how very personal it was as well!

    • Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
      March 19, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      Also, do you by chance know where they got the galvanized drink dispenser holders? I have the same mason jar dispenser & those would go perfect at our parties!

    • Kristen Cone
      March 19, 2014 / 4:48 pm

      I got them from Pottery Barn!

  15. Cherish
    March 19, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    What a gorgeous day celebrating Miss C! The hostesses really outdid themselves w. all the creativity and cuteness. : )

  16. melissa
    March 19, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    I'm blown away – every detail was absolutely gorgeous. As were you! It's perfectly clear that your girlfriends love you and Caroline very much to plan such a special day for you two!

  17. JujuH
    March 19, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    cutest baby shower i have ever seen!!! looks amazing

  18. Amy
    March 19, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful shower!

  19. Cayte Brown
    March 19, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    This is the most beautiful BaBy Q ever! I hope whenever this day comes for me, I have friends like yours that throw this awesome of a shower! Your family is truly blessed!

  20. Life as a Mrs.
    March 19, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous BabyQ Shower! I love many aspects of the shower, such as the unopened gifts. I HATE opening presents in front of everyone and bringing an unopened gift is an amazing idea!!

  21. Jessica
    March 19, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    Love this! What a precious shower! πŸ™‚

  22. Gabby Deitsch
    March 19, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    Oh my goodness what an amazing shower!

  23. Katie @ A Beautiful Little
    March 19, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful shower. Every single detail is so precious! You are truly blessed with amazing loved ones.

  24. Jessica @ City Sequins
    March 19, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    What a gorgeous baby shower!!!!!! I love every little detail!

  25. Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog
    March 19, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Oh my lord! You have the best family and friends. I love everything about this shower! What an awesome day!!! What a fabulous shower and you look stunning in that dress!!!

  26. Caitlin
    March 19, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    I've been dying to see the details from this and love them all! The details, the colors, her gorgeous backyard!!! Love, love, love! So glad you got your special day that you so absolutely deserved. Also, you look SO amazing! Love your hair, dress, just everything! πŸ™‚

  27. Jo
    March 19, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    WOW- this is gorgeous, what a fabulous celebration! Sweet, sweet friends and family you have! Caroline's a lucky lady, for sure!

  28. Jen
    March 19, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    Stunning!!!! Absolutely love all the details of the shower! You looked gorgeous – hair and dress = perfection! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Elda Larrazabal
    March 19, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    I loved the idea of the guests bringing the gifts unwrapped! and the tags being provided for the guests to label their gifts!

  30. BLovedBoston
    March 19, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    What a perfect and beautiful baby shower!! Your friends really thought of everything and it turned out so gorgeous!! Stunning photos! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!

  31. Mandy
    March 19, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    I'll be honest…this post has me all teary eyed! This is lovely! I can feel the love exploding from your post!!

  32. SLH
    March 19, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! This makes me want to get pregnant so I have a reason for a party like this. πŸ™‚ I love that wooden pig board!! Do you know where she got it?

    • Kristen Cone
      March 19, 2014 / 4:49 pm

      I got it at Pottery Barn!

    • SLH
      March 21, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      Thank you! I'm off to buy it now. πŸ™‚

  33. Lauren
    March 19, 2014 / 3:01 pm

    What a beautiful party – love all the details!! What special friends! Very neat they would put that together for y'all πŸ™‚

  34. Brianne @ Lamm to the Laughter
    March 19, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    Your shower looked like such a good time. I especially love the idea of a "display shower," but mostly because opening presents in front of people gives me imaginary hives. I sweated through a beautiful white dress coat at my wedding shower from having to open everything in front of guests.

  35. Natasha
    March 19, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    this was hands down the cutest shower i have EVER seen…and you know i've seen my fair share!!! you can tell just how loved caroline is going to be with so many friends and family there showing you all with love. each and every detail was spectacular and i am so so so happy for you mama!! OXOX

  36. Kaitlin
    March 19, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    WOW. You have amazing friends, this is the BEST shower in the world. Well deserved!

  37. Mr. and Mrs. G!
    March 19, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    What a beautiful shower, you are so very blessed! Love the dress!

  38. Jillian Manesh
    March 19, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    wow! what a beautiful shower! i am so impressed with all of the details + food! you looked great! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  39. Dubbs12
    March 19, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    So jealous this was such a clever idea! So glad you had such a beautiful day and who has time to make 200 pigs in a blanket! Where did you get the little whiskey barrel?

    • Kristen Cone
      March 19, 2014 / 4:51 pm

      I got it at Pottery Barn but it is no longer available πŸ™

  40. Taylor Perry
    March 19, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    So Beautiful and what a great Theme… looked stunning and your hair was gorgeous πŸ™‚

  41. Amanda
    March 19, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    Wow…too cute! What a great party! All the details were adorable, and the theme is just precious!

  42. Kiki Nakita
    March 19, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    What a perfect day! It's nice that your family and friends can come together and celebrate! All the best for the next few weeks!

  43. megan
    March 19, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    This MIGHT be the most adorable baby shower I've ever seen! Your friends house (especially the outdoor grill area) is amazing, as well! Baby Caroline is already so loved! πŸ™‚

  44. MoseyProse -theblog
    March 19, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    You look so beautiful and your shower is a dream!!!!! How blessed to have such wonderful family and friends to throw an incredible shower and share in the celebration of your little girl!!!! The pictures from the Baby Q are stunning – great job hostesses!!!!!

  45. Ashlee
    March 19, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    These pictures! It looks like you guys had so much fun celebrating baby Caroline and I love that you included the guys!!

  46. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    March 19, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Lovely, lovely, gorgeous, gorgeous!! You looked so happy. You have some amazing, incredible friends!

  47. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    March 19, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    This is adorable! Totally pinned your invitation because I love that idea!!

  48. Bama Girl in AZ
    March 19, 2014 / 5:12 pm


  49. Kristyn @ Carolina Fireflies
    March 19, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    You are gorgeous and this is one of the best showers I've ever seen!

  50. Mindy
    March 19, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    What a gorgeous shower!! You totally lucked out with the weather and everything! I especially love the idea of having the gifts displayed instead of wrapped!

  51. Courtney Sweet
    March 19, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    This is the most amazing baby shower ever! Everything is just so lovely – I love the beautiful flowers.

  52. Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed
    March 19, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    What a beautiful shower Christina! You have such wonderful friends! Your dress is gorgeous and you look beautiful! Lots of great memories from this day I'm sure!

  53. Autumn
    March 19, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    This is such a gorgeous shower! Every little detail was just beautiful & you can tell they put SO much thought into it! Also, you looked radiant!

  54. Kelly Crusenberry
    March 19, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Wow!! I've never seen a more beautiful shower or mommy to be!! You looked absolutely glowing!! Caroline is such a blessed little baby, as are you and Matt! πŸ™‚

  55. Colleen Sullivan
    March 19, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    Such a lovely shower!! I love all of the thoughtful details. You can tell the girls really put a lot of care into all of it! I looooove the idea of not wrapping the gift — pure brilliance. I wish we did that at my shower, because it was exhausting opening all of those gifts and oooing and ahhing!

  56. Timsha Coleman
    March 19, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    What a gorgeous baby shower, everything was perfect! I just had my own little Caroline who turned a month old yesterday!!

  57. Pamela
    March 19, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    Pure perfection!!

  58. Nina B.
    March 19, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    So fun and you look gorgeous in your dress!!

  59. Katelyn Feroe
    March 19, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    Your shower looks like it was so much fun! And your party planners did an excellent job! What a great blessing to have friends like that! I love the idea of bringing an unwrapped gift and having it guy-friendly. You look just darlin' in that dress too! Katelyn

  60. Kristal {The Strong Family}
    March 19, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    What an INCREDIBLE shower!!! Loved all of the pics! You are looking gorgeous as always!!

  61. Zelle B.
    March 19, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    This shower = INCREDIBLE! Every little detail was perfect! And you are glowing — so glad you had such a wonderful time! I could look at these pictures all day!xo

  62. Sarah O
    March 19, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    Every detail looks perfect! Congratulations!

  63. Ericka
    March 19, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    What an amazing shower! Your friends did a great job, and so awesome that you had a photographer capture everything so you (and other guests) didn't have to worry about it!

  64. The Reedy Review
    March 19, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, your hosts did not miss a single detail! What a beautiful shower, and you are stunning!

  65. Paige
    March 19, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    This was such a perfect shower! Love that it was more of a fun party to hang out with friends than all about opening giftts! What a fun day for you!!

  66. Kate
    March 20, 2014 / 12:08 am

    You so win cutest BaByQ ever!!!! Adorable idea, favors, decorations…everything!! πŸ™‚

  67. Jenn @ West Sac Honey
    March 20, 2014 / 12:29 am

    OMGeeee this is the most adorable shower and I LOVE the non-gift wrapping!! That's the most dreadful part of the event watching the opening of gifts!! I'm totally doing this next time!!

  68. lori
    March 20, 2014 / 1:57 am

    you are just STUNNING!! i love the dress. and everything about the shower was perfect- i love the idea to bring the gifts unwrapped!!! so cute!

  69. Ashleigh
    March 20, 2014 / 2:25 am

    I love it all! The photos are great & it looks like you all had tons of fun! I would have enjoyed every single moment of that little party πŸ™‚ I so need that liquor thing from Pottery Barn πŸ™‚

  70. Kelly Elizabeth
    March 20, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    Such a beautiful day! Congratulations on a beautiful baby shower and beautiful baby on the way! πŸ™‚

  71. Meg {Boo Boos & Briefcases}
    March 20, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    What an amazing party! You are glowing and I'm in awe of all of the tiny details that went in to making the shower even more memorable! Now I have a super-long PB wish list!

  72. Diana [Life and Love Spoken Here]
    March 20, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    This is the most incredible baby shower I've ever seen. Congrats!!!!!!!

  73. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    March 20, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    eeeee!!! SO SO fun and you look AH-mazing mama-to-be!!!!

  74. Rachel
    March 20, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    So cute!! I LOVE the idea od not wrapping gifts. I may be stealing this for future showers!

  75. alyssa triviski
    March 20, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    What a stunning shower!!! You look absolutely amazing! I LOVE the idea of not wrapping the presents – I hated opening gifts in front of everyone. Such a great idea!

  76. TerinAleah
    March 21, 2014 / 12:44 am

    I'm pretty sure this is the most beautiful baby shower I've ever seen!! I'm glad it went so well!! πŸ™‚

  77. In This Wonderful Life
    March 21, 2014 / 4:51 am

    what a beautiful shower!!! and you look so darling pregnant! πŸ™‚

  78. Hope @ Hope in a Blog
    March 21, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    amazing. beautiful. perfection. what a happy, happy celebration! you look stunning! xx.

  79. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
    March 21, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    LOVE every last detail!! What a special celebration!! You are glowing, beautiful mama!!

  80. Julie @ Just the Joy's
    March 22, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    What a beautiful shower!! Everything looks absolutely PERFECT! You look amazing! β™₯

  81. Alyssa at Southern Abundance
    March 22, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    WOW! How beautiful is this? I love every single detail that your friends put into this! Glad y'all were able to have a wonderful afternoon with loved ones πŸ™‚

  82. Tara Illy
    March 24, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    This is the most Pinterest perfect party if I've ever seen one! Love every single detail – so cute and so much love!

  83. Alexandra Bee Blog
    March 25, 2014 / 2:40 am

    Wow…you friends outdid themselves! What a fabulous BabyQ! Every detail was perfectly planned out and so special, not to mention you looked STUNNING!!

  84. Hope Luka
    March 25, 2014 / 6:04 pm

    Everything looked amazing! I love your dress Christina, where did you find it?

  85. [darci @ the good life]
    March 27, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Okay, I may have already commented, but I'm back to swoon over this again!!! Love every detail and so happy that you three were showered in such a big, special way! You are one adorable little mama!!!!! And I'm sold on the Dry Bar after seeing your hair!! Can't believe you'll have your sweet baby girl in your arms in no time!!!!

  86. Nicole-Lynn
    March 27, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    That picture of you and your hubby high fiving is just adorable! Frame that for sure! It looked like such a sweet shower, filled with lots of love! I'm glad you enjoyed it felt so special… as you should! Every detail was thought of and your hosts did an amazing job! p.s. cute pic of you and April! πŸ™‚

  87. Audrey
    February 22, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    I love your dress and am hoping to wear something similar to my shower later this spring. Where did you find your dress?

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