I was so excited to learn that my baby sprinkle was published in the April edition of Mingle Magazine!! I wanted to share the article I wrote and some of the fabulous photos that Cassandra took!!
Vintage Stork Baby Sprinkle
written by Bryanna Lenan
photographs by Cassandra Van Curen
When I discovered I was expecting a child in early 2012, my husband and I were ecstatic! In March 2011, we lost a baby girl late in pregnancy and the last year had been a long road of recovery for myself, my husband and our 4 year old son, J.J.
I could not wait to share this wonderful news with the family and friends that had held my hand through one of the roughest years of my life.
When I was pregnant with my son, J.J., in 2007 we were not living close to family and friends and so I never had a baby shower. So upon finding out about this new wonderful life growing inside of me, I decided that I really wanted to have a beautiful gathering to not only celebrate a new life but to celebrate the beauty of friendship and female bonding. I knew that I wanted to put a twist on the old southern tradition of an afternoon tea party. I asked my dear friends Cassandra Van Curen and Atina King to host a party with and for me! I was delighted that they not only obliged but spent the next several months making all my baby dreams come true!
A baby shower is generally reserved for first time mothers and so we decided we would have a baby "sprinkle". The idea of a baby sprinkle is that it is more intimate and smaller gathering then a traditional baby shower. Also, most sprinkles engage in a gift idea that includes diapering needs or smaller needed baby items. I decided to cloth diaper so the gift theme was cloth diapers and accessories. This seemed a great way of also introducing another old idea of a stork dropping off a beautiful, chubby, rosy cheeked baby into the welcoming arms of an expecting mother! With this idea in mind, we were on our way to finding a beautiful location that would be host to this vintage cloth diapering and stork birth celebration.
After doing a lot of research and leg work, Atina found the perfect location at The Cottage at Pratt Place Inn and Barn. The Cottage built in 1929 was the home to the Pratt family and carries a long history for Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was the perfect location for an afternoon tea and gathering of friends and family. The Cottage has a a charming "Snow White" appeal and the surrounding gardens and property are breathtaking.
In the meantime, Cassandra, was busy in Dade City, Florida designing invitations and stork decorations. She and I spent months shipping items from Florida to Arkansas -from tea cups and plates to vintage silver platters. We spent hours hunting in antique shops hundreds of miles apart just trying to to make this the perfect celebration!
As the date approached and Cassandra flew into Arkansas, I was a ball of nerves. We had a lot to do and I was moving slowly at 7 months pregnant! It was amazing how everything fell into place and before I knew it I was surrounded with the love and support from my family and friends as we celebrated the upcoming birth of my son, Rick Cash.
Guests were spoiled with tea sandwiches, decadent desserts, homemade cookies, fresh fruit and chilled speciality teas in canning jars. Cassandra, Atina and I worked side by side making all the items on the menu. We had also decided that a baby sprinkle wouldn't be complete without a full sundae bar with several toppings including "sprinkles"!
We hung antique baby clothes passed down from generations on twine throughout the cottage. Window ledges had vintage baby cards and baby booties. Cassandra made stork ornaments and a beautiful stork cake topper. She also set up a charming photo booth for memorable photos of family and friends.
It was a gorgeous day blessed with beautiful weather! It was so amazing to see family and friends and their continued support and love for me and my "growing" family!
Looking back, I can honestly say that I would not have done anything differently. It was such a beautiful celebration of new life, old friends, bonding and support. I am blessed!
The Day after Rick Cash was born Me, JJ and Rick Cash
(this picture not in magazine)
Thank you EVERYONE that attended my shower!
And thank you for looking and keeping up with my blog!
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