a Meadow Shower

A few weeks before my son Buck was born, we had a little party at Snow & Graham in honor of his impending arrival. The design team recreated the Meadow wall installation that was designed for the New York Gift Fair, which made a stunning backdrop to the prettiest spread of desserts. It just so happens that many of my favorite sweets are a perfect match to the bright hues of our Meadow pattern. The fresh raspberry and buttercream macrons, brown butter custard fruit tart and assorted cookies all came from Bittersweet, one of my favorite bakeries here in Chicago. There was a fudge frosted cake from Sweet Mandy B's as well, which is my kryptonite. But before all the treats we had pizza, which was the number one thing I craved throughout my pregnancy. I joked I may give birth to a calzone. The Meadow wall went up without too much trouble using a combination of 3M command hooks and strips. We were all so sad to see it come down a week or so later. For a more permanent installation, which would be so fun in a little girl's room,  you would need to use more robust supplies to make it last. Everyone filled out a prediction card for me to read after the baby arrived. It was so fun to see all the good name suggestions and funny first word ideas. I am sure Buck will enjoy reading them years from now and perhaps wonder why I didn't choose to name him Beauregard.   I feel very fortunate to work with a great team of creative and thoughtful people. Celebrating with paper and pastries is always a treat. I wish we could do it every week.