My Gender-Neutral Baby Shower

July 26, 2016


a gender-neutral baby shower with a you are my sunshine theme

Oh I’ve been so excited to share this post with you all! A month ago today, I celebrated my baby shower with friends and family at the Lombardi House in Los Angeles. My sweet friend Leila from Be Inspired PRInspired by This helped throw the most beautiful gender-neutral baby shower with a “You are My Sunshine” theme. It was so incredibly special and every detail was so thought out. I apologize in advance for the overload of photos but it was just too hard to narrow them down. I really did my best though!

you are my sunshine wooden sign

The “You are My Sunshine” theme started with this beautiful handmade sign from Happily Ever Etched! I think I’ll be able to include it in the nursery, too, which I am so excited about!!

cool rattan peacock chair

I felt like a princess sitting in this chair from Circa Vintage Rentals! Wouldn’t this be a great piece to buy too? I totally want one now!

baby shower appetizers appetizer station at baby shower

Canyon Catering did such a great job with the food! There were so many yummy appetizers at the shower, from Beet Kisses, to Charred Avocado Toasts, to Mini Kale Salads! I was especially blown away by these creative Caprese Bombs. So fun!

yummy caprese bomb appetizers! such a fun idea!taking a selfie at a baby shower bohemian set up at baby shower green pleated maxi gown for baby shower

I wore this pretty green maxi dress, despite the crazy heat! I was pretty set on wearing it because I wanted to add the bridal belt my mom made for my wedding! {If you need any good maternity dresses there are some amazing ones here}

ombre bloody mary station at baby shower

An ombre Virgin Mary station! Bloody Mary options available too!

green tomato bloody mary cocktail shooter charred avoado toast playing baby shower games

My best friends planned some really fun games! One that I loved was guessing the children’s book name. You’d have a series of words like “Evening Salutations to the Celestial Orb” and you’d have to guess “Goodnight Moon.” Some were surprisingly difficult!

goodies from babyganics

babyganics surprised me with a huge basket of goodies and little favors for the guests. I’ve been so excited to start testing out their products!

baby shower dessert table with you are my sunshine wooden sign

The yummiest dessert table with treats from Beverly’s Bakery! I loooved the chocolate cake and those shortbread cookies!

yummy shortbread cookies at baby shower white cake with yellow flowers for yellow-themed baby shower cutting the baby shower cake

Cutting the cake was not as easy as it looked!

yellow flowers from foxtail florals

How beautiful are these flowers from Foxtail Florals? I loved the yellows with the creams!

a pretty maternity green maxi for a summer baby shower baby shower guests opening gifts at baby shower baby shower guests cute outfit to wear to a baby shower best friends at a baby shower

These girls have stuck by me since the beginning! They’re going to be the best aunties!!

a baby shower at Lombardi House pretty paper products from Minted for a gender-neutral baby shower

The prettiest invites from Minted! They fit the theme perfectly!

M Loves M baby shower

Me and my mommy! I love her so much and can’t wait for her to be the best grandma to our little baby! This will be the first one on our family. The ninth on Matthew’s side! There’s going to be so much love all around!

M Loves M gender neutral baby shower

Love these girls so much!

We had the best afternoon celebrating this little baby and I loved hearing the guesses as to whether we’re having a boy or a girl! It seemed split down the middle…surprise surprise! I can’t believe we could know in less than a month. I swear time has been going by so fast. I feel like I still have a ton to get done but I’m getting more and more excited!

A huge thank you to Leila, Lizzie, Hanna, Pauline, and my mom for helping put this shower together for me. I feel so incredibly luckily to have these wonderful people in my life and I know our baby is going to be equally as blessed! If you want to see some other photos, and read about how I’m planning on balancing work + baby, head to Glitter Guide. They were so sweet to interview me on their site last week.


photos by Valorie Darling

planning by Leila Lewis of Be Inspired PR and Inspired by This

Venue at Lombardi House

Rentals by Circa Vintage Rentals

Food & Cocktails by Canyon Catering

Flowers by Foxtail Florals

Stationary by Minted

Desserts from Beverly’s Bakery

Wine from ONEHOPE Wine

Signage from Happily Ever Etched

Pinwheel Backdrop by Posh Soirée

  • Looks like such a fun baby shower and I love all the details. Must have been so fun!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  • Rach

    How cute is your shower! I love the theme!

    • aw thanks Rach!! It was a great theme since we don’t know the gender 🙂

  • SarahLagen

    Wow looks like a really beautiful baby shower!! I love the gender neutral theme party!! So many cute and well thought out decorations!!

    xo, Sarah

    • Thanks Sarah!! I loved all the details too! Leila did an amazing job 🙂

  • Beautiful! Congrats and can’t wait to read your interview on Glitter Guide.

    • Thank you so much Keri! I hope you’re doing well!!

  • I saw this featured on the Glitter Guide, but loved seeing the pictures again. What a lovely celebration 🙂

    • aw thank you Jessie!! I tried to choose some different photos 🙂 It was such a fun shower. I wish we could do it all over again 😉

  • Michelle Joseph

    Oh my goodness that is simply beautiful! What a wonderful baby shower. You have such lovely friends 🙂

    Mich x

    • Thanks Mich!! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people! This baby will be too that’s for sure 🙂

  • What a beautiful day Mara!!


    • Thank you Maggie! It really was! Minus the heat haha 😉

  • Allegra Liu

    Beautiful shower details. Sweet picture of you and your lovely mom. You look like a goddess in that gorgeous green dress. Congrats!

    • aw thanks Allegra!! I love this photos of me and my mom!!

  • Carrie Colbert

    How very beautiful, Mara! What a happy occasion.


  • What a beautiful baby shower!

    Carrie |

    • Thank you so much Carrie! It was such a special day!

  • What an absolutely gorgeous shower! And that emerald colored dress is simply stunning on you. Now the countdown begins!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

    • ah seriously!! Almost a month from my due date (where has the time gone?!)

  • Seriously love all of these gorgeous pictures, Mara! Stunning! PS you and your mama look so much alike! Xo

  • Amanda Mercado

    Such a pretty shower! It looked absolutely amazing.

    • Thank you Amanda!! It was such a fun and special day!

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