Baby Collins is a Girl!

Whew! Now *everybody* knows & I’m no longer committed to keeping that secret. I found out that Ashly (one of my very best friends) was pregnant last November. She already has one beautiful daughter named Olivia who is sweet, pretty & looks a whole lot like Snow White from Once Upon a Time (you can look for yourself in the following photos. I wanted to do something fun & a little different for Ashly & her family so I settled on a gender reveal party. If you’ve never heard of a gender reveal party – it’s exactly what it sounds like. Everyone gets together to find out the gender of the baby – it’s fun & a great excuse to have a party.

I decided to do the party in a yellow & grey chevron with a “Beau or Bow” theme, & that was all Ashly got to know until the party. It was top secret business. We ended up using lemons & penguin coolers as the centerpieces with white table cloths & yellow runners. Dylan & I folded the napkins into bows and menu inserts for the tables.

I designed, printed and created all the paper materials. It was so much fun to finally be designing again since I haven’t done much of it since high school. I stuck with a gender neutral feel for all of the decor.

My mom, Dylan & I prepared the food (okay, mostly my mom & Dylan – I was busy setting up & making it pretty). The food was delicious & there was so much. I’m pretty sure my mom could feed an army off of two boxes of stuffing & a ham – it’s a gift. Since Ashly is a self described “meat & potatoes type of girl,” what better to serve. The menu included chicken & noodles, ham, stuffing, corn and a mashed potato bar. I love mashed potato bars, and the one at this party was awesome.

After dinner & cupcakes, we finally got to the reveal. Ashly & Robby are expecting another beautiful girl!

A few days before the party, Ashly started to get a feeling Baby Collins was a girl – she promptly told Robby “I told you so!” ¬†when the pink ribbon came out.

I couldn’t have carried this party out without the help of my mom & Dylan who spent all day transporting rentals, cooking and setting up. I owe them a huge thank you! I also hope Ashly’s & Robby’s family enjoyed the party as much as I did – it was so much fun hosting it for you.

Amanda - You did a beautiful job with the party, food pics….. Everything! You have such a gift and I am so glad you shared it with all of us! It was so nice to meet you and of course Dylan (love that they spell it the same way). Thank you so much for doing this for Ashly, Robby and Olivia! You are amazing!

Tina Wilt - This was absolutely the most beautiful party! It was truly fabulous! From the decorations, the delicious food to the wonderful atmosphere and mood of the whole party! Everything was so creative and very thoughtful. There was so much love felt from the time the party started until the very end! So thankful to be blessed with another GrandDaughter! We are very equally blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives to share that night with! We love you Olivia, Dylan and Olivia’s Momma! You made it a PERFECT NIGHT!!! Thank You so much! We love YOU!

Liv Hefner - Thank you so much! I had a great time, too & I’m so glad I got to meet you! I love that you have a Dylan & Ashly has an Olivia – it’s destiny ;)

Liv Hefner - Thank you, Tina! I’m very lucky to have such a great friend as Ashly! I can’t wait for your grandaughter to be here & hopefully I’ll be able to photograph her; I just know she’ll be gorgeous.

Ashly - OH my gosh!! This was seriously a day I will NEVER forget, for many reasons! It was absolutely perfect! You guys really out did yourselves! I feel so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives! It was the most perfect party and way to celebrate our little lady!! And that mashed potato bar was to die for!!! <3 Thank you for being such an amazing person and best friend!! THANK YOU to you and your sweet Momma and amazing man Dylan!!! <3 we love you and will NEVER EVER forget this day!!!

Liv Hefner - Ashly, I’m so happy that it was perfect for you! I’m so blessed to have you in my life now & for many more years to come <3

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