My Chicago Baby Shower

I already mentioned in a previous blog entry that I was blessed with two baby showers.  My east coast one was a cute and quaint tea party with just a few close friends and family, when I was visiting over the holidays, and today I want to share with you my Chicago shower, which was a larger affair.

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My sweet friends Katie, Audrey, and Sandy threw the entire shin dig for me at Katie’s house and they went to town with the decor and little details, including Audrey’s awesome hand lettering for all the signage.

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When they asked me what kind of “theme” I had in mind for my shower, I didn’t really know how to express it so I sent them a mood board…basically a picture of a collage of items I already had lying around my house that represented my taste.  Hey, I blame it on my fashion design days where I made mood boards all the time.

My friends were cracking up when they saw it, but they totally got the hint… navy, silver, gold, polka dots, stripes, and modern with rustic touches.  I also said that I wasn’t really into a ton of animals but if they wanted to incorporate, I didn’t mind a fox… so they took that idea and ran with it.

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Sandy told me about how they watched a YouTube tutorial video of some guy making this diaper cake using different sized frying pans.  They followed it exactly and did a great job…haha!  And Joe and I were impressed by Audrey’s Illustrator skills to draw and design these custom fox labels from scratch for the party favors.  I have some seriously talented friends.

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By the way, this little fox rattle is so perfect and adorable that I already packed it into my hospital bag so our baby can have a little friend when he first enters the world.

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I really didn’t want them to spend a ton of money on decor so they rummaged through my home and took items I had previously used to decorate our table settings during my supper club days, like my mason jars and DIY spray painted bottles.  But when I showed up to the party, I was so impressed at how they repurposed everything.  It all looked so different and beautiful!

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I loved that the colors of the flowers were kept in a simple white and green motif, which added to the clean and rustic vibe.  Since there were so many guests, there were tables set up all throughout Katie’s house, which made it feel like a chic little restaurant.

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My friends also came to my place and stole some onesies and accessories that I had already inherited as either gifts or hand me downs before this party.  They used them to hang around the house as part of the decor.  I think it was perfect that one of my friends from the east coast had just sent me a fox print bandana bib too!

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The food was a lovely and elegant spread of little nibbles and desserts since the party was held sometime in between lunch and dinner.

Chicago Baby Shower | ChefJulieYoon.com
Chicago Baby Shower | ChefJulieYoon.com
Chicago Baby Shower | ChefJulieYoon.com
Chicago Baby Shower | ChefJulieYoon.com

Everything was so tasty and presented nicely.  Some guests even wondered if I catered my own party! Ha…it kind of looks like I did, but trust me, I had no hand in this. This just goes to prove how well my friends know me and my style 🙂

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My Winter Maternity Photo Shoot

I’ll be honest… I haven’t been the best sport about documenting my pregnancy journey with pictures.  I even grew tired of the classic progressively-getting-larger bump pictures Joe tried to get me to do. First time pregnancy can be a sensitive and personal thing and sometimes with all the nausea, bloating, heart burn, back aches, and sleepless nights, you just don’t feel so hot.

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My Tea Party Baby Shower

I’m definitely one lucky gal because I’ve been blessed with TWO baby showers to celebrate the soon-to-be arrival of our little chicken nugget!  A few awesome friends in Chicago are currently busy prepping for a shin dig they’re throwing for me this weekend and I can’t wait to see what they’ve concocted.

But while Joe and I were visiting my home town in PA over the holidays, my sister and mom conspired to throw me an intimate east coast baby shower at Harmony Tea Room in Westwood, NJ.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I feel like there’s not too much you don’t already know about me by now because I’m a pretty open book, but I realized everyone has their secrets! This is a video I thought about making some time ago, but wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested enough to watch it.  But now that we’ve received nothing but love for the announcement of our pregnancy and stopped receiving those “I don’t care about your life… just stick to cooking” comments, I think it’s time to share some extra tasty tidbits about me.

This blog and our YouTube channel has definitely gone through some growth and transformation over the years and we can’t help but to blend in our personal lives along with all the free recipes.  Hope you don’t mind and actually enjoy getting to know me as a REAL HUMAN BEING.

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Baby Food Challenge : Celebrating 25,000 Subscribers!

It’s been a while since we filmed our last food challenge video, so we’re back with a new one!  We were supposed to do one when we hit 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, and then 20,0000, but life got busy and we dropped the ball. So now that we’ve reached over 25,000 subscribers, we knew we couldn’t ignore it any longer, and had to pause to celebrate. These milestones are huge to us and we never take them for granted!

We decided to do the Baby Food Challenge because as you probably know by now, we’re having a baby! We’ve always wanted to do it anyways, and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate time than now.  You can watch our pregnancy announcement  video and baby gender reveal party video if you want to follow our journey so far.

Neither Joe nor I have ever tasted baby food before and we didn’t know what to expect. I figured it would be mushy and bland, but I did not expect some of the flavors to be so completely nauseating! In fact, there are several times in the video where it really looks like I’m about to toss my cookies, and those moments aren’t exaggerated! My first trimester was pretty bad, but eating a spoonful of some of those purees brought back all those gag reflexes.

Joe and I decided to have a friendly competition to see who would do best in a blind taste test. I was so sure that I’d beast him, being the chef in the family and all, but I guess pregnancy does weird things to my taste buds and I didn’t do as well as I expected. But then again, we purposely selected the baby foods with the weirdest flavor combinations so it would be more of a challenge.  You can see us suffer in our fun celebratory video below:
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A surprising baby gender reveal party

If you read our last post, you witnessed our raw emotions when we found out that we were becoming new parents in our pregnancy announcement video. Now we want to share with you the gender of our baby!  We waited 20 long weeks to find out, and I was completely surprised at my reaction. I seriously thought I didn’t have a preference, but turns out I did…and so did Joe!  But I can honestly say that after having some time to chew on things, we are genuinely happy about the results.

Instead of immediately finding out the gender of the baby at the Dr.’s office during our 20 week ultrasound, we decided to throw a little shin dig.  All of our family was not around, and that was a little sad, but it was definitely nice to be able to celebrate and find out the news together with a few of our good friends.  So at the Dr.’s office, we asked for 3 sealed envelopes…yes, three…haha. One was for the balloon store, the second was for the baker, and the last one was for us, just in case! Can you see we have trust issues?

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