Last month, The Giving Keys founder, Caitlin Crosby, celebrated the imminent arrival of her son, Brave, with family and friends—and we are thrilled to share all of the dreamy photos from the event below! From a unique necklace display in honor of her son, to a decadent buffet brimming with tasty treats, this event is sure to provide all the inspiration you need for the shower season ahead. Caitlin’s thoughts on motherhood, event planning and business ownership are below!
How did you land on the theme and color scheme for your baby shower?
One of my best girlfriends asked me in a text message and the first thing that came to my mind was, “white, sparkly and anything heavenly.” Even though I’m having a boy, I’m not a fan of cliché blue everything, so I wanted it to look more like what I’d normally like for décor.
Where did you come up with your baby’s unique name?
My husband and I really wanted an inspirational name, and we were spouting off random words that came to mind, and even saying some Giving Key core words we use to engrave our products with, and my husband said, “What about Brave?!” And I just knew it and said, “Yes! That’s the coolest name I’ve ever heard in my life!”
What are your go-to party décor resources?
In general, I’m a huge fan of candles and usually have those going at all times, especially during a party or event. But this time it was so nice to be able to hand it over to my friends and Kara Elise to help decorate so all I had to do was show up!
What are some things our readers could easily copy from your event in order to get the look?
I need to make time for a spiritual connection and ask for wisdom, direction and peace. I would go crazy without that.
Tell us about the menu for the baby shower!
Tea time bites:
- Assorted quiches
- Kale, quinoa, macadamia and avo salad
- Assorted tea sandwiches (i.e. smoked cucumber and herbed cream cheese, ham, Swiss and Dijon mayo)
- Deviled eggs
- Arugula summer salad and cilantro vinaigrette
- Smoked salmon bites
- Greek yogurt chicken salad and croissants
- White and dark chocolate-covered strawberries
- Petit fours
- Assorted mini donuts
Did you put together any special DIY projects for the shower?
My sister-in-law, Kenda Benward, made a beautiful board with the letter B for Brave and wings to go with my ‘heavenly’ theme. One of my best friends, Kim Biddle, came up with the idea to give guests little cards to write down questions, blessings and wishes for the baby.
Can you offer one piece of advice to new moms looking to throw a beautiful and meaningful baby shower event?
It’s all about asking your creative friends and family to chip in and offer all of their different talents and ideas.
In your mind, what was the most important thing for your guests to take away from their time at the event?
I really wanted everyone to make new friends and bond over their similar stages in life; whether it be that they’re both trying to get pregnant, already have little ones of their own to talk about or are founders of popular companies or non-profits.
My husband said, “What about Brave?!” And I just knew it and said, “Yes! That’s the coolest name I’ve ever heard in my life!”
The perfect maternity-friendly party clothing for expecting moms: Go!
I just bought a regular XL dress from Zara that fit perfectly other than the straps being too big, so I took a black ribbon and tied them together in the back to make them tighter.
How do you balance work and family?
I’m still figuring out how to fit it all in. I get stressed when I feel there’s not enough time to do everything, so I’m really looking forward to maternity leave so I can have my first real break and just focus on this baby and family. After that, I will slowly come back to work, and hopefully find a more balanced schedule!
Does your business life influence your personal life? If so, in what ways?
Yes. I wish I did a better job of separating the two, but it’s so hard to not let all the stress and emotions of The Giving Keys enter my personal life. Everything I see—even on weekends—reminds me of something I want to do with The Giving Keys. Everything from design and fashion to the huge issue of homelessness.
What lessons have you learned in your role as founder of The Giving Keys?
That I need to slow down, train myself to be present in the moment and that I can’t do things alone. I need to make time for a spiritual connection and ask for wisdom, direction and peace. I would go crazy without that. I’m also working on letting go of control. Because The Giving Keys feels like my baby, I got so used to doing everything the way I wanted it to be done. It was really scary to let new employees take over emailing certain important accounts that I really cared about. But, it was literally impossible for me to handle it all. I still have to hold myself back from micro-managing everything. I now try and trust that we hired people who know what they’re doing.