Being a party guest

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With wedding-free weekends in the off-season, it's been fun to RSVP yes! to a few parties lately. I have yet to learn the fine line between attending and enjoying a non-work event vs. bringing along my usual +1 (not J, my camera. Er, maybe a different term would work better there!). I tried really hard and definitely took fewer images/resisted the urge to take more, but alas still struggle with leaving it behind at home. The blessing/curse of being a photographer!

My best friend is a new mommy to twins. She had a beautiful baby shower just days before at Upstairs On the Square in Cambridge's Harvard Square. A bright quirky sun porch was a perfect setting to brunch and marvel at those nearly-here little beings. These blooms from Lotus Designs were simply stunning. 

 
Kara's hubby and brothers were invited to join the ladies. In doing so, daddy-to-be Scott agreed to wear an empathy belly from hostess and childbirth instructor friend Izzy. Get a load of Kara's perfectly taut tummy! You rocked that bump, girl! Glowing grandma-to-be Next was the birthday party for the son of wedding designer and florist Kate Parker, Zachary, who turned three. I really wish Kate had chosen a theme, don't you? :) Everything Kate does is executed with every detail in mind, including this delicious dessert table and cake from Wild Orchid Baking Company. Hostess with the mostest. Birthday boy Their pooch, Lola, is a little fearful of people but was brave and cozy keeping watch (over the food) on the counter. Hilarious. Friend Ned's little fella Nate scoring some candy. Too cute. Then it was my turn to host a party! Bride-turned-friend Sarah is expecting her first at the end of the month and we had a simple gathering of her friends at our place last month. Her mom surprised her by flying in from Arizona! I love surprises! Food was from Aurora Provisions, flowers (and those awesome linens) from Judy at Flora Fauna. Favor cookies from Cookie Creatives. Sarah loves preppy whales. Daddy-to-be Hawley came by at the end to say hello and help load the car. :) Will is excited to meet his new skiing buddy! And finally, we wrapped up the holidays with a formal staff dinner for emilie inc. 14 of us squeezed around banquet tables in our dining room adorned with seasonal florals and glowy low lighting. I surprised everyone with a four course meal and wine pairings by local chef Jill Hannaford of Market Squares. It was a fun, beautiful evening with my second family and very little picture taking on purpose. The point was to relax, reflect and rejoice. We did plenty. Flowers again by the lovely Judy at Flora Fauna and linens are Dwell.

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