Ashley Hebert's Travel-Themed Baby Shower
"My three favorite surprises were the decor, the delicious food and J.P.'s adorable ensemble!" says the former Bachelorette, who is expecting her first child (a boy!) with husband J.P. Rosenbaum in October. Minted, the event host that put together the July 19 celebration, used Ashley's style as a basis for designer Robin Ott's Petite Rattle party decor suite, which included buntings that said "Welcome Baby R" (the couple's nickname for the baby) and "Congrats Hot Mama" (J.P.'s nickname for Ashley).
"I could not have asked for a more beautiful venue, flowers and decor," Hebert Rosenbaum says of the Garden Room at N.Y.C. restaurant General Assembly, which brought to life her vision – "to have a small, chic gathering with my closest friends and family," she explained. To give the space a soft and romantic feel, Jihyen Crowley of Gotham Florist filled mercury vases with lovely agapanthus, ranunculus, hydrangea and Earl Grey roses.
"I love simplicity and elegance, and I felt that this design was just that," Hebert Rosenbaum tells PEOPLE of Minted's Petite Rattle theme featured on the shower's invitations, signs and thank-you cards. "It allowed for a sweet boyish design without being overly baby-like."
Guests – including the parents-to-be – took photos in the Petite Rattle photo booth packed with fun travel-themed props. The snapshots formed the backdrop of a special memory book, filled with advice and wishes for the growing family – a thoughtful detail Hebert Rosenbaum says was "my favorite memory from the shower."
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Playful mini globes, children's books and tiny toy airplanes, paired with sophisticated flowers and colorful cake stands, made for festive party decorations arranged by Ara Farnam of Rock Paper Scissors Events. "I chose a travel theme for the nursery, which got incorporated into the shower, because it would allow for a variety of ways to decorate without being overly 'baby,'" Hebert Rosenbaum says. "J.P. and I have also done a ton of traveling throughout our relationship, so it only seemed appropriate since travel is such a huge part of our lives."
Friends and family nibbled on chef Craig Koketsu's creations, including hors d'oeuvres like uni toast (a unique pairing of robiolina cheese, uni and jalapeño on toast points), salmon tartare cones, and tomato and watermelon gazpacho shooters. "Every single piece of food was to die for!" she raves.
Forget cupcakes and cake pops – eclairs are where it's at. For a sweet ending, guests enjoyed a sweet (and gorgeous!) sampling of eclairs in flavors like cherry cheesecake, key lime meringue and coconut almond joy. Clearly the pastries cured any pregnancy cravings: "My favorite dessert was the chocolate peanut butter eclair. Yum!" Hebert Rosenbaum tells PEOPLE.
As the mom-to-be opened presents, guests played a quiz game, "Mother Knows Best, but Who Knows Mama Ash?" To continue the travel theme, guests also got to work to collectively create a paper airplane mobile (using envelope liners!) for the baby's nursery.
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Among the goodies: Linda and Harriett's limited-edition art print, Sea Fever, which Ashley will hang in Baby R's nursery. But the expectant mama wasn't the only one spoiled at this shower – guests also went home with Henri Bendel's iconic brown-and-white striped bikini bag, which fit the party's travel theme.