"I pinch myself when I think about holding my little boy in my arms," Claire Holt tells PEOPLE of her excitement about becoming a mom for the first time

By Maria Pasquini and Anya Leon
February 11, 2019 02:20 PM

Claire Holt had a wonderful time at her baby shower this weekend!

The Originals alum celebrated her son on the way with an intimate gathering on Saturday, which was attended by around 30 of her closest friends and family members. The festive event was held at the 30-year-old Australian actress’ Los Angeles home, and was hosted by her sister.

“The shower was such a special day because it made it all feel real for me. I pinch myself when I think about holding my little boy in my arms,” Holt tells PEOPLE. “It was really wonderful to have my family and friends together, many of whom had traveled a long way to be there.”

Opening up about one of the day’s most special moments, Holt shares that her friends and family all gave her their “birth predictions” for her son. “According to the group, I’m going to be having an enormous baby!” she jokes.

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Claire Holt’s baby shower
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Claire Holt’s baby shower
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Claire Holt’s baby shower
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The elegant fête featured a set of large blue balloons reading “OH BOY,” as well as delicious-looking fruit and vegetable spreads for guests to nosh on.

And although baby showers are traditionally filled with cutesy themes and games, Holt’s celebration was just a simple chance for the star to get together with her loved ones to celebrate her son on the way.

Instead of showering the pregnant star with gifts, all guests were asked to bring children’s books. However, there was one traditional shower element that did make its way into Holt’s special day: a delicious blue cake.

“Since I couldn’t drink my favorite wine, I made up for it with the world’s largest slice of SusieCakes‘ Celebration Cake, plus a bunch of Milk Jar cookies,” Holt tells PEOPLE. “I’m really living by the motto ‘Treat yoself’ these days. This baby (mom) loves sugar.”

Claire Holt’s baby shower
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To thank her guests for coming, Holt gifted friends and family members with the Ava bracelet, which helps track ovulation. Along with the bracelets were a variety of Ava cookies, some of which sweetly read, “Congrats Claire!”

In her own post from the special day, Holt wrote, “Had the most beautiful time at my baby shower yesterday! So grateful to my wonderful friends and family who helped me celebrate.”

“Special thanks to @avawomen for gifting my girls with the Ava Bracelet!” she added. “Hopefully we’ll be throwing a few more showers in the near future.”

Claire Holt’s baby shower
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Claire Holt’s baby shower
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Last October, seven months after revealing she had suffered a miscarriage, Holt first announced that she was expecting a baby.

“These past few months have been filled with excitement, anxiety, tears, joy, uncertainty but most of all gratitude,” Holt captioned a photo that showed her cradling her baby bump alongside husband Andrew Joblon.

Reflecting on her miscarriage, the actress wrote, “You never forget the deep pain of loss. It dims with time but it informs many of your experiences.”

“Our loss earlier this year was the darkest moment of my life. Yet, it made me infinitely more thankful for the precious baby growing inside me today,” Holt added. “I know these announcements can hurt. I’ve felt it all. My heart is with you and I pray that our story gives you hope.”

One month later, the star revealed that she is having a boy, which was a big surprise to her!

“Gender Reveal PSA: If you are absolutely, positively certain you’re having a girl, perhaps don’t buy a lot of pink things and choose a name before you confirm … ” she captioned a fun clip showing herself and her husband popping large black balloons for an epic sex reveal.