Forget diaper warmers, baby swings and whatever else might have been on the registry. The baby shower fellow newswomen threw for Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie on June 30 was all about her favorite thing: books.
With an “Extra! Extra! Read All About It” vintage newspaper theme, the noontime fête celebrated the mom-to-be’s love of reading as some two dozen guests — Today pals including Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall, Jenna Bush Hager, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, in addition to Amy Robach, Gayle King, Deborah Roberts and others from competing networks — piled a bookshelf in N.Y.C.’s The Glass Houses party space with their favorite children’s books. Each woman brought one book for Guthrie’s baby with husband Mike Feldman and a second to be donated to the charity Baby Buggy for a child in need.
“A lot of people inscribed the books with notes to the baby that were really cute,” Guthrie, 42, told PEOPLE. “It was really personal. I love that.”
The expectant parents with their mothers – Andrew H. Walker/Getty
But when it came time to grab a pencil (personalized with #SHOWERSAVANNAH) from the baby-bottle pencil cups decorated by Minted and complete a crossword puzzle created by Today publicist Megan Kopf (sample question: What color did Savannah and Mike paint the nursery?), Guthrie found herself stumped.
“I couldn’t remember my own favorite book when I was a child,” she said with a laugh. “Someone had to remind me that I’ve said it was The Giving Tree.”
But the forgetfulness didn’t stop there. During sentimental remarks to the party, which included Guthrie’s and Feldman’s mothers, Guthrie accidentally called her husband Matt. As in Matt Lauer. “Classic,” Guthrie said. “Talk about pregnancy brain!”
The décor – Andrew H. Walker/Getty
While co-anchor Lauer was not present for the mostly-women-only shower (Feldman and Today executive producer Don Nash represented the Y chromosome), he and fellow Today men Al Roker, Willie Geist and Carson Daly sent along customized messages, which hung from a clothesline to inspire the gals at a decorating station outfitted with stencils, fabric markers, ribbon and appliqués. Lauer, famous for his “Where in the world” segments, drew a globe on his Burt’s Bees Baby onesie and wrote, “Pink or Blue? When will we know!? Love You! Matt.”
“It is so amazing the amount of support and love that our unborn child has already,” Feldman said. Added Guthrie, who is due in mid- to late-August and has chosen to leave boy-or-girl a surprise: “We just hope we can rise to the occasion and be good parents and we will be turning to all of you for your advice.”
Then, taking in the creations of caterer Peter Callahan, whose baby-sized finger foods — like mini hot dogs and strawberry rhubarb pop-tart lollipops– were washed down with icy lemon basil-tini slushies, Guthrie said, “So, thank you and have fun, get drinks!”
Today show ladies – Andrew H. Walker/Getty
For more from Savannah’s shower, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
— Sandra Sobieraj Westfall