I know what you’re thinking. And no, it’s not that 50 shades. We were so fortunate to shower my sister and her upcoming arrival over the weekend. Because my sister and brother-in-law want to be surprised when the baby arrives, she’s asked that everything bought for baby be gender-neutral, which means we’ve bought a lot of grey.

When Danielle first found out she was pregnant, she mentioned to me that she wanted a “50 Shades of Grey” baby shower. I thought she was insane until she explained that she wanted many different shades of grey incorporated into her baby shower. Thankfully that was a lot easier than what I originally thought she intended.

At a cute little spot nestled in the West Village of Manhattan, we set up in the gorgeous covered back patio. True to her theme, each guest was given a different shade of grey napkin, along with neutral flowers in a grey galvanized metal vase. We dined on a delicious brunch with an Italian twist.

Prior to the shower, I’d asked my sister what kind of cake she wanted and Danielle, who doesn’t like cake, requested a lemon-poppyseed cake. While all of my usual bakeries didn’t make such cake, I had to attempt to make my own. It didn’t come out as sophisticated as I would have liked, it tasted delicious.

Guests left with paperwhite flower bulbs that are gorgeous when they bloom and require very little tlc.

We were so thankful to have guests travel near and far to celebrate the arrival of Baby Henderson. Harlan and Avery attended and loved being able to attend a “grown up” event. They are super excited to have a new baby cousin, who Macks has most affectionately named “truck.”

As you can see from the photos, Danielle loved being showered with gifts for her little one. I have to admit, seeing all of that little baby gear made me have a tad bit of baby fever. (just a tad.)

We love you so much, Danni! We can’t wait to love on our newest member of the family.