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#165- An amazing baby shower!

Between “Jet lag (I got back from Tokyo, Japan 10 days ago)” and “L.A. Fashion Market Week (interviewed fashion designers, showroom owners, and trade show directors etc / talked with friends / dinner with friends / wrote an article for Senken-newspaper)”, I shopped at the BabiesRUS and prepared for my friend, Keasha’s baby shower on the 21st, Saturday afternoon.


On Saturday, 21st, in the morning:

I was almost going to tweet, “Shower rain (we had rain in this morning) + Baby shower = Happy Saturday :)… but, the sunshine showed in the sky.

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In the afternoon at Galia(Keasha’s mom)’s house:

It was an amazing baby shower. There were a lot of foods!!!

Yes, food is most important key of my happiness!

I said to Ms. C (Keasha’s relative), “Wow…I didn’t expect to have a dinner! The baby shower has usually finger food, cake and tea. OMG…it looks like the Thanksgiving dinner!!!”

Ms. C: Ahhaha! Black baby shower is different from the white people’s baby shower.Black people will have a lot of food at baby showers, parties, gatherings, etc.

Me: I had a big brunch at home… but I am glad that I can eat anytime, anywhere!

Ms. C: You are so funny! and you eat a lot huh! You're a fat lady in a small lady's body!

Me: Oh…what a nice compliment! Thank you! You too, you are funny! Let’s write a funny sitcom script together!!!

Ms. C: Let’s do it!!!

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Working like an assistant of hostess (Galia):

Galia asked me to do the important job at the party. “Ask people sign the name and their home address for the guest book.”

It was fun that I walked around and talked with people (Keasha and Galia’s friend and relatives).

One of the women (of course, woman, because this party is only for women!) asked me, “Are you an owner of this house?”

Me: I wish! This house is Galia's, the mother of Keasha. I am a friend of Keasha!

I guess, I acted like an owner of the house, huh! I guess, Ms. C was right, “I have a BIG BLACK WOMAN in me…!”

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Dinner time:

Some games later (I can’t explain about games, because I was too busy with the guest book), we had a dinner!

Oh…Before the dinner, we (37 people) held our hands and Rev. June Gatlin (Keasha’s friend. She was the spiritual advisor for Michael Jackson) gave the speech / prayer. I was next to her (lucky me!) and I felt great energy from her.

The food was amazing! Buffet style food (from the special place which Galia ordered) was like a five star hotel buffet. Salmon, Chicken, Red bean’s rice, Yellow rice (I forgot the name of the rice), Beans, Steam Vegetable, Plantain (Soooooo Gooooood! My favorite!), Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Salad, Fried Bread, Couscous, Pasta Salad, Deviled Eggs (Galia’s deviled eggs are the best!).

I think I forgot something to write in here… Today’s food in my food diary was just “Baby shower’s buffet” (Easy to write! But… it was not good for my diet…because I can't say how much I ate…!).

Oh…I remember, Mama (my mom) always says, “If you eat with happy mood, you are not going to gain weight. Enjoy your food!”.

Yes, Mama, I enjoyed today’s food :)

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Opening gifts time:

35 guests brought many cute gifts. It was fun to watch that Keasha was opening gifts, and it was nice to hear each guest’s card's message (Keasha's friend, Ms. L was reading each card.)

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The last part:

Cute cup cakes… yes, food is the most important for life :)

Brown and blue were the theme color for this baby shower. Brown and blue balloons were everywhere and brown & blue cup cakes were in our stomach. It was an amazing party for Keasha and her baby (she will have a baby boy in March).

Keasha’s son (age 6) said, “Mommy, your tummy is like a big fat meatball!”… Keasha is a very skinny beautiful woman and she is fat just in her stomach area at this time. Keasha is so beautiful inside and out. I am so happy to have her as my special friend.

I wish she will have a wonderful time with her new born baby boy.

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At the door:

I got a bottle of blue chocolates with brown color ribbon. A cute gift!

Happy & Love energy were everywhere. It was a perfect party for a perfect friend.


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
January 20, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

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