On a great note, I hosted my first "mama blessing" tonight for a friend. It was wonderful and everything that a typical baby shower is not. Among the yummies to eat and drink were the appropriate cold raspberry leaf tea, and my friend even made this amazing placenta cake complete with a red velvet inside. Kind of morbid, yes? (This mama is a placenta encapsulist, so this was a must!)
Our activity we did while I gave the mama a manicure, (I used nail stickers, as they last for weeks! This mama is "due" tomorrow and usually goes about a week late, so I know she will have pretty nails for the birth :)) was this: I cut out pieces of paper, about 2X3inches and punched holes in the tops of them. I then had everyone there draw a picture on one side and write down a birth affirmation/birth advice on the other side. Then I strung it on a piece of yarn and made it into birth garland! It turned out so great and even had some of us tearing up with what some of the mamas wrote down on it. The mama going to have the baby is going to hang it up in her bedroom where she plans to give birth.
Then we did henna on her belly and while it dried, we told positive birth stories. She also opened a few gifts that were mostly for her and some handmades for her baby.
Everyone helped me clean up and it was just a very relaxing, calm night. We had a ton of fun and I can't wait until this mama has her baby!! (I'm her doula, btw.)
I will upload pictures of her cake and belly for you ladies to see tomorrow. They both turned out really neat!