Amanda's Baby Shower at Haven's Kitchen NYC

It IS possible to have a fun and totally chic baby shower, as evidenced by the lovely mom-to-be Amanda (now proud momma) and her amazing event at Haven's Kitchen in Manhattan. Haven's Kitchen is one of those magical, all-in-one event spaces that has small, beautiful weddings, farm-to-table food, special events and cooking classes. For this event however, they kept it simple and clean- a ladies' brunch, complete with a DIY bellini bar, passed hors d'oeuvres of tiny pancakes, caviar and soup shots as well as a candy bar and cupcakes for guests to take home. 

Jo + Dave at The Players Club NYC

The Players Club is a sweet, historical venue right on Gramercy Park. It was founded by a 19th-century Shakespearean actor named Edwin Booth...also the younger brother of the guy who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. This place served as a clubhouse for society people and the great "players" of the time. They seem to have "lost" the key to the park over the years-- as tends to happen with valuable New York City property like a key to the secret garden of Manhattan-- but no matter. The sidewalk outside did just fine for these two. Veterans of the show biz industry- Jo and Dave appreciated the walls that were lined with painted portraits of famous actors- even making sure we got a portrait of the two of them under the great Martin Short. After a lighting-fast ceremony, we walked around on the mysteriously quiet sidewalks surrounding the park and, once they were warmed up aka forgot about me, got some great stuff. We did the rest of the portraits on the second floor of the Players Club in their grand library room-- see below for the warmth of shelves and shelves of old books, red leather couches and some charming chandeliers.